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Oakland Magazine – Leva Zand’s Artogether Heals, Supports Refugees

By Janis Hashe Leva Zand is not an artist. But the healing, unifying power of the arts has always been obvious to her. The struggles and trauma her family experienced in their refugee journey from Iran in 2004, when she was 23, were far from unique, she knew. What refugees miss more than anything, she realized, was the sense of connection and community they’d had in their homelands. Her family belongs to the Baha’i faith, which considers art “a gift

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