A national tour aimed at raising awareness for the humanitarian crisis in Syria starts in Louisville on Thursday at the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Portland. “Amplify Peace Tour: Saving Syrian Lives” will feature Arab-American artists and musicians who will help raise money and gather resources to help the Syrian people affected by war.
Those artists participating include Omar Offendum, Bassel & The Supernaturals, Kayem, Ronnie Malley & Turath Ensemble, and DJ Bella Loki.
According to the tour’s website, organizers specifically want to help the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) psychosocial programs, which help Syrians heal from trauma using creative outlets like art and play therapy.
The participating artists were selected because of their dedication to the cause.
“Each artist is active both on and off the stage in speaking about their backgrounds and drawing attention to the causes dear to them,” the site explains. “With the Amplify Peace Tour, these artists are joining forces and bringing together their combined talents to support and raise awareness and funds for the humanitarian crisis in Syria.”
Perhaps numbers will tell the story. According to the site, there are more than two million Syrian children who don’t have access to school, and more than three million children under the age of 6 who have known nothing other than war and violence. Also, 5.8 million Syrian children currently are in need of humanitarian assistance.
After its stop in Louisville, the tour moves on to Chicago, Cleveland, New York City and Washington, D.C., among others.
“Amplify Peace” starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Ave. Tickets are $20 at the door.