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The official opening program for THE KEY was held at the historic Riverside Church in New York on September 21 to commemorate the UN International Day of Peace during the UN General Assembly.

Special remarks were given by:

-Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of The Riverside Church
-Ambassador Ahmed Farouk, Consul General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in New York
-Ambassador (ret) Michelle Gavin, Managing Director of The Africa Center
-Imam Mohamed Bashar Arafat, President, Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland and Founder of Civilizations Exchange & Cooperation Foundation
-Dr. Reda Abdel Rahman, Co-Curator and participating artist

A special address was given by The Honorable Rabbi David N. Saperstein, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. There was also a musical performance by Sufi musician Amir Vahab & Ensemble

THE KEY exhibition opened in Cairo in March 2016 on the banks of the Nile and was then showcased in London at St. James’s Piccadilly, across from the Royal Academy of Arts. It is now being showcased in New York at the historic Riverside Church, a stronghold of peace activism over the decades, through November 6, 2016.

The Riverside Church                   September 21 - November 6, 2016
The Riverside Church
The Riverside Church
The truck arrives
Welpak team unloading the crates
Opening the crates
An open crate
Keys ready to move into the Church
Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler
Moving the Keys into the Church
Opening Night
The reception
The reception
The reception
Ankh by Mohamed Negm
Ankh by Salah El Mur
Ankh by Serwan Baran
Ankh by Omar Toussoun
Ankh by Noha Deyab
Ankh by Amal Nasr
Ankh by Ahmed Al Bahrani
Ankh by Yasmine El Khateib
Ankh by Suzan Shoukry
Ankh by Mohamed Banawy
Ankh by Mohamed Banawy
Ankh by Raham Mahmoud
Ankh by Noura Slim
Imam Mohamed Bashar Arafat
Speakers preparing
Amir Vahab and Ensemble
Amir Vahab and Ensemble
Lighting the Peace Candle
The audience
Amir Vahab & Ensemble
Amir Vahab
Amir Vahab
Rev. Dr. Amy Butler
Rev. Dr. Amy Butler

Some photos courtesy of  Dave Cross Photography

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