WISE is currently hosting a bold new social media campaign showcasing Muslim women artists.
“This innovative new campaign is designed to present the talents & gifts of emerging and established Muslim women artists from around the world. In the process, we will shift negative perceptions, inspire change, and advance a more insightful awareness of the rich diversity of Muslim women’s lives.” — Samina Ali, WISE Art Programs Director
In 2002, WISE’s Executive Director, Daisy Khan, launched a vibrant arts program with the aim to build bridges between American Muslims and the general public. As co-founder of ASMA- American Society for Muslim Advancement , Khan had spearheaded innovative arts initiatives during her tenure. In one such initiative, developed in the aftermath of 9-11, Khan identified a growing network of American Muslim artists from a variety of fields including performing, literary, and visual with the goal of promoting Muslim artists and developing art programs in order to promote deeper thinking and increase interfaith understanding. Khan believes that one of the most effective mediums for bringing people together is through culture and arts.
“Art that’s rooted in spiritual values confirms the celestial purpose behind the artist’s work, reflects divine truth and expresses values like beauty, imagination, patience, gratitude, sensitivity, and determination. We root our arts programs in universal spiritual principles to energize communities into deeper conversations and active listening.” — Daisy Khan
Daisy Khan (ASMA) produced the largest public Muslim response to the September 11th attacks called “Reflections at a Time of Transformation: Muslim Artists Reach Out to New Yorkers.” Over 600 people from the tri-state area attended this event, held at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. The exhibit displayed specially- created works of art by a diverse group of 22 visual artists, poets, sculptors and musicians.
Daisy Khan (ASMA) provided publicity and audience outreach in 2004-2005 for a Ayse Turgut, who launched two independent curatorial projects in New York, Revealing Truths: Muslim Women Artists and Continuity and Change: Islamic Tradition in Contemporary Art
NYC, Daisy Khan (ASMA) worked with Ayse Turgut, an independent curator to identify artists for an exhibition Continuity and Change: Islamic Tradition in Contemporary Art highlighting contemporary Muslim artists in the diaspora
A theatrical production for healing titled, “SAME DIFFERENCE: NYC Faith Stories in Words, Music and Dance.” Taken from over 100 one-on one interviews with New Yorkers, SAME DIFFERENCE gave an opportunity to hear the true, uncensored voices of New Yorkers speaking about life before and after September 11.
ASMA produced Festival Cordoba, in collaboration with six interfaith partners, it was an evening of celebrating and learning through Music- was inspired by the efforts of young Jewish and Muslims New Yorkers to build bridges between their communities
At WISE’s launch in NYC, Daisy Khan produced an theatrical production with a cast of women for 7 Women, 7 Heavens highlighting major social taboos: forced marriage and domestic violence faced by Muslim women in the west.
“Córdoba Bread Fest explores the links between the Abrahamic traditions while strengthening understanding of our own faiths. In celebrating something as basic as bread, we can transcend our differences in a warm, nourishing environment where interfaith dialogue spontaneously happens.” -Daisy Khan
WISE partnered with Bedari in Pakistan to establish a domestic violence awareness campaign in Pakistan to train police officers and community members, via Formal trainings and ordinary street theatre.
To mark the tenth anniversary of September 9, in 2011 Daisy Khan produced In Good Faith: Stories of Hope and Resilience under The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) to recognize ten years of interfaith work and accomplishments by various groups and individuals since September 11, 2001.
A short film produced by Daisy Khan with NYU film students to showcase step by step online recruitment of a young vulnerable Muslim student by ISIS.
As the world was rapidly fractures due to the #Covid crisis, WISE 2.0 an online collaborative platform was spearheaded by four Muslim women advisors as an ideal moment to strengthen bonds between Muslim women leaders, to help people through the maze of change, to persuade others to the path of personal transformation and to The online zoom convenings titled Muslim Women Zoom into the “Quran” or zoom into “Racism” feature scholars, activists, writers and poets who help the audience find meaning in the context of Islamic faith that has deep relevance to humanity at large. 500 Muslim women and women of other faiths have attended the WISE’s Zoom sessions.
This innovative new campaign is designed to present the talents & gifts of emerging and established Muslim women artists from around the world. In the process, we will shift negative perceptions, inspire change, and advance a more insightful awareness of the rich diversity of Muslim women's lives.