Art Beyond Conflict

Art Beyond Conflict: Fighting prejudice through sculpture
June 2017

ABCResponding to prejudice against peoples from the Middle East and North African regions, we are promoting an appreciation of cultural diversity thru an international public sculpture exhibit "Art Beyond Conflict: Contemporary Sculpture of the Middle East and North Africa." The exhibition will be outdoors in collaboration with Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties. There will also be an exhibit at the Sculpture Northwest Gallery in Bellingham from March 3 thru April 22.

The sculptors presenting their work come from or have ancestral ties to regions of conflict in the Middle East or North Africa and are currently living in the United States or Canada. The exhibit is a meant to foster greater appreciation of the arts and culture of the Middle East and North Africa and is an opportunity to make a public statement against cultural prejudice and to encourage dialogue about compassion and cross-cultural understanding through the arts.

The exhibit aspires to create a common ground between the culture of the people of the Middle East and North Africa and the cultures of Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties. Arts Commissions and arts organizations in these four counties are working with us in planning these exhibitions to bring awareness to their local populations as well as tourists visiting from Seattle and Vancouver, Canada.


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Photo Credit: Aaron Wagner of Voices of the Children, Children of Za'atari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.