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Where Walls Exist, the Arts Provide a Doorway

Thursday, March 30, 2017   (0 Comments)

While powerful emotions born out of prejudice and misplaced fear fuel these hate crimes, artists too harness powerful emotions to express common human experiences and connect us with one another. An evocative piece of writing, intensely resonant music, an electrifying drama, or a gripping image all have the ability to expand our existing worldviews to ignite empathy and understanding.

Mark Twain wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” The arts can also transport us to cultures far away, or even to those next door, with the same beneficial effect."

Zeyba Rahman at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, who gave our delegates regional updates on the United States at the last New York 2017 ISPA Congress, writes about arts fighting Islamophobia. To read the full article please visit the Philanthropy New York website.

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