“Arab Films provide a sense of empowerment to the Arab community, especially to our youth…They help generate a sense of pride of who we are and invite us to embrace our cultural identity.” Serge Bakalian, Arab Film Festival Executive Director.
The Arab American Film Festival is sponsoring House of Lebanon “Beyond Borders” Film Screenings, to be featured during our 2014 “Beyond Borders” Art Exhibition Opening Reception weekend (Saturday, October 18, 5:00pm – 9:00pm and Sunday, October 19, 9:30am – 5:00pm).
“Screening Lebanese and Arab films is one of “Beyond Borders” Art Exhibition highlights,” said Karen Srour, House of Lebanon Executive Director. “House of Lebanon realizes the power of films in depicting Lebanon’s culture and telling its unique story.” From here stems the partnership with the Arab Film Festival who will present a selection of Lebanese shorts during “Beyond Borders” Art Exhibition Opening Reception weekend. “We thank the Arab Film Festival for their sponsorship.”
The House of Lebanon hosted, as part of its community outreach programs, the Department of Homeland Security, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on Wednesday, August 27. The participants were introduced to the first Lebanese American Cultural Center of its kind in the USA.
House of Lebanon President, Mike Ahmar, along with our Board Member, Wafa Hoballah, welcomed attendees to House of Lebanon and informed them about its mission and future plans for the cultural center.
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“It is highly beneficial for House of Lebanon to be exposed to different organizations and community leaders on a local, state, and federal level,” said Mike Ahmar, President of House of Lebanon. “Our cultural center is in its early stages. By making its development known to the community will ensure future partnership and support.”
“I have been part of DHS roundtable meetings for years,” said Wafa Hoballah, Attorney at Law. “DHS regularly holds community roundtable meetings among community leaders and Federal, State, and local government officials. The meetings bring together different communities like American Arab, Middle Easterners, and other cultural group with government representatives to discuss present issues and work together on improving policies that affect different communities. In addition, by interacting with a variety of cultural groups, DHS improves the cultural competency of its personnel by conducting Cultural Competency Training to insure cultural understanding.
Thank you to our Artists Group Members who helped remove existing walls in our interactive room to make it more useful during our 2014 “Beyond Borders” Art Exhibition coming up in October. The room is part of House of Lebanon new building, which will be remodeled and fully transformed into a cultural center.
This year, we will also use the interactive room to conduct workshops during our 2014 “Beyond Borders” Art Exhibition. Last year, we offered the interactive room to be partly used for workshops and as a graffiti space. Our community members, especially children, enjoyed the freedom of writing different messages on the large walls and show their artistic side. Drawings and messages like “Ahlan wa Sahlan” (“Welcome”), “great show HOL Artists”, and “I love Lebanon” were written on the walls.
STAY TUNED to be informed about the different types of workshops and cultural activities House of Lebanon Artists Group are planning.
How to set up “Beyond Borders” art exhibition? Where is it best to creatively and cohesively display new artwork with House of Lebanon permanent art collection? How can the outside space be an extension of the inside space? What are the workshops that can be offered? All of these questions were discussed during House of Lebanon Artists Group meeting in July. A group of Artists members attended the meeting to form committees and plan for House of Lebanon 4th Annual “Beyond Borders” 2014 Art Exhibition and opening reception.
Serving Lebanese savories, desserts, and freshly made on the spot Lebanese coffee was House of Lebanon’s way to say hello to our new neighbors at the 35th Annual Brookside Block Party held on Sunday, June 22. House of Lebanon was one of the sponsors of the event. Our goal was to meet and inform the community of the existence of House of Lebanon and the establishment of the first Lebanese American Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Video: House of Lebanon at 35th Annual Brookside Block Party