Your Gift Inspires Hope.
Like many refugees who arrive in Portland, Akram Sarraj spent years experiencing persecution and violence in Mosul, Iraq. He became connected with Portland Meet Portland (PMP) shortly after arriving in Portland. In March, 2016 Portland Meet Portland was invited by the Portland Art Museum to feature 5 refugees in their Object Stories series. Akram Sarraj was one of those refugees and he shared a painting entitled “The First,” a depiction of George Washington crossing the Delaware River.
After the exhibit, Akram was set up with a mentor through PMP who helped him to get his artwork into other galleries throughout Portland. Doors have since opened that Akram has never imagined. “You have given me so much hope and my hope has given my family back in Iraq hope. My family thanks you.” The gratitude and connections go both ways. Kristin Bayans, the curator of the Object Stories exhibit said “when I now hear on the radio about ISIS attacks on Mosul in Iraq, I am moved to tears. I feel deep empathy for Akram – having met him and knowing he and other Iraqi refugees here have family there.” PMP strives to create these deep and heartfelt connections in which the impact ripples across the city, tying us to the bigger global picture of humanity.
Your gift will create ripples and inspire hope in ways that extend beyond our own community.