epicenter-logoThe intersection of art and politics

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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Area Calendar

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Current exhibit through July 31: She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from the Arab World and Iran

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


Heartbeat: Israelis and Palestinians Make Music Together
Aaron Shneyer describes Heartbeat, which brings together young Israeli and Palestinian musicians.
She Who Tells a Story
Kathryn Wat, chief curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, discusses the new exhibition of photography by women from Iran and the Arab world, “She Who Tells a Story” (http://www.nmwa.org/).

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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


The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy

Foreign policy is too important to leave to the "professionals." Through art and culture, we can all work to make the world a better place.

Wrestling with Iran

Wrestling is the new ping pong when it comes to U.S.-Iranian relations.

Iran and the Diplomatic Jackpot

The Middle East is hardly a cheery place these days. But there's one silver lining: The Iran deal is paying off big.