As part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic and social reform plan, Vision 2030, the kingdom has taken a top-down approach to developing the country’s arts and culture sector.
Michelle Cioffoletti is a former programs and outreach assistant at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Prior to joining AGSIW, Cioffoletti worked at the Arabia Foundation where she worked as a communications officer and research analyst focused on Saudi Arabia. She previously worked as an associate producer on the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions program, focused on Saudi Arabia. She also previously held communication and research roles at Logos Institute for Crisis Management, the United Nations Affiliate Religions for Peace, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Cioffoletti holds a BA in international affairs with a concentration in conflict resolution from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Columbia University.
The Ramadan series "Al-Asouf" folds seamlessly into the current mainstream Saudi media narrative, as the country focuses on developing its homegrown industries and nationalist rhetoric.
Turki Al Sheikh, a larger-than-life figure in the crown prince’s close inner circle, is leading a rise of nationalist music in the Saudi mainstream.