Next Stop – Texas!

The Meridian International Center and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are excited to unveil the second US location of Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates exhibition. The art exhibit will be on display in Fort Worth and Dallas through December 2, 2014 before the exhibition continues on its 18-month tour across the United States. Paintings, photographs, sculptures, video installations, and other media by 25 notable Emirati artists help showcase the creativity radiating throughout the Emirati art scene and highlight the development and history of the UAE. Each piece of art tells a different story about...

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From Anime to Expo Milano: Meridian Hosts a Dynamic Discussion on Cultural Diplomacy

On June 26, 2014, Meridian convened diplomats, policy makers and leaders from the arts and cultural communities for a conversation on Cultural Diplomacy at the Forefront: Views from Around the Globe.  Ambassador Stuart Holliday, Meridian’s President and CEO, opened the event before welcoming The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, to share remarks on the importance of cultural diplomacy as a critical tool of public diplomacy. Assistant Secretary Ryan outlined how the U.S. State Department utilizes cultural diplomacy to promote dialogue and strengthen people-to-people relations around the world. She stated, “Sharing one’s culture,...

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Young Patients at Children’s National Medical Center Experience the UAE Through The Eyes of Emirati Artists

When Past Forward artists Zeinab Al Hashemi and Khalid Mezaina, and co-curator Noor al Suwaidi, were in Washington, DC to celebrate the launch of the groundbreaking exhibition, they also had the opportunity to connect with the DC community by meeting with school groups and other organizations. One of the highlights was visiting young patients at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), where the artists described their work and hosted an interactive workshop. “The visit to Children’s was a special experience for the Emirati artists and myself. We were excited to see the level of creativity and enthusiasm shown by the...

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Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates

Recently, Meridian International Center and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) unveiled Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, a unique new cultural diplomacy program and art exhibition. This is the first-ever major touring exhibition of Emirati contemporary art to be shown in the United States. The exhibit, comprised of over 50 artworks from 25 notable Emirati artists, will travel across the US for the next 18 months, allowing American communities the opportunity to learn more about the UAE’s rich cultural heritage and increasing cultural engagement between the UAE and US. Just last week, three of the...

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