THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists

THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists Series

Presented by Art2Action, Inc. in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF)
Institute for Research in Art/Contemporary Art Museum & Graphic Studio

Featured Artist: Aya Tarek

Commissioned painting by Aya Tarek: Invisible Man in a Fluorescent Suit, 2015.

Videography and Editing by: Yasmin Tamar

Art2Action Artistic Director: Andrea Assaf

Co-sponsored by the USF Arab Cultural Association (ACA)

This project was made possible by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, "Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement" Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. This project was also sponsored, in part, by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida” (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).

Copyright: Art2Action, Inc. (2016)

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THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists

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Art2Action, in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF), presents "THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists" series. This channel showcases some of the artists, creative works, and short documentaries that we have produced as…


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Art2Action, in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF), presents "THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists" series. This channel showcases some of the artists, creative works, and short documentaries that we have produced as part of the "Building Bridges" initiative.

Begun in Spring 2014, this on-going program introduces students, communities 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. The title, "THIS Bridge" references seminal writings in women of color feminism ("This Bridge Called My Back" and later "This Bridge We Call Home", as well as "Colonize THIS! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism"), and locates the self-representation of contemporary Arab and Muslim women artists within that historical discourse. Guest artists in the presenting series spend a full week in Tampa, on the USF campus and in the community. Artist residencies include performances, film screenings, exhibits, class visits and workshops, Festival appearances, facilitated dialogues, academic lectures and panels to engage students across an array of departments, institutes, and student associations.

The primary activities include performances, workshops and academic events. Lebanese American theatre artist, Andrea Assaf, serves as the lead curator and Artist-in-Residence with the USF School of Theatre & Dance. For the presenting series, Art2Action co-curates a series of residencies with artists who demonstrate artistic excellence across a variety of aesthetics and disciplines. The goals of this series are to educate, provoke, surprise, move, and inspire. The inclusion of artists with both traditional and complex identities will work to dispel stereotypes, counter mainstream media images and Arab-Muslim conflation, and stimulate transformation of attitudes, views and relationships across communities. In alignment with Art2Action’s mission, artistic presentations will followed by opportunities for academic discourse and intra-community dialogue about gender, including contemporary Arab and Muslim feminisms, identity, and U.S. policy.

Partnering departments and units include: The School of Theatre and Dance, Anthropology, Communications, English, Government & International Affairs, The Humanities Institute, The Institute on Black Life, Women’s & Gender Studies, World Languages Arabic classes, The School of Art & Art History, The School of Music, The Institute for Research in Art/Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), and USF World’s Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies. Collaborating student associations include the Arab Cultural Association (ACA), the Muslim Student Association (MSA), and more. Community partners include the Arab American Community Center (AACC), which produces annual Arab Festivals in Tampa and Orlando.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from Association of Performing Arts Presenters, "Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement" Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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