How did a groundbreaking group show on contemporary Islam happen in rural New England? It all started with a simple conversation. Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield, was interviewing me for a summer position in her Office through the Berkshire Hills Internship Program. The Boston Marathon bombing was a recent memory, and the need for a more expansive, nuanced understanding of modern Islam culture(s) was at an all time high. (A Pew Research Center’s poll this year showed that Americans believed Muslims were more discriminated against than any other group in the U.S.) As a Pakistani art history major with experience organizing exhibits at the American Islamic Congress Cultural Center, I suggested that the Office organize an exhibition around arts and Islam. Megan enthusiastically agreed and ‘Islam Contemporary’ was born.
(Washington, D.C., 04/27/19) – The American Islamic Congress (AIC) extends the deepest sympathy to the Jewish community following the shooting that took place on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Congregation Chabad in Poway, in California. AIC expresses solidarity with the victims and their families. We condemn the violent attacks and encourage resilience and the…Read More
AIC Extends Sympathy to the Victims of Christchurch Mosques in New Zealand’s Shooting, Their Families, and the Whole Muslim Community Around the World. (Washington, D.C. 03/15/2019) – The American Islamic Congress (AIC), first and foremost, extends the deepest condolences to the Muslim community following the shooting that took place today at two different mosques in…Read More
We thank the attendees, speakers, and supporters for helping to make the 2018 Project Nur Leadership Conference successful.Read More