Photos from our recent trip to Edinburgh, Scotland.
Some iPhone images I took during my recent visit to Paris.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to represent the Arab American National Museum at the City/Cité convening in Paris. It was an inspiring program and I was honored to be part of an incredibly talented delegation of professionals representing the US. In addition to sharing how the AANM works to uplift communities through arts & culture, I had the opportunity to meet with like-minded institutions in Paris to explore the potential for collaboration. This included the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration and the Institut du Monde Arabe. I’m optimistic about the possibilities. Here’s more on the City/Cité program:
At a time where shockwaves of the Brexit and US elections extend to the other side of the Atlantic in a context of worldwide political crisis, City/Cité brings together researchers, policymakers, city architects, activists, artists, and journalists in a transatlantic dialogue on the past, present, and future of urban democracy.
After the 2015 launch of City/Cité in Chicago and before the next stage that will take place in Detroit in 2017, this Paris edition turns to the issue of “neighborhoods”. The two days of events at CentQuatre-Paris and Maison de la Poésie offer a space for exchange and reflection on ways to promote social inclusion and political participation in neighborhoods, and to identify best practices for social justice. Beyond the immediate objective of establishing an international network of artists, researchers, local figures, and activists, the project aims to create a Franco-American commission on urban development policy.
I need to express my heartfelt gratitude to the French Embassy in the US for organizing City/Cité. Not only was it an insightful program, but it also served to foster stronger relationships among the participants. I’m very much looking forward to the next installment of City/Cité, which will take place in Detroit in 2017.
A throwback…just rediscovered this iPhone pic of Radcliffe Camera from our trip to Oxford, England in 2010.
Places to go. Food to eat. Coffee, much coffee, to consume. The LA travel map for May 2014.
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Here are some images of lights I captured on a recent trip to northern Michigan. The purpose of this trip was to serve as both a vacation and a nordic skiing adventure. However, I found myself engrossed in Michigan’s maritime history. Speaking to this, I’ve been doing a great bit of reading on/researching since returning home. I’ve found the following books to be both informative and enjoyable:
- Legends of the Light: A Michigan Lighthouse Portfolio
- The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas
- November’s Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913
Here are some photographs from the 55th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk. This was our first time participating in the annual five mile walk. Despite the crowds, the walk across the bridge at sunrise was beautiful!
Recommendations from our itinerary:
Highlights from my first day in Minneapolis.
I spent a few hours exploring the Walker Art Center. This was my first visit to the museum. The Walker has served as a huge source of inspiration over the years due to their leadership within the museum field. I’ve been especially inspired and challenged by their new media initiatives. The museum lived up to my expectations. Several great exhibits were on display, including Lifelike (“a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations”), Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy, Dance Works I: Merce Cunningham/Robert Rauschenberg, Dance Works II: Merce Cunningham / Ernesto Neto, and Absentee Landlord, an exhibit curated by John Waters. I was happy to see many museum folks there who are in town for the American Association of Museums annual conference.
If you find yourself in Minneapolis, a.k.a. Bike City, then you need to take advantage of Nice Ride. This bike share program is amazing. I spent a good portion of my time cruising around town on the three-speed bicycles. We need a bike share program in Ann Arbor. Now.
I capped off my night at Matt’s Bar for a “jucy lucy.” Yes, this place is an institution and the burgers are legendary. Although the burger was good, it doesn’t hold a flame to many of the stops on the Detroit Burger Tour.