I S L A M I C A R T S S O C I E T Y
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 Houston community together.
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.
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"
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.
4th Annual Islamic Arts Festival
16700 Old Louetta Road, Spring, TX 77379
Houston City Hall Exhibition
Open Mosque Day at Champions Masjid
Wondrous Worlds: Arts and Islam Through Time & Place (An Asia Society Event)
Islamic Arts Program at LSC-CyFair Library
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.