Our Mission

Founded in 2007, the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) is a nonprofit located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that brings together Iraqis and Americans to learn from each other in friendship after decades of sanctions, war, and occupation. We are Iraqis and Americans, veterans and refugees, peace activists and artists, students and professionals, and many more united by a common goal: growing reconciliation and friendship between our communities and building a more peaceful world.

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Our Impact


The Iraqi Art Project presents Iraqi and American visual art, film, bookmaking, and theater to audiences throughout Minnesota and the U.S.

People to People facilitates cultural, language, personal, and professional exchanges in both Minnesota and Iraq.

Humanitarian Projects for Peace provides relief to Iraqis with initiatives for clean water, sanitation, medical resources, and other areas of need.

Our Team


The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project staff and board of directors work hand in hand to advance our mission for peace and reconciliation. View bios and meet the board.


Our Story

After the start of the Iraq War, founding executive director Kathy McKay and a group of colleagues and local peace activists, including Steve Clemens, Kaia Svien, Tim Carlson, Al Nettles, Paul Perkal and others, started IARP as a way to support a different kind of relationship between the people of Iraq and the U.S. Working with the Iraqi nonprofit Muslim Peacemaker Teams, the group set out to build bridges of communication and support between Iraqis and Americans.  In 2007, the group incorporated IARP as a nonprofit organization. Read more

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Annual Reports

The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project is a proud Guidestar Exchange Gold Participant.  To view our recent IRS 990 forms, visit our Guidestar profile.

Read more about our impact and financial transparency in our annual reports below.
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010