Open Hand Studios
Preservation. Development. Education
Open Hand Studios is a nonprofit organization working
at the crossroads of development, education, and preservation.
We work across the globe on a local level to alleviate poverty,
improve livelihoods, educate communities, and preserve culture.
The first set of OHS’s designed signs have been installed at Umm el-Jimal.
US Ambassador Visits Umm el-Jimal
Recently both the US Ambassador to Jordan and the Cultural Affairs officer at the US Embassy have visited Umm el-Jimal to review our work there.
Faces of Dignity Wins Award
TechSoup has announced that Faces of Dignity is a winner of the Adobe Show Your Impact award.
OHS at the AU Summit
Jeff DeKock presented the lecture “Using Photography and Video for Advocacy” at the Africa Union Summit in Kampala, Uganda.
OHS’s directors are interviewed on Chicago Public Radio’s program Worldview.
Grave Errors Launch
OHS along with World Relief launched Grave Errors, a film exploring Kenya’s post-election in 2008 as part of an East-African wide peace program. See a shortened version of the film air on Current TV.
OHS at Berzeit
OHS presented the lecture “Preserving Heritage, Preserving Communities” at Berzeit University, in Ramallah, Palestine as part of a conference on Gender Studies.
OHS presents at Yarmouk University Conference
Four members of the UJ Project and OHS team presented a paper titled “Restoration of the Ancient
Water System at Umm el-Jimal: Survey, Strategy, and Goals” at a workshop themed “Regional Survey and Land Use Reconstruction in the Levant,” hosted by Yarmouk University.