Americans and the Muslim World

Improving Understanding through the Arts


Monday, October 10, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Organized by Caitlin Strokosch, executive director, Alliance of Artists Communities.

Presented by Betsey Fader, Building Bridges program director, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; David Fraher, executive director, Arts Midwest.

This session will explore ways in which grantmakers can invest in Islamic arts and develop meaningful engagement with the Muslim world through the arts. Participants will gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges in supporting this work through examples of funded projects that are impacting audiences and communities in the U.S. and through research and data on some of the underlying problems regarding Americans' perceptions of the Muslim world. Hear from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art about their efforts to improve Americans' understanding of the Muslim world through the arts and learn about programs bringing Muslim music, film, and literature to locations throughout the States.