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TCF Releases 2011 Annual Report

The 2011 Annual Report of TCF is now available online.

2011 was a year of growth for TCF, both in terms of new programs that the organization undertook and the grants it awarded to numerous organizations and individuals that share the vision of TCF. Together, TCF programs and grants create people-to-people cultural exchanges, facilitating artistic and cultural connections between tens of thousands of people, while numerous educational programs and public educational resources on Turkey and Turkish culture created by TCF and its partners benefit millions across the globe.

The Trustees of TCF expressed their gratitude to everyone who participated in the work of TCF in the past year and their hope that TCF makes a contribution to create a better appreciation of our cultural heritage, and, hence, to advancing peace and understanding between peoples of different cultural backgrounds.

New Book Launch: Impressions of Ottoman Culture in Europe
The Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF) and ARMAGGAN Publications are proud to announce the release of Impressions of Ottoman Culture in Europe: 1453-1699 by Nurhan Atasoy and her co-author Lale Uluc.  This ground-breaking new book, published by ARMAGGAN Publications, is the culmination of a six-year research project by the authors conducted in 14 countries under the sponsorship of TCF. Written originally in English, the book has been published in Turkish and English editions.

The book explores the multi-faceted cultural influences  and the impressions of Ottoman material culture on Europe in the early modern age when the expansion of Ottoman territory created common borders and intensive political, diplomatic and trade ties with Europe.

The authors present their findings in a visually stunning format, while providing a comprehensive intellectual narrative that explains the artistic and cultural exchanges between the Ottoman Empire and Europe. The 443-page book includes 400 images, 341 sources, and devotes special sections to Textiles, Tiles and Ceramics, Flowers and Plants, Carpets, Arms and Armor, Turkish Image, Crescent and Commonalities.

Impressions of Ottoman Culture in Europe: 1453-1699 presents a significant addition to the body of work by these two leading scholars and yet another valuable contribution to Art History. It is available in book stores at ARMAGGAN and book stores in Turkey and may be ordered at Amazon. (Video) Please see here the media coverage.
TCF Donates Research Center to METU Electrical Engineering Department
The Ayasli Research Center (ARC) was inaugurated at a ceremony on March 5 at the Middle East Technical University (METU-ODTÜ).  The ARC was donated to METU by the Turkish Cultural Foundation as part of its founding mission to advance cultural, educational and scientific ties between the United States and Turkey.
 
The ARC building is a pioneering example of energy sensitive buildings. It supplies its own electricity through solar energy, collects and uses its rain water. The ARC houses 19 research labs, 2 clean rooms, an anechoic chamber and an antenna tower, as well as seminar and meeting rooms, student reading and social areas.
 
METU is recognized as a premier institution of higher learning in Turkey. METU has a long-standing relationship with American educational institutions and currently offers exchange programs with 48 American universities. It is also the alma mater of TCF founders, Dr. Yalcin Ayasli and Dr.Serpil Ayasli. (Video)

    

2012 TCF Cultural Exchange Fellows
The Turkish Cultural Foundation has awarded 20 fellowships under its Cultural Exchange Fellowship Program. This new TCF Fellowship Program was launched in 2012 to encourage cultural and artistic exchanges between Turkey and the world by supporting artists and art/culture professionals.

For more information, visit here.

TCF Now Accepting Artist Applications for 2012 SOFA Chicago Fair
The Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF) is now accepting applications from Turkish artists to be featured at the TCF sponsored display at the Sculpture Objects and Functional Art - SOFA fair in Chicago on November 1 – 4, 2012.

Applications are due on April 2, 2012 and must include a biography of the artist, contact information and high resolution photos of 10 works, which the artist is prepared to exhibit at SOFA.  Applications must be submitted via e-mail to tcfatsofa@turkishculture.org. A decision on the selected artists will be announced on April 16, 2012.
The Turkish Cultural Foundation sponsors the display space at SOFA Chicago, as well as listings in the SOFA exhibition catalogue. TCF also secures shipping of the artwork. Selected artists are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Some financial assistance may be possible on a case by case basis.

SOFA is widely recognized as one of the world's leading fairs of contemporary art and design and is visited each year by tens of thousands of prospective buyers, gallery and museum representatives. The Turkish Cultural Foundation's showcase of Turkish art at SOFA reflects the Foundation's mission to expand international opportunities for Turkish artists, as well as promote the finest examples of Turkish modern art. This is the 6th year that TCF will be sponsoring the participation of Turkish artists at SOFA fairs. The TCF display at SOFA Chicago 2012 will be curated with Armaggan Art & Design Gallery
Teacher Workshops on Turkey

Ohio - Cleveland
Date: April 23, 2012
Teachers Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: Cleveland Council on World Affairs
Information: Richard A. Crepage, 216-255-9007, rcrepage@ccwa.org
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

South Dakota
Date: Mar. 31, 2012
Teachers’ Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: South Dakota World Affairs Council
Information: Harriet Swedlund, 605-688-5416 , harriet.swedlund@sdstate.edu
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

Santa Fe
Date: Mar. 31, 2012
Teachers’ Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: Santa Fe Council on International Relations
Information: Dr. Jeff Case,  505-231-3300 ,  drjcase@comcast.net
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

Montana
Date: March 24, 2012
Teachers Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: Montana World Affairs Council
Information: Aubrie Lyons 406-728-3328, alyons@montanaworldaffairs.org
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation. 

Pennsylvania - Reading
Date: March 24, 2012
Teachers Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: World Affairs Council of Greater Reading
Information: Carl Sabold 610-375-7880 , Sabold@comcast.net
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

Tennessee
Date: Mar. 24, 2012
Workshop: Teachers’ Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: Tennessee World Affairs Council
Information: Patrick W. Ryan, 931-230-5732 , PatRyan@tnwac.org , www.tnwac.org
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

Ohio - Dayton
Date: March 24, 2012
Teachers Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: Dayton Council on World Affairs
Information: Bridget Federspiel, 937-287-3767, bfedersp@dps.k12.oh.us
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

Washington - Seattle
Date: March 20, 2012
Teachers Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: University of Washington, Communications Room 120
Information: Tese Neighbor, 206-441-5910, teseneighbor@world-affairs.org. Open to teachers, registration required
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

Pennsylvania - Harrisburg
Date: March 17, 2012
Teachers Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: World Affairs Council of Harrisburg
Information: Joyce M. Davis, 717-221-1627, wacharrisburg@gmail.com
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

Pennsylvania - Hershey
Date: March 07, 2012
Teachers Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: World Culture Club,Milton S Hershey Medical Center 500 University Drive Hershey,Hershey
Information: www.worldcultureclubpa.org
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

Vermont
Date: March 03, 2012
Teachers Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: Vermont Council on World Affairs
Information: Dr. Gail Stevenson 802-861-2343 ext. 3 gail@vermont.org. Open to teachers, registration required.
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

Minnesota
Date: March 03, 2012
Teachers Workshop: Spotlight on Turkey
Place: Minnesota International Center
Information: Catherine Byrne 612-625-4421 cbyrne@umn.edu. Open to teachers, registration required.
This event is supported by a grant from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.

TCF Cultural Tours

The TCF Istanbul office is getting ready to host 24 influential Americans on the TCF Fall Cultural Tour.

Turkish Cultural Foundation Fellowship in Turkish Art and Culture

The Turkish Cultural Foundation is now accepting applications for its Fellowship Program in Turkish Art and Culture.
The TCF Fellowship Program's mission is to recognize and assist students and scholars, whose scholastic achievements reflect the commitment of the Turkish Cultural Foundation to research, document, preserve and promote Turkey's cultural heritage. Since the inception of the TCF Fellowship Program in 2008, the Fellowship has been awarded to 38 scholars, covering a wide spectrum of issues related to Turkish culture and art.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the Fellowships page
 
 

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