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 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.
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.
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 Geometry with Fariba Abedin
1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004
December 16th 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Islamic Arts Society presents a one day workshop on Islamic calligraphy in partnership with The Asia Society through a grant from Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Fariba Abedin will explore the structure of geometry and its role in nature and science. Simple geometric shapes will be developed into more complex designs inspired by the rich tradition of Islamic art. The workshop complements Asia Society's Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place exhibition. Workshop participants receive FREE admission to the exhibition on the day of the workshop.
Register for this workshop at: http://asiasociety.org/texas/events/islamic-geometry-fariba-abedin
Islamic Arts Display at SRB Library- The Woodlands
2101 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380
October 1st till November 31st, 2017, 9am-9pm
A Cabinet display of contemporary Islamic Arts from the Islamic Arts Society
Islamic Arts Display at University Branch Library
14010 University Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479
January 6th till January 31st, 2018. 10am till 6pm.
A Free workshop on Henna will be held on January 27th at 2pm, registration is required with library staff.
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.