MIZNA

Support Arab and Muslim Artists Today!

Last month, Mizna was awarded a prestigious Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grant for $20,000—we need our community’s help to raise the required match! Our project cuts right to the core of Mizna’s work: touring our flagship Arab Film Fest to five different Saint Paul colleges. Your donation will directly support spreading authentic Arab American expression to communities who that have never come across our work, at a time when it’s more important than ever.

Mizna is an Arab-led, small organization of part-time staff, contracted staff, and volunteers. We present ambitious programming on a shoe-string budget. We are passionate about the work we do, but we can't do it without you!

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WE ARE WRAPPING UP OUR 17TH YEAR OF PRESENTING CUTTING EDGE ARAB ART. GIVE TO MIZNA TO HELP ENSURE OUR FUTURE!

Consider donating on an on-going, monthly basis. This kind of support is an incredibly valuable investment. It gives Mizna an extra measure of financial stability, so that the lights can stay on, our small & efficient part-time staff is paid, and we can continue to fulfill our important mission. A monthly donation of any amount--$5, $10, $25, $100--is a wonderful gift to Mizna.

Monthly donors will receive a special gift. Donate to Mizna on a monthly basis, in any amount, you will receive special print by Arab American cartoonist Jennifer Camper. Donate monthly at $20 or more per month and receive an Arab Film Fest tote bag and a Mizna mug!

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SUPPORT THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT MIZNA DOES! 2016 highlights include:

  • The 32th issue issue of Mizna: Prose, Poetry, and Artwith a tribute to Prince by Suheir Hammad, visual art by Heba Amin, writings from Iraqi Millennials, and more.
  • The 11th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival last weekend included Twin Cities–debut films, featured visiting filmmakers and artists, and presented juried and audience awards. For the first time, we held a free screening for high school students.
  • RAWI+Mizna National Literary Gathering, two days of incredible readings, discussions, a zine-making workshop, and a stunning performance by Suheir Hammad and Hello Psychaleppo.

  • Children's Arabic Festival, a fun-filled afternoon of theater activities, Arabic drumming, crafts, calligraphy, henna, and story-telling--celebrating Arabic language and culture.
  • In Algeria They Know My Name, an incredible one-woman show from local playwright and actor Taous Khazem.
  • Claiming the Narrative. a dance workshop and performance led by international dance artist Leyya Tawil.

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YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP US ACCOMPLISH OUR AMBITIOUS PROGRAMMING IN 2017

  • Community dialogs about climate change and the MENA region, surviving the Trump era, and the effects of the Countering Violent Extremism on our communities.
  • Art installation at Northern Spark. We are thrilled to be working with Kuwaiti artist Monira Al-Qadiri to bring her artwork to Minnesota for Mizna's 4th project at the all-night art festival, Northern Spark. 
  • Two new issues of Mizna, including a themed issue centered on writing in response to anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and anti-Arab sentiment. 
  • The now-annual Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in September 2017 with featured guests and special programming
  • The continuation of Mizna Pages, a pilot program bringing Arab American literature into high school classrooms


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