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SOLD OUT - First Look Preview Party

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:30pm

This  “First Look” Preview Event launches five new ASI exhibitions reflecting the theme of Migration, Identity and Belonging including: Where the Children Sleep, a series of haunting photographs by Sweden's Photojournalist of the Year, Magnus Wennman, co-presented by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency; Swede Hollow, inspired by Sweden's fast-selling book of the same title, penned by Ola Larsmo; The Stories They Told, highlighting select wood carvings from ASI's collection that uncover universal narratives of the immigrant experience; Green Card Voices, featuring the lived stories told by seven modern Nordic immigrants, and Cows Can Dream, a special Youth & Family Gallery exhibition/installation created by Swedish visual artist Maria Bajt, and based on illustrations she did for the new book written by Jason Diakité (aka rapper Timbuktu).

This memorable event is not only the first opportunity to explore what’s new at ASI, but an evening full of moderated conversations, music and interactive opportunities to foster awareness about our shared roles as neighbors and global citizens. 


  • Sharing Under Told Stories – a Moderated Discussion on refugees and immigration led by Fred De Sam Lazaro (PBS’s News Hour and project director of Under-Told Stories),  including panelists Ola Larsmo (author, Swede Hollow), Larry Yungk (Senior Officer, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Tea Rozman-Clark (Executive Director of Green Card Voices), Kao Kalia Yang (author,The Latehomecomer)
  • Music by Oudyano, a collaboration between Minnesota artist, Steven Hobert and Syrian musician, Isaam Rafea. This duo fuses Arabic classical traditions with  American jazz for a groovy acoustic sound.
  • Gallery Conversations for Where the Children Sleep, Green Card Voices, Swede Hollow, Cows Can Dream and The Stories They Told exhibitions, throughout the night, with guests including Maria Bajt, the celebrated illustrator of Cows Can Dream, and Ola Larsmo, the historical-fiction author of Swede Hollow.
  • Learn about the Eloise Butler Wildflower Florilegia directly from the artists themselves. Try your hand and being scientific and artistic with watercolor activities.
  • Book Signings Swede Hollow (2016, Bonnier Carlson); Cows Can Dream (2016, Wanås Konst) by Maria Bajt and Jason Diakité, the book which inspired the ASI’s Family Gallery; and The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (2008 Coffee House Press), The Song Poet (2016, Metropolitan Press), both by by Kao Kalia Yang.

Fika Footprints Campaign: Please join us and our partners, FIKA café, the ASI Museum Store and Tiny Footprint Coffee, as part of the Fika Footprints campaign to support the UN Refugee Agency’s refugee relief efforts to help and protect refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. A portion of all coffee sales sold during the run of Where The Children Sleep exhibition will go to USA for UNHCR. For more information, visit


Thank you to our Sponsors & Supporters

SOLD OUT ($15 ASI Members / $20 Non-Members)


Register online or call 612-871-4907

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