Who is Little Amal?

Little Amal is a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl who has traveled across 13 countries meeting more than a million people, and watched by tens of millions more online. This fall, she will journey 6,000 miles across the United States in one of the largest free public festivals ever created. 35 towns and cities from Boston to San Diego and 1,000+ artists and arts organizations will create 100+ events to welcome her. Amal’s journeys of art and hope celebrate the rich stories of refugees, immigrants, and displaced people, and the communities that welcome them. Everyone is welcome to walk with Amal.
Amal Walks Across America is produced by The Walk Productions in association with Handspring Puppet Company.

Greater Cincinnati: Friday, September 22, 2023

Gather at Schmidlapp Event Lawn (124 E Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202) between 2-2:45pm.

Presented by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
Led by CCO Associate Conductor Daniel Parsley

1-3pm ArtWorks Crown Making Workshop at Schmidlapp Event Lawn (124 E Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
2-2:45pm Gather at Schmidlapp Event Lawn (124 E Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
2:45-3pm Begin walking across Roebling to KY side (Sidewalks Only!)
3-3:05pm “Wade in the Water” performance at base of Roebling in KY (Ciara Harper Trio and Revolution Dance Theatre)
3:05-3:15pm Begin Walk back across Roebling in silence (Sidewalks Only!)
3:15-3:20pm Amal reaches midpoint of bridge, presented with crown, singing of “Lead with Love” by Cincinnati Boychoir, Cincinnati Youth Choir, Covington Catholic Choirs, SCPA Choirs, Young Professionals Choral Collective
3:30pm Amal arrives on OH side and is greeted by Transformations CDC stilt walkers and Drums for Peace
3:40pm Presentation by Covington Mayor Joseph U. Meyer and Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval at base of Roebling in OH and full singing of “Lead with Love”
3:55pm Amal continues into the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202) accompanied by singing of ish “niggun”
4-4:30pm Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concert in the Freedom Center. Invitation only to members of Cincinnati’s Welcome Team, but the concert will be streamed outdoors on large screens at the corner of Vine St. and Freedom Way as well as on 2nd St. between Race St. and Vine St.
Suad Bushnaq: The Borrowed Dress
Ken Burton: Rest

Cecilia McDowall: Everyday Wonders: The Girl from Aleppo with Thomas More University Choral Activities, Little Miami Select Choirs, and Northern Kentucky University Choirs
4:30-6:00pm Freedom Center remains open for invitees
*Details are subject to change

Amal’s Walk will take place rain or shine.
For media inquires, please contact Jackie Reau at Game Day Communications: jreau@gamedaypr.com

We want to hear your story! When you come to walk with Little Amal, bring a photo or artifact that represents what gifts of culture and community you carry with you. Then, take 10 minutes to share your story with a trained storygatherer from the nonprofit A Picture’s Worth at Schmidlapp Event Lawn. We’ll collect and share your words and images—and they may even be featured in upcoming community events, concerts and exhibitions!

2nd St. and Freedom Way surrounding the Freedom Center will be closed for the Wellness Festival.
Drop Off/Pick Up Location is at the intersection of Barry Larkin Way (Mehring Way) and Joe Nuxhall Way.
Parking is available near Paycor Stadium, underground in the Central Riverfront Garage, or at other locations North of 2nd St.

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Support Little Amal’s Visit to Cincinnati

Gifts of $100 or above will receive a commemorative item to celebrate her visit and will be acknowledged below.
Gifts of $500 or above will receive an invitation to the private post-event reception.

Free Education and Activity Pack for Grades 4-8

Pre-Event Workshops

Cincinnati Producing Partners

Cincinnati Artistic Partners


Learning Through Art, Inc.

A Picture’s Worth


Jason Alexander Holmes


Cincinnati Event Sponsors

Dr. Lesley Gilbertson and Dr. William Hurford

Oliver Family Foundation


Steve & Helen Rindsberg

Debra Davis

Susan Glas

Evangelina Giron

Rebecca Longardner

Kenneth Pray

Patty & Keith Rosely

Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Simon

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Amal Walks Across America was made possible through the generosity of the Doris Duke Foundation and the Bezos Family Foundation, with additional support from Choose Love, The Conrad Presbys Foundation, the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, the McMillan Stewart Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, The Shapiro Foundation, and Students Rebuild.