The American Association of University Women of Laguna Beach
(AAUW-LB), a 501(c)4 organization founded in 1967, is a dynamic growing organization with many exciting programs, interest groups and opportunities to get involved in the community. Our diverse membership includes residents of Laguna Beach and surrounding communities, spanning a wide range of ages and professions.
Read all about the program in 2017
ELECT HER WORKSHOPS
Celebration of Artists, February 5, 2017
On Sunday, February 5 a large group of AAUW members and guests gathered at the stunning home of Johanna Felder in Laguna Beach. Before the presentations members and guests enjoyed feasting from a table primed with tasty treats and drinks.
The first presenter was Robin Riddell, of her own Coastal Eddy Gallery, who showed us “Sticks and Stones” represented by several of her unusual ceramic pieces.
Next, we heard the terrifying story of Shams Amoughi’s journey from Iran to the United States. At the conclusion of her talk, a short passage from her book was read by Lynn Weiser.
The third presenter, Amy Jackson, came prepared with a host of her paintings, some of which could be shared by passing them among us. Her message was “From the Heart” and her paintings reflected that sentiment.
Lastly, we were treated to Carol Reynold’s musical journey and her rich history on the french horn and piano.
The afternoon ended with a robust singalong with Carol Reynolds leading us on the keyboard, a delightful way to complete our celebration of remarkable artists.
An Eyewitness to Humanitarian Crisis in Syria
Many young Syrians have lost everything: their home, their normal life, their friends and often even family members. Their memories of screams, gunshots and bombs exploding are stored deep down. A lot of these children and young people are seriously traumatized. Experts already speak of a “lost generation.” But Kinda Hibrawi doesn’t want to give up on this generation. The U.S. artist has Syrian roots herself — of Syrian descent from Aleppo, she grew up between Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrain, Lebanon, and the United States. As the education Director of Karam Foundation, she organizes camps for Syrian refugee children. Kinda wants to inspire them with art and photography, creative writing, painting and sports.
Kinda Hibrawi is an acclaimed artist, strategist and creative director with marketing skills in the non-profit sector. With over 5 years experience in branding, development, advocacy and outreach, she has worked on various projects with the U.S. State Department, UNRWA, and UNICEF as well as local and national organizations. She co-founded and jointly ran 7 Innovative Education programs for displaced Syrian refugees on the Syrian-Turkish border starting in Atmeh, Syria from June 2013 to Reyhanli, Turkey in December 2015. The programs, under the Karam Foundation and featured on NBC Nightly News, served over 4,000 Syrian refugee children and youth in workshops led by over 130 international mentors.
Kinda says, “Artists have always been catalysts for social change and activism, they are tuned in to social issues, as their job is to interpret the human experience. The arts can bring hope, healing, and foster cultural awareness for the greater good. People connect through vulnerability—what better way to do this than through the arts.”
The United Nations named Kinda a 2012 Global Thinker and Influencer at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. In May 2014, she was awarded the Ward Humanitarian Medal by the Williston Northampton School, in MA for her work with refugees. Prior to that, she was recognized as an internationally known painter in Arabic calligraphy using her artwork to bring awareness to non-profits on Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and local charity work in the US for children with cancer. AAUW-LB members and friends are welcome to attend this informational meeting – be sure to RSVP Bana Hilal (215-2674, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Photos and Text
Our Bodies, Our Minds: Paths To Wellness
On Saturday, April 8th, 2017, we are presenting a symposium on mind and body interconnectedness at the Laguna Beach Public Library. There will be a moderated panel of five speakers, all experienced professionals of yoga, meditation and wellness, who will be happy to address questions from the audience. There will also be an opportunity to experience breathing exercises to reduce stress and to practice meditation for mindfulness.