Meridian International Center and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates Launch Major Cultural Diplomacy Program in Fort Worth, Texas

October 29, 2014

Media Contacts: Monique McSween | Phone: (202) 939-5882


Groundbreaking Emirati art exhibition makes second stop on national tour.

WHAT: Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, a groundbreaking cultural diplomacy program and art exhibition, is being unveiled in Texas as part of the exhibition’s 18-month national tour. Past Forward, curated by Meridian International Center, in partnership with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC, showcases the UAE’s compelling national narrative and rich cultural heritage. Paintings, photographs, sculptures, video installations, and other media by 25 notable Emirati artists will be simultaneously displayed at Artspace111 in Fort Worth and the World Affairs Council headquarters in Dallas for public viewing. The artworks showcase the creativity radiating throughout the Emirati art scene and highlight the development and history of the UAE.
WHO: Mr. Omar Al Shamsi, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC
Ambassador Stuart Holliday, President and CEO, Meridian International Center
Shamma Al Amri, Featured Emirati Artist
Noor Al Suwaidi, Co-curator, Past Forward
WHERE: Artspace111 Gallery and Gardens
111 Hampton Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
WHEN: Friday, November 7, 2014, 6PM – 8:30PM
Images and updates from the event will be shared on social media with the hashtag #PastForward.
VISUALS: VIP reception and overall event.
INTERVIEWS: Interviews with hosts, artists, and other attendees may be scheduled upon request.
MEDIA CONTACTS: For more information, or to RSVP, please contact:
Monique McSween | (202) 939-5882 |


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