Since 1998, Alwan has played a leading role in promoting the diverse cultures of the Middle East in New York and the tri-state metropolitan area.  Alwan’s inaugural activities entailed screening evocative films in academic settings. These screenings evolved into a film festival that soon became the largest event of its kind outside of the Middle East. Since its founding, Alwan has continually expanded its programming, which now includes concerts, dance performances, academic book talks, poetry readings, panel discussions, theatrical performances, visual arts exhibits, as well as educational offerings in language, dance, and music. Alwan has grown into a cultural and aesthetic hub, curating up to 100 events each year.

Mission & Vision

Alwan serves its community and educates the broader public by showcasing a range of Middle Eastern cultural events, enriching the cross-cultural and artistic encounter.


Alwan is a creative space, presenting traditional culture with a contemporary flair, and commissioning new works that investigate cultural identity. We provide artists, filmmakers, writers, organizers, and activists a forum for their creative projects, and actively promote cross-cultural collaboration.


Alwan casts a critical eye on current events and trends in arts and culture related to the Middle East and the Middle Eastern diaspora.


Alwan engages the New York arts scene by challenging its assumptions about the Middle East. We aim to build a community around the arts that encourages participation and discussion from all its members.


Alwan is grateful for support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) , the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), theViolet Jabara Charitable Trust, the Caliban Foundation, and Royal Air Maroc as well as past support fromthe Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Alwan for the Arts is also grateful to Union Square Awards for its support in 2007 and 2008.


16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor (between Broad Street & Broadway)
New York, NY  10004

Tel.: (646) 732-3261
Fax: (212) 967-4326

Email:  info@alwanforthearts.org

Alwan for the Arts is accessible to people with disabilities.

Please call 646 732 3261 in advance, or buzz at the door to arrange a ramp.

SUBWAY4/5 to Bowling Green; J/Z to Broad St.; R to Whitehall St.; 1 to Rector St. or South Ferry; 2/3 to Wall St.; A/C to Fulton
BUSES: M1, M6, M9, M16, M20.
BIKE: Hudson Rvr. Greenway, East Rvr. path, Liberty St., Broadway, Water St.

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