The Contemporary Arts Center’s Rüya Coffee Pop-Up Highlights Immigrant Stories All Month Long


Rüya Turkish Coffee is hosting a pop-up coffee experience at the Contemporary Arts Center every Friday 5–9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m. throughout the month of December.

Photograph courtesy of Rüya Turkish Coffee

During the Rüya pop-up, visitors will be able to drink authentic Turkish coffee, which is made with finely ground coffee heated in a small pot, called a cezve, over an open flame with no filter, creating a robust brew. The pop-up will also feature a traditional fortune reading from the coffee grounds and an art installation created by local artist Joya Logue.

“I am most excited for the opportunities this platform will bring to others, from job creation to exposure for artists of diverse backgrounds,” says Melis Aydogan, creator of Rüya, about collaborating with others on this new pop-up experience.

Aydogan brought Rüya to life through her family’s immigrant story when she received a grant from People’s Liberty in 2018. She used the grant to open a two-month-long pop-up shop at Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine and has since been planning new ways to introduce more people to Rüya in hopes that she can share the stories of other immigrants.

“People learned about my family’s immigrant story at [my shop at] Findlay Market, and now it’s time to shine the light on others,” she says. “Rüya’s mission has been and always will be to rewrite the narrative of immigrants marginalized by the media.”

Aydogan hopes that in the future, she will have more chances to collaborate with other artists and tell the many stories waiting to be told, all through the platform of Rüya.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., downtown, (513) 345-8400

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