Honoring the Global Refugee Population
Since 2001, June 20 has been designated as World Refugee Day to honor the global refugee population. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there are more than 84 million forcibly displaced persons, with one person displaced every two seconds.
On Monday, June 20, a mobile refugee shelter made out of discarded billboard tarps goes on view at the MFAH in Cullen Sculpture Garden, where you can see it through Sunday, June 26. Team members from Every Shelter offer tours of the shelter each day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
This opportunity is made possible by Every Shelter, a nonprofit organization founded in Houston by Scott Key and Sam Brisendine, stemming from their work studying architecture at Rice University. Every Shelter works with refugee-led organizations to make good, strong shelters while creating economic opportunities for refugees in the process. Visit everyshelter.org for more information.
Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation; H-E-B; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Institute of Museum and Library Services; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Sterling-Turner Foundation; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.