Um el Fahm, a sparsely populated Arab town located in Israeli territory, is home to an art gallery, The Um el Fahm Gallery, that is fueled by the energy and enthusiasm of its director, Said abu Shakra. Over the years, Said – a former police officer and artist member of the Shakra family of artists – has managed to attract an ecumenical audience for his exhibitions, many of which attempt to combine the works of both Israeli and Palestinian artists.
Said’s ambition and dreams have led to the idea of a Museum in Um el Fahm. According to this Jan. 27 article in Haaretz, architect’s plans are currently on the drawing board and recently a benefit for the new museum was held at a most unlikely place: the Tel Aviv Museum.
Hats off to the Shakra family and to their Israeli supporters.
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