The Lab worked with Imagination Stage’s Theater for Change to speak with newcomers in the D.C. area. Children in Imagination Stage’s programs shared their hopes and their visions of home to send with Amal to the Capitol.
The walk was followed by Children on the Move: A Policy & Learning Workshop on campus on September 22, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in Copley Lounge, Georgetown University organized by The Collaborative on Global Childrens Issues.
This workshop provided an opportunity to consider what child-sensitive policies and responses would look like within U.S. foreign and domestic policy contexts. Co-sponsored by The Georgetown University Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues, InterAction’s Forced Displacement Working Group, International Rescue Committee, KIND, Save the Children, UNICEF-USA.
Little Amal is the 12 foot puppet of a 10 year old Syrian refugee child at the heart of The Walk. She has become a global symbol of human rights, especially those of refugees.
September 7th to November 5th, she will journey 6,000 miles across the United States in one of the largest free public festivals ever created.
Amal walks for the hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people of all ages roaming the world in search of safety, half of whom are children. When she walks, Amal brings people together. She gives voice to marginalized people (although she does not speak), and she is welcomed by ordinary people and people of power.
More about Amal Walks Across America
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After meeting Amal in person, students in the Global Performance and Politics course, wrote letters to her. This is a Lab course taught by Professor Derek Goldman.
—Katherine Martinez (CAS ’25)
a member of The Lab’s “Politics and Performance” class
This collaboration is a major achievement in our continuous endeavors to bring attention to and encourage open discussions regarding the challenges and experiences faced by displaced children and refugees worldwide. As a part of our 2022 event, The Gathering, we organized a workshop titled “The Walk: Artists Engaging Migration and the Refugee Experience.” During this workshop, we facilitated conversations among various projects and artists who are actively involved in addressing migration issues and exploring ways to transcend boundaries and borders. They shared excerpts of their work, discussed their approaches and techniques, and envisioned a better future. Little Amal played a significant role in these discussions.
It was a high-stakes, high-profile moment. From performers to professors to policy advocates, we all aligned in this moment to see, learn from, and make life better for children on the move. Audience and participants were deeply moved, inspired, and energized. Big thank you to our many incredible partners who made this happen.
Amal Walks Across America is produced by The Walk Productions in association with the Handspring Puppet Company. U.S. Producing Partner THE OFFICE performing arts+film. Impact + Outreach The Soze Agency. Marketing Cause Lab. PR + Communications DKC.
Little Shoes, Big Journeys, Amal’s Walk to The U.S. Capitol featured:
Natsu Onoda Power & Shorty Corleone – Georgetown Gogo band Welcome Amal
Glenn Pearson & Felicia Curry – No One Is Alone
Happenstance Theater – procession & story activation
DuPont Brass – procession music
Alex & Olmsted– puppetry expertise
Imagination Stage – newcomer children’s voices
Matt Nielson – sound design for newcomer children’s voices
Washington Revels & Matt Pearson – This Little Light of Mine
Ifrah Mansour* – puppetry expertise and poem: I am a refugee
Taylor Russell – Site Manager
Jenna Keefer – Event Manager
Julia Marks – Partner & Music Coordinator
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