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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 Houston community together. 

 

 

 OUR PROGRAMS

Islamic Arts Festival: Our flagship event in fall every year that attracts over 5000 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.

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 reception July 25, 2017.

The Islamic Arts Society created "The Arts of the Islamic World," an exhibit of diverse works by Houston-based Muslim artists.  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. Islamic Art is not limited to religious art. It is also seen in day to day utilitarian objects as well as in architecture. It encompasses the rich and diverse cultures of Islamic societies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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.
 
  

Houston City Hall Exhibition 

901 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
July 1st till August 31st, 2017
An Islamic Arts exhibit arranged by Islamic Arts Society in collaboration with the Mayor's office on Cultural Affairs and curated by Harambee Art Gallery.

 

Open Mosque Day at Champions Masjid

16700 Old Louetta Road, Spring TX 77379
August 19th 2017, 12 pm till 2.30 pm
Our artists will showcase Islamic Arts during the Interfaith Open Mosque Day organized by ICNA
 
 

Wondrous Worlds: Arts and Islam Through Time & Place (An Asia Society Event)

1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004
September 7th 2017, 6 pm till 8 pm
IAS Artist Sana Mirza will be demonstrating contemporary Islamic Calligraphy and Arts during the Opening Reception
 
 

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
 
 

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.

 

 PAST EVENTS

 

Islamic Arts Festival

1 week ago
Unity in Diversity

If you are at Maryam masjid on Friday prayers do check this out

"Unity in Diversity" is coming to a masjid near you!

Islamic Arts Society has started a community art project that will tour different masjids, schools and events throughout the Houston area in the ... See more

1 week ago
Unity in Diversity

"Unity in Diversity" is coming to a masjid near you!

Islamic Arts Society has started a community art project that will tour different masjids, schools and events throughout the Houston area in the ... See more

"Unity in Diversity" is coming to a masjid near you!

Islamic Arts Society has started a community art project that will tour different masjids, schools and events throughout the Houston area in the ... See more

1 week ago
Sponsors |

After our successful event in Houston City Hall, the Islamic Arts Society is seeking sponsors for our 4th Annual Islamic Arts Festival on the 11th and 12th of November, 2017.
The Festival will ... See more

1 week ago

GIVEAWAY TIME!
Whaaat? Again?
YES!!!
We had so many entries for our last giveaway, we decided to do another! #yourewelcome

By now you probably know the drill:
1. Follow @islamicartssociety
2. Like ... See more

2 weeks ago
Arts of the Islamic World Exhibition at Houston City Hall

Islamic Arts Exhibit Opens With Grand Celebration

Art Display Hosted at Houston City Hall

Houston, TX.-An unprecedented exhibition of Islamic art was celebrated at Houston City Hall reception July ... See more

3 weeks ago
Mayor Turner Takes Houston's Diversity Beyond the Surface Level

A new art exhibition from the Islamic Arts Society is brightening the downtown tunnels.

A new exhibition from the Islamic Arts Society and Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs injects the downtown tunnels with stunning works of Islamic art.

3 weeks ago
Timeline Photos

We have a WINNER!! Congrats @ramsha_navaid you are the new owner of Storms of the Nafs!!
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Thank you to everyone who entered! Keep following #islamicartssociety to stay up to date with the latest ... See more

3 weeks ago
Mayor Sylvester Turner and IAS reception at city hall

Short video of Mayor Sylvester Turner's reception & inaugurating the exhibition "Arts of the Islamic World" organized by Islamic Arts Society.

-Video recorded and produced by Ather Jamil

3 weeks ago
Photos from Islamic Arts Society's post

Mayor Sylvester Turner Proclaims July 25th as Islamic Arts Society of Houston Day

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