Photo: guests pictured at the Afghan Cultural House in Kabul, Afghanistan
Next Thursday, January 21 the Elisabeth Jones Art Center will kick off our exciting virtual Global Arts Festival series!
Our premiere event will feature the artwork of Arif Bahaduri and exceptional performances that honor and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Afghanistan!
We will begin the evening with a virtual cooking class led by Chef Halima Bahman who will teach us how to prepare a tasty and authentic Afghan dumpling called "Ashak."
We will then stream a live artist interview between Arif and our Executive Director John Teply.
Afterwards we will "travel" to Kabul, Afghanistan and take a virtual tour of the galleries at the Afghan Cultural House, led by Deputy Director Yousuf Esar.
Finally, we will end the evening with a fantastic LIVE production of a traditional "Attan" dance by a troupe of performers on the ground in Afghanistan.
Don't wait to get your tickets!! This is going to be an extraordinary series of events that will allow you to "travel" all around the globe to taste, see, and hear from many different cultures.
Individual event tickets are $15 and an all-inclusive "passport" for all events is only $50!
Photo: Aravani Art Project (India)
On February 25, 2021 we are thrilled to unveil the murals and artwork of a collective of artists called Aravani Art Project, from Bangalore, Karnataka. They will talk about their work and themes on a live Zoom interview with our Executive Director John Teply.
We will start the evening with a virtual cooking class led by Chef Deepak Kaul of Bhuna Restaurant, which specializes in Indian Soul Food. (yum!)
We will then have a beautiful bharatanatyam dance performance by Sweta Ravisankar, followed by a variety of performances by the Vayuvya Samskrithika Kendra (VSK) Group including dancing, singing, and acting to share an Hindu epic tale.
Get your tickets now! An all-inclusive event "passport" would also make a fantastic holiday present too!!
Photo: O. Yemi Tubi (Nigeria)
On January 28, 2021 we will be exhibiting a mural and artworks by Nigerian-born artist O. Yemi Tubi, followed by a live interview with our director John Teply.
We have quite a lineup of exciting events to celebrate Nigerian and Yoruba cultural heritages as well!
First, we'll start with a live cooking class led by local celebrity chef Salimatu Amabebe, director of Black Feast — an experience that weaves together food and art.
Then we will be led on a virtual tour of the exhibition "Making Matter: Materiality and Technology in Nigerian Art" at the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art in Lagos, Nigeria.
We will also have the fantastic opportunity to learn about the art of headwrapping in a virtual expo led by Zarinah El-Amin Naeem of Beautifully Wrapped.
Tickets for this event and the all-inclusive "passport" are on sale now. Get yours today!
Photo: Kaoru Shibuta (Japan)
On February 11, 2021 we will be unveiling a mural and artworks created by Japanese artist Kaoru Shibuta, followed by a live interview between he and our director John Teply.
And we have a very exciting schedule of events shaping up for that night to celebrate Japanese cultural heritage!
We will kick it off with a virtual cooking class led by Chef David Edwards of NanBan PDX. Chef Edwards is known for his "renegade approach" to Japanese cuisine.
We will also get to enjoy some fantastic traditional Japanese folktale storytelling by Alton Chung, as well as an exciting musical performance by Yumi Torimaru of Kotori Japanese Music.
Tickets are on sale now — only $15 for this single event or $50 for your all-inclusive "passport"
You definitely don't want to miss this!
We are very excited to be working with Afghan Cultural House for our event celebrating our exchange with Arif Bahaduri, an Afghan artist working in Canada.
Afghanistan Youth Cultural & Arts Organization (AYCAO) is a non - profit government organization that established in 2010 in Kabul as a dynamic cultural center offering different services. It provides a unique opportunity for the Afghan people, especially for the women and young generations who are ignored or isolated from the community for many decades.
To learn more about this amazing organization, you can visit their website here: http://www.ach.af/
Photo: Six Eyes Collective (Pakistan)
The Global Art Festival includes art, food, and music for 7 weeks starting January 21, 2021.
This project brings together artists from opposite ends of the world in a creative visual collaboration.
January 21 — Arif Bahaduri / Afghanistan
January 28 — O. Yemi Tubi / Nigeria
February 11 — Kaoru Shibuta / Japan
February 18 — Geger Boyo / Indonesia
February 25 — Aravani Art Project / India
March 11 — MaryAnn Loo / Singapore
March 18 — Alevtina Kakhidze / Ukraine
All of the festival events will be virtual, many of which will be LIVE.
Ticket price per event: $15
"Passport" to all events: $50
We are currently closed to the public but will be reopening soon with exciting changes. Stay tuned for updated hours!
Elisabeth jones art center is located in the pearl district of downtown portland, oregon