The Sanctuaries | Washington, DC
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Muslim

 


Are you a Muslim artist fighting for justice?
 


 

Our training program equips you with the skills to make art for social impact.

Over fifteen weeks, you’ll build deep friendships and collaborate with other Muslim artists of diverse backgrounds; learn about the history, techniques, and strategies of art-based activism and organizing; and gain valuable skills as you work alongside fellow artists in creating a project that brings together your local Muslim communities. You’ll also learn a lot about yourself as a person and how you can do this work in a spiritually grounded and emotionally resilient way.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to earn money facilitating a future cohort of the program, leading workshops for other organizations and youth programs, and/or working on larger projects and campaigns.

NOTE: This program is open to artists of all artforms, e.g. performance, visual, literary, etc.


Meet our 2018 Muslim Cohort

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AALIAH
ELNASSEH

Facilitator

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AHMAD
ABUMRAIGHI

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BAKHT
ARIF

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MERIAM
SALEM

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MUHAMMAD
YAHYA ODA

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SOBIA
AHMAD

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ZAYNUB
SIDDIQUI

 

 

Learn more about the artists.

 


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Photo credits: Nando Álvarez and Dejah Greene


Prefer to work with Muslim and non-Muslim artists? 

Check out our Mixed Cohort if you'd like to work with artists of all backgrounds. Otherwise, keep reading... 


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What you'll learn

This training program was created by and for artists, so we focus on the most important skills you need to make social impact with your art. We don’t want to waste anyone’s time. Our three core areas of practice are:

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Roots

As artists, everything we create reflects who we are. By the end of the program, you’ll know why you care about justice; what spiritual practices, beliefs, and traditions sustain you when things get hard; and how your Muslim identity shapes the way you do this work.

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Tools 

As artists, we have tools that others don’t. By the end of the program, you’ll be able to create high quality art with purpose and impact using a variety of art-based activism and organizing techniques to advance social change.

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Streets 

As artists, we can’t just talk, we have to take action. By the end of the program, you’ll have worked with other artists to design, implement, and evaluate a large-scale project that builds solidarity among local Muslim communities.


Applications closed.

We hope to launch the next cohorts of our training program in 2019. Applications will open in late 2018.

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