Arts as Social Prescription: Healing in the Era of Bigotry and Islamophobia

Host Organization: Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Building Bridges Program, Grantmakers in the Arts, John Brademas Center of New York University, New York Grantmakers in the Arts


Arts as Social Prescription: Healing in the Era of Bigotry and Islamophobia is the third funders symposium aimed to advance cross-community understanding and cohesion between America's MASA (Muslim, Arab and South Asian) community and their neighbors. The gathering will bring together multidisciplinary artists, activists, philanthropists and practitioners to inspire ideas and reflection.

Join us to learn about best practices and solutions for the well-being of our communities.


  • Creative practices that embrace cross-community harmony and well-being
  • A multidimensional approach to encourage social cohesion in our communities
  • New piloted projects towards binding communities together so that they can thrive

Philanthropy New York Collaborative Program with Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, John Brademas Center of New York University, Grantmakers in the Arts, and New York Grantmakers in the Arts. 


  • Firdaus Arastu (Closing Remarks), Arts and Culture Media Associate, ReThink Media’s Rights and Inclusion Division
  • Rami Nashashibi (Keynote Speaker), MacArthur Fellow Award Winner, Executive Director, Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)
  • Sadia Nawab (Master of Ceremonies), Arts & Culture Manager, Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)

Panel 1

  • Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik, Teaching Artist/Storyteller, Young Audiences of New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Anida Yoeu Ali, Collaborative Partner, Studio Revolt
  • Sadaf Iqbal Khan, Art Instructor, Art 120
  • Katherine Warren, Founder/Director, Art 120
  • Claudia Lament (Moderator), Training and Supervising Analyst, Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, New York University Langone School of Medicine

Panel 2

  • Amir Sulaiman, Artist/Producer, Harvard Fellow
  • Mikaal Sulaiman, Music Composer/Sound Designer
  • Mahyad Tousi, Co-Founder, Starfish Accelerator Lab
  • Luis Castro (Moderator), Independent Film and Television Producer/Director

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