PANEL ANNOUNCEMENT: “Arab Voices in the Arts: The Periphery is Central”

Washington, DC | | September 12, 2022 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is excited to announce “Arab Voices in the Arts: The Periphery is Central”. This fantastic panel, moderated by Loujain Bager, will feature artists discussing how advantages exist on the periphery, how they influence the arts in general, and how intergenerational bonds strengthen the larger Arab American community. Don’t miss it, register here for the conference! The speakers on this panel will be:

· Zeina Baltagi – Installation Artist

· Habibah Nour – Poet

· Aida Murad – Painter

· Betty Shamieh – Playwright

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About our moderator and panelists:

Loujain Bager is an art historian, artist, and curator at Protea gallery in the historical art district in Los Angeles, California. In 2020 she graduated with her masters Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere from the University of Southern California, and is currently completing a graduate thesis on contemporary artists in Saudi Arabia.

Zeina Baltagi is an artist and educator, raised between California and Lebanon. Her work reveals intimate transformations in relation to lived experiences with physical, emotional, economic and cultural mobility. Zeina holds a B.A. from California State University, Northridge, and an M.F.A. degree from University California,  Davis. She has exhibited her work with; Basement Gallery, LADOT, Union Station, Los Angeles Road Concerts, PØST, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, bG gallery and Klowden Mann, as well as numerous University galleries including; University of Southern California, Claremont Graduate University, California Lutheran University and California State University, Northridge.

Habibah Layla Nour is a Syrian refugee, Sufi healer, poet, performer and visual artist. She holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. A survivor of war, torture, chronic illnes, migration and transphobia, Habibah Layla centeres spiritual healing as the organizing force and purpose of all of her work. Habibah Layla most recently performed poetry and music at Navel LA. Her work has been presented in community and art spaces and venues in Damascus, Aleppo, Los Angeles, Chicago, Montreal, Paris, and Mexico City.

Aida Murad is an Arab American painter currently serving as the 2022 Georgetown University Artist in Residence. Her work has been published by the University of Cambridge and has been featured in 23 exhibitions, including Voice of America, Reuters, Al Jazeera, and the United Nations. A BMW Foundation Leader, Aida has collaborated with Grammy Award winning artists, sold out 10 separate collections, and incorporates her reiki expertise into each of her pieces.

Betty Shamieh is a Palestinian American writer currently serving as the Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at the Classical Theatre of Harlem, whose works have been translated into seven different languages. Her productions include The Black Eyed, Fit for a Queen, Territories, and Roar, the first play about the Palestinian-American experience to premiere off-Broadway. Roar was selected as a New York Times Critics Pick and is currently being taught at universities throughout the United States. Betty is a 2016 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Drama and Performance Art, is a graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama, and in 2011 was named a UNESCO Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue.

Don’t forget to reserve your room at the hotel (the details are below), and we can’t wait to see you at the conference closing Alex Odeh Memorial Gala on October 8!

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October 7 – October 8, 2022


Delta Hotels Anaheim Garden Grove

12021 Harbor Boulevard Garden Grove, California 92840

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