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Coming in June

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al Quds presents

Mending Minds

A special one-day art sale to benefit the
Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, Gaza Music School.

Saturday, 6 June, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Click here to RSVP.

©Shaun Rabah

Shaun Rabah,  a Jordanian-American abstract artist of Palestinian descent will be showcasing a collection of his latest works to raise funds for the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. One hundred percent of the proceeds of this sale will go to donations.

Rabah, who says “music was my first love,“ is especially interested in the Gaza branch of the conservatory, where music can play such an important part in healing. Indeed, UNICEF estimates that 373,000 children in Gaza are in desperate need of psychosocial support.

Rabah’s art work has been met with a warm reception by collectors and interior designers alike. He is represented by major art galleries and his work has been seen in Home & Design magazine and selected for private collections in the Washington, DC and New York City metropolitan regions. Click here to see the art work that will be displayed.

In 1990, a small group of Palestinian musicians came together to look at the situation of music and music education in Palestine.  They decided to establish a music school. Over the next three years, the ground was prepared, and in 1993, the National Conservatory of Music was launched. Initially under the wing of Birzeit University’s board of trustees, the Conservatory set up its first branch in Ramallah. Forty students were enrolled alongside three part-time teachers, a secretary and a volunteer director.
 Gradually new branches were established: Jerusalem in 1996, Bethlehem in 1997, Nablus in 2010, and in 2012 the Gaza Music School was incorporated, becoming the fifth branch of the Conservatory. Today, more than a thousand students are enrolled within the different branches and another three hundred are in children’s choirs.                                            

To learn more, visit: http://ncm.birzeit.edu/en.

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This exhibition is courtesy of the Arab American National Museum

Opening Reception:
Saturday 13 June, 2015
with exhibition tours at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.

Exhibition continues 13 June — 6 August, 2015

super morsi                                                                                                                     image ©Super Morsi, Tahrir Square, Cairo Egypt, June 2013. Photograph by Nama Khalil

This exhibition is designed to immerse visitors in the creative vitality of the  
continually evolving uprising movement commonly referred to as the Arab Spring.  Visitors will experience how freedom of speech merges with artistic expression – capturing the anger, elation, frustration, and hope of these revolutions in the form of graffiti, video, blog postings, cartoons, music, photography and even puppetry.     Drawn primarily from protests in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, Creative Dissent demonstrates the varied responses to the protest in the Arab World beginning in late 2010.

Presented by the Arab American National Museum (AANM) and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings is guest-curated by Associate Professor of Islamic Art Christiane Gruber of the University of  Michigan – Ann Arbor, and Nama Khalil, an artist and anthropology PhD student at UM.

Coming in August

Home Away From Home:
Little Palestine By the Bay

Photographs by Najib Joe Hakim

Opening Reception:
Friday, 14 August, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


 ©Najib Joe Hakim

Coming in September

Here Again

paintings by Doris Bittar

Opening Reception:
Friday, 25 September, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


 © Doris Bittar

Coming in November

Coloring the Past

Ammanda Seelye Salzman & Kate Seelye

Opening Reception:
Friday, 6 November, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

coloring the past

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Washington, DC  20037

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