BENEFITING: AMERICAN TURKISH SOCIETY INC
$ANY AMOUNT - Support our efforts to showcase creative talents from Turkey
$1,500 - Help bring one Turkish artist to School of Visual Arts Summer Residency in Painting and Mixed Media
$2,500 - Enable one designer from Turkey to attend an international design show in New York City
$2,500 - Contribute to selection and display of design items from Turkey in New York City
Since the early millennium, The American Turkish Society’s cultural division Moon and Stars Project has enabled seasoned Turkish artists to refine their skills and showcase their work to a broader American audience through the School of Visual Arts Summer Residency Program in New York. This internationally renowned program offers artists time, studio space, and a supportive community in which to develop ideas and focus on their artistic direction.
The resident artist has exclusive use of a small studio in SVA's Chelsea Building; receives individual critiques from SVA faculty; attends weekly lectures by guest artists, critics, and gallery directors; and gains exposure to the New York City art world. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition, which provides the participants an unprecedented platform to present their work to the public.
To date, nine gifted artists from Turkey have had this rare opportunity to develop and share their talent while also learning about American culture first hand. The Society, through Moon and Stars Project, also offers competitive grants for various projects and residencies to support artists with keen interest and passion for Turkey and Turkish culture. For list of projects awarded to date, please visit here.
In addition, for the first time this year, The Society presented the first-ever Turkish design show at the Wanted Design international fair in NYC, hence bolstering the celebration of a strongly-curated exhibition of designers along with discussions about design. Held in the historic Terminal Stores and running concurrently with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the event gathered design lovers from around the world and showcased Turkey’s finest design to the design capital of the world.
Items from nine of Turkey's top and emerging talent were displayed, five of whom personally attended the show. Attracting over 8,000 visitors during its four-day run, the show welcomed 3,000 design-lovers at the opening party alone. Eager to champion Turkey’s design presence in New York City, and to celebrate fresh design and talent from Turkey, we need your continued support and patronage of these artists’ passion and talent.