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Iranian art on display at Washington National Cathedral

Washington, D.C. – Selections from Wishes and Dreams, an exhibition by Iranian artists and organized by Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., was opened at Washington National Cathedral on August 9, 2007.

“These works open a window, through art, onto the feelings and spirit of Iran’s young people and provide visitors an opportunity to experience the beauty and refinement of Iranian culture. The Cathedral is very pleased to be able to exhibit these works in partnership with Meridian International Center,” said the Rev. Canon John L. Peterson, director of the Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation.

by Farnoosh
Ahmadishirazi, 2006.

The Cathedral’s Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation develops programs which seek to alleviate human suffering and promote peace around the world. One of its core programs is the U.S.-Iran Initiative which works to advance reconciliation between Americans and Iranians through inter-religious dialogue, face-to-face encounters and cross-cultural exchanges. The inclusion of an art exhibit in these programs is a new initiative for the Center.

In making the joint announcement, Meridian President Stuart Holliday stated, “Meridian is delighted to collaborate with the Cathedral in contributing to a deeper understanding of the Iranian people through this extraordinary group of paintings. We are pleased to share this exhibition with the thousands who will visit the Cathedral in the coming months.”

Meridian is a non-profit organization promoting international understanding through the exchange of ideas and arts among people.

Following the Cathedral venue, Wishes and Dreams will go on tour in other U.S. cities.

The exhibition is on display through October 28, 2007 on the Cathedral’s seventh floor, the Pilgrim Observation Gallery. Viewing hours are Monday–Friday and Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm; Saturdays 10 am–4 pm.

Contact: Elizabeth Mullen

(202) 537-6248, office

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