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Kris Reyes of Global Toronto, The Morning Show reports from the Aga Khan Museum on the day it opens to the public. In the newscast she conducts three interviews with Aga Khan Museum's Henry S. Kim, Director; Amirali Alibhai, Head of Performing Arts; and Dr. Ruba Kana’an, Head of Education and Scholarly Programs. The segment is about 10 minutes long. Watch the full video from Yahoo News here.
More than 2,000 people gathered at Santa Monica Pier on Sunday for the 20th anniversary of the L.A. Partnership Walk. Spirits were high and celebrities were on hand to help raise money to combat global poverty. The L.A. walk raised more than $415,000 for projects supported by the Aga Khan Foundation USA. It was one of eight walks held in major cities across the nation. Participating celebrities and civic leaders included Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, California State Sen. Ted Lieu and State Assemblyman Richard Bloom.
Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki designed the 47,000 square-foot Aga Khan Museum, its smooth granite facade topped with crenels that evoke a battlement. Inside the fortress-like walls, patterned glass skylights and floor tiles echo Islam’s famous mosaics. Maki, whose past projects include 4 World Trade Center and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, is known as “a modernist who has fused the best of both eastern and western cultures,” according to the Pritzker jury.
On Sept. 18, the Aga Khan Museum, a chiseled, light-filled structure of Brazilian granite, opens its doors to the public and, in that instant, you can start counting the number of borders crossed. The museum has a mission of its own, of course, but it's part of a much greater whole. The Aga Khan Development Network is a vast entity founded by His Highness that operates in 30 countries worldwide, running schools and providing health services in some of the poorest corners of the planet.
Eight years in the making, the 113,000 sq. ft Aga Khan Museum seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of Muslim civilisations through the arts of the Islamic world. The first museum in North America devoted to Islamic arts and culture is due to open on 18 September in an unlikely place: the Don Mills suburb of Toronto, Canada. The Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslim community, philanthropist and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, is the founder of the C$300m ($275m) complex, which also includes a community centre and gardens covering 753,473 sq. ft.