People attend the inauguration of the Palestinian Museum in Woodbridge, Connecticut. AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL
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Tucked away in Woodbridge, an affluent community near Yale University 80 miles (128 kilometers) north of Manhattan, it is well off the museum circuit and the bright lights of a big city, at least for now. The achievement is that it exists at all, funded on a shoe-string budget of half-a-million dollars, and nine months in the making by its Palestinian-American businessman founder, determined to create the first museum dedicated to Palestinian art in the United States.Called Palestine Museum U.S., it will open to the public this Sunday and for now will open only Sundays, free of charge and staffed by volunteers.This is a tall order, but the Ramallah-born Saleh says initial reactions have been "phenomenal," already generating press coverage focused on Palestinian art rather than conflict.
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