Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California & Arash Shirinbab

Program Area(s)
Grantee NameIslamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Address1433 Madison Street
Oakland CA, 94612
United States

Calligrapher Arash Shirinbab, ceramicist Forrest Lesch-Middelton, and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California will explore themes of hospitality, morality, and justice through calligraphy-inscribed ceramics inspired by the Persian Nishapur tradition. The artists will create a series of dishes, vessels, and tiles via traditional ceramics and calligraphy practices that convey messages coming from sources ranging from traditional Sufi poetry to contemporary Muslim-American hip-hop. At a culminating event at the cultural center, guests will be served food on some of the dishes, illustrating the art of hospitality at the heart of Islamic culture.

Grant Amount$40000
Project Dates09/01/15 - 10/28/16
Serving United States/California/Alameda/Oakland

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