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City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk Culture (New York, NY 10003-9345)
Sahar Muradi (Project Director: March 2020 to present)
Amanda Dargan (Co Project Director: August 2020 to present)
A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts

A two-week institute for 30 K-12 teachers on Muslim poetry, music, and visual art.

City Lore, in collaboration with Brooklyn College, Poets House, and Teachers & Writers, will be presenting A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts, a two-week NEH Summer Scholars Institute for school educators, school personnel, and full-time graduate students pursuing careers in education. The institute examines the high regard for poetry and its relationship to music and visual arts in several cultures of the Muslim world, both historically and in contemporary society. It draws on the arts from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and West Africa to give teachers, and ultimately their students, an opportunity to deepen their understanding and knowledge of Muslim cultures and the contributions of Islamic civilizations to world literature, history, and culture.

Project fields:
Folklore and Folklife; Near and Middle Eastern Languages; Near and Middle Eastern Literature

Institutes for K-12 Educators

Education Programs

$180,420 (approved)
$180,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022