About Expressive Arts Refuge

Choral director Betsy Blakeslee formed a musical team that uplifted the lives of youth and adults in the French refugee camp of Calais Jungle, and the Greek camp in Skaramagas.

EAR’s expressive arts programs give refugee youth a break from adult responsibilities and a chance to express themselves in rhythm, song, and community. It finds adult musicians and provides them a platform to perform. It has given over 150 adults and youth who have become refugees a voice through microphones, stages, and musical expression.

EAR’s team has included Moira Smiley, Tawfic Halaby, Tami Halaby, Tarek Halaby, Judy Kranzler, Dave Watt, and Kym Proctor. Its repertoire is culturally diverse, and includes body music.