The national mural project “Girl Noticed”  featured two former refugees who have built new lives in Lincoln.  The public was invited to watch the mural being created on Saturday, August 27 on the south/”N” Street wall of the new Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and Health 360 Integrated Care Clinic at 23rd and “O” streets.

The City of Lincoln brought artist Lori Pratico and photographer Elizabeth Sanjuan to the state capitol for the project, which shows the “hidden strength and importance of women in our society.”  The two women depicted in the mural are:

Haifaa Al-Saadi, who is completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and plans to become an art therapist. She was born in a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia and came to the U.S. at age 2, after her parents fled their home country of Iraq.

Thuy Nguyen is the owner of Little Saigon Plaza on N. 27th Street.  She came to the U.S. 40 years ago as a refugee from Vietnam.

Pratico also spoke at Indigo Bridge Books located at 701 “P” Street, at 7 p.m. Friday, August 26.

The City partnered with NeighborWorks Lincoln and Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska on the project. Support was provided by the Community Health Endowment.

Pratico hopes the project reaches all 50 states.  At the end of the three-year project,  the story of her experience along with Sanjuan’s photos of the murals will be published in a book.

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