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CAIR-Missouri to Host Muslim Art Exhibition as Challenge to Islamophobia

cair logos Missouri(ST. LOUIS, MO, 4/5/2017) – On Friday, April 7, the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will host “Creativity & Identity, An American Muslim Art Exhibition,” the first St. Louis art exhibition featuring local Muslim artists and performers.

WHAT: Creativity & Identity, An American Muslim Art Exhibition

WHEN: Friday, April 7, 6-9 p.m.

WHERE: 3rd Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63108


CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed,, Events Intern Yusra Ali, yali@cair-stl.org314-629-1224

“Our goal is to let American Muslims tell their own stories and build their own identity through art,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Missouri. “Typically, Islam and Muslims are only discussed through the lens of politics or conflict. We want to flip the script and show Islam and Muslims through the diversity of art and performance.”

The exhibition will feature several local Muslim artists who will display their art and discuss how art impacts their faith and identity as American Muslims. Various Muslim performers and artists will offer poems, spoken word, Nasheed (religious songs), and comedy performances. International food will be served at the event. Guests will be able to purchase art from the local artists. The exhibition is open to the public and family friendly.

“Throughout history, art has been used as a tool to express faith,” said Yusra Ali, CAIR-Missouri’s event coordinator for the art exhibition. “Our exhibition is unique because it allows local Muslims to express themselves and their identity rather than letting the society define it.”

Some of the artists include:

Abbas Labbas Islamic Clothing

Sharif Ead Photographer and performer at Fighhouse Productions,

Amaly Youssef, photographer and founder of “I am Muslim And”¦”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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