Innovative Arts

Art transforms culture; it shapes us, deepens us, and sustains us. There is, perhaps, no greater time in human history for the revival of old art forms and the innovation of new, visionary ones, offering us a re-contextualization of mainstream culture through a mosaic of different mediums. Art is a ‘captured’ reflection of our space as individuals, and communities, amidst the backdrop of a fast-moving modernity with an uncertain future.

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Art transforms culture; it shapes us, deepens us, and sustains us. There is, perhaps, no greater time in human history for the revival of old art forms and the innovation of new, visionary ones, offering us a re-contextualization of mainstream culture through a mosaic of different mediums. Art is a ‘captured’ reflection of our space as individuals, and communities, amidst the backdrop of a fast-moving modernity with an uncertain future.

From music to dance, from playwriting to poetry, from painting to political performance pieces, and comedic satire—all create new ways of thinking, new modes of learning, and dynamic platforms for storytelling, captivating the human spirit and catalyzing potential. Art often honors our past by creating a record of what has come before, anchoring us for our move into the future, through envisioning that new horizon. By reestablishing context, whether by naming a history, telling a story, or making a community visible, we distinguish ourselves against the often homogenizing effects of globalization and the ongoing assault on arts’ education across educational arenas both near and far.

Arts transform dilapidated and abandoned streets and buildings, they build intercultural understanding by giving a platform to universal human experiences and the beauty of distinct cultural expressions. Art evokes emotion, it plants the seeds for new ideas and critical consciousness, and rallies communities to action in a time when apathy has become the status quo. We at NNF believe that the beauty of art is both a right and a privilege, and our work focuses on democratizing access to the art projects that inspire us each day, bringing together cultures, disciplines, generations, and faiths.

The Immigrant Yarn Project
Feathers of Fire
Golden Thread Fairytale Players
Diaspora Arts Connection
Contemporary Muslim Fashions
ARTogether

The Immigrant Yarn Project is the nation’s largest yarn-based work of public art in honor of our rich immigrant history. Hundreds of artist / knitter / activists from around the country are collaborating in a single, magnificent gesture of unity, solidarity, and yarn-based creativity in a celebration of our nation’s glorious diversity.

The Immigrant Yarn Project is a purely democratic (by the people) and colossal work of public art, representing a cross section of the American experience. We think it’s time to rise above division and come together to celebrate what we all have in common – citizenry in a nation composed of diverse backgrounds, families, politics, faiths, identities and ideas.

FORT POINT HISTORICAL SITE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 2019

 

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Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created by Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship-winning filmmaker/visual artist.

The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (‘The Book of Kings’), – Zaul and Rudabeh, who triumph at the end against all odds. Rahmanian’s graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, will be rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all of which will come to life in a “live animation” shadow casting technique perfected by shadow master Larry Reed on a cinema-size screen. The play also features an original score by the acclaimed musical team, Loga Ramin Torkian & Azam Ali.

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Golden Thread Fairytale Players offer a repertoire of youth-oriented educational theater performances based on stories and traditions from the Middle East.

Inspired by popular performance traditions such as Hakawati, Ru-hozi, Naghalli, Karagoz, and Commedia dell Arte, Golden Thread Fairytale Players employ epic story-telling, puppetry and circus arts techniques in creating performances that draw from enriching folk tales and important historical texts. Far from being archaic museum pieces, these dynamic and humorous shows invite audience participation and make unexpected connections to contemporary culture.

Golden Thread Fairytale Players performances appeal to all audiences—children and adults—for their highly entertaining value and important capacity to develop deeper appreciation for diverse cultural traditions. They are 30-minute performances by two actors appropriate for families and children, ages 5-15. Performances also include a post-performance Question & Answer session with the cast, as well as an informational brochure containing background on themes of the play and resources for further learning.

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Diaspora Arts Connection is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that aims to foster deeper understanding and lasting connections among diverse cultural and ethnic groups within the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond through the organization of cultural and artistic events, as well as empowering artists whose circumstances make it difficult for them to express themselves and allowing them a platform for artistic expression.

The organization further aims to help introduce new artists to local and international audiences; to help develop and improve audience appreciation of the arts in its constituent communities through conducting lectures, screenings, readings, and workshops; to produce events that foster deeper understanding of different diasporic cultures within our communities; and to help artists from different parts of the world and cultures to collaborate and produce valuable artistic presentations.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions is the first major museum exhibition to explore the complex, diverse nature of Muslim dress codes worldwide. The exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover their heads and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities, and in so doing have drawn mass media attention to contemporary Muslim life.

 

Spotlighting places, garments, and styles from around the world, this exhibition considers how Muslims define themselves—and are defined—by their dress, and how these sartorial choices can reflect the multifaceted nature of their identities. The exhibition traverses different religious interpretations and cultures, including high-end fashions, such as those by Malaysia-based Blancheur; street wear, such as modest designs from London-based Sarah Elenany; sportswear, such as the burkini; and commissioned garments from both emerging and established designers. Including social media as primary material, Muslim voices and personal narratives are framed by runway footage, news clips, and documentary and fashion photography.

Purchase Tickets Here

Coming September 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019

de Young | Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

 

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ARTogether is a community-building project that uses art and creative expression to lay the foundation for a new home beyond borders.

ARTogether is a resource center for refugees of the San Francisco Bay Area. Through creative arts and art therapy we develop the capacity to heal from trauma, and the enduring skills and confidence to navigate the hardships of starting over in a new home.

Our dream is to forge long-lasting relationships between the Bay Area’s diverse refugee communities and its many talented resident artists and art educators. ARTogether aspires to be part of a progressive tradition in California that drives positive change in the United States. and across the world.

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