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Kickoff Ceremony for Al-Mudhif

May 31 @ 9:30 am 3:00 pm

Join us as we kick off the construction of our next art installation, Al-Mudhif, with a dedication ceremony and a day building together in community. American veterans, Iraqi refugees, and the public will join environmental artist Sarah Kavage and Iraqi designer Yaroub Al-Obaidi in constructing an Iraqi guest housecalled a mudhif, traditionally made with reed grasses called phragmites.

 

The building process involves tying bundles of reeds into 20-foot-long columns, and then shaping them into huge parabolic arches. Hand-woven mats are then tied over and between the columns, forming a roof. Finally, crafted lattice panels are attached to the sides, allowing for both sunlight and airflow into the interior and enclosing the entire hut.

Mudhifs are used for town gatherings and ceremonies; we will have extended programming around Al-Mudhif from June to October 2021, with storytelling; an exchange of war experiences; and healing and recovery among veterans, Iraqi immigrant communities, and the public.

Details

Date:
May 31
Time:
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://www.volunteersignup.org/RR7AT

Organizer

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Phone:
215-482-7300
Email:
scee@schuylkillcenter.org
Website:
http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128 United States
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