Awards, Accomplishments & Recognition

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Recipient: Folk Life and Ethnic Arts Awards, the Artists Foundation and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, circa 1988

Chronology*

2016 – Awarded grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition and Brooklyn Arts Council for a collaborative book project with her daughter, Wafa Ghnaim, that is set to be published at the end of 2016.

2015 – Named Master of Traditional Arts and Culture Keeper by the University of Oregon, the Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment of the Arts, Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon Folklife Network in 2015.

 

2014-2015 — Recipient of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant, Oregon Folklife Network

2012-2013 — Recipient of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant, Oregon Folklife Network

2012 — Interviewed by Al Jazeera The Stream’s producer, Omar Baddar, on Palestine Studies TV for the Institute for Palestine Studies

2009 – current — Exhibitor: Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon’s Annual Arab Festival

2010 — Exhibitor: World Animal Festival, Oregon Zoo

2010 — Keynote: Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights Conference

2007, 2009, 2011 — Exhibitor: World Beats Festival

2009 — Keynote: “Teach the Middle East” with the World Affairs Council of Oregon and the Middle East Studies Center of Portland State University

2005 — Featured Artist: Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Creating Access for Refugee Immigrant Artists (CARITA)

2005 — Exhibitor & Speaker: Northwest Folklife Festival, Generation to Generation Passing on our Traditions

2000 — Exhibitor, Participant & Mentor: “In My Country: A Gathering of Refugee & Immigrant Fiber Traditions”, The Arts for New Immigrant Program, a joint project of Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) and the Oregon Historical Society Folklife Program.

2000 — Keynote: Oasis: Enriching the Lives of Adults Conference, “World Traditions: Palestinian Embroidery and Culture”, sponsored by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Neighborhood Arts Program

2000 — Exhibitor: 37th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

1997 — Recipient of the “Master of Ceremony: Traditional Artists and Life’s Passages” Award for Folk Art, Oregon Historical Society

1994-95 — Recipient of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant, Oregon Folklife Network

1993-94 — Recipient of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program grant, Oregon Folklife Network

1991 — Speaker: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Imagination Celebration Tour

1991 — Speaker: Tenth Annual Lewis & Clark Gender Studies Symposium

1988-90 — Research & Exhibition: “A Passion for Life” at the Oral History Center of Cambridge

1988- Became Artistic Director for the Oral History Center of Cambridge

1988 — Speaker & Exhibitor: “Art in Action: Making Communities Work” – University of Massachusetts

1988 — Exhibitor: Festival of Massachusetts Folk Life

1988 — Recipient: Folk Life and Ethnic Arts Awards, the Artists Foundation and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities

1988 — Fellowship Recipient: Arts & Humanities Institute of Boston, Artist Fellowship

1986 — Exhibitor & Teacher: Folk Art Festival, Museum of our National Heritage – Massachusetts

1985-86 — Exhibitor & Teacher: “Hands on Traditions” Exhibit, The Children’s Museum — Boston, Massachusetts
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1985 — Keynote & Exhibitor: International Women’s Conference, Nairobi, Kenya

1985 — Recipient of the Massachusetts Folk Art Award in Cambridge

1985 — Keynote & Exhibitor: Annual Meeting of the William G. Abdalah Memorial Library – Roxbury, Massachusetts

1984-85 — Researcher & Exhibitor: “Stories in Fabric” at the Oral History Center of Cambridge

1965-77 — Head of the Art department of UNRWA Palestinian Refugee Camp Schools, Regional Post

1975 — Graduated from Damascus University with a Bachelor of Art in Art & History

*Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of awards and activities during Mrs. Abbasi-Ghnaim’s tenure. It will be updated on an ongoing basis. Thank you for your patience.

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