Past Events

PAST EVENTS

 

 

 

Past Events

Close to Home: Celebrating California's Arab American Art

Presented in collaboration with the Southern California Friends of the AANM and the House of Lebanon, the Arab American National Museum honors the Lebanese American Foundation's years of dedication that made the House of Lebanon a reality.  How better to celebrate the establishment of a major Lebanese cultural center in Los Angeles than a celebration of local Arab American artistic talent?  Showcasing an artist's insight into Arab American identity is a powerful gateway in opening up people's minds to the larger Arab American culture.  The exhibition brings together, for the first time, acclaimed Arab American artists who call Southern California home.

Victor Issa: Sculpting Across America

Victor Issa, one of the foremost figurative sculptors in America today, and heralded for his remarkable ability to make bronze appear alive, presented his art and stories to a group of HOL supporters and friends at the House of Lebanon.  His artistic hallmark Creating Living Bronze is the embodiment of his life-focused spirituality, respect for the human figure, love of life, passion for perfection, and undaunted perseverance.  Victor has been sculpting professionally for nearly two decades.  His works have been featured in shows and exhibitions across America since 1985.  Victor's sculptures are displayed in private and public collections worldwide, but most importantly Victor Issa is the sculptor of the Kahlil Gibran statue at the LA City Library in downtown Los Angeles.

Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina

Dr. Akram Khater, Director of the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese American Studies and a professor of history at North Carolina State University, presented the documentary Cedars in the Pines to guests at the House of Lebanon.  The Khayrallah Program for Lebanese American Studies was established in 2010 to research, preserve, and publicize the history of the Lebanese American community in North Carolina and the South from its earliest days in the 1890's through today.

In order to accomplish these goals, they conduct interviews with descendants of first, second, and third generation North Carolinians of Lebanese descent.  In addition, they collect digital copies of photos, letters, books, and other memorabilia from members of the Lebanese American community that will help in the task of telling the story of this community.  All this material, and other items are archived digitally online and made available to the general public and researchers.

The first project, a documentary about this history titled Cedars in the Pines:  The Lebanese in North Carolina is completed.  A museum exhibition was installed at the NC Museum of History in 2014.

Backgammon Family Night

Over twenty five eager players came to the House of Lebanon for the first Backgammon Family Night.  

Beyond Borders Art Exhibition

An art exhibit, Lebanese and Arabic film screenings, food, music, songs and dance performances brought together over 500 community members to celebrate and support House of Lebanon Artists Group at the 4th Annual 2014 Beyond Borders Art Exhibition and Welcome Reception. The event took place at House of Lebanon Lebanese American Cultural Center on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Lebanese Dabke Dance Workshop

Dabke dance is charged with meaning. It symbolizes harmony, togetherness, and oneness. It generates a sense of belonging to a common heritage, culture, and identity. House of Lebanon offered a Middle Eastern Dance workshop on Saturday, November 15, 2014 presented by Dance Professor Maha Afra. 

Tabla Workshop with Percussionist Marc El Khoury

The heartbeat of Tabla responded lively to the instructions of Percussionist Marc El Khoury's hands during the Tarab Music - Rhythm from The Middle East Workshop offered at House of Lebanon on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Lebanese Cooking Workshop

"Fatoush", "tabouleh", grape leaves, "baba ghanouj", spinach and cheese "fatayer" (pies) were some of the recipes presented by Chef Najwa Massoud during the Lebanese Cooking Workshop House of Lebanon offered on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Ceramic Tiles Workshop

Carefully handling the clay, imprinting a pattern of choice on its surface, carving and shaping, participants looked forward to a beautifully decorated piece of ceramic tile they worked on at the Handmade Ceramic Tiles workshop offered by House of Lebanon on Saturday, November 8, 2014. 

Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

Participants came from as far as San Diego, Irvine, and Riverside to House of Lebanon in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 25, 2014 for a common purpose: To take an Arabic Calligraphy workshop presented by Dr. Imad Bayoun. The class was full and the energy was high. Participants were very excited to learn and to be introduced to this valuable form of art.