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Celebrate the Right of Return
Apply to Host "Expressions of Nakba" Art Exhibit

December 11th, 2008

December 11th, 2008 is the 60th anniversary of the UN General Assembly passing Resolution 194, which officially recognizes the Right of Return for the Palestinian refugees who were expelled and dispossessed of their homes and Expressions of Nakba openingland during al-Nakba ("the catastrophe").

In Honor of this important anniversary, we are issuing a call for applications to host our Expressions of Nakba art exhibit. The US Campaign is soliciting applications to host the Expressions of Nakba exhibit which will begin touring in January 2009.

Expressions of Nakba is the culmination of an international arts competition organized by the US Campaign to commemorate the 60th anniversary of al-Nakba, the systematic expulsion of Palestinians during the founding of the Israeli state in 1948.

The Exhibit will be available to travel in the US and Canada starting from January 2009. Parties interested in hosting the exhibit should complete and submit an application by clicking here by January 12th 2009.

About The Exhibit

The exhibition seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people through the eyes and voices of young artists who interpret the collective identity, historic struggle, and emotional experience of the Nakba for Palestinians. The exhibit strives to highlight the ongoing effects of the Nakba in the contemporary life of Palestinian refugees along with a deeper exploration of many emerging notions of being in "exile."

The international competition, held in 2008, received more than 350 entries from artists in 17 different countries for five categories: Written Work, Recorded Audio, Visual Arts, Poster Design, and Digital Media. An international jury of distinguished artists, curators and writers selected the most compelling works for the exhibit in May of 2008. Winners and honorable mention entries were announced on May 15th and celebrated with the opening of the Expressions of Nakba Exhibit in Washington DC and the launching of the online Gallery. The exhibit includes over 50 creative visual arts pieces (photos, artwork and written work) and 18 compelling audio/visual entries. Shipping costs for the exhibit are roughly $200 and will be paid by host exhibitors. This fall the exhibit traveled to Boston and was displayed at Harvard University and Boston College.

Costs of hosting the exhibit range between $500 and $2000, depending on choice of venue and publicity costs. Shipping the exhibit costs around $200. Cost of hosting the exhibit will be paid by host exhibitors. The US Campaign can provide some fundraising material to host organizations.

Own a Piece of
Expressions of Nakba

You can own a print of the winning poster design from our international Expressions of Nakba art competition. Simply make a $20 or greater tax-deductible contribution to the US Campaign and we'll send you a masterful work by Ildiko Toth, entitled "Parachutes Falling." This piece is pictured below and features the powerful image of keys (the symbol of al-Nakba) tied to keffiyehs (a symbol of the Palestinian struggle for justice) and the names of villages depopulated in 1948. Click here to reserve your copy of this limited-edition poster today.

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Expressions of Nakba applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and decisions regarding specific hosting arrangements will be communicated to interested parties as they are reached. Hosts will be chosen according to the level of exposure that groups can garner for the exhibit (media, community outreach, etc), the relevance of each location and host organization(s) to ongoing US Campaign outreach efforts, and resources available from your organization (venue, ability to host reception to open the exhibit). An email detailing the itinerary for the entire exhibit will be sent to the U.S. Campaign's entire list in late January. Please email the US Campaign's National Organizer for more information by clicking here.