Alwan Benefit Auction

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Date/Time: 03/06/2004 12:00 am

Dear friend:
We are writing to invite you to Alwan’s first benefit and art auction
on Thursday, June 3, 2004, at 7 p.m. We need your urgent support for
completing renovations to our newly acquired home in downtown
Manhattan. In order to move forward with an even more ambitious
programs of cultural and artistic events, we need to rehabilitate our
space by upgrading the electrical system and soundproofing the
Alwan is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to
the promotion of the arts and cultures of the Middle East in New
York. It has sponsored and provided venue to film festivals, lecture
series, language classes, concerts, plays, and art exhibits. Our
events are attended by hundreds from the Middle Eastern American
community and the wider public. New York and international
publications, such as the New York Times, Newsday, Village Voice,
City Limits, Time Out, New York Magazine, and Downtown Express, as
well as the Daily Star (Beirut) and Al-Ahram (Cairo) have applauded
our efforts.
We are confident that our permanent address will help us serve our
mission more effectively. Alwan’s ultimate goal is to enrich the
public’s understanding of the Middle East through the promotion of
the region’s arts and culture and to facilitate cultural cooperation
between the United States and the peoples of the region. The
achievement of this goal has never been more critical than it is
At this benefit, we will be holding a public auction of artworks by
the many talented artists who contribute to the cultural community in
New York that Alwan celebrates. Among the contributors are Ghada
Amer, Samira Abbassy, Ayreen Anastas, Kamrooz Aram, Andrew Courtney,
Linda Cummings, Samia Halaby, Emily Jacir, Laleh Khoramian, Nishan
Kazazian, Mohammed Omar Khalil, Farsad Labbauf, Conor McGrady, Kevork
Mourad, Amir Naderi, Kevin Noble, Kasra Paydavousi, Jayce Salloum,
Sasson Soffer, M. Varteni, Shekaiba Wakili and Emna Zghal.
Please come and enjoy an evening of warm hospitality, cocktails and
food, listen to Middle Eastern music, meet artists and new friends,
and even take home an original piece of artwork. A donation of $150
is suggested to participate in the auction. All contributions are
R.S.V.P. to Ahmed Issawi at 212-967-4318 or ahmed@alwan.org.
We look forward to seeing you soon at this event.
Anny Bakalian, Kouross Esmaeli and Ahmed Issawi
Organizing Committee
16 Beaver 4th floor
in the Financial District btwn Broadway & Broad by the bull on B’way
subway: 4,5 Bowling Green N,R Whitehall
2,3 Wall Street J,M,Z Broad Street 1,9 South Ferry
see also: http://alwan.org/info
Alwan, 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor New York, NY 10004
(646)473-0991 nyc@alwan.org http://alwan.org