Don Harrington Discovery Center Presents New ‘Beyond: Unity in Community’ Exhibit | KAMR

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — On Sunday, officials from the Don Harrington Discovery Center (DHDC) presented “Beyond: Unity in Community,” a new immersive cultural exhibit.

According to a DHDC press release, “Beyond: Unity in Community” is now opening a cultural exhibit at DHDC that will highlight different refugee communities in Amarillo and honor the unique lifestyles and contributions of members of our community.

The DHDC said the exhibit will feature the Karen community of Amarillo and the Karen lifestyle, food, environment and scientific contributions to Myanmar.

DHDC officials said that, according to US State Department data, Amarillo has the largest refugee population per capita of any city in Texas and is home to two refugee resettlement agencies that have resettled nearly 7,000 refugees. in the region between 2007 and 2017.

The makers of the Karen installation of the Beyond exhibition will include a traditional rice paddy hut on stilts and a processing area for rice (one of the main agricultural products in the region), a paddy field and 32 Kwekabaw mountain mural, a wardrobe area with traditional clothing, Karen games, native animals, native foods, traditional Karen instruments and music.

The DHDC also said Beyond provides cultural learning opportunities to more effectively engage young refugees in STEM concepts and potential STEM careers.

The Beyond exhibit is now open, in time for Karen Martyrs’ Day and the traditional Tied Wrist Ceremony in August.

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