The I AM exhibition global tour premiered in Amman, Jordan under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan on May 3 and was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Wijdan Al-Hashemi, the Founder and President of The Royal Society of Fine Arts. Hundreds attended the official opening at the newly renovated National Gallery of Fine Arts from diverse walks of life. Many of the participating artists were also present, with a number flying in from other countries.
Special thanks go to H.R.H. Princess Wijdan Al-Hashemi for her belief in the importance of this exhibition, and Dr. Khalid Khreis, the Director General of the National Gallery of Fine Arts, for hosting the I AM exhibition so generously.
The I AM exhibition also served as a catalyst for a variety of events and programs around the exhibition in each location to stimulate discussion, dialogue and education, promoting further understanding around the exhibition’s peacebuilding theme. In Amman, an exciting schedule of programs and events were held (i.e. concerts, artist’s talk, etc). CARAVAN also partnered with The Ahliyyah School for Girls in order to develop the educational component for youth around the I AM exhibition focused on teenage girls in both public and private schools. Through a series of fields visits and associated workshops around I AM, the exhibition’s themes were explored – i.e. women's contribution to peace, interreligious harmony (Christian and Muslim), as well as how they see the future and the role they themselves expect to play and opportunities they hope for.
Premiered in Amman, Jordan
Under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
Opening at National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
CARAVAN EVENTS in AMMAN (around the I AM exhibition)
May 2, Tuesday, 6.00pm
Spiritual Concert with Jahida Wehbe from Lebanon
Organized by the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies
[To listen to a song at the concert, see: Jahida Wehbe]
May 4, Thursday, 6.00pm
Jordan National Gallery of Fine Art
The Role of Art in Empowering Women
Artist's talk with Iraqi artist Hanaa Malallah
[To see photos: Hanaa Malallah]
May 6, Saturday, 7.00pm
Organ Concert: Middle East & Women Composers
with organist Calvert Johnson
[To see photos of the concert: Calvert Johnson]
CARAVAN partnered with The Ahliyyah School for Girls to deliver a number of educational field trips to the exhibition for girl students from The Ahliyyah School for Girls and also from girls public schools in Amman., Jordan.