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We Create: World Refugee Week Festival

June 16 – 23

On June 20 each year, the world honors and recognizes World Refugee Day. As part of the celebration in Louisville this year, KRM introduces a new festival, the We Create World Refugee Week Festival.

We Create is a growing arts program at KRM that brings together artists in an exploration and community-wide celebration of refugee stories.

Earlier this year, community artists applied to participate. They listened to stories from current and former KRM clients from Afghanistan, Burma, Burundi, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Somalia, and Syria, and then created art inspired by what they heard. The We Create festival is a culmination of this program, showcasing their work and sharing these rich stories of rebuilding and making home in a new place. Each festival event also features performances from individuals served by KRM, some of whom have performed at previous KRM Live musical showcases. Featured art will include dance, music, sound, mixed media, photography, video, visual art, and more.

Pop-Ups & Festival Schedule

The links below will lead you to Facebook events specific to each activity. There, you can see information about which artists’ work will be present at the event. We encourage you to join the Facebook events and invite your friends! You can also find all of this information at full festival Facebook event.

saturday, june 16

Better Block Festival (Woodlawn Avenue): 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Woodlawn Avenue & South 3rd Street, Louisville, KY 40214
House address: 4634 S 3rd Street, Louisville, KY 40214

monday, june 18

Muhammad Ali Center: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
144 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202

wednesday, june 20

Louisville Visual Art: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
1538 Lytle St, Louisville, KY 40203

saturday, june 23

Brown Theatre: 5:00 p.m.
Doors & Art Exhibition: 4:30 p.m.
315 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

UPDATE 6/14/2018: Due to the recent fire at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, the final showcase has moved to Brown Theatre. Thank you to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts for accommodating us with this change.

PARKING: If you are arriving by car, there are a few nearby parking options available to you. There is a PARC garage on 4th Street, behind the theater. Another PARC garage is available on 5th Street. Street parking is available. We encourage you to come early so you can get your parking spot and arrive with plenty of time to walk around and see the artwork before the showcase begins.


All festival pop-up events are ticketless and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Entry is donation-based.

Featured Artists


Featured we create artists:

Aaron L. Rosenblum
Ada Asenjo
Amberly Simpson
Amira Karaoud
Angela Ramsey Robinson
Ashley Thursby
Dan Trabue
Deb Ogburn – A Time for Art
Gabriel Walker
Joseph Welsh
Katie Kasari – Kasari Dance
Lizzie Gulick
Melinda Beck
Oscar Vazquez Martinez
Purion Parker
Sebastian Duverge
Stephanie Lee & Belize Dance Intermix
Susan E. Brooks
Tara Buckler
Yared Sound
Yunier Ramirez Cedeno

Music and dance by:

Academy of Flamenco: Julianna Grossi, Lina Sanz, Renee Murphy, and Sarah Houston
Alex Clark
Angela Scharfenberger
Blakely Burger
Caleb Leiva
Club Seruka – Aimee Lisee Ninahaza, Fleur Kesie Gahimbare, Mary Kamikazi, Rebecca Bukuru, and Ruth Niyonzima
Connor Waldman
Darrell Adams
Eddifledo Martinez San Gil
Elizabeth Kuhn
Ernesto Ramos Rodriguez
Fernando Moya
Fred Bogert
Gregory Acker
Hamidou Koivogui
Ismail Alawadi
Janie Burch
Jennifer O’Daniel
Joey Thieman
Julia Purcell

Leiser Tito Quesada
Leng Hlei Sung
Leiser Tito Quesada
Luis De Leon
Minardo Toirac
Mixing Matters Youth
Mohammad Tahboub
Pete Klarman
Peter Jones
Prayash Nepal
Rafael Tejeda
Selen WIlson and Yosvany Pascual – SYacademy Cuba
Sheri Carbone
Todd Mullins
The We Create Community Choir
Yared Sound
Zim Marim

Preview The Art!

You can see some of the art that will be featured in the festival in this promotional video, created by Beargrass Media:

sound art featured in installations

Sound to accompany the installation by Gabriel Walker and Purion Parker can be found here.

Sound in the “E Pluribus Unum” installation by Aaron Rosenblum can be found here.

Still curious about what to expect?

To see a preview of what’s in store for June, watch these videos from KRM Live at Willow Park and Welcoming America’s video of how KRM Live builds relationships.

thank you!

The We Create program is possible through funding partnerships with Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 and the Louisville Metro Government External Agency Fund. Thank you to all our agency partners who are hosting a We Create festival event: Center for Neighborhoods, Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville Visual Art, and The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.