KU_SOMAARTISANS_044.jpeg

Our Team

 

International Advisors 

Nurhan Atasoy
Belkis Balpinar
Ela Bhatt
Ibrahim Betil

Catherine Commander
Virginia Eisemon
Elif Gokcigdem
Peggy Hanson
Gul Berna Ozcan

Nuran Sivri

Emine Usakligil


Board of Directors

Yildiz Yagci, Founder & President
Malcolm R. Pfunder, Treasurer
Susan Boyette, Secretary
Zeyneb Usakligil-Lange
Margaret C. Pearson
Sara Bengur
Nil Sismanyazici Navaie

EVENT COORDINATOR

Didem Corakci Maurice

COORDINATOR IN TURKEY

Karaca M. Erdem

 

articles about AnArt

 
 
Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 8.11.07 AM.png

"ANATOLIAN ARTISAN'S FIRST CULTURAL TOUR A WINNER!"

by BARBARA VON WAHLDE 

"Imagine a land of lush greenery, rocky beaches, tea plantations, valleys and mountains in ochre colors with historic settlements, churches, monasteries and mosques dotting the countryside and towns. The Anatolian Artisans tour of the Eastern Black Sea (Karadeniz) region provided all this and more..."

 
Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 8.11.55 AM.png

"Time Traveling with Anatolian Artisans"

By Joanne Omang

"The beginning heralded the whole. Our Anatolian Artisans’ 2008 Cultural Tour opened on May 16 with an astounding dinner reception at an historic mansion overlooking Leander’s Tower and the Bosphorus glowing in the sunset. The view, the site, the structure, the stories behind every item in every room – each begged for more attention, deeper thought, more time. So it went for the next ten days..." 

 
Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 8.12.33 AM.png

"The Best Present Ever" in the peace corps' Worldview magazine

By Yildiz Yagci 

"Although Peace Corps has not had a program in Turkey since 1970, the Friends of Turkey (Arkadaslar) group remains vibrant. Since its inception in 1991, the group has raised $66,000 for selected projects in Turkey and the U.S. Among the recipients is Anatatolian Artisans, an organization dedicated to providing sustainable income to low-income artisans through product development, marketing and training, and raising awareness about the arts and culture of Turkey. Here, artisan Yasemin Bilici tells founder and president Yildiz Yagci how Anatolian Artisans has made a dIi erence in her life..."