Past Projects: Middle East and North Africa

By the Work of Her Hands: Textile Arts in Morocco and the United States (2014)

  • Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies, Tangier, Morocco
  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
College students in Morocco and Philadelphia will document oral histories from female embroidery artists and quilt-makers in the Au Grain de Sesame Collective in Morocco and the Quilters of Color Collective in Brooklyn, New York to weave stories and preserve a legacy of unique textile traditions through an online catalogue of the textile artists' work, an exhibition to be displayed in both locations, and a joint textile project that is a symbolic tapestry of common origins in these distinct textile art forms.

Design Diaries International (2013)

  • Palestinian Heritage Museum, Jerusalem
  • Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Young women representing diverse populations in Jerusalem and Minnesota’s Twin Cities investigate the subtext of clothing in their regions and reflect on their museums’ rich textile collections along with historical context provided by older generations to design garments that reflect their unique identities. Using their knowledge and designs, they dialogue with their partners about the meaning of clothing in their lives and how it shapes their personal, and even national, identities.

Muslim Women's Art and Voices (2012)

  • The Women's Museum in Denmark, Aarhus, Denmark
  • The Ayala Museum, Manila, Philippines
  • Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • International Museum of Women, San Francisco, California

Through an online exhibition, a new generation of Muslim women share their perspectives and ideas, addressing myths and prejudices and fostering understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in the U.S. and globally. Participants create and curate art and multimedia to raise public awareness in their communities and beyond about the richness and diversity of their lives, ideas and identities.

View the Muslima exhibition.

Identities: Understanding Islam in a Cross-Cultural Context (2011)
Creating Community Collaboration (2009)

  • Ben M’Sik Community Museum, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Museum of History and Holocaust Education, Kennesaw, Georgia

Citizens of Georgia and Casablanca explored what it means to be Muslim in the U.S. and Morocco by collecting oral histories and sharing their findings with members of their own communities and with their partners abroad in hopes of moving beyond stereotypes and judgment.

Visit the Identities website.

Watch Your Waste e-Museum (2011)

  • The Children’s Museum Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  • Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan

To call attention to the worldwide dilemma of increasing waste production and foster solutions, middle school students acted as amateur archaeologists, photographing, filming and describing their own families’ garbage and researching how the approach to waste has changed over generations.

Visit the Watch Your Waste e-Museum.