the Very Source of Your Western Civilization - IRAQ -
By Sharing a
Cultural Week with its Artists
The West seeks
to lead Iraqis towards civilization. Ironically, civilization
itself was born in ancient Mesopotamia, now called Iraq, over
7300 years ago. There are more than 300,000 multi-ethnic Iraqis
in metro Detroit, triple the numbers of all Arabs who reside in
Michigan. Yet Michiganders are not aware of Iraqis’ vast
contributions to today’s society because for decades the media
has focused on Saddam, Terrorism and Islam.
ancient Iraq, is where writing, literature, math, medicine,
astronomy, engineering, art and science were invented. The first
school, law & order, democracy, parliament, separation of church
and state, map of the world and the idea of dividing time and
space into a multiple of 60’s started in this historic land.
Father Abraham, who was instructed by God to immigrate to the
“promised land” Gn. 15:7, is also a Mesopotamian from UR of the
Chaldeans in Babylonia.
Mesopotamia, the Biblical Garden of Eden, is a flat desert –
thanks to inflation, overuse of agricultural land, and
invasions. The past is a warning of how our current civilization
could destroy the environment of the future. How can we prevent
further catastrophe? By viewing the East’s vision as a
counterpoint to that of the West.
through the universal language of art, have an important role to
play in our future. Artists help bring about further awareness
of their culture and encourage a better understanding among
people from all around the world, paving the way for tolerance
however, to use their utmost creativity, they need a home and a
community that encourages their freedom of expression and
provides them with support. Madonna University is doing just
that by hosting, in mid January, the first Iraqi Cultural Week
in Michigan, designed to familiarize the community with the
Iraqi artists who are active in
various fields as visual artists, composers and writers.
This effort is to help people recognize Iraq’s roots and build a
The Iraqi Artists Association (IAA),
a non-profit organization, in collaboration with Mesopotamia Art
Gallery and with the generous support of Madonna University, seeks
to broaden an appreciation for Iraq’s rich history and culture,
and thus, foster understanding between the East and the West.
With so many social, political and religious issues regarding
Iraq and Iraqis happening on a daily basis, it has become
absolutely essential to be a part of an organization that
addresses a neglected though highly compelling part of that
world – art.
Iraqi Artists Association / P.R.D