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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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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This internationally renowned program 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. The selected participant has exclusive use of a small studio located in the School of Visual Arts Chelsea Building. Faculty visits the studios Mondays through Thursdays. Exposure to the New York art world complements this on-site residency program. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition, which enables the participants to present their work to the public.

The application package should include the following:

  • a) 10 print-outs of recent work (slides, discs, laser prints, photos, big photo albums, published books or any other format than print-outs of images will not be accepted). Please include only 10 print-outs. If more than 10 print-outs are included, that application will not be considered. 
  • b) A list of the included recent works in English (name of the work, dimensions, year, materials used) 
  • c) Artist's statement in English 
  • d) CV (in English and stating date of birth, education, exhibitions and publications) 
  • e) Optional: press clippings or other materials showing artistic activity (No catalogs please) 

For information on the application and selection process (in both Turkish and English), please click here.

The American Turkish Society will sponsor the expenses listed below:

  • Round trip air fare 
  • Accommodations 
  • Stipend ($500) 
  • Materials ($500) 
  • Visa application expenses 
  • One-month unlimited metro card 
  • Transportation from and to the airport in New York

*Please note that the scholarship is for advanced artists with an established studio presence, and that the scholarship is open to active professional artists residing in Turkey who are not represented by a gallery. As such, current undergraduate students are ineligible to apply. Applications from graduate students are welcome. Qualified applicants must have basic fluency in English sufficient for engaging in meaningful dialogue with other participants.

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The American Turkish Society will present the 15th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival from Thursday, March 31st to Sunday, April 3rd at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea.

Thursday, March 31
Nadide Hayat /A Unique Life 
5:30pm: Pre-screening reception 
6:30pm: Screening 
Post-screening Q&A with Yetkin Dinkinciler

Friday, April 1 
5:30pm: Pre-screening reception 
6:30pm: Screening 
Post-screening Q&A with Zeki Demirkubuz

Saturday, April 2 
Motör/Remake, Remix, Rip-Off 
12:30pm: Screening 
Post-screening Q&A with Cem Kaya

3:00pm: Screening

5:30pm: Pre-screening reception 
6:30pm: Screening 
Post-screening Q&A with Nadir Saribacak

Sunday, April 3 
12:30pm: Screening

3:00pm: Screening

Kar Korsanları/Snow Pirates 
5:30pm: Screening 
Post-screening Q&A with Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu

For more information please go to www.newyorkturkishfilmfestival.com
For tickets please go to www.americanturkishsociety.eventbrite.com

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Thank you to all who came to support The American Turkish Society and participate in our panel discussion, "Turkey's Pivotal Role in an Uncertain Global Context."

Despite the weather, attendance was greater than expected, and the discussion certainly benefited from the diversity of opinions and ideas from our audience.

We'd like to give a special thanks to our panelists, Dr. Bulent Aliriza, Ms. Elmira Bayrasli, (though unfortunately absent) Ambassador James Jeffrey, and our intrepid moderator, and Young Society Leaders Class of 2011, Dr. Joshua Walker.

To see photos of our event please click here.

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Foreign Policy Event
Event Date: 
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 5:30pm
Herrick Feinstein LLP (2 Park Avenue, New York)
$35 for Non-Members / $30 for Members

The American Turkish Society is pleased to present a panel discussion on the pressing foreign policy and security demands of Turkey in a changing and challenging global climate. Join us as we discuss with experts the pivotal geopolitical role that Turkey plays today in the Middle East and across the globe. Light reception to follow.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Bulent Aliriza (Founding Director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS)
  • Elmira Bayrasli (Co-Founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, World Policy Institute Fellow)
  • Ambassador James Jeffrey (Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Iraq, currently at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

Moderated by:

  • Dr. Joshua Walker (Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, YSL Class of 2011)


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