Dublin Arts Council will present Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah: Community In-Between, a photography exhibition featuring 15 central Ohio Somali trailblazers, as the first iteration in a three-year project exploring immigration, integration and identity. Portraits created by two female Somali high school students and other community photographers will be accompanied by written and video personal narratives, artifacts and oral histories delivered by augmented reality.
Featured role models include a Rhodes Scholar, an anesthesiologist, an inventor, a filmmaker, a poet, a psychologist and more. All are first or second generation immigrants who tell their stories of family history and integration as New Americans.
Urur Dhex-Dhexaad Ah, which translates to “Community in Between” from Somali, is presented in collaboration with guest preparators Ruth Smith and Qorsho Hassan. The photographs and stories will also be available during the exhibition via a book published by The Ohio State University Press.
An accompanying series of monthly community conversations are being presented August through November in collaboration with Ohio History Connection to address topics including education, mental health and wellness, integration in political action, identity and more. Details can be found at https://www.ohiohistory.org/communityconversations.
Dublin Arts Council’s gallery hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information about the exhibition can be found at https://dublinarts.org/communityinbetween or by calling 614.889.7444. The exhibition and public reception are free of charge.
Dublin Arts Council (DAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supported in part by the City of Dublin’s hotel/motel tax and by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. Dublin Arts Council is also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, contributions from individuals, corporates and foundations, fundraising events, classes, gallery sales and in-kind contributions. DAC engages the community, cultivates creativity and fosters life-long learning through the arts.