The Block is excited to congratulate the Middle Eastern North African (MENA) Student Association on their Winter 2023 Wildcat Impact Award. The Wildcat Impact Awards are given quarterly by the Office of Student Affairs to honor and recognize students and student organizations who have contributed to bettering student life, campus engagement and inclusivity at Northwestern. Award recipients are celebrated with a banner in the Norris University Center and an invitation to the Wildcat Excellence Awards ceremony at the end of the academic year.
The MENA Student Association was nominated for its exemplary work collaborating with The Block on the museum’s presentation of its Fall 2022 exhibition Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s-1980s. Comprising nearly 90 works by artists from countries including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Taking Shape explored abstract art from North Africa, West Asia and the Arab diaspora in the mid-20th century.
The Block’s collaboration with the MENA SA included a co-sponsored musical performance at by music ensemble East Loop and promotion of the exhibition through interviews for local media. Alongside the exhibition, The Block held further programming that included gallery talks and a guided tour for the MENA SA.