Monkeyhouse's Artistic Director, Karen Krolak, and Production Manager, Jason Ries, are heading out to Tiznit, Morocco today as part of a diplomatic delegation organized by the University of the Middle East Project (UME). They will be meeting with artists, business leaders, and educators as part of the The Civic Participation And Leadership Initiative. This program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in concert with Sister Cities International, the City of Somerville, the City of Tiznit and the Moroccan American Cultural Center.
In 2008 UME began facilitating a “Sister City” relationship between Somerville and the Moroccan city of Tiznit, with which UME has a long-standing relationship. This partnership is integral to UME’s mission to promote cross-cultural understanding between the US and the Middle East and North Africa. The Civic Participation and Leadership Initiative (CPLI) hopes to strengthen the partnerships between these two communities, linked as Sister Cities. Through this workshop, participants will design a collaborative change process that they would like to see in their communities. In addition they will initiate personal and professional relationships that will contribute to a lasting bond between these cities.
Keep your fingers crossed. If they have packed all the correct electrical adapters, they will post photos and insights as they travel.