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Managing Art & Social Impact feat. Zeyba Rahman

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Carnegie Mellon University Master of Arts Management Program and the Center for Arts in Society Present
Managing Art & Social Impact
feat. Zeyba Rahman (Sr. Program Officer for the Building Bridges Program, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art)
Thursday, March 23, 12-1:20 pm
Hamburg Hall A301
Free with RSVP: http://cglink.me/r326724
Lunch provided

In an increasingly diverse and globalized world with rapidly expanding access to technology and cross-cultural experiences, the arts play a critical role in fostering mutual understanding across divides. In the age of communication, this approach lends powerful support to cultural diplomacy efforts, to advance social justice and positive societal change.  For the lecture, Ms. Rahman will draw upon her experiences as a curator, festival producer, artistic director, cultural policy advisor and now as a foundation officer to discuss the how the cultural sector can bridge sectors and borders, and also provide insight about how to engage the arts medium to facilitate, manage and evaluate social change.  

This event is presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Dietrich College of Humanities

About the speaker:
Zeyba Rahman joined the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an operating foundation of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in 2013 as senior program officer for the Building Bridges Program. Rahman manages the Building Bridges Program’s national grant making to support projects that advance relationships, increase understanding and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. 

Before joining the foundation, Rahman led internationally and nationally recognized projects as a creative director/producer to promote understanding between diverse communities. The roles she has performed  include: director, Asia and North America, Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco; artistic director, Arts Midwest’s Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet; curator, BAM’s Mic Check Hip Hop; creative consultant, Public Programs, Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia Galleries; chief curator, Alliance Francaise’s World Nomads Morocco Festival; project director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/National Endowment for the Arts' Global Cultural Connections; and senior advisor, Muslim Voices Festival. 

She is the advisor to Artworks for Freedom and on the nominating committee of the Civitella Foundation in Italy. Twice honored by New York City’s government, Rahman is the subject of two television profiles as a global arts leader.

Contact Ross Reilly at rossreilly@cmu.edu or (412) 268-6706 if you have any questions or difficulty registering for the event.


Contact Information:
rossreilly@cmu.edu, (412) 268-6706

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