Welcome to the Iraqi Voices Amplification Project Website

In the fall of 2009, Intersections International led a delegation of 8 American artists from many different disciplines on a 3-week immersion trip though Jordan, Lebanon and Syria at part of the Iraqi Voices Amplification Project (IVAP). Our goal  is to use the power of the arts to call attention to one of the most pressing and under-reported social justice issues of our time: the displacement of more than 4 million Iraqis as a result of the military intervention in Iraq.

While on the trip, the delegation entered into conversations with hundreds of refugees at community centers and in their homes. Upon their return, the artists began creating a series of artistic pieces designed to humanize the crisis and give voice to the millions of refugees whose plight has yet to enter broad public consciousness. No Place Called Home is one such piece.

No Place Called Home, a multi-media play with music, tracks one woman’s story as she travels to the Middle East to interview Iraqi refugees and accidentally falls in love with one of them.  This is an unexpected story–a story of an American woman and an Iraqi man, a story about one refugee and 4 million, a story that wasn’t supposed to be a love story. Written and performed by Kim Schultz, with music by Amikaeyla Gaston and directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde.  The play opens Oct. 8th in New York City. We hope you’ll join us.

About the Project: Meet the Team!

Recognizing that art has the power to evoke compassion, build understanding and initiate the human transformation necessary to motivate social action, Intersections led a delegation of 8 American artists on a 3-week immersion experience in the fall of 2009. Meet the musicians, writers, dancers, photographers, filmmakers and social media experts who traveled to the Middle East on this amazing journey to amplify the voices of Iraqi refugees.

You can follow the artists on their trip as they document their meetings with hundreds of refugees and chronicle their experiences on the Iraqi Voices Amplification Project blog.