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“How Will They Know Us”: An Iraqi/American Mural Project from the Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange Feat
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:48


Purchase, NY The Berger Gallery at Manhattanville College is pleased to announce its featured exhibit "How Will They Know Us": An Iraqi/American Mural project from the Iraqi Children's Art Exchange (ICAE), October 4-November 4, 2011.

The exhibit will include a sampling of acrylic-on-canvas murals painted over a three-year period by Iraqi and American youth ages 8-18. "How Will They Know Us" emerged from a union of ICAE with Art Miles Murals, an international project in support of the UNESCO Decade of Peace and Non-violence Among Children of the World: 2000-2010. Working with groups of Iraqis in Baghdad, Amman, Jordan, and Troy, New York as well as with youth and collaborating artists in six states a total of 12 murals and 17 smaller works were created. In the murals participants were asked to define themselves and their communities and to establish personal and collective identity.

An opening reception and a talk with founder Claudia Lefko will be held Saturday, October 5 at 4:30 p.m. The exhibit will be housed in the Berger Gallery in the Berman Students Center on the Manhattanville campus from October 4, 2011-November 4, 2011. Gallery hours are available at

ICAE was founded in 2001 by artist and activist Claudia Lefko in Northampton, Massachusetts. Lefko began working on behalf of Iraqi children in the mid-1990s. ICAE invites Iraqi and American children and youth to participate in art-inspired projects. Projects create learning opportunities to foster communications and promote peace and reconciliation.

About Manhattanville College:

Manhattanville College ( is an independent, co-educational liberal arts institution located just 30 minutes from New York City serving 1,700 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students from 66 countries and 33 states. The student body provides more than 30,000 community service hours annually reinforcing Manhattanville's commitment to civic engagement and social action. The College offers more than 50 undergraduate courses of study, ranging from traditional Bachelor's to accelerated programs geared to adult learners. Manhattanville also offers a wide variety of Master's programs including degrees in management, Sports Business Management, and Creative Writing, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.


Casey Tolfree

Office of Communications