This gathering reflects and enhances our rich diversity and is a wonderful opportunity to meet, greet, and converse. Join us and enjoy a potluck of foods from many traditions and cuisines, great music, and games for children and adults.
Please bring a dish to share if you attend this event.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Willy St. Coop
Wisconsin Public Radio
Open Doors for Refugees and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art invite you to a special screening and discussion of ON EXILE, elsewhere within here, a video artwork by José Carlos Teixeira. The artist will give a short introduction before the film and will offer additional comments during the Q&A following the screening.
The film presents the first-hand narratives of Muslim refugees who—having fled Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan—are currently living in the Midwest. They have escaped from hardships such as civil wars, ISIS, and dictatorial governments that crack down on protesters appealing for basic human rights. Weaving together stories into a poignant collage of voices, Teixeira presents us with a film that reminds us to take time to listen and to care about what we hear.
ON EXILE: Elsewhere is an ongoing film that will be featured at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. This opening night event will feature artist Jose Carlos Teixiera discussing his work.
To learn more, click here to view the Cap Times Article about the film.
Join the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison for the 37th Annual Freeze for Food, which is raising funds to support ODFR's food relief efforts.
Both the 5K and 10K events start and end at the Vilas Park Shelter, near Lake Wingra. The 5K route runs through Vilas Park and along other nearby roads on the northern end of Lake Wingra. The 10K route circles Lake Wingra, passing through the UW-Madison Arboretum.
This event is never cancelled due to weather.
For more information and to register, go to this website.
You can also volunteer by clicking here.
The newest feature from Finland’s most celebrated auteur follows the unpredictable exploits of a Syrian refugee in Helsinki. Searching for his sister and facing deportation back to Aleppo, Khaled (Haji) escapes a holding center and finds an unlikely group of protectors: the owner and staff of a failing restaurant. Filled with Kaurismäki’s patented deadpan humor, The Other Side of Hope ultimately offers a moving, humane depiction of a city and its big-hearted denizens. Presented with support from UW Madison’s Middle Eastern Studies program.
For more information click here.
Join us at this Mad Rollin Dolls Derby event that will see a portion of proceeds go to Open Doors for Refugees. The doors open at 3:45 PM and the first game starts at 4:15 PM.
- Tickets are $10 in advance if bought at one of the ticket outlets in Madison: Willy Street Co-op Locations, Pegasus Games, Mr. Rudds BarberShop (in Sun Prairie), and 608 Skate (inside Fast Forward Skate Center).
- Online ticket pre-sales are $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-11 (under 6 are always FREE) - Online Tickets Link
- Tickets at the door are $15.
This is our monthly meeting that usually happens on the third Wednesday of every month. Due to Welcoming Week, our September meeting will take place on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Stop by to learn more about what we do and how you can help refugees in the Madison area!
This is a first-time Madison screening of “8 Borders, 8 Days” with post-film discussion with the director, Amanda Bailly. It will be screened in room L-140 of the Conrad A. Elvehjem Building. The screening starts promptly at 3.
For more information on the film, you can visit the website: http://8borders8days.com/
This "pick-up" round-robin tournament features teams of 5x5 players. Teams are encouraged to bring balls and jerseys. Water will be provided.
Click here to pre-register for the event. You can register as a team of 5 or as individuals and we will help place you onto a team.
Reception and discussion at “The Memory Project: Faces of Joy,” an exhibit at The Ruth
Davis Design Gallery, Nancy Nicholas Hall, on the UW-Madison
campus. Speakers include Memory Project founder Ben Schumaker and UW-Madison Professor Névine El-Nossery (Department of French and Italian), as well as refugee
For more information: https://sohe.wisc.edu/research-development/centers-
of-excellence/cdmc/design- gallery/2017-18/memory- project/
Come join us for this event at the Madison Children's Museum with guest performances by Suzuki Strings of Madison and Vision Contemporary Dance. There will also be a new Art Gallery Exhibition of children's portraits from The Memory Project.
Click this link for more information on the Madison Children's Museum website: http://madisonchildrensmuseum.org/event/free-family-night-and-kids-for-peace-celebration/
This Citizenship/Naturalization ceremony will be for 50 new Americans and their families.
* Please note that this event was previously supposed to be held at Olin Park and then the Threshold building. Due to requirements that it be held on public property, it has been moved to a small room at the Wisconsin Capitol building.
* Due to the space restrictions of the Capitol building room for the location change, this will be a private event as there is not enough room for members of the public.
Open Doors for Refugees will be holding a meet and greet event at the Willy Street Fair. The fair takes place between the 800-1000 blocks of Williamson Street. Learn about Open Doors' initiatives and the refugee situation in and around Madison.
Visit for more info about the Willy Street Fair: http://www.cwd.org/willy-street-fair/
On Sunday May 21 from 12 PM to 5 PM at Olin Park, Open Doors will host the second annual Community Celebration Picnic. Come celebrate the cultural and ethnic diversity we share. Connect with refugees who are making their home here and some of the many people who welcome them. Enjoy great food, games, music and more. If you can help, we need people who are trained in leading group games for children (especially using a parachute), face-painters and henna artists, and international music performers (please contact OpenDoorsEvents@gmail.com)