We the People Project Blog

14 Jun

Originally Posted on June 1st, 2011

"Abaya Driving"

For the most up-to-date information about We the People Project on June 11th visit EWI’s We the People Project Blog.  Here you’ll find interviews with the artists and performers, details about the film and panel discussions, and other exciting event information.

About We the People Project 2011

We the People Project 2011: The Lives, Art, and Cultures of Muslim and Arab Women – June 11, 11 am to 7:30 pm 
Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912

Free of Charge, RSVP Required


Are you eager for peace in our world? Would you like people of different religions, race, color and creed understand each other better, so that in time we can eradicate fear and terrorism and bring peace and understanding to our global community? If so, avail of a wonderful opportunity to meet talented Muslim and Arab women artists, writers, activists and community leaders at Empowered Women International’s third annual We the People Project on June 11th at the Galleries of Takoma Park Community Center.


Join us for a full day cultural event celebrating the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Muslim and Arab community in the DC Metro area.

Muslim Artists Studios – 11am to 5pm 
Free of Charge and Open to the Public!
Artists: Amal Derder, Huda Totonji, MFA, PhD, Jameela Alter, Kamar Derder, and Nadia Janjua.

Jewelry and Entrepreneurship Workshop 2010

  • Explore Islamic Ornamentation and Arabic calligraphy with Huda Totonji, MFA, PhD.
  • Visit a traditional Moroccan room, and the amazing work of two Moroccan sisters, Amal Derder, a jewelry designer and Kamar Derder a textile artist and decorator.
  • Experience contemporary painting in the Muslim world, and spiritual expression of Islamic architecture with an American-born Painter and Architect of Kashmiri-Pakistani origin, Nadia Janjua.
  • Meet Muslim novelist, Jameela Alter and discuss her book, “On Clipped Wings.” Jameela will also showcase her passion for hand-making simple, inspirational books and cards.

Film Festival presented by 20,000 Dialogues – 11am to 2:30pm
Free of Charge and Open to the Public!

-11:00 am-noon – On a Wing and a Prayer, a heartwarming story about a devout Muslim American family in rural America.  See the film here.


-Noon-12:30pm – Panel Discussion with contributors from the book “I Speak for Myself”


-1-2:30 pm – Screening of My Fellow American followed by a panel discussion with contributors from the book, “ I Speak for Myself”


Exhibiting Artists Talk and Book Presentation – 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Exhibiting Artists: Farah Diba Ahmed, Haleema Rehman, Helen Zughaib, Huda Totonji, MFA, PhD, Jamiah Adams, Monica Jahan Bose, Nadia Janjua, Sarah Jawaid.

-Talk by Exhibit Curator and Participating Artists

-Author, Jameela Alter will share her personal life story that inspired the novel “On Clipped Wings”

A light fare reception will follow in the lobby 5-5:45pm

“Unveiled” One Woman Show with Pakistani-born artist, Rohina Malik – 6:00-7:30pm

Tickets: $15 per person by June 1st

$20 per person June 2-11

RSVP and Buy Your Ticket Now!

“Rohina Malik is a remarkable new theatrical voice in Chicago”

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune


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