Posted by Arab American Institute on April 01, 2016 in Blog


Syrian refugee and violin virtuoso Mariela Shaker will perform at our 18th annual Gibran Gala. Shaker fled her native Aleppo in 2013 to continue her music studies in the U.S. She’s been recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change and regularly confronts the negative rhetoric around the refugee crisis by reminding her audiences of the very real humanitarian toll facing millions of Syrians. Her dream is to open a music school for Syrian refugee children.   


We would love to have you join us for this great event and experience the music of Mariela Shaker. Let me know if you are interested in attending so I can help you get registered, if needed. Follow the link attached to this email. If you have any friends or family who you feel would benefit from attending the Gibran Gala please feel free to share the link with them as well. 

This year  we will be celebrating extraordinary awardees from around the world– UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Unite Lebanon Youth Project, actor and philanthropist Jamie Farr, and The Honorable Suzanne Sareini. You can read more about this year’s awardees here.

Special link to register here.


18th Annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Omni Shoreham Hotel

2500 Calvert Street, NW Washington, D.C.

5:30 Reception | 6:30 Gala