Most of the time we try to blend in to our local culture with varying degrees of success. We can adapt our dress, hair and eating habits, but something about us still whispers "foreigner". Holidays like Thanksgiving give us the opportunity to use our American heritage as a way to connect with new people and share some of our traditions. Each year we host an Open House for Thanksgiving. We make traditional American foods, prepare a program that teaches something about the holiday and open our doors to the public.
Our space at Izvor has given us the opportunity to showcase some incredible talent over the years. Highlighted are some of the exhibits we have hosted:
A student video works and masters work by Amele Ajanovic entitled "Less is More"
A photography exhibit "Linija 21" from Arnej Misirlic
A tribute to opera singer Ljiljana Molnar
A special exhibit shown during our Thanksgiving Open House from the students at a local art high school called "Harvest".
An artwork exhibit by The Center for Hearing and Speaking Rehabilitation. Their preschoolers displayed their different types of artwork using different types of techniques, for example, painting on glass, pictures made from items you can eat, and painting using water. Their exhibit was entitled "Magic Wand at Work."
Izvor Center was pleased to host a photography exhibit from Berlin, Germany on April 25, 2015. Berlin connects and brings together what belongs together, and in doing so does not differentiate. People from the whole world are moving to Berlin, families will be founded, hearts will be won, and cultures will be united. "BERLIN hearts" portrays families and couples from diverse cultural backgrounds in their living rooms and reports how they got to know each other and why they are actually in Berlin. Artists: Benjamin Kunde, 36, Bremen, Germany - father, educator, musician, social entrepreneur and event-manager; lives in and loves Berlin. What interests me most about Berlin are the stories people have to tell about themselves. "BERLIN hearts" allows me to tell my own story as well, since my wife comes from India. Ekaterina Koroleva, 27, Moscow, Russia - studied journalism at Lomonosov Moscow State University; independently studied photography; now lives in Berlin. It fascinates me that so many people from different nations and cultures live here together! This shapes the face of Berlin and motivated me to start "BERLIN hearts".