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Bridging Cultural Understanding Between the United States and the Middle East

Arts and culture are powerful community builders and have the ability to expand and shift how we perceive our world and interact with one another. Artists, filmmakers, curators and other innovators in the Middle East and North Africa are at the forefront of driving cultural and social change in the region. producing thought-provoking work that explores, questions, and challenges. Yet many of these change-makers struggle for access to the rich resources and opportunities afforded by the American arts community.

In the last two years, ArteEast has hosted eight artists and filmmakers for career building residencies and networking experiences in New York City, Upstate New York and Vermont. Our recent initiatives include project support and a public program for Egyptian filmmaker Aida Elkashef, and public programs highlighting artists and filmmakers from Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and other countries, featuring newly released films for the first time in the United States. Artists featured included: Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind, Ghassan Salhab and Mohamed Soueid, Monira al-Qadiri, Ayman Nahle, Meriem Bennani, Eric Baudelaire, Michael Rakowitz, Basim Magdy, Roy Samaha, Oraib Toukan and Tamer El Said.

We ask you to consider giving generously to support our initiatives for the coming year, including:

A continued schedule of ArteHub presentations, bringing new ideas and fresh expression from the MENA region to the fore in discussions about the region.

ArteArchive: bringing resources from ArteEast's film archive comprising 2,000+ independent films from and about the MENA region to the public.

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