The Mesopotamian Night project team in 2009 initiated an annual “Mesopotamian Arts Award” program. The first award of this kind was given to Rabi Issa Benyamin for his contribution to Assyrian Calligraphy. The video clip below shows the speech of Rabi Issa Benyamin during the award ceremony.

This tradition will continue to be part of our Mesopotamian Night events each year. The recent initiative by AAS-A LA chapter has given even more attention to this important part of our culture and we are proud that our organization has taken the leadership to be a friend and supporter of our artists, poets, musicians and writers.