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.
The best way to see a city while traveling is by foot. I spend a good amount of time in Washington, DC for work. I feel like I know the city fairly well, yet I am constantly amazed by the monumental architecture of the city.
I arrived in town earlier today to attend the Smithsonian Affiliations Advisory Council meeting and 2014 Annual Conference, which are taking place this week. Upon arrival, I hiked a few miles across town to grab some groceries from Whole Foods. Along the way I stumbled upon the National City Christian Church. This beautiful, neoclassical church was designed by John Russell Pope, the architect of Jefferson Memorial, the National Archives and Records Administration building, and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art. In all my time in DC, I never have noticed this church. Pretty impressive.
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