* Introduction: Considering Islamic Art History and the Question of Public Impact - Laura Weinstein
Teaching about Islam through Art in the Museum and Classroom - Walter Denny
Students, Art and the Middle East Refugee Crisis - Pamela Karimi
Advocacy and Art - Nadeem Mazen
New York Magazine recently interviewed DJ Khaled's son, Asahad Khaled, the busiest baby in Hip-Hop as he took a tour at MIIM Designs exhibit, America to Zanzibar, at the Childeren's Museum of Manhattan.
Truly, Asahd is a natural ham. Right now, for example, in the “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far” exhibit, he’s atop a fake camel, dancing to “Wild Thoughts,” his father’s hit single featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, which someone has playing on an iPhone. Asahd starts clapping his little hands and scooting back and forth. Then he really gets into it, teetering side to side, waving a single finger in the air, his signature move. “He came out of the womb holding his finger up,” Tuck says, and I’m pretty sure she’s not joking.
“Yes, boy! Yes, boy!” Khaled chants. And Asahd starts “Ah-ahhh-ahhing” along to Rihanna’s “Wild, wild, wild.”
“Get it on Instagram!” someone cries out. (It will be on Snapchat later.)
Read it HERE.
The New York Times wrote a fantastic review of MIIM Designs work on the America to Zanzibar exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. The show has been so popular since its opening in February 2016 that its run has been extended another year, and plans are underway to take it on a nationwide tour in 2018. “I’ve been here 26 years and I can’t remember another exhibit that had a sustained heavy attendance over a period of a year like this one has,” said Mr. Ackerman [Executive Director of CMOM], noting that more than 350,000 people have visited. “It’s been a surprise blockbuster for us.” Read the Complete Review HERE.
As part of the continuing "The City Talks" series at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), Maryam (MIIM Designs) will be joining MFA's Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art and Acting Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia along with Michael Dwan Singh (SubDrift Boston) and Robb Johnson (Fenway Health) to discuss "How do we unlearn differences within communities"?
Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a free discussion inspired by themes in the exhibition “Political Intent,” on view now.
Nick Korody, the Executive Editor of Archinect Magazine, recently sat down and interviews Maryam on weaving her values into MIIM Designs.
Recently, Archinect has been taking a look at the relationship between faith and architecture. In this interview, we speak to Maryam Eskandari, Principal of MIIM Designs and Adviser in History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. A practicing Muslim, Eskandari views her practice as an extension of her faith—which means, basically, to make "good architecture" for the 99%.
Read the FULL INTERVIEW HERE.
This past year Open Architecture Collaborative laid out the infrastructure, defined its niche, and now is turning to you for support to build the programs that will help us all reach and assist more marginalised communities.
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"Ibrahim, a scholar in residence at Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School and a Muslim chaplain at Tufts University, addressed the stereotypes at “Muslim Feminism,” the second of three Faculty of Arts and Sciences Diversity Dialogues.
Ibrahim also challenged the misconception that Muslim women are not allowed to pursue education. She pointed out that Muhammad directed that every person must seek knowledge, regardless of gender.
'Seeking knowledge is a duty upon every Muslim,” she said. Citing as examples Farah Pandith, the State Department’s first ever-special representative to Muslim communities; architect Maryam Eskandari; sitcom creator Zarqa Nawaz; and Ghazala Khan, the gold star mother of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq, Ibrahim said, “For Muslim women there is not a single path. Their influence is broad and takes many different paths.'”
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the newly relaunched Open Architecture Collaborative is an international nonprofit that provides grassroots advocacy, planning, and socially responsible design to communities where those services are needed the most. Volunteer architects and designers working with the 30 chapters worldwide have done everything from building a neighborhood arts center in Chicago to providing post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction in Mississippi…. The organization put humanitarian design on the map, and with its new structure and leadership, it's poised to keep doing so. Donate here.
What is the place for childhood in the midst of survival?
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 4.8 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq since the Syrian Civil War began five years ago. More than half are under the age of 18. The average stay of refugees is 17 years—an entire childhood. Global displacement has surpassed that witnessed in the wake of World War II, and children remain its most impacted victims.
What roles can design—and designers—play in the face of such overwhelming challenges? What is the agency of architects in establishing stability in these contexts? Can public space support family resiliency? How might this relate to challenges faced by Boston? Please join a panel discussion and reception to launch the BSA Syria Initiative.
The BSA Syria Initiative aims to address a need for child-focused public space facilities to help improve the quality of life for Syrian refugee families in Lebanon, as well as their local counterparts. The initiative will establish a collaboration with design professionals in Beirut and the Boston area, in partnership with the Karam Foundation and Sawa for Development and Aid.
Moderated by Ramzi Naja, adjunct professor, Roger Williams University; MArch II, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).
Dr. Atyia Martin, chief resilience officer, Mayor's Office of Resilience and Racial Equity, City of Boston
Majed Abdulsamad, graduate student, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Miho Mazereeuw, assistant professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); director, MIT Urban Risk Lab
Introduction by Nathalie Beauvais Int’l Assoc. AIA, lead climate change projects, Kleinfelder.
Next steps include a design workshop in early 2017.
For more information, contact Gretchen Rabinkin AIA, director of civic initiatives for the BSA/AIA and BSA Foundation.