04-02-2007 02:54 PM CET - Arts & Culture

USA Arts and Islam Tour featuring Islamic Graffiti Artist from the UK

Press release from: Islamic Circle of North America
PR Agency: ICNA
Mohammed Ali aka Aerosol Arabic
Mohammed Ali aka Aerosol Arabic
Cutting edge cultural dialogue – Acclaimed British Muslim artist teams up with Arts Council England in groundbreaking US "Arts and Islam" tour

Mohammed Ali's unique fusion of graffiti art with Islamic calligraphy has taken an urban art form from street walls to galleries and spiritual art into new dimensions. His art has been reported as a "bridge of understanding" between faith communities across the world, and has been featured in international media ranging from CNN and the BBC to Al Jazeera. He has showcased his work across the UK, Dubai and Denmark and is looking forward to his first visit to the USA.

The tour is supported by Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts in England. The Philips Academy, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), along with other cosponsors are hosting the Arts & Islam USA Tour featuring the acclaimed "urban Islamic" artist, Mohammed Ali of AerosolArabic. The Arts and Islam team will be visiting universities, arts organisations and community bodies across Chicago, New York and Boston.

In addition to the seminars, Mohammed Ali will be producing a series of commissioned spiritual murals, including a special mural in New York City commemorating the tragic death of 9 Bronx children who died in a blaze recently. Working with young people from all faith backgrounds, Mohammed will create wall murals reflecting the universal themes of spirituality and unity that connect people of all backgrounds and cultures. Mohammed has already produced a series of stunning murals across the UK which can be seen at the official Arts and Islam website http://www.artsandislam.com/murals

"The goal of this tour is to elucidate Islamic themes and messages through a medium which can universally be understood and appreciated by all. Mohammad Ali's work transcends artificial barriers such as ethnicity, nationality, class, and perceived religious differences which prevent us from understanding one another" said Azeem Khan, ICNA's Assistant Secretary General.

The dates for the Arts and Islam USA programme are as follows:

11th-14th April
New York City:
15th April – 19th April
20th April – 21st April

For further information visit
http://www.aerosolarabic.com and http://www.artsandislam.com

Contact (UK) Abid Hussain
Diversity Development Officer, Arts Council England
Email: info@artsandislam.com
Telephone: 00 44 (0) 7832 386 644

Mohammed Ali (AerosolArabic)
Telephone: 00 44 (0)7950 501 805

Press Contact (USA): Azeem Khan
Assistant Secretary General of Media Relations
Islamic Circle of North America
e-mail: azeem@icnait.com
Office: (718) 658-1199
Cell: (516) 369-6542

Supported by Arts Council England


Sponsored by ICNA Relief USA Programs
Islamic Circle of North America
Islamic Center of NYU
Muslims Students Association of Columbia University
Muslims Students Association of University of Illinois at Chicago
Philips Academy
Young Muslims

Islamic Circle of North America is a leading grass roots organization of American Muslims. ICNA has many projects, programs, and activities which are designed to help in the process of molding the individual and reforming society at large.

Azeem Khan

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