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Pop-Up PARK, Photo EXHIBIT & Bike TOUR w/ the Director of Planning in DC!

Turkish Policy Center (Washington, DC)

Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)

Pop-Up PARK, Photo EXHIBIT & Bike TOUR w/ the Director...

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Interact with our Turkish Pop-Up Park & view stunning photography from renowned Turkish photographers right by the White House & the Cochran Gallery of Art – at the American Institute of Architects (which once served as the White House)!

The Turkish Policy Center will exhibit a collection of photos of Turkey’s changing urban landscape. You are invited to pin you Public Comments on Turkey and Washington DC’s changing urban centers on an ”Anatolian Wishing Tree” (dilek ağaçi).

At the conclusion of the exhibition (1/31/14) one ”Anatolian Wishing Tree” will be presented to the Turkish Embassy and the other ”Anatolian Wishing Tree” will be presented to the City of Washington, DC (whose Sister City is Ankara, Turkey)!

We will have a Bicycle-Powered Blender on display, which was used to make the traditional yogurt smoothie, Ayran, at the Turkish Festival and at International PARK(ing) Day!

A bicycle tour with the DC Office of Planning Director will proceed the Grand Opening of the exhibition on 11/23/13, starting at 10am – learn about how Washington, DC (Ankara, Turkey’s ”Sister City”) is improving transportation for bicycle commuters. The tour ends at 12pm at our interactive exhibit!

RSVP required for tour: http://aiadc.com/calendar/event/bikers-perspective-urban-form

This traveling Turkish Park is inspired by the charismatic movement to save Istanbul, Turkey’s last central park,Gezi Park, and to beautify its towering staircases with cascading murals. Six young people, all in their early twenties, have been killed from police brutality and many people have been blinded from the rubber bullets and gases used on the peaceful sit-in of Gezi Park. Armenians walked beside Turks, Jews beside Christians, Anarchists beside Nationalists and even the rival football teams gathered together to save this symbolic public space. In suits and ties, Turks marched from Asia to Europe to sit-in Gezi Park and mothers formed a human chain around their children at the sit-in. At nine o’clock nightly, Istanbul’s skyscrapers would flicker from alternating lights turned on and off by the elderly and families who stayed indoors during the marches. New songsand Turkish tangos were created inspired by the events, translated into English here. Insightful documentarieshave made highlighting the unity the movement to save Gezi Park has brought the crossroads between East and West: Turkey.

The Turkish Policy Center brings this “Pop-Up Turkish Park’’ to festivals and galleries to promote a more inclusive, secular and democratic Turkey.

To make a monetary or in-kind donation for the exhibitions, please visit:www.turkishpolicycenter.org/support or contact the organizer, Aysha Ruya Cohen via: www.linkedin.com/in/AyshaRuyaCohen or aysha@turkishpolicycenter.org.

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The American Institute of Architects (by the White House & Corcoran Gallery)
1735 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)

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Turkish Policy Center (Washington, DC)

Turkish Policy Center (TPC), a 501-c-3 non-political non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C was launched on the 87th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey, 29 October 2010. Our main goals are to enrich the policy debates related to Turkish-American relations; share the important developments in Turkey; bring new perspectives to long-term bilateral issues and focus on areas of potential cooperation.

Vision: We strive for a future where Turkey achieves a well-functioning representative liberal democracy, rule of law, secularism, sustainable economic development, a respectable record of human rights and freedoms and international integration.

Mission: We aim to bring new and objective perspectives, critiques and fact-based analyses about Turkey to U.S. audience and ensure a plurality in policy debates related to Turkey. To complete this objective, we will reach out to the best names and leading voices in the field, use our academic research team’s skills to explore fresh policy alternatives and collaborate with organizations that share our core values and vision for Turkey.

We commission our research projects to well-known academics, analysts and political scientists while granting them full academic freedom.

Target Audience: The US administration, the legislative body (Capitol Hill), Washington’s Foreign Policy circles, including think tanks and rapidly evolving social communication and news sites, policymakers, analysts, academics, and public with interest in developments in Turkey and Turkish-American relations.

Turkish Policy Center, a 501-c-3 non-profit non-political organization, is completely independent. We partner with other organizations on a project-by-project basis only. All the contributions aretax-deductible.

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