Community Comes Together to Paint Mural in El Viejo, Nicaragua

I’m participating in the Mural Arts Exchange Program through the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, currently traveling throughout Nicaragua to meet with youth and other community groups from five different cities. In each location, we’ll be creating murals together. As of now, we’ve completed three and have two more to go. Here’s a recap of the first mural, in El Viejo.

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Afghan Traditional Leaders Discover America

Since the end of Taliban rule in 2001, Afghanistan has struggled with inter-ethnic and inter-religious violence, lagging economic development, endemic corruption and a lack of transparency, and a difficulty balancing the need for a strong central government with the desires of its very diverse population for self-government closer to home.
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8 Months Later: Reflections from Two ‘Past Forward’ Artists

As Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates continues its tour around the United States, the MCCD staff was touched to hear from Zeinab Al Hashemi and Khalid Mezaina – Emirati artists featured in the exhibition – who visited Washington, D.C., during the exhibition launch at Meridian’s Cafritz Galleries this past May. Read what the artists had to say about their exchange:

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What are you doing for others?

On January 19, Meridian’s Global Service Leaders (GSL) team will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and vision with a day of service locally in Washington, DC and around the world. Addressing Dr. King’s challenge, “What are you doing for others?”, Meridian and GSL will build upon the success of last year’s Warm Up, DC program, and collect, donate and share items to be distributed by the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring. IRC offers education, nutrition, clothing, and family support programs to newly arrived refugees and their families To achieve this goal, Meridian will be partnering with...

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A Muralist’s Memories: Christine Kuhn on her DRC Exchange

This blog was written by American mural artist Christine Kuhn.

From November 17 through December 10, I had the opportunity to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of the Community Engagement through the Arts program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

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