Please join us for our Autumn Gathering on Wednesday, November 2 at Pera Soho for a cash bar, light hors d'oeuvres, and warm conversation!

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Join us for a conversation with renowned experts on Turkey and the Middle East who will discuss Turkey's role in the current geo-political context. What can Turkey expect in the aftermath of a failed coup? What are the national and foreign policy challenges? How can Turkey cope with an ever growing stream of refugees? Our experts will weigh in on Turkey's strategic options given these uncertain times and challenges.

Update: We are pleased to announce that an additional panelist, Dr. Bulent Aliriza (Founding Director of The Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies), will be joining Ambassador Jeffrey and Professor Oppenheimer in a discussion of Turkey's critical role in the current geo-political context on Wednesday, October 19. Register now!


When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Registration: 5:30pm
Event: 6:00pm
Followed by a light reception
Where: Herrick, Feinstein LLP
2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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Application Deadline: November 30, 2016

Notification: Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis

The American Turkish Society is pleased to announce the open call for the Spring 2017 cycle of Curriculum Development Grants.  Launched in Spring 2010, The American Turkish Society's Curriculum Development Grant Program aims to encourage the development of Turkey-related curriculum by offering funds to elementary and secondary school teachers in the U.S. to develop innovative curricula, projects, and other classroom activities about Turkey.

Grants range from between $250 to $2,500 and cover the costs of classroom materials, speakers, and other expenses incurred by the teacher. The amount of each grant is determined by the project's scope, the availability of total funds, and the number of projects selected through a competitive process. 

Once selected, grantees will be free to develop and teach their proposed projects without editorial input from The Society. They will, however, be required to participate in follow-up activities for evaluation purposes. All lesson plans, handout materials, and classroom activities that are developed through the Curriculum Development Grant Program must be shared with The Society, and will be made available online to other U.S. educators interested in teaching curriculum on Turkey. The most qualified curriculum development grantees will also have the opportunity to participate in exchange program trips to Health and Education Foundation (SEV) schools in Istanbul, Izmir or Tarsus to dialogue with teachers and students in Turkey and to attend teacher workshops in support of their curriculum development.

Required Grant Application Materials:

Please see the Curriculum Grant Development Application to learn more about the grants procedure & requirements once selected as well as the selection process for exchange program trips to Health and Education Foundation (SEV) schools in Turkey.

Health and Education Foundation (SEV), in Turkish "Saglik ve Egitim Vakfi,” is a partner organization of The American Turkish Society and the sponsor of the Curriculum Development Grant Program as well as the exchange trips organized for the benefit of selected Curriculum Development Grantee teachers. SEV was founded by the graduates of Üsküdar American Academy in Istanbul, American Collegiate institute in Izmir, and Tarsus American College in Tarsus, referred to as the "SEV American Schools," and Talas American Middle School in 1968. For more information concerning SEV and its affiliated institutions, see http://www.sev.org.tr/



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Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say performs Mozart’s sophisticated Piano Concerto No. 21 and his own Silk Road, an engrossing piano concerto inspired by folk music found along the ancient trade route from China to Europe. In the overture to La Scala di Seta, Rossini dishes out humor related to a silk ladder and its role in an operatic love triangle. Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 earned its nickname, “The Hen,” from its fits of lighthearted clucking. Watch!

The American Turkish Society is delighted to help promote this very special event. If you purchase tickets using the promotion code ATS25020, you will be helping to support The Society's arts and culture grants and fellowships which are open to both Turkish and Turkish American artists and students. Help us support and celebrate the artists of tomorrow while enjoying one of the 21st century's most extraordinary talents. Order your tickets today! 

When and Where?

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7PM

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall



Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Fazil Say, Piano



ROSSINI: Overture to La Scala di Seta (The Silk Ladder)

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467

F. SAY: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 4 “Silk Road”

HAYDN: Symphony No. 83, “La Poule” (The Hen)


Tickets start at $25


Ticket Sales:



Box Office at 57th Street & Seventh Avenue


Please remember to use the promotion code ATS25020! It will help us to keep supporting artists in their efforts to follow their passion!


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The Summer Residency Program at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York offers artists an opportunity to work intensively in a private studio, receive individual critiques from faculty, and attend weekly lectures given by guest artists, critics, and gallery directors. Each year SVA offers a special scholarship to Turkish artists that is supported by both The American Turkish Society and SVA.  


Ahmet Albayrak was a summer resident this year. He is a gifted artist whose work focuses on identity and memory that he draws from his family history. The American Turkish Society talked with him about his experience at SVA and how the residency influenced his work and personal life.


Ahmet, how did you hear about the Summer Residency Program?
I found the information on the internet and have been talking about it with friends for around 5 to 6 years. I applied twice and finally got a grant for the Summer 2016 Residency at The School of Visual Arts.  After a month of creative collaboration with other artists and curators I developed my exhibition “Anemotaxis”, which made its debut on June 29, 2016 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery. 


What is “Anemotaxis” about? How did you come up with the idea?
I’m working on some concepts and language forms that include reading cards or the first Turkish/Ottoman dictionary that I integrate into my paintings, photographs and video works. In my paintings there are some key elements related to curing, healing, purifying and catharsis based on my life and family history. For example, wind socks are indicating the direction of wind as a cathartic form. And “Anemotaxis” is a form of living and existence in these paintings. The term “Anemotaxis” describes an oriented movement in response to a current of air.  


What kind of project was in your application for the residency?
I submitted several acrylic paintings that represent my work about “Anemotaxis” as a project proposal. 


How did the program and your time in New York impact your life and work?
It affected me in many ways and it was more fruitfull than I had expected. Personally, I entered a very creative and productive period. I had many new ideas that I could turn into new projects. 

Since I am also an arts teacher at Kayseri Erciyes University Faculty of Fine Arts, I gained a lot of studio knowledge that I will be able to pass on to my art students. New York has a very open- minded arts community. Renowned art critic, Jerry Saltz, came to visit our residence and we had some talks with him. I will surely pass the many impressions and outcomes of group discussions on to my students, so that they learn as much as possible about contemporary arts. 


Do you think the grant brought you more recognition?
Absolutely! I received a lot of positive comments and I gained more recognition in the art scene in Turkey. I’m also expecting more feedback as time passes and as more people learn about my work.


What projects are you working on right now? 
Currently, I am working as an advisor to the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey and we are preparing a collection exhibition in Oman. I’m also writing an exhibition book. The title of the exhibition is ‘Infinity Time’. It includes the most famous Turkish artists and traditional Turkish artworks, such as Ebru, Hüsn’i Hat works and names like Erol Akyavas, Fikret Mualla, Burhan Dogançay, Adnan Çoker.


What’s next for you?
I’m working on the exhibition of the art that I created in New York. I’m planning those exhibitions in November, February and May 2017. In addition I’m working on a new theme based on my New York experience that include more abstract paintings; this could be called “Gravitaxis” for example...


Ahmet Albayrak, born in 1982, graduated from Erciyes University Faculty of Fine Arts-Painting 2003. He completed his master's degree in 2005 and  in 2008 a PhD at Marmara University Institute of Fine Arts - Painting. Albayrak who has lived and worked in Kayseri since 2009  received awards from ongoing activities organized in various cities and joined exhibitions in a number of museums and biennials. In addition to the Istanbul Modern, University of Cambridge and MMOMA (Moscow Museum of Modern Art) his work has been exhibited in many countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, South Korea, The Netherlands, Mexico and Russia. He is a former resident artist of Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris. Currently, he is working on collection exhibitions and has been curator of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey since 2015.




Interview by Funda Akin

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 6:00pm
Pera Soho
54 Thompson St (and Broome St), New York
Cash Bar
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Moon & Stars Project Grants

Moon and Stars Project grants have semi-annual deadlines of January 31 and July 31. 

The American Turkish Society's MASP grants aims to encourage the development of Turkey-related art by offering funds for creative arts projects and residencies. The amount of each grant is determined by the project's scope, the availability of total funds, and the number of projects selected through a competitive process.

Required Grant Application Materials:

  • A completed Moon and Stars Project Grant Application
  • Cover letter detailing funding request
  • Supporting materials (eg, music, literature, scripts, etc)
  • Artists's CV (if applicable)
  • Visuals of past projects (if applicable)

Please see the Moon and Stars Project Grants Application to learn more about the grants procedure & requirements.

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Come see the Exhibition: Anexmotasis curated by our School of Visual Arts Scholarship Awardee, Ahmet Albayrak. This is a student art exhibition with paintings from many international students. The exhibition advances the SVA's philosophy of integrating life outside the classroom with the teaching that occurs within. 

When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
School of Visual Arts 141 West 21st Street New York, NY 10010




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Join us for a private reception and lecture on the special exhibiton, Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs.

This event includes an hour long private lecture on the exhibition given by YSL Class of 2012 and Assistant Curator of Islamic Art, Dr. Deniz Beyazit, which will culminate in a reception.

For more information on the exhibiton please click here

When: Friday, May 20, 2016, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028


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Join us for "Turkey and its Role in the Global Economy: Revisited," a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Nouriel Roubini and Mr. Murat Köprülü on the current state of Turkey's economic/financial outlook.  It promises to be an enlightening evening!

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Registration: 5:30pm
Event: 6:00pm
Followed by a light reception
Where: Herrick, Feinstein LLP
2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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