Preserving a historic African American mural for future generations

American artist Charles White’s famed 1943 mural The Contribution of the Negro to Democracy in America celebrates prominent African Americans who fought for equality. Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Crispus Attucks are depicted in the work, which appears on a wall at Hampton University, a  historically black university  in Virginia. …

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Dictionaries add words as American English evolves

By Lauren Monsen As American English speakers invent phrases to fit today’s realities, dictionaries follow suit by adding new words to their lists of definitions. Recent entries have been driven by the pandemic and by a growing appreciation of diversity in the U.S. population. The  Merriam-Webster Dictionary  and the website  Dictionary.com  (which is based on the Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary) …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at the Opening of the American Culture Center

Question about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is a fantastic new initiative, the American Culture Center that was launched today and designed to bring together Americans and Georgians, and show how much we have in common, how many initiatives we are doing together, and to look for new opportunities to continue this strong partnership. We are delighted to be able to …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan opened American Shelf in Kvareli

More than 130 years ago, Ilia Chavchavadze wrote: “If God wills the United States to fulfill its wish for the sake of humankind, it would be a great example for Europe.” Today Ambassador Degnan visited the city where Chavchavadze was born and told students at Kvareli School #1 that today it is Georgia’s wish for …

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Get to know 5 notable Arab Americans

Arab Americans have long made outsized contributions to American society, whether in the area of science,  politics , the arts or other disciplines. The  2019 American Community Survey  shows an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States reported Arab ancestry. The largest group is of Lebanese ancestry, but others claim Yemeni, Algerian, Saudi Arabian, Tunisian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Kurdish or …

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Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By  Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before …

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National Museum of African American Music debuts in Nashville

By Noelani KirschnerSherry L. Brukbacher The history of Black American music in the United States spans four centuries, and now there’s a museum to honor that legacy. The  National Museum of African American Music  (NMAAM), which opened January 30 in Nashville,  Tennessee , calls itself “the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans.” Divided …

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Americans we lost in 2020

By   Lauren MonsenD. Thompson In recent days, many thousands of American families have faced holidays without loved ones who succumbed to COVID-19. Also in 2020 many notable Americans died — whether of COVID or another cause — who left an imprint on the world. David Dinkins — the first African-American mayor of New York City, who died …

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Preserving an invaluable monastery in Georgia

The United States is providing more than half a million dollars to preserve a 1,500-year-old monastery in Mtskheta, Georgia. “Churches in Georgia play such an important role in history and culture and the society,” said U.S. Ambassador to Georgia  Kelly Degnan  on September 16. “The United States is very proud to be able to help Georgia preserve …

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Jvari Monastery Project wins Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation large grant

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is proud to announce that the Jvari Monastery preservation project was selected by Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The ongoing preservation works also funded by the U.S. Government will now extend to cover the entire outer sandstone masonry of the building, including all four facades and all eight sides …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)   On her first visit to the city of Batumi, Ambassador Degnan met with educators, youth, journalists, civil society leaders, and elected officials. Her visit demonstrated the breadth and depth of the strong bond between the United States and Adjara, with ties in education, tourism, …

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Ambassador Degnan’s visit in Shida Kartli (July 7)

Ambassador Degnan’s visit in Shida Kartli (July 7)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan traveled to Georgia’s Shida Kartli region to participate in a U.S. Government-supported facility’s groundbreaking ceremony, visit a newly rehabilitated kindergarten, and join a round table discussion with women activists living near the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL). The Ambassador’s first stop was …

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U.S. Ceramics Artist delivers Workshop in Gori (February 8)

U.S. Ceramics Artist delivers Workshop in Gori (February 8)   On February 8, 2020, the Gori Municipality Administration hosted Andrea Dee Harris, a 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar and ceramic artist. She gave a public presentation entitled “Selling the Handmade: An Artisan’s Journey.” The presentation was focused on the principles of successful product design, concepts from the …

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CDA Elizabeth Rood visits distinguished Georgian artist Muraz Murvanidze (January 13)

CDA Elizabeth Rood visits distinguished Georgian artist Muraz Murvanidze (January 13) CDA Elizabeth Rood visited acclaimed Georgian artist and stage designer Muraz Murvanidze at his home in old Tbilisi. Mr. Murvanidze shared with her some of the highlights from his extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and mementos from his celebrated work worldwide. Mr. Murvanidze has …

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CAO Julius Tsai speaks to Georgian arts and crafts entrepreneurs (December 18)

CAO Julius Tsai speaks to Georgian arts and crafts entrepreneurs (December 18) On December 18, CAO Julius Tsai visited an exhibition put on by the Georgian Arts and Culture Center, under the auspices of the PAS grant “Stimulating Startups in Heritage Crafts and Design.” The year-long capacity-building initiative aims to strengthen the arts and craft …

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Author of “Georgian Trick Riders in American Wild West”‘s present to the embassy (December 16)

  Author of “Georgian Trick Riders in American Wild West’s present to the embassy (December 16) Today CDA Elizabeth Rood hosted Irakli Makharadze, author of “Georgian Trick Riders in American Wild West” at the U.S. Embassy. Mr. Makharadze has been researching the story of Georgian riders in the 1890s-1920s who participated in the famous Buffalo …

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Culture for Canines (November 21)

Culture for Canines (November 21) On November 21, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood hosted Culture for Canines, a fundraiser for the Dog Organization of Georgia (DOG). The acclaimed Balada trio and their conductor Nana Kalandadze, Juilliard-trained pianist David Aladashvili, and jazz singer Maia Baratashvili serenaded guests in a stellar concert followed auctions to raise funds for …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at the Book Donation Ceremony for the National Parliamentary Library (November 17)

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at the Book Donation Ceremony for the National Parliamentary Library (November 17) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  This is gift from the Embassy—it’s over 1,000 books and of course we are very grateful to the National [Parliamentary] Library for hosting this collection.  This additional donation will update their collection; …

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Marvel Comics’ author and illustrator David Mack visits Georgia (October 3)

Marvel Comics’ author and illustrator David Mack visits Georgia (October 3) The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the visit of Marvel Comics’ author and illustrator David Mack, best known for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Fight Club 2 and American Gods.  David Mack is also the creator of his own best-selling series of graphic novels, Kabuki.  …

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Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, visits Georgia (September 27)

Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, visits Georgia (September 27) The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, along with The Institute of Art History and Theory at Tbilisi State University, and The Georgian National Museum and State Museum of Folks and Applied Arts of Georgia, are proud to announce the visit …

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Public Affairs Officer Courtney Austrian’s Remarks to Media at Gelati Onsight Session (March 30)

Public Affairs Officer Courtney Austrian’s Remarks to Media at Gelati Onsight Session (March 30) Question about the event Courtney Austrian: The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation was established in 2001 to help preserve culture around the world.  The first grant into Georgia was made in 2001. In the time since then, there have been 16 …

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