Let's Be One Hand uses art to cross physical and philosophical borders in order to dispel stereotypes and shift misinformed perceptions. Through an interactive exhibition, Let's Be One Hand connects people who do not usually have access to one another in order to facilitate an exchange that fosters understanding, highlighting our humanity and driving home the message we’re more similar than different--people first. The name Let’s Be One Hand comes from the Arabic expression “Khaleena eid wahda.” It is a call for us to join forces and work together because together we are more than the sum of our parts.
Let’s Be One Hand workshops use an art exchange to explore identity and facilitate cross-cultural understanding. Participants are assisted with creating a profile on the Let’s Be One Hand web site, and the project culminates with an art swap in which the art created during the workshop is exhibited at a partner community. The length and content of workshops are customized according to the specific needs of your community with the goal of building long-standing coalitions of communities.
Let's Be One Hand was founded by award-winning writer and photographer Kim Yaged. Kim’s work frequently addresses issues of identity with a focus on using art for social change. Her photographs have been shown in London, Berlin and Tunisia, and her stories and poetry have been published by Random House, Cleis Press, Ballantine Books, and Applause. Please contact Kim if you would like information about bringing a Let's Be One Hand workshop or exhibition to your community.