I am returning to the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art at Shangri La this month. Shangri La is the Honolulu home, near Diamond Head of heiress Doris Duke. Built in 1937, the home houses an extensive collection of Islamic art and serves as a center for learning about the global culture of Islamic art and design through exhibitions, digital and educational initiatives, public tours and programs and community partnerships
The foundation maintains the property and collection, but is also a national grant-maker which funds the use of the arts and media arts to advance relationships, increase understanding and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The need for this work is clear. Muslims number approximately 1.6 billion people around the world, including 3.3 million in the United States. Yet despite this large, dispersed and diverse worldwide population, studies have shown that U.S. perceptions of them may remain narrow. As a strategic adviser, we are currently reviewing past funding to determine future grant-making activities with equal emphasis on outcomes, efficiency and style. I look forward to sharing more when I return!