Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee is Active Voice’s first campaign around an interactive museum exhibit. Created by the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum in Las Vegas through generous support from Pam and Pierre Omidyar, Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee recreates the incredible journey of children in refugee camps around the world. From going through registration, to building a tent shelter, to handling tools in a medical station, visitors of all ages have a chance to experience hands-on what life is like for tens of millions of people who have been forced to flee their homelands due to war and persecution.
In early 2009, Torn From Home embarked on a four-year North American tour made possible by Unbound Philanthropy. Many of the communities it will visit have growing refugee populations, so Active Voice is connecting host museums with local organizations to create events and customized materials that provide important context and deepen the impact of Torn From Home in the surrounding community.
OPPORTUNITIES AND OBJECTIVES
• Raise awareness of refugee communities and connect families to both global and local refugee issues
• Encourage visitors to take action by providing educational resources and options for getting involved
• Strengthen capacity of local refugee and human service agencies by heightening their visibility and broadening public support
• Build sustainable partnerships between host museums and service agencies that enable them to work together in future collaborations
• Early convenings with local stakeholders. We invite key organizations and individuals to work with us to determine the best approach and activities to meet each community’s needs, and invest in the activities that will occur throughout the exhibit’s run.
• Opening day celebrations and VIP preview events. In order to build momentum and interest, we help host venues plan high impact, media-attracting events to cultivate awareness and support when the exhibit opens.
• Targeted activities for special groups. Based on the needs of each community, we work with local partners to design events, activities and workshops for groups that have expressed interest in more in-depth education, such as ESL educators, youth programs and faith based organizations.
• Creation of localized materials. With the input of the local experts, we create brochures and resources highlighting local histories, statistics and suggestions for how visitors can get involved.
• Connecting national agencies with local efforts. Through regular communication and a newly launched national website (coming soon!), we are building exchanges between local and national efforts to aid refugees.