Arts Midwest’s Caravanserai Celebrates Muslim-American Artists
Groundbreaking cultural engagement project’s fifth season celebrates the diversity of the Muslim-American cultural experience.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN– Following significant critical acclaim and audience enthusiasm for four seasons of international cultural engagement featuring artists from Pakistan, Morocco, Turkey, and Malaysia, Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet is bringing the modern arts caravan back home for the project’s fifth installment—the 2015–2016 Caravanserai: American Voices season.
Caravanserai is an innovative cultural exchange program produced by Arts Midwest on behalf of its fellow U.S. Regional Arts Organizations.
The program was launched in 2011 with a $1 million grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. In 2012, the Foundation renewed their support, with another $1 million investment. An additional commitment of over $250,000 will support the project through 2016.
Building on its success with Pakistani, Moroccan, Turkish and Malaysian artists, Caravanserai’s 2015–2016 season celebrates the diversity of the Muslim-American cultural experience by sharing dynamic, contemporary Muslim-American performers curated by Caravanserai: American Voices Artistic Director Asad Ali Jafri.
Caravanserai’s 2015–2016 season launches in January 2016 with a first-ever paring of the unique sounds of genre defying Palestinian-American multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Malley and celebrated Indian-American virtuoso vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi.
In April 2016, popular hip-hop/soul duo The Reminders will lead a Caravanserai tour featuring MaMa2 , a female hip-hop dance duo comprised of choreographer Amirah Sackett and dancer Mary Mar. The tour will be emceed by Caravanserai: American Voices Artistic Director, Asad Ali Jafri, performing under his stage moniker, DJ Man-O-Wax.
David Fraher, president & CEO of Arts Midwest, notes, “We are thrilled to offer Caravanserai audiences the unique opportunity to explore contemporary Muslim-American cultural expressions through live arts engagement experiences with dynamic Muslim-American artists. The Caravanserai: American Voices tours showcase artists whose musical expressions are rooted in American music forms—hip-hop, soul, rock, breakin’ and funk—viewed through a multi-cultural global lens. Their innovative, cross-cultural musical styles reflect the diversity of influences, languages and cultures that infuse the American immigrant experience and contemporary Muslim-American identity.”
Caravanserai: American Voices artists will conduct performances, educational workshops, and discussions in three communities:
The North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks, ND)
A Center for the Arts (Fergus Falls, MN)
The Dennos Museum Center (Traverse City, MI)
Visit the Caravanserai website, www.caravanserai-arts.org, for more information about the Caravanserai: American Voices artists and tours.
Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet is produced by Arts Midwest on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations with leadership support from the Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.