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Changing Language, Changing Worlds Mural Project Block Party

July 25, 2014, 6:00 PM

Please join us on Friday, July 25th for a mural block party, consisting of food trucks, free Saint Arnold’s beverages, and tunes by local DJs Chris Meshak and Shermin Williams, celebrating the unveiling of the mural. Meet Pascal as he visits the U.S. for the first time! To learn more about the artists please visit their websites at the following addresses: (Pascal) and (DUAL).

The Printing Museum will unveil a public mural project "Changing Language, Changing Worlds" for the exterior of its building located at 1324 W Clay St in Houston. The museum will engage Lebanese graphic artist, Pascal Zoghbi, to design with a local graffiti artist, DUAL, a graphic mural for the museum’s exterior that will incorporate Arabic script, calligraphy, and/or digital font-types. Textual components of the mural will also be translated into English. Zoghbi will partner with DUAL to complete the design, creating a dialogue amongst artists of different ethnicities and nationalities, as well as different artistic backgrounds. This project, while serving to bridge communities, will also serve to bridge the divide between languages, written and spoken. Finally, the mural is intended to engage and possibly even challenge the museums mission, which is “to promote, preserve, and share the knowledge of printed communication and art as the greatest contributors to the development of the civilized world and the continuing advancement of freedom and literacy.”

This project is planned in conjunction with the exhibition "Contemporary Arabic Graffiti and Lettering: Photographs of a Visual Revolution", on view at The Printing Museum from March 13, 2014 through September 13, 2014. Inspired from the 2011 publication "Arabic Graffiti" written by Don Stone Karl and Pascal Zoghbi (co-creator of the mural), the exhibition of 30 photographs examines how contemporary Arabic graffiti artists, mostly from Middle Eastern descent, are reviving and reinterpreting Arabic letter forms into a new graphic style, creating lettering and typography that is becoming a part of an increasingly globalized design field and practice.

“Changing Language, Changing Worlds” mural project is underwritten by Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), which is supported by public, local, state, and federal agencies, as well as private contributors. Additional support is provided by the Arab-American Cultural and Community Center (ACC) of Houston, and the American Istitute of Graphic Artists, (AIGA) Houston. Major support for The Printing Museum operations and programming is provided by the Houston Endowment, Inc., The Wortham Foundation, Inc., The Brown Foundation, Inc., and Mid-America Arts Alliance. The Printing Museum is funded by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Additional support is generously provided by the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, the Kinder Morgan Foundation, the Albert and Ethel Hersztein Foundation, CenterPoint Energy, Clampitt Paper, InfoVine Inc., Copy.Com, Spindletop Design, and Whole Foods Market.

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