Islamic Arts Society’s signature “Building Bridges Through Islamic Arts” program employs an art exhibition, reception and a hands-on interactive series of arts workshops where participants not only learn about Islamic heritage and culture, but also produce their own bodies of work using Islamic art techniques. This interaction, we hope, will lead to better relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim Americans. The program is very popular with Libraries and we regularly receive requests for art shows from libraries, colleges and schools from across the Greater Houston area.

Want to build bridges within your local community? Invite Islamic arts Society to bring the Building bridges through Islamic Arts to your neighborhood library. Contact us at: info@islamicartssociety.org

Here is what our hosting organizations have to say about our event:

“The Kingwood Library held a special SAGE program on Tuesday June 6th featuring a live Ebru demonstration with Artist Nihal Sonmez of the Islamic Arts Society. Event attendees heard a brief history of Islamic arts and then watched as Ms. Nihal Sonmez demonstrated how to marble an image of a rose. Later, participants had the opportunity to create and marble images themselves! It was a fun, enjoyable, and educational morning.” Pamela Reece, Adult Services Librarian, Kingwood Branch Library.

“Octavia Fields Library would like to thank Islamic Arts Society’s Zohra Siddiqui & Dr. Khawaja Azimuddin for this wonderful experience our community and library had a chance to enjoy today!!! Tremendous amount of compliments from our customers who attended the Henna presentation and Henna/Calligraphy application! The gallery of art works was so special, too! We are so appreciative for this opportunity to learn and enjoy the Henna and Calligraphy Art! Thank you so much and looking forward to continuing our partnership!!!!” Jana Hoglund, Branch Manager, Octavia Fields Library.

“We had an amazing LIFE program today by Zohra Siddiqui with assistance by artist Fatema Josh. The Islamic Arts Society truly was able to cross cultural boundaries with the wonderful interactive henna tattoo presentation by Zohra. Our presenters were so personable and caring and easy to talk to and ask questions. And they are also talented artists as evidenced by the lovely display they created in the library. Thank you for coming to the library and giving us a little taste of your culture. I think I am starting to understand why henna means happiness. You brought a little happiness into LIFE today. Hope you come again”. Claire Gunnels. Lone Star College. CyFair.


Want to help Build Bridges through Arts?

Bring the “Islamic Arts 101 Program” to your child’s school.

Cost: $300

Each 1-hour program includes:

* A brief introduction to Islamic Arts.

* A focused art class tailored to the age group.

* A workshop to teach calligraphy, henna, ebru, geometric art or arabesque.


Want to help Build Bridges through Arts?

Bring the “Islamic Arts 101 Program” to your local public library

Cost: $500

Each program includes:

A month-long display of Islamic arts

A one-hour reception/ mingle to introduce visitors about Islamic arts.

A hands-on workshop for calligraphy, henna, ebru, geometric art or arabesque.

Here is a sample of what our attendees have to say:

“Zohra was a fantastic speaker. Beyond thankful for her time to bring this presentation to our community.”

“Our teacher was a fantastic presenter and artists. She answered all my questions during the slide show. What a wonderful opportunity!”

“I really liked it so much! Thank you.”

“I really enjoyed the program today. It was the first time and a great experience!”

“It’s nice to see efforts towards educating about other cultures. Especially, in such adverse times.”

Here is a sampling of some of the recent Outreach events:

Want to bring color to your event?

We are proud to partner with nonprofit organizations, schools, libraries, museums and mosques for cultural and educational activities pertaining to Islamic Arts. We can provide art exhibitions, displays and art workshops that are very popular among families and children.

Our live demonstrations bring color and creativity to your events. We can do Ebru (water marbling), henna, painting and calligraphy activities depending upon your needs. Our interactive sessions are very popular and provide good source of entertainment and education.

We also collaborate with non-profits to arrange charity auctions for fund raising. We can either provide art pieces, produced by one of our talented artists, for auction during their charity fundraising Gala or do a joint online fundraising campaign.

To schedule an event please contact us by sending an email to info@islamicartssociety.org at least 4 weeks before your event.