The I AM exhibition opened on June 10, 2018 at St Mark's Cathedral in Seattle as part of its 16-month USA tour, running through August 7, 2018.
Before being exhibited in Seattle, I AM premiered its global tour at the National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan in May 2017 and was subsequently showcased on London’s Trafalgar Square at the historic St. Martin-in-the-Fields and then at the American University Museum in Washington DC, The Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming and at Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati.
The official opening program and reception on June 10, 2018 at St. Mark’s Cathedral included the following special guest speakers: The Rt Rev Greg Rickel (Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia), participating Yemeni-Bosnian artist Alia Ali, Bassem Bejjani, M.D. (from the Washington State Arts Commission and CARAVAN's Vice President), Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty of St. Mark’s Cathedral and Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler, Founding President of CARAVAN. The opening also included Middle Eastern musical performances by Stephen Elaimy & Erik Brown of House of Tarab. The excellent reception of Middle Eastern fare was sponsored and catered by Mamnoon.
An exciting schedule of programs accompanied the I AM exhibition in Seattle during the next two months to stimulate discussion, dialogue and education, promoting further understanding. The US Tour of I AM by CARAVAN is in partnership with Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB), the premier international art fair in The Kingdom of Bahrain.
Read participating Yemeni-Bosnian artist Alia Ali's outstanding address at the I AM opening in Seattle: "Art is Power"
St Mark's Cathedral
Exhibition and Opening Event at St Mark's Cathedral - June 10, 2018
CARAVAN Events in Seattle, WA (around the I AM exhibition)
JUNE 24, 2-4pm
The Power of the Female Voice in the Middle East - A Panel Discussion
Moderated by actress, playwright, educator and activist Ruth McRee with panelists:
Dr. Kimberly Segall, Professor of English/Cultural Studies, Seattle Pacific University
Laura Lasworth, Professor of Art, Seattle Pacific University - "On Art and Resonance"
Ranna Harb, graduate student, University of Washington- "Visuals: A closer look at Palestinian diaspora in Seattle"
Dr. Amal Winter, bi-cultural (Egyptian-American) psychologist, educator and political activist
AUGUST 5, 12.30pm
A Celebration of Voices of Peace from the Middle East
Included crafts, Dabke dancing, henna painting, calligraphy lessons and cuisine from the Middle East.