Through Walls Press Release

Avenue 50 Studio Teams Up With Athar Lina Initiative in Cairo in an Artistic Effort to Preserve Cultural Heritage in Underserved Communities

August 22, 2017

Preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage is a critical step towards reconstruction, reconciliation and rebuilding of civil society in at-risk communities. That is why Avenue 50 Studio is proud to announce our new project titled Through Walls: A Heritage Dialogue. Through this program, Avenue 50 in a cultural exchange partnership with Athar Lina Initiative, a Cairo based arts organization, will invite three Los Angeles based artists to engage with three Cairo based artists in the following activities:  virtual exchange (including online conversations and planning sessions); mural making (murals will be constructed in both Los Angeles and Cairo), and; silk screening (final pieces will be exhibited at a date TBD).

Through Walls: A Heritage Dialogue is one of six new cultural heritage projects that has been selected by the U.S. Department of State and World Learning — a nonprofit organization committed to empowering people through education and global exchange programs — to receive funding as part of the inaugural Communities Connecting Heritage (CCH) exchange program.

CCH empowers youth to protect the cultural heritage of at-risk communities in the United States and around the world.  CCH exchange partners will educate all participants in skills and knowledge relevant to their projects, covering topics like digital storytelling and the role of artists in communities.

The virtual exchanges will commence in early 2018, leading up to the in-person exchanges and public exhibitions that will take place in June 2018.

Avenue 50 Studio and Athar Lina are active participants in the preservation of our respective Mexican American and Egyptian cultures through the heritage of the built environment.