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Jon Atwell:

An outgoing Social Media Strategist at Hubbard Interactive.  Jon always has a smile on his face and had a great time interacting with everyone he met in Uganda! Jon runs the social media for the American Refugee Committee. When he traveled to the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in June, 2017 - he shared his experiences on their social media channels. 




Bradley Traynor:

Daytime radio host in the Twin Cities on myTalk 107.1. People love listening to his always fun radio show for three hours a day as he chats the latest pop-culture news. Bradley traveled to the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in June 2017 and shared his experiences with his audience.




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Charlie Brackney Love:

Hairstylist, Co-Founder and Creative Director of HAUS Salon. In addition to his trip with ARC to Uganda in June, Charlie has also traveled with ARC and a team of hairstylists from HAUS Salon to Thailand. For two years they have taught refugees business skills and haircutting techniques. Charlie traveled to Nakivale Refugee Settlement in June, 2017 for World Refugee Day.



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Brent Love

As a gay humanitarian, Brent Love has been working with refugee communities for over a decade. As a new father and a Twin Cities transplant, Brent draws powerful connections between the world wecreate at home and our ability to give around the globe. For six years, Brent worked as Roving Correspondent at the Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee, traveling the world to tell ARC stories. He acted as trip leader on the trip to the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in June 2017. He has a wonderful photographic eye, a smile that is contagious and a great heart. Shortly after returning from Uganda, Brent joined ARC’s newest partner, ORAM and now works as their Development Lead, connecting communities to ORAM's work with LGBTQ refugees.  


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Amanda Paa:

Food + travel photographer and writer from St. Paul. Amanda’s hugely popular blog, Heartbeet Kitchen, is where she shares real food recipes, stories, and sometimes deeper ponderings. The things that make her heart “beet”. Amanda traveled to Nakivale Refugee Settlement in June, 2017 and shared her photos and experiences with her widespread audience.




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Jill Emmer:

Founder of the Shine On Project, Director of Art of Edina, Minnesota mom and professional photographer. Jill enjoys photographing a wide array of subjects including her family, travels, everyday whimsical moments and her famous traveling rainbow umbrella. She shares those captures with her wide audience on her web site and her Instagram page @shineonyoucraydiamond. Jill also traveled to the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in June, 2017 and participated in the 5k race with over 1200 refugees!





Karla Hult:

Award-winning reporter for KARE 11 News, the Minneapolis NBC station. Karla traveled to the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in December 2016 to report on the efforts byMinnesota-based American Refugee Committee. For several years, Karla has told the stories of ARC – their projects, their purpose and their accomplishments – and has also emceed some of their beautiful events, including galas in Minneapolis and Uganda. The Minnesota native who has a Master’s in International Affairs considers it a privilege to profile the important work of this internationally renowned organization that just happens to be headquartered in our backyard. (Twitter and Instagram: @karlahult). 



Art of Edina has contributed one solar-powered light from Watts of Love in the name of each photographer displayed at Southdale Center. 


The photo display is Part One of a two-part installation focused on raising awareness of the American Refugee Commmittee, the people of Nakivale Refugee Settlement and the power of light from Watts of Love.