Where the Lines of Our Hands Meet: Resource Guide was a collaborative effort led by Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist in collaboration with Abdul Karim Awad, Abir AlArnab, Asmaa Diab, Fadaa Ali, Fouad Sakhnini, Layla Al Hussein, Marwa, Mohamed Okab, Osama Herkal, Raghad Samir, Roula Al-Jabi, their families, and multiple other people who wish to remain anonymous. Guide translations provided by Tamim Arabi, Yaroub Al-Obaidi, and Nationalities Services Center. Poem translation provided by Dana Beseiso with edits from Adam Amin. Graphic Design by Jason Killinger.
Through sharing past obstacles and difficult experiences, while also renewing future dreams in a new place through artmaking, this guide was collaboratively made to extend an added hand of support - carrying forward the timelines of compassion, shared destiny, and spaces of sanctuary.
The resource guide was co-created to distribute to partnering organizations Nationalities Services Center and HIAS, along with other resettlement agencies and social service providers. View and download the entire Resource Guide here. If you or someone you know works with refugees, feel free to reprint the guide for distribution and let us know!
Large banners were made out of images found in the resource guide highlighting skills and passions that could strengthen community, along with a glossary of words to help newcomers thrive. They were exhibited along with the resource on the 4th Floor of the Philadelphia City Hall. The bannners and resource guide were also exhibited at Booklyn. Download sample of these co-created images of skills and words.
The poem below is the centerfold of the resource guide and was created by weaving project collaborators’ responses to a variety of prompts. You can learn more in the description of workshops and Mark and Courtney’s other artist book.