Nawal Motawi began Motawi Tile Works in 1992 by herself in a garage and sold her art tiles at the local farmer’s market. Now, she has 25 employees and Motawi Tile Works has several installations around Ann Arbor, including one on every floor of the University of Michigan Hospital.
Iraqi-American poet Dunya Mikhail left her home country of Baghdad in 1965 when she was targeted by Saddam Hussein’s regime. Now, residing in Michigan, she shares with us what it means to be an American and the different ways she approaches poetry in English versus Arabic.
Farroq Hassan began his career as a painter in Baghdad 50 years ago. He fled the country when the Iraq war broke out, leaving behind his life as an accomplished and renowned artist.
Uzma Mirza is an Islamic Calligraphy Artist and paints with words. Combining music, faith and painting – Mirzna takes names from the Quran and paints them as musical notes.