We had promised to post video of all 2011 DIWAN sessions for free viewing on iTunes U no later than tomorrow, June 1, but technical issues have set us back a few weeks. We now expect to have these fascinating panels and performances ready for you by/on Thursday, June 30. Stay tuned to this site for a reminder as we approach that date. Thanks for your patience!Read More →

Dear Friends, Over the five years since we began DIWAN, we have seen an active network of Arab American artists and scholars of the arts really come together to support one another, share ideas and strategies, and create  – together.  The fusion and energy generated among you over this weekend, tells us that DIWAN 2011 NYC continued to advance our collective purpose as well as the individual careers for you:  our talented and accomplished arts community.  We hope that you have come away knowing that the Arab American National Museum values and celebrates your contributions to American culture. The feedback from your audiences and the conversation between our leadership teamRead More →

Dear Organizers, Fellow participants and Audience members of 2011 Diwan, Thank you all very much for a memorable experience. It was wonderful meeting many of you in person and getting acquainted with your high caliber work. The forum was a great personal experience for me as an Artist and as a Middle Eastern woman living in New York. I particularly appreciated the opportunity to share the stage with such excellent fellow artist/performers, show a sample of my new work to those present and hear feedback about it in public and privately. It has been an empowering experience and I look forward to many more toRead More →

The recent democratic revolutions taking place in the Arab World will be the focus of an informal discussion during the scheduled DIWAN Unconference session, taking place at 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, in room C198 at The Graduate Center, CUNY. 2011 DIWAN Coordinator Holly Arida will moderate; 2011 DIWAN artists TBA will take part in the session. This is guaranteed to be a lively and fascinating event! Don’t miss it!Read More →

IN THE CROSSING, A new play by Leila Buck Sunday, March 27 2011 Noon-2 p.m. The Living Theatre 21 Clinton Street at East Houston New York, NY 10009 Subway: F to 2nd Avenue; Bus: M21 to Houston, M9 to Avenue B Click HERE to buy advance tickets, $18, online. Leila, a Lebanese-American writer/performer, and her husband Adam, an artist from a Jewish family, have been invited here by Joan, the president of the board (and Adam’s aunt) to present their experiences in Lebanon during the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah war.  But as the evening unfolds in unexpectedly humorous and dangerous ways, the biggest conflict this family mustRead More →