Building Bridges: Campus Community

Learn more about the six campus presenting organizations that were awarded in December 2013 for their ability to engage student and community populations and to increase knowledge and understanding of Muslim cultures through the performing arts.

Art2Action, University of South Florida, Tampa - Tampa, FL

Art2Action, in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF), will present THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists. This program will introduce students, partners and audiences to the great diversity of Muslim and Arab identities, cultures and aesthetics, by presenting a series of (mostly) women performers and artists in multiple disciplines, over a two-year period

Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University - Washington, DC

The Davis Performing Arts Center and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University, a joint initiative between the Theater and Performance Studies Program and the School of Foreign Service, will present Myriad Voices: A Cross-Cultural Performance Festival. This series of performances from leading artists around the world will be accompanied by convenings, public forums, interdisciplinary courses, and the creation of new work.

Photo from Syria: The Trojan Women

The Cedar Cultural Center, Augsburg College - Minneapolis, MN

Midnimo: Music for Unity, Campus and Community will bring Somali musicians from around the world to Minnesota for week-long residencies that include public concert performances and activities in the classroom and the community. Through Midnimo, the Somali word for “unity,” Augsburg students, Cedar Riverside residents, and the general public will engage in a series of educational and experiential events focused on Somali music.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston - Houston, TX

Led by a steering committee of artists, arts leaders, UH faculty, and Mitchell Center program staff, Intersections is an initiative that develops new works by four artists in residence over a two year period. Artists engage directly with Houston residents with an emphasis on the University of Houston’s diverse student population over a two year period. This initiative aims to increase knowledge about Muslim societies through the arts with a series of performances, public talks and curricular connections through the Mitchell Center’s Interdisciplinary Art (IART) curriculum.

Zoukak Theatre Company. In this photo: Lamia Abi Azar, Maya Zbib, Hashem Adnan and Junaid Sariedddine. Additional members of Zoukak: Omar Abi Azar, Mohamad Hamdan and Soumaya Berri (Photo: Marco Pinarelli).


LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, LaGuardia Community College - Long Island City, NY

BeyondSacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity is a program that through music, dance, and theatre combined with open community forums uses the art of storytelling to illuminate life experiences of culturally identified Muslims in 21st century, post 9/11 New York City, with a hope to change minds – effect behaviors – and alter attitudes that challenge assumptions of group identity.

Wesleyan Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University - Middletown, CT

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Muslim Women’s Voiceswill expand awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Muslim cultures through the lens of performance by exploring the work of extraordinary artists from around the globe, each one bringing a distinct set of personal experiences and embedded in a particular place, society, and cultural tradition. Through this journey, we invite audiences to celebrate the complexity of Muslim women today, and the historical and cultural context from which they have emerged.