An artistic celebration of UN International Day of Peace around the premiere of CARAVAN’s “THE KEY” peacebuilding art installation - featuring 40 premier and emerging Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Western artists using the world’s most ancient symbol of harmony, the Egyptian Ankh (Key of Life), as a message of hope for a harmonious, peaceful and tolerant world. With special guest speakers and Sufi music.
At a time when stereotypes and media hype are increasing the ever widening divide between the Middle East and West, THE KEY, a strategic East-West art exhibition, seeks to change misconceptions and build bridges between creeds and cultures.
THE KEY, the 2016 CARAVAN Exhibition of Art, uses the world’s most ancient symbol of harmony and pluralism, the Egyptian Ankh (known as the “Key of Life”) as the canvas for a contemporary message of hope for a harmonious, peaceful and tolerant world. THE KEY showcases the work of 40 premier and emerging Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Western contemporary artists using a modern 3D fiberglass portrayal of the Ankh (an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph that read “life”) as a means of engendering harmony and peace among people of different cultural heritages and faith backgrounds.
Designed to grab the imagination, the exhibition will inspire its viewers to realize what is possible and how we can all play a part in shaping our world into one where understanding and compassion are valued above all.
THE KEY was launched in Cairo, Egypt in March 2016 and was then exhibited in London, England at the beautiful Sir Christopher Wren designed St. James’s Piccadilly from June 15 through August 15. Opening on the UN International Day of Peace, September 21, THE KEY will be showcased at The Riverside Church through November 6, 2016.
OPENING NIGHT: September 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nave - the UN International Day of Peace. Free. All are welcome.
Special Guests include:
Ambassador David Saperstein, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Int'l Religious Freedom
Ambassador Ahmed Farouk, Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Ambassador (ret) Michelle D. Gavin, Managing Director of The Africa Center
with Sufi Music by Amir Vahab & Ensemble
WHERE: The Riverside Church in the City of New York
EXHIBIT RUNS: September 25 through November 6, 2016 / Daily 9:00-5:00 p.m. except during worship services and other scheduled events.
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