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ArteEast Announces Middle East Arts and Culture Website

New York, July 7 - Arts advocates and supporters have a new vehicle to find out about innovative arts and cultural programs covering the various viewpoints of Middle East experiences and perspectives in the United States. ArteEast is launching a new web site,, the first of its kind, to highlight important works from and about the Middle East and provide a national platform to showcase and promote these projects as they travel the United States.  "In times like these, ArteEast programs are an important bridge between the myriad of Middle Eastern cultures and the American public," said Livia Alexander, ArteEast Director.


The unique services offered by ArteEast include an easily accessible virtual space for "one stop shopping" that will provide information to individuals eager to stay on the forefront of the burgeoning Middle Eastern arts scene, a virtual gallery featuring regular in-depth profiles of selected artists, and breaking Arts News and ongoing updates about the arts scene throughout the region.


ArteEast's upcoming programs and website highlights include:


Cinema East - In collaboration with the NYU Department of Middle East Studies, this bi-weekly series of films from the Middle East will run September 13 to May 15, 2004 at the NYU Cantor Theater. The program is also slated to travel throughout the country.


Near - A group exhibition of exilic Middle Eastern artists, accompanied by a lecture series, opens in winter, 2003 at Arts International in New York City.


Virtual Gallery - Monthly on-line profile of the works of a selected visual artist, filmmaker, writer, poet or musician.


Arts News - Monthly updates on events and news pertaining to artistic production in the Middle East (to be launched fall 2003).

Artist Resources - Information online for artists interested in submitting work for inclusion in ArteEast and other programs, and for those interested in volunteering or making tax-deductible donations to support ArteEast.


To join the ArteEast mailing list, please send an email to:




About us: ArteEast, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Brooklyn, NY, is the first organization of its kind promoting Middle Eastern arts in the United States with a unique multicultural approach to covering a wide spectrum of Middle Eastern artists and viewpoints rather focusing solely on artists and projects from one nation, ethnicity or region. 


ArteEast, Inc., seeks to increase the visibility of the arts and cultures of the Middle East in the United States through collaborative projects with universities, community groups, museums and cultural institutions.


This mission will be achieved by presenting cultural events in the New York City metropolitan area and by producing traveling exhibits and events throughout the country. ArteEast also supports the production of artistic works pertaining to the Middle East in various media, including, but not limited to, the visual arts, music, theater, and film. We offer a collective experience of ten years in film programming, community, and educational outreach.  Our film and educational programs build on longstanding relationships with universities and other non-profit organizations.


ArteEast is a fiscally sponsored organization of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.




Kacy Boccumini

Press and Publicity

Tel & Fax: 718.832.6564



490 Third Street, #2
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tel & Fax: 718.832.6564

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