I S L A M I C A R T S S O C I E T Y
The 4th annual Islamic Arts Festival was held on the 11th and 12th of November, 2017. Co-sponsored by The Islamic Arts Society & Rice University's Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, the Islamic Arts Festival is the largest and oldest of its kind in North America. With over 10,000 ft.² of art space, over 5000 art pieces and over 50 artists, there was something for everyone to enjoy and share. More than 5000 visitors attended the festival this year. The festival brought together children and adults of all faiths, religions and cultures for two days of fun, festivity and learning.
Here is a sampling of the festivities in the form of a picture collage.
M I S S I O N S T A T E M E N T
Islamic Arts Society aims to share the rich heritage of arts in Islam. The society organizes events to celebrate our culture and promote the positive image of our community among Muslims and non-Muslims. Art is a common language and binds diverse communities. By promoting Islamic arts we hope to promote mutual understanding and to bring the broader American community together.
The Islamic Arts Society is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization that aims to build bridges and promote cultural education through a variety of programs.
Islamic Arts Festival: Our flagship event in fall every year that attracts over 7000 people. The Festival brings people from diverse cultures, faiths and backgrounds together for a day of learning, fun and festivity.
Islamic Arts Day: A fun filled, family oriented education day for introduction to Islamic Arts that is popular among children as well as adults.
Islamic Art Classes: A weekend art class during the summer and spring break for the more serious learner who wants some hands on practice on learning Islamic arts. We teach painting, calligraphy, woodwork & ceramics.
Art Demonstration: Our live art demonstrations bring color and creativity to your events. Our interactive sessions on Calligraphy, henna, Ebru & Live paintings are very popular and provide good source of entertainment and education.
Art Display: We organize Islamic Art display events in art galleries, libraries and museums. Our travelling display of Islamic Arts is an excellent source of cultural education and entertainment.
Outreach Events: We are proud to partner with nonprofit organizations, schools, libraries, churches and mosques for cultural and educational activities pertaining to Islamic Arts. We can provide art exhibits, live art demonstrations or art pieces for charity auctions depending upon your needs.
The Islamic Arts Society curated "The Arts of the Islamic World," an exhibit of diverse works by Houston-based Muslim artists. Mayor Sylvester Turner inaugurated the exhibit during a reception at the Houston City Hall's Legacy Ballroom. More than 200 people attended the event where Mayor Sylvester Turner cut the ribbon officially inaugurating the display. Also in attendance were consul generals, city councilmembers and other elected officials.
The reception was part of the two month long exhibition at the City Hall, 901 Bagby, that will last until the 31st of August. The exhibition is jointly organized by the Islamic Arts Society and the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and is co curated by Shaheen Rahman of IAS and Gail Mebane of Harambee Art gallery. The exhibition showcases the work of 24 artists belonging to the Islamic Arts Society.
Earlier at the weekly City Council meeting, Islamic Arts Society Board Chair Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin told Council that "Art is a universal language. By promoting Islamic arts, we are aspiring to promote mutual understanding and to bring the broader Houston community together."
Board Member Zaf Tahir praised the Mayor and Council for embracing "a multicultural environment"
Islamic Art dates back to the 7th century and consists of arts produced in lands inhabited by Muslims. It covers numerous places and people over the course of some 1,400 years. It encompasses the rich and diverse cultures of Islamic societies.
Islamic Art Class at Pearland Masjid
1530 Garden Rd., Pearland, Texas 77581
Saturday, March 3 at 10 AM - 1 PM
A fun filled class by Islamic Arts Society's artist Hina Chaudhry. For ages 10 and up. Registration fee of $30 covers all art supplies.
Islamic Art Class at The Woodlands
15217 Sunset Trail, The Woodlands, TX 77384
A fun filled class by Islamic Arts Society's artist Samia Nazir. For ages 10 and up. Registration fee of $30 covers all art supplies.
Salaam: An Islamic Arts Display at Reynolds Gallery
2017 Memorial Student Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843
January 17 through March 3, 2018
A display of contemporary Islamic Arts from the Islamic Arts Society & Curated by MSA & MSC Visual Arts Committee
Islamic Arts Display at George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library
8125 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands, TX 77382
February 1st through March, 1st 2018
A display of contemporary Islamic Arts from the Islamic Arts Society at Montgomery County Memorial Library System
2018 SpringWorld (IFEST) International Festival
Discovery Green in (Downtown Houston)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 10:30am-4:30PM
Join IAS at the State's Largest International Festival; with an annual attendance of 20,000 plus