Mission & Vision

Anti-Discrimination and Diversity Commitment

The Markaz Review’s board mem­bers, edi­tors and con­trib­u­tors are all equal­ly and pas­sion­ate­ly com­mit­ted to fight racism and dis­crim­i­na­tion of any kind, whether on the basis of race, col­or, reli­gion, eth­nic­i­ty, nation­al ori­gin, ances­try, dis­abil­i­ty, gen­der iden­ti­ty or any oth­er sta­tus pro­tect­ed under law. We remain com­mit­ted to diver­si­ty in all its forms.

Mission.

Tak­ing the Mashriq and the Maghreb* and our dias­po­ras as a depar­ture point, TMR is an inter­na­tion­al plat­form for pos­i­tive inquiry, crit­i­cism, per­for­mance and dia­logue that explores the arts, human­i­ties and cur­rent affairs. Rec­og­niz­ing that we live in a world frag­ment­ed by racism, gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion, set­tler-colo­nial­ism, class and caste sys­tems, xeno­pho­bia and ori­en­tal­ism, we raise our voic­es for social jus­tice and human rights.

* from Afghanistan in the east to Moroc­co in the west, includ­ing the Arab/Muslim world and Africa

Vision.

The Markaz Review pro­duces, cospon­sors or sup­ports artis­tic pro­grams that encour­age cross-cul­tur­al and mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tions, and that give voice to issues and expe­ri­ences of under­rep­re­sent­ed Mid­dle East­ern com­mu­ni­ties in order to bring infor­ma­tive and alter­na­tive infor­ma­tion on these com­mu­ni­ties to the pub­lic and media.

We part­ner with com­mu­ni­ty groups and artists that engage in cross-cul­tur­al ini­tia­tives or the edu­ca­tion of a broad­er pub­lic with cultural/social rel­e­vance. We strive to work col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly with multi­gen­er­a­tional, mul­ti­eth­nic, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary and/or broad geo­graph­ic com­mu­ni­ties in response to cultural/social issues artic­u­lat­ed by those communities.

History.

Long before 9/11, many of us were already work­ing to build bridges. The Markaz Review, found­ed on June 1, 2020, is the descen­dant of The Markaz, Arts Cen­ter for the Greater Mid­dle East, itself launched on July 1st, 2015 as the direct descen­dant of the Lev­an­tine Cul­tur­al Cen­ter, found­ed dur­ing the sum­mer of 2001.

The Lev­an­tine Cul­tur­al Cen­ter grew out of an ear­li­er project—Open Tent Mid­dle East Coali­tion, a group of like-mind­ed indi­vid­u­als and non­prof­it arts, edu­ca­tion­al and peace groups work­ing togeth­er in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Over the years, Lev­an­tine Cul­tur­al Center/Markaz flag­ship pro­grams have engaged com­mu­ni­ties to over­come ani­mos­i­ty and racism to learn about one anoth­er and find com­mon ground.