PAST EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
Middle Eastern Community Picnic
August 11, 2017
Games, food, and music shared with 200 members of the Middle Eastern Refugee Community and Friends in West Ridge and Rogers Park.
Independence Day Picnic
July 4, 2017
Food and fireworks on the lakefront.
On the Table Community Conversation
May 16, 2017
IMAS organized 10 conversations over a meal around Chicago about refugee issues. The Chicago Community Trust’s On the Table is an annual forum designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and inspire collaborative action across the region. These small group, mealtime conversations are an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities our communities face, and aim to inspire new ways we can work together to make communities stronger, safer and more dynamic.
Fifth Annual Middle Eastern Poetry Festival
April 22, 2017
Iraqi Mutual Aid Society organized the fifth annual MiddleEastern Poetry Festival, hosted by the Poetry Foundation. Poets read original poetry in their native languages and to celebrate Middle Eastern culture in Chicago. Thank you to all who take part in our efforts to strengthen bonds within our community and to foster cultural exchange in our city. English translations provided for all poems.
Take on Hate Community Information Session
February 18, 2017
Budlong Woods Library
Iraqi Mutual Aid Society staff and board members presented information for Middle Eastern refugees and concerned community members about the Executive Orders affecting Travel and the Refugee Program.
2016 IMAS Annual Gala
December 1, 2016
The annual IMAS gala celebrates the Middle Eastern cultural heritage of our clients. This year our gala also honored the work of Pamela Nehring of Daley Mohan Groble, who served on the board of IMAS from 2010 to 2016 as Secretary and Treasurer. The gala included dinner, a special appearance by Iraqi violinist Raysan Ismail from Sweden's New Vision Orchestra, and dancing, with music by an Arab-American DJ. IMAS clients from Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan spoke about their experience as refugees and their hopes for the future.
Middle Eastern/American Friendship Picnic
August 5, 2016
Middle Eastern food, face painting, games, and henna, with a traditional clothing fashion show and dance groups.
"What We Carried" Exhibition
January 24-July 11, 2016
Illinois Holocaust Museum
What We Carried: Stories of Iraqi Refugees, was a collaborative project with the Iraqi community, including the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society, and award winning photographer, Jim Lommasson. Lommasson photographed those few important personal items that have survived the long journey from Iraq to the U.S. The exhibit tells the story of these journeys through photographs of the things that are so special that they were carried all the way here.
Visit by Senator Dick Durbin
September 29, 2014
US Senator Dick Durbin visited the IMAS office to hear about our work and the impact we are having on the lives of Iraqi refugees. IMAS clients and staff also shared their stories of life in Iraq and the experience of coming to the United States.