The number of Iraqi refugees resettled in the United States has grown from only 202 in 2006 to approximately 17,000 in 2009. Since 2007, 58,810 Iraqi refugees have arrived in the United States. This group now forms the largest refugee population in the state of Massachusetts. At the same time, a large number of veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
This project recognizes the increasing need for dialogue and exchange with and within these communities and a further need to broaden understanding of the cultural influences on our changing communities.
Atwood, Paul and William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, University of Massachusetts Boston, "Tamziq, Scattered and Connected: A Conversation in Art by Middle Eastern and American Artists" (2013). Office of Community Partnerships Posters. 82.