I S L A M I C A R T S S O C I E T Y
The 4th annual Islamic Arts Festival is scheduled for 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 is something for everyone to enjoy and share. More than 7000 visitors are expected to attend the festival this year. The festival will bring together children and adults of all faiths, religions and cultures for two days of fun, festivity and learning.
An estimated 200,000 Muslims live in the Greater Houston area. The purpose of this event was to celebrate our culture and promote the positive image of our community among Muslims and non-Muslims. Some of the art was displayed inside the prayer area and it gave an opportunity for the non-Muslims to visit a working mosque for the first time. By promoting Islamic Arts we aim to promote cultural understanding and in bringing the broader Houston community together.
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.
4th Annual Islamic Arts Festival
16700 Old Louetta Road, Spring, TX 77379
November 11th & 12th, 2017. 10.30 am till 6pm
Our Flagship event attended by over 5000 people. The Arts Festival brought people from diverse cultures, faiths and backgrounds together for a day of learning, fun and festivity.
Wondrous Worlds: Arts and Islam Through Time & Place (An Asia Society Event)
1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004
September 21st 2017, 6 pm till 8 pm
IAS Artist Sana Mirza will be demonstrating contemporary Islamic Calligraphy and Arts during the Opening Reception. The program complements Asia Society's "Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place" exhibition. Featuring more than 100 outstanding works of art, the exhibition showcases the long history, vast geographic expanse, and amazing diversity of works of art in the Islamic world.
Islamic Arts Program at LSC-CyFair Library
9191 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
September 13th 2017, 10-1130 am
Arts Display followed by interactive arts program
Calligraphy in Islamic Art
1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004
September 30th 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. Renowned Calligrapher Monther Yousef of the Islamic Arts Society will teach the class. Students will enjoy hands-on instruction in learning the dynamics of traditional writing tools and will be shown how to write Arabic alphabets in a classical style. 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/workshop-calligraphy-islamic-art
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.