Turaath: Arab Music from Baghdad to Andalusia

Posted by Shadi Matar on December 08, 2014 in Blog
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee held the Turaath concert last week at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C.. This year's event, "Arab Music from Baghdad to Andalusia" celebrated musical collaborations throughout the world.
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The Arab American Comedy Festival Kicks Off Next Week in NYC

Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Blog

Through comedy, Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid have not only contributed to changing perceptions about Arab Americans and Muslim Americans, but they've also helped redefine how Arab Americans and Muslim Americans view themselves. Obeidallah and Zaid cofounded the Arab American Comedy Festival in 2003, and since then the festival has gone through a remarkable evolvution. In an interview with Time magazing, Obeidallah reflected on how things have changed, saying the festival's comedians have moved past the  “‘We’re not all terrorists [jokes]’” into something that, years later, is now considered an event that celebrates Arab heritage. “It’s saying,...

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Middle East Institute Honors Asfari and Gabr at 68th Annual Banquet

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 16, 2014 in Blog
Asfari and Gabr will be honored at the Middle East Institute’s 68th Annual Awards Banquet. Asfari will receive the Issam M. Fares Award for Excellence, which recognizes exceptional contributions of Arab men and women in the fields of politics, culture, business and philanthropy. Gabr will be accepting MEI’s Visionary Award, which recognizes an Arab individual or institution for their exceptional work in the region.
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Reclaiming Culture: Syria Relief and Development Discusses Upcoming Event, “Art in Exile”

Posted by on October 08, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

In times of conflict, individuals have often found art to be an effective device to document experiences and to address political and social grievances.

The artists and filmmakers featured in the Syria Relief and Development’s upcoming event in Washington, D.C. on October 13 and 14, called “Art in Exile,” are no different. Each artist included in the affair will present a piece that revolves around political themes and discussions of political events and exile.

However, perhaps more interestingly, the event will provide attendees with a human perspective on...

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“Here and Elsewhere”: New Museum Curator Natalie Bell Discusses Contemporary Arab Art Exhibit

Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Blog
By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014 For decades, the international art world largely overlooked contemporary Arab art. However, prominent figures in the art world, including the editor-in-chief of Artspace, have asserted that a newfound interest and curiosity in art from the Middle East has emerged in recent years. The Gulf states have undertaken vast cultural projects, and museums and art fairs are quickly becoming a central part of the region’s culture.
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Remembering Their Roots: The Itoo Society Reaches One Hundred-Year Milestone

Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn AchoFall Intern, 2014

In northern Lebanon, there lays an old village named Aytou that rests on the side of a mountain. Like so many other immigrant populations, a large number of Aytou people came to the United States in the early 1900s in search of opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Aytou men and women settled primarily in Mankato and St. Paul, Minnesota; Buffalo, New York; and, Peoria, Illinois. In a recent edition of InterBusiness Issues magazine, Randy Couri, a Lebanese-American whose grandparents immigrated to the United States from...

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Arab Americans Give Back to their Communities

Posted by Washington Report on Middle East Affairs on August 01, 2014 in News Clips

Arab-American organizations around the country took part in the 10th annual National Arab American Service Day on Saturday, May 17. Organized each year by the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), the event brings Arab Americans together for a day of giving back to their communities.

This year there were 24 service projects nationwide, including an Arab American Institute partnership with the Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI) in Washington, DC. Two shifts of volunteers prepared  a community garden for planting—weeding, mulching and digging holes in a farm in the Fort Totten neighborhood, where residents learn to grow their own fresh,...

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A Fateful Encounter: Syrian Playwright Debuts Play at NY Festival

Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Blog
By Jad Ireifej Summer Intern, 2014 Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts is holding a staged reading of the play A Chance Encounter by Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar, directed by Noelle Ghoussaini.
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Arab American Kinnan Hammond-Dowie Wins Contest to Join First Lady at Annual “Kids State Dinner”

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 17, 2014 in Blog

Arab American Kinnan Hammond-Dowie, age 12, was selected as a winner of this year’s “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.” He was honored today at the annual White House’s Kids State Dinner for his dish, “Mediterranean Kebabs with Cilantro Tabbouleh”. First Lady Michelle Obama launched this challenge as part of the “Let’s Move” campaign to reduce childhood obesity.

Kinnan’s healthy kebab and tabbouleh recipe comes from his rich cultural heritage and his childhood spent cooking alongside his Syrian mother and grandmother. Kinnan displayed an undeniable affinity for cooking, and at a young age was rolling grape...

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Together We Came

Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Blog
Poet, songwriter, and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1952 to a Palestinian father and American mother. A strong advocate for mutual understanding and respect between Americans and Arabs, Naomi has created a cultural space in America for people to come together to celebrate their commonalities alongside their differences. Her artistic spirit has inspired millions, perfectly demonstrating how art can be used to promote acceptance and love throughout the world and for generations to come.
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