Arab Women in the Arts 2024

Arab Women in the Arts is an annual showcase to honor generations of Arab women who have excelled in and revolutionized all forms of artistic expression.

This year’s event will highlight identity and our connections to our home or homeland through themes such as food, sustenance, soil and the concept of self reliance. It will showcase the innovative and creative work of both established and up-and-coming artists in film, poetry and the visual arts from across the Arab world, the larger SWANA region and the diaspora.

The program will run from May 2-5 in New York and May 9-12 in the San Francisco Bay Area, with online programming from May 3-12, with a highlight on the incredible Syrian filmmaker Soudade Kaadan.

All proceeds from the 2024 edition of Arab Women in the Arts will be donated to Palestine Legal, an independent organization dedicated to protecting the civil and constitutional rights of people in the US who speak out for Palestinian freedom.  We are proud to humbly contribute to the crucial work of Palestine Legal, today more than ever. Palestine Legal is the only legal organization in the United States exclusively dedicated to supporting the movement for Palestinian rights.

Past Editions

Arab Women in the Arts 2023 - AFMI

Arab Women in the Arts 2023 celebrated the accomplishments of established artists alongside the innovative and creative work up-and-coming artists in film, poetry and the visual arts from across the Arab world & the diaspora. Alongside parties and mixers, the program supported teaching, inspiriration and connection within the Arab community and the larger art community in cities across America. Arab Women in the Arts 2023 highlighted the work of Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir.

Arab Women in the Arts 2022

The 2022 Arab Women in the Arts edition included short and feature films, poetry readings, musical performances alongside a virtual gallery featuring paintings, photographs, fiber art and illustrations. The program also included talkbacks and discussions with the artists about their work and their personal stories of empowerment, and highlighted the work of the late Lebanese filmmaker Randal Chahal Sabbag.

The 2021 Arab Women in the Arts edition (our inaugural program) was titled 6 Days | 6 Nights – Revolutionary Arab Women in the Arts Past Present Future.
It included The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived (1974) by Heiny Srour and a conversation with the legendary filmmaker, a Poetry Reading, and more film screenings.

Arab Women in the Arts 2023 - AFMI
Arab Women in the Arts 2022

Arab Women in the Arts 2024 Partners

The Future is Female
RAWI - Radius of Arab American Writers
Alliance Française de San Francisco
Arab Cultural and Community Center

Arab Women in the Arts 2024 Community Partners

Full Potential
ARAB.AMP

Arab Women in the Arts 2024 Food Sponsors

Huda
Barkzakh Cafe
Bridge's Kitchen