Director of the Palestine Popular Art Centre
Houston Institute for Culture will host Eisenhower Fellow Ms. Iman Hammouri during her visit to Houston on Monday, November 21.
Ms. Hammouri is the director of the Popular Art Centre, a leading cultural center in the West Bank. She is touring various institutions around the United States to explore issues related to social and cultural arts programming, cultural preservation, integration of underserved populations into the arts, youth development, and advocacy and funding for the arts.
Our goals for her visit are to introduce Ms. Hammouri to innovative solutions to express the interests and concerns of underrepresented and marginalized communities, such as the many programs that are operated by Houston organizations, and to help her form a network of contacts for the future.
The University of St. Thomas will welcome us and host a public dialogue at 10:00am on Monday, November 21. If you are interested to attend, please let me know (713-667-6650) and I will provide you directions to the theatre in the Doherty Library.
Following a visit with our gracious hosts at St. Thomas, the Center for International Studies, and Modern and Classical Languages Department, we will take Ms. Hammouri to the MECA Community Center (Multicultural Education and Counseling through Arts) for a tour of their facilities and the after school programs they offer their young community.
We want to make sure her time in Houston is effectively used exploring the subjects that interest her - solutions to engage young people in issues and dialogue.
Brief Biography of Iman Hammouri
Ms. Iman Hammouri, 36, directs the Popular Art Centre, a leading cultural center in the West Bank which offers a wide variety of cultural and arts programming. An active promoter of the Palestinian art movement, and of Palestinian folkloric heritage preservation, Ms. Hammouri has performed for over a decade with the Palestinian Dance Troupe El-Funoun, and chairs or serves on the boards of several arts organizations. Her work with young people promotes the development of values and practices essential to an open society, such as using art and dance to expose young people to role models to constructively and positively channel their energies. A community activist who has worked extensively on women?s issues, Ms. Hammouri has represented the Network of Palestinian Non Governmental Organizations at various international forums. During her Fellowship, she will look at social and cultural policy development and advocacy efforts, arts programs focusing on marginalized populations and disadvantaged groups, youth participation in arts initiatives, and the intersection of the public and not-for-profit sectors.
Her Fellowship Interests:
-Advocacy and policy-making for social and cultural institutions
-Social and cultural programs directed toward marginalized and disadvantaged communities
-Strategies for securing the participation of young people, and especially girls, in the program development process
-The interdependency between U.S. nonprofits and public funders
About the Eisenhower Fellowships
Eisenhower Fellowships engages emerging leaders from around the world to enhance their professional capabilities, broaden their contacts, deepen their perspectives, and unite them in a diverse, global community -- a network where dialogue, understanding, and collaboration lead to a more prosperous, just, and peaceful world.
The program brings to the United States up to 25 Fellows from as many countries each spring and approximately 20 from a single country or region each fall who are chosen for their leadership achievements and potential to make an impact in the future. The Fellows follow individualized two-month programs that take them to 10-12 cities for 60-80 meetings with U.S. leaders in their respective fields.
Eisenhower Fellowships was founded in 1953 as a tribute to Dwight D. Eisenhower as he assumed the U.S. presidency. Its purpose and design reflect his conviction that greater understanding among individuals fosters greater understanding among nations and contributes to peace and progress for all.
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