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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 is a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March 2016, throughout the Washington, DC area. Exhibits, programs, and events will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street, and celebrate the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, to stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq, who have endured so much; and with people at home and abroad who are unable to make their voices heard.
George Mason University as a lead partner for the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 project is pleased to announce an award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support our exhibitions and cultural festival activities for “Building a Cultural Bridge to Baghdad: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here”.
Literary programming is supported by a grant to Split This Rock from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art Building Bridges Program, designed to engage U.S.-based Muslims and non-Muslims in arts experiences to increase understanding and advance relationships between communities.
Read our funding request here.
How can I help?
Please send your gift made out to Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, a tax exempt organization, and address it to: 1632 U Street, Washington DC, 20009. Please write “for Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here programming” on your envelope. Your name will be mentioned in our programs, publicity, and our blog.
This project is made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers. Volunteers may leave their name as part of the final exhibit.
To volunteer your time, please contact:
HELEN FREDERICK, firstname.lastname@example.org or NIKKI BRUGNOLI, email@example.com
During January to March the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here project will offer several opportunities for book exchanges. If you have books that you would like to donate for the exchange, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will make arrangements with you. The book exchange will be particularly lively during our Saturday March 19th Street Festival event.
For more information, please contact Helen Frederick, Project Coordinator.