Visual and Performing Arts Resources in the United States


The following resources have been compiled to provide users with starting points in exploring the richness of the Arab cultural and artistic output. It is by no means a comprehensive listing of resources, but rather a sampling of websites that are informative, interesting and ultimately, only partially representative of the vast creativity and beauty of the artistic Arab world.  While certainly many of these arts draw on centuries of artistic traditions, the focus here is predominantly on contemporary visual and performing art, with a special emphasis on Palestinian contributions.



Arab American Artist Websites


Rajie (Roger) Cook:
Nihad Dukhan:

Samia Halaby:
John Halaka:

Nabila Hilmi:

Emily Jacir:

Zahi Khamis:
Sari Khoury (deceased):

Leila Kubba:
Samer Kurdi:

Rania Mattar:

Nabil Muaadi:
Said Nuseibeh:
Fayeq Oweis:
Mohamed Zakariya:

Helen Zughaib: 

Afaf Zurayk: 

Mona El-Bayoumi:

Khalil Bendib:

Doris Bittar:


Arab-American Cultural Centers, Arts Organizations and Foundations


The Arab Cultural and Community Center, San Francisco.

Arab American Cultural Center of Silicon Valley, San Jose.

The Arab-American Cultural and Community Center, Houston.

The Arab Center of Washington, Seattle.

Alif Institute, Atlanta.

Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Detroit.

Mosaic Foundation, Washington, DC.

Palestine Heritage Foundation. West Caldwell, NJ.

Zenith Foundation, London, UK.

Arab-American Cultural Institute.




Film Resources


First Run/Icarus Films.

Arab Film Distribution.

Women Make Movies.

Third World Newsreel.

mec film (Middle Eastern Cinemas).

Falafel Daddy Productions.

Dreams of a Nation.

Filmakers Library.

RayMar Educational Films.

Zeitgeist Films.

Sindibad Films.

Chicago Palestine Film Festival.

San Francisco Palestine Film Festival.



Galleries and Museums in North America


The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds.

Alwan for the Arts.

Sudan Artists Gallery (virtual).

The Arab American National Museum.

The Freer-Sackler Gallery.

The International Museum of Muslim Cultures. Jackson, MS.



Galleries and Museums in the Arab World


Darat al Funun, Shoman Foundation.  Amman, Jordan.

Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts.  Amman, Jordan.

Sharjah International Biennial.  Sharjah, UAE.

Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE.

Al Mansouria Foundation, Saudi Arabia.

A.M. Qattan Foundation.

Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre Foundation.

Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art. Jerusalem.

The Paltel Virtual Gallery. Birzeit, Palestine.

Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art. Cairo, Egypt.

Ashkal Alwan.  Beirut, Lebanon.



Online Resources for Artists


Mizna, Inc.

Al Jisser.

Resistance Art.

ArteEast, Inc.

Arab Art Resources and Training (AART).

Cultural and Visual Arts Resource/International Council for Women in the Arts.

ArtSchool Palestine. Ramallah, Palestine and London, UK.






Amer Zahr

Maysoon Zayed.

Dean Obeidallah.

Aron Kader.

Ray Hanania.

Ahmed Ahmed.

New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.



Theater Groups

The Ajyal Theatrical Group.

Arab Theatrical Arts Guild (ATAG.)

Golden Thread Productions.


Silk Road Theatre Project.


Music Resources


Al Kamandjati

The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music


Traditional Palestinian Arts and Crafts and other Palestine-themed Goods


Palestine Children’s Welfare Fund.

Palestine Online Store.

United Palestinian Appeal.



Palestine Embroidery Project.  202-244-2753