Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 8, 2010


The U.S. Diplomacy Center (http://diplomacy.state.gov) opens the exhibit The Colors of Warka: Paintings by Iraqi Women of Muthanna Province on Monday, March 8, from 4:00 – 4:30 PM, in the Exhibit Hall of the Department of State.

Remarks will be given by Aaron Snipe, a Foreign Service Officer who initiated the exhibit as a public diplomacy project sponsored by a local non-governmental organization, while he was serving in Iraq on a U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). He will introduce the paintings and share the courageousness these women artists of Iraq’s Muthanna Province demonstrated by exhibiting their work in Iraq. These paintings are on view in the U.S. for the first time.

The 2010 Secretary’s International Women of Courage Award winners (http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/03/137890.htm) will also be in attendance.

The remarks will be open to the press coverage.

Pre-set time for cameras: 3:40 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.
Final access time for all press: 3:50 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

PRESS CONTACTS:
Katie Speckart
U.S. Diplomacy Center
U.S. Department of State
202-736-9054
SpeckartKG@state.gov

To see the paintings online, please go to http://diplomacy.state.gov/exhibitions/warka



PRN: 2010/269