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Afghan Mural Exhibit in KC

Afghan Mural Exhibit in KC

Published: September 22, 2011

In the Crosshairs by Johanna Poethig one of 45 murals from the Windows and Mirrors exhibit.

Photo: AFSC

Coming to Kansas City

Windows and Mirrors:

Reflections on the War In Afghanistan

Preparations are in place to bring the moving and provocative Windows and Mirrors exhibit to the KCMO Central Library (Opening November 12) and the Johnson County Central Resource Library (Opening November 19). The 45 murals in the traveling exhibit will be complemented by five to ten murals created by local youth on display at the Johnson County location. (Click this link to view an invitation for youth groups to participate in making murals to be part of the Kansas City area exhibit of Windows and Mirrors.)

The exhibit consists of more than 45 large scale paintings by artists from all over the country that memorialize Afghan civilian casualties. The exhibit also includes images collected from Afghan high school students by Dr. Zahir Wahab, a professor at Lewis and Clark College, who asked young Afghans to draw images from their daily reality.

Local exhibit organizers are excited by the lineup of activities and speakers which have been organized in conjunction with the exhibit and more are in the works.

Schedule of Kansas City Area Windows and Mirrors Events

Click this link to down load a schedule flyer.

KCMO Central Library, 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO

November 13, Sunday, 1:00pm


2:00 to 3:30pm

 A Veterans Reflections on the Afghan Windows and Mirrors Exhibit

- a talk by Mike Ferner, interim director of Veterans for Peace and a Vietnam War veteran. He has traveled to Iraq twice, and authored the book, Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran For Peace Reports from Iraq. In 2010 he traveled to Afghanistan with a Voices for Creative Nonviolence delegation.

December 11, 2:00pm

Courage for Peace: Perspectives from Afghanistan

-  a talk by Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. Since May 2010, she has visited Afghanistan four times with small delegations intent on learning more about conditions faced by ordinary people in Afghanistan, a country afflicted by three decades of warfare. Kathy and Voices for Creative Nonviolence have been working closely with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers in search of non-military solutions to end the war.


Johnson County Central Resource Library. 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS

November 19, Saturday, 1:30pm



KC Area Youth Reflections on Afghan War

Panel Discussion of KC area youth and artists who created murals for the Windows and Mirrors exhibit


Afghanistan: What’s Next?

-a talk by Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee's National Program Director for Education and Advocacy on Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008 he went to Afghanistan to visit with AFSC staff, contribute to a conflict assessment, and help design the organizations program work for the coming year. Previously he conducted an assessment in Syria, and has led several delegations to Iraq. 

December 4, Sunday, 2:00pm

Forbidden Lessons’ from Afghanistan

-a talk by Suraya Sadeed, of Help the Afghan Children and author of “Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: The true story of a women who risked everything to bring hope to Afghanistan,” will speak on her experiences founding the humanitarian organization. She will discuss witnessing the humanitarian crisis on a trip to her home country in 1993 at the height of the Afghan Civil War and changes since then. She will also read from her book and comment on hope for Afghanistan’s future.

Click this link to down load a schedule flyer.