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MENA ARTISTS INITIATIVE

Community   Representation   Collaboration

ABOUT

Founded by Sofia Mahdavi in 2022, MENA Artists Initiative is a global arts network dedicated to the representation, support, and collaboration of underrepresented groups of Middle Eastern and North African artists. Engaging in artistic exchange between the United States and Middle Eastern and North African countries, we produce performances, workshops, and events around the world year-round. What started as the first MENA affinity group in NYU Tisch School of the Arts history, led by Sofia Mahdavi and Karma Alami, developed into an organization that provides opportunities for students to collaborate with artists across the world at institutions like NYU Abu Dhabi and the Lebanese American University. We have sites in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Beirut, and Paris. By creating networks between up and coming artists and those already making an impact in the industry, we hope to see greater MENA representation in the arts on a global scale.

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Our Team

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Sofia Mahdavi

Founder & Executive Director

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Karma Alami

Associate Director

Co-founder of NYU TSOA Chapter

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Zina Louhaichy

Associate Director

Founder of NYU Paris Chapter

CONTACT US

721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, USA

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