Our Story in Her Songs

Posted by Tess Waggoner on February 04, 2020 in Blog

“Why do we feel so connected to her? Perhaps we each hear our own story in her songs.”- Omar Sharrif

Today marks forty-five years since the passing of Umm Kulthum, one of the greatest Arab singers of the twentieth century. Umm Kulthum is beloved because of recognition of individual stories within her story, and within the larger narrative of Egyptian history. Her voice and concerts inspire people across the world to this day.  

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Super Bowl Sparks Pride

Posted by Tess Waggoner on February 03, 2020 in Blog

Last night’s Super Bowl brought Arab Americana into the homes of many in unprecedented ways. The evening’s roster was a major source of pride for many Arab Americans. 

First, it was a historic night as Robert Saleh became the first Arab American known to coach in a Super Bowl. The Detroit Free Press reported on the mood in Dearborn: 

“It just feels like it’s just one of us, 'cause he went to school with us, he knows people we know,” said Ashraf Dabaje, 35, who celebrated San...

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The MENA Artisan Initiative Launches

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 06, 2020 in Blog

The Arab American Institute Foundation is delighted to launch The MENA Artisan Initiative - a new endeavor that aims to connect American small businesses with local artisans from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The Artisan Initiative launches with a focus on Tunisia and will be expanding to neighboring MENA countries.

The Artisan Initiative is the first project of the U.S.- MENA Experiential Partnership—a one of a kind, pioneering initiative led by the Arab American Institute Foundation, with support from the U.S. State Department...

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Announcing Launch of the MENA Artisan Initiative

Posted on January 06, 2020 in Press Releases

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner | twaggoner@aaiusa.org | (202) 429-9210

Washington, D.C. -- The Arab American Institute Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of The MENA Artisan Initiative- a new endeavor that aims to connect artisans from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with entrepreneurs, small business owners, and art galleries in the United States.

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