Our Mission is to foster international solidarity of Palestinians through local community art events. Dear Gaza is a Minnesota based organization which celebrates Palestinian culture in order to resist war and xenophobia. We strive to reintroduce and reclaime Palestinian narratives by engaging our community in art activities.
The Dear Gaza Block Party was created out of necessity exactly one year after the 2014 fifty-one day Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Gaza Strip that left over 2,000 dead, most of which were Palestinian civilians. We found it important to stay consistent in keeping Gaza in the heart of our community. Our approach however was a little unconventional considering the protests and uprising all across the world for the same issue. Instead we decided to meet our Minnesota community where they were and throw a celebratory art powered block party. Continuing five years of building community partnerships and relations we strive to raise awareness of Palestinians’ culture through the collaboration of artists at our events. All are welcome as Dear Gaza seeks to broadly curate art that represents its core values–altruism, activism, and community engagement.
We believe our local efforts should be directly aiding the plight of the people in the Gaza Strip. This is why since 2015 we have raised ninety thousand dollars which has been matched to five million dollars worth of medical aid for families in the Gaza Strip with the help of our NGO partner Anera’s (Americans Near East Refugee Aid)
In-Kind Medical Donations program.
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