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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. 

 

 

 OUR PROGRAMS

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.


 

20264947_1593478560684070_8501998527788022607_nIslamic Arts Exhibit Opens With Grand Celebration in Houston City Hall

Houston, TX.-An unprecedented exhibition of Islamic art was celebrated at Houston City Hall during July & August, 2017.

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" in the city and said the exhibit sheds a "powerful light" on the 200,000 Muslims living in the greater Houston area. Tahir repeated the belief frequently expressed by Mayor Turner:  "We don't build walls, we build relationships."

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
 

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

Saturday, April 7th at 10 AM - 1 PM

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

 

 PAST EVENTS

 

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Photos from Islamic Arts Society's post

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 ... See more

2 weeks ago
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Islamic Arts Society Artists Nizar Macnojia, Hina Chaudhry and Samia Nazir attending the Opening Reception of “Salam” Exhibition in College Station, TX.
Salam: An Exhibition Curated by the ... See more

2 weeks ago
University Branch Library, Sugar Land - FBCL

IAS at University Branch Library Sugarland

More photos from our great henna presentation by Zohra Siddiqui of Hooked on Henna and the Islamic Arts Society.

3 weeks ago

IAS At Texas A&M.
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 ... See more

3 weeks ago
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The Art of Henna Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m.

IAS artists Ms. Zohra Siddiqui, Mr. Mustafa Bhatti and Ms. Hina Chaudhry took part in Arts Display at University Branch library. Ms. Bilkis Pathan ... See more

4 weeks ago
The Art of Henna

The program is part of the Islamic Arts Society's month long display of islamic Arts curated by Bilkis Pathan at the University Branch Library
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Join us for a fun and informational workshop on the art of henna. Zohra Siddiqui, owner of Hooked on Henna will give a presentation on the art of henna followed by a workshop where participants will ... See more

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Islamic Arts Society

This is the schedule for the library exhibit. Check them out if you live by one of these libraries.

The Library Programs by Islamic Arts Society are very popular among Library goers. Catch one of these displays if you can in the upcoming months
January: University Branch Library, Sugar ... See more

1 month ago

The Library Programs by Islamic Arts Society are very popular among Library goers. Catch one of these displays if you can in the upcoming months
January: University Branch Library, Sugar ... See more

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Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place

Only a few weeks left!
https://asiasociety.org/texas/exhibitions/wondrous-worlds-art-islam-through-time-place

Bringing together both historic and contemporary objects from Asia, Africa, the United States, and Europe, 'Wondrous Worlds' showcases the long history and breadth of Islamic art.

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