My dear [cyber-]friend Shaheen Sultan has sent this interesting email. Those who are interested in helping her with the cultural and conservation efforts can either contact me or leave a comment here. In particular, truck art and other ideas for this haven in Toronto (Raza)
My friends  and I are in the midst of compiling a future project for Art and Culture restoration and conservation — an initiative very dear to my heart, as I have always believed in conserving cultural heritage so the generations to come shall benefit from global cultures where they are becoming endangered with exploitation and falling prey to decadence due to the age of modernity. No, I do not scorn “modernity”, but, I do not endorse the opinion that world culture becomes extinct with the arrival of technology and IGeneration.
We have found a reasonable space in Toronto to construct a gallery / world cafe lounge to cater  a permanent venue to dialogue on art, culture, restoration and conservation. The aspiration is to have three levels of the building (it is actually a house that is 30 years old with high  ceiling) — the bottom level would be a “world” lounge– which shall designed as a global village and shall serve ethnic food. Middle level shall be a music lounge opened to the public from 5:30 p.m – 11:30 p.m for jazz and blues music performed by underground musicians as live band. The third floor is the actual conservation space — where indigenous art and carvings of North and East Africa’s Makonde, Mughal shoes, Buddhist rock art, Pakistani truck art dating back to the early 1920’s a tradition that the crafts-people adorn their trucks with artworks, et al…. Conservation space shall cater to Indian classical music and books that are obscure in present day.
Now, more specifically, I turn to my friends in South Asia to share some resources of the truck art pieces — especially, kettles and teapots. If you are able to guide me to the approriate parties, i shall be grateful.
Very exciting times await !! I went to see the building space this noon, it is stunning. the outside of building construction is red bricks — which gives a rather renaissance finish. We are hoping to commence architectural design and have the space open by June 2010.
If you have any idea you want to share — do not hesitate — as it is always to have greater minds than one mind. The point should be of cultural historic value furnished with the idea of conservation that can attempt a dialogue with global village and incept art sensibilities depicting tradition and heritage.
Cheers,
Shaheen

Couple of my friends  and I are in the midst of compiling a future project for Art and Culture restoration and conservation — an initiative very dear to my heart, as I have always believed in conserving cultural heritage so the generations to come shall benefit from global cultures where they are becoming endangered with exploitation and falling prey to decadence due to the age of modernity. No, I do not scorn “modernity”, but, I do not endorse the opinion that world culture becomes extinct with the arrival of technology and IGeneration. We have found a reasonable space in Toronto to construct a gallery / world cafe lounge to cater  a permanent venue to dialogue on art, culture, restoration and conservation. The aspiration is to have three levels of the building (it is actually a house that is 30 years old with high  ceiling) — the bottom level would be a “world” lounge– which shall designed as a global village and shall serve ethnic food. Middle level shall be a music lounge opened to the public from 5:30 p.m – 11:30 p.m for jazz and blues music performed by underground musicians as live band. The third floor is the actual conservation space — where indigenous art and carvings of North and East Africa’s Makonde, Mughal shoes, Buddhist rock art, Pakistani truck art dating back to the early 1920’s a tradition that the crafts-people adorn their trucks with artworks, et al…. Conservation space shall cater to Indian classical music and books that are obscure in present day. Now, more specifically, I turn to my friends in South Asia to share some resources of the truck art pieces — especially, kettles and teapots. If you are able to guide me to the approriate parties, i shall be grateful. Very exciting times await !! I went to see the building space this noon, it is stunning. the outside of building construction is red bricks — which gives a rather renaissance finish. We are hoping to commence architectural design and have the space open by June 2010. If you have any idea you want to share — do not hesitate — as it is always to have greater minds than one mind. The point should be of cultural historic value furnished with the idea of conservation that can attempt a dialogue with global village and incept art sensibilities depicting tradition and heritage. Cheers,Shaheen