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Healthy Eats, Conscious Beats

The Skill and Art of Storytelling and Drumming

Reflecting on Pakistan Trip

Continued Growth at IMAN's Health Clinic

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Other News

Several Pakistani news outlets covered Director of Arts and Culture Asad Jafri's recent trip to Pakistan with Center Stage

For Art's Sake
The Express Tribune

Pakistani Artists to Tour and Perform in U.S.
Dawn.com

USA Initiates Exchange Program for Artists of Pakistan, Haiti and Indonesia
One Pakistan News

Pakistani Artists Will Perform in U.S.
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An IMAN Update

Healthy Eats, Conscious Beats

IMAN’s Muslim Run Campaign for Health, Wellness and Healing aims to help solve the crisis of food deserts in Chicago to develop healthier communities. While we work with both state legislature and local business owners for solutions, a critical aspect of the campaign involves directly engaging community members in our targeted neighborhood. As one of their contributions to the campaign, the One Chicago, One Nation Community Ambassadors spent the last several months preparing for a Community Café-esque event at Chicago Lawn’s own Garifuna Flava restaurant. Their planning came to fruition Saturday, April 16th with an event called “Healthy Eats, Conscious Beats” which was a health symposium that used artistic expression to educate residents about health issues. Read More

The Skill and Art of Storytelling and Drumming

IMAN began hosting its Drumming and Storytelling class at the beginning of April, the first of three six-week sessions being offered this year. Infused with the knowledge and experience of Sekou Conde, founding member of the Seneke Ensemble and a seasoned drummer of over 35 years, students are learning the musical art of percussion as well as coming to understand the history and culture from which the art originates. Like many of IMAN’s skill-building opportunities for youth, there is a critical knowledge component to this class that makes it more than a simple lesson in drumming. Read More

Reflecting on Pakistan Trip

In the beginning of April, I had the exciting opportunity to travel to Pakistan and meet with artists shortlisted for the Center Stage program.  Center Stage, supported by the U.S. State Department, is an exciting program that utilizes the power of the performing arts to connect cultures through a public-private partnership.  The trip, however, played an even more significant role for me because of my personal connection and heritage.  My last trip to Pakistan was in 2003 for my sister’s wedding and up until that point, my many trips to Pakistan consisted mostly of meeting with family in Karachi.  Although I was familiar with Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage and a thriving music scene, it didn’t move me much in my teens or early twenties. Read More

Continued Growth at IMAN's Health Clinic

A little over a month ago, IMAN announced a major milestone in the evolution of our free Health Clinic; with support from Islamic Relief USA the Clinic now has expanded hours that will allow us to serve 50% more patients on a regular basis. Since that time, while adjusting to our increased hours, we have also continued to invest in the infrastructure of our Clinic such that future expansion efforts are matched with the capacity to serve and help more community members.  Read More