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Epicenter is a new initiative of the Institute for Policy Studies to amplify ongoing collaborations between artists and policy professionals in Washington, DC.

We will bring artists and policy experts together to create innovative public events, publish written resources on these collaborations, and produce short videos that share the site-specific experiences with a larger national and international audience.

In 2016-17, we will focus on the Middle East, with a special emphasis on Iran.

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Upcoming Events

Making Murals in Washington and Tehran
Sunday, October 16 at 11:30am: Epicenter has partnered with the DC Commission on Public Art and Words, Beats & Life to sponsor a roundtable discussion on mural-making in Washington and Tehran at the Creative Time Summit at the Corcoran.

Beautifying Tehran One Wall at a Time
Thursday, October 20 at 1:30pm: Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Iranian muralist, will join David Furchgott of International Arts and Artists and Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council at the Atlantic Council (1030 15th St., NW, 12th floor).

A Conversation with Mehdi Ghadyanloo
Thursday, October 20 at 6:30pm: Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Iranian muralist, will give an evening talk, along with Andy Shallal of Busboys and Poets, at the Washington campus of New York University (1307 L St., NW).

Area Calendar

Gallery Al-Quds at the Jerusalem Fund
Upcoming exhibitions include the Hand of Fatima, classical calligraphy by Nawaf Soliman, the works of Egyptian photographer Amr Mounib, and art from the Nakba Museum


Night Raid in Bil’in
Night Raid in Bil’in is an exhibit of photographs by Richard Cahan . Filmed at the Gallery Al-Quds at the Jerusalem Fund in Washington, DC on September 30, 2016 and featuring curator Dagmar Painter and AFSC staffperson Raed Jarrar.
Forbidden Colors
Forbidden Colors brings together 30 artists who explore the Israeli ban on the four colors of the Palestinian flag that lasted from 1980 to 1993. Filmed at the Gallery Al-Quds at the Jerusalem Fund in Washington, DC.

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Who We Are

John Feffer is the director of Epicenter at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. He is also the director of the Institute’s Foreign Policy In Focus project. He is the author of several books, including Splinterlands (Haymarket, forthcoming), the writer and performer of several one-man shows, and a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Nation, and other publications. His website is johnfeffer.com


Reinventing the Calligraphic Tradition

This Iranian graphic artist puts a new spin on calligraphy in an effort to bring Persian culture to the rest of the world.
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