"First Steps: And Introduction to Life in America" for Myanmar Refugees

These educational cards, folders and books are designed by the Chicago Welcomes You project. They were designed to help refugees from Myanmar (or Burma) make a smooth transition to a new life.The Karen are one of the people groups who live in Myanmar. For centuries they had lived peaceful agrarian lives. The Myanmar government however have destroyed their lifestyle and subjected the Karen to murder, rape and forced labor. Having no safe haven to go to, the Karen are now refugees.In a period from 2007 to 2009 ,the United States government had invited 55.000 Myanmar refugees to begin a new life in the U.S.Recognizing how hard and confusing it must be to adjust to a completely new way of living, the Chicago Welcomes You project was inspired to help out using their art and design skills to create educational materials specifically for these refugees.Click here to find out more about this project.



December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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December 9, 2016

Researchers Disover First Feathered Dinosaur Tail Preserved in Amber

Researchers in Myanmar made an incredible discovery last year by finding the first dinosaur tail preserved in amber. The findings were published recently in Current Biology and are all the more incredible due to that fact that the tail was covered in feathers. Paleontologist Lida Xing made the discovery in a local market, where amber is frequently sold for jewelry.

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