Peacebuilding through the Arts between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and West.
CARAVAN is an international intercultural and interreligious peacebuilding arts non-profit (501c3) / NGO that uses the arts to address the increasing chasm of discord and misunderstanding that exists between the cultures and creeds of Middle East and the West.
CARAVAN develops initiatives that use the arts as a catalyst to bring people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs closer together toward building sustainable peace. We develop, organize, curate and host numerous artistic programs; exhibitions, festivals, lectures, concerts, artist exchanges, collaborations, seminars, symposiums, forums/panels, film screenings, etc. Our flagship initiative is the globally recognized East-West peacebuilding CARAVAN Exhibition of Art that brings together many of the Middle East’s and West’s premier and emerging contemporary artists.
CARAVAN Exhibition of Art
Our flagship initiative is the globally recognized East-West peacebuilding CARAVAN Exhibition of Art that brings together many of the Middle East’s and West’s premier and emerging contemporary artists.
The nature of the CARAVAN Exhibition of Art is strategically “nomadic” (hence the “caravan” theme) and is held in varying locations worldwide rather than in a consistently fixed setting, allowing flexibility to respond to world events, arising invitations, opportunities and need. These exhibitions result in unprecedented gatherings of renowned Middle Eastern and Western artists coming together to use art as a bridge for intercultural and inter-religious dialogue and have garnered attention from the international press, media and art world, attracting many thousands of visitors.
A distinguishing feature of the CARAVAN Exhibition of Art is that it is often held in either “sacred spaces” or public venues, as opposed to primarily in traditional art spaces, like galleries and museums, in order to maximize viewership from the widest possible demographic. Additionally, within “sacred spaces” there is already a contemplative nature to the atmosphere which facilitates the message of the art exhibition.
Each CARAVAN Exhibition of Art serves as catalyst that sparks a wide range of programs and services that are held before, during and after it.