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Arts & Democracy

Arts & Democracy cross pollinates culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. We support cultural organizing and cross-sector collaborations; raise the visibility of transformative work; connect cultural practitioners with activists, organizers, and policymakers; and create spaces for reflection. Arts & Democracy puts arts and culture on agendas where it hasn't been before, connects artists, cultural organizers, and activists who wouldn't otherwise know each other, and creates the connective tissue and generative environment needed for cross-sector collaboration to succeed. Fabliha has been working as a youth community organizer since early 2019 and focuses on cultivating a safe space for the immigrant youth to creatively express themselves.

Kensington's Jar of Hearts Open Mic

My partner, Aamnah Khan, and I realized there is a lack of safe spaces where the young residents of Kensington can creatively express themselves. We organized + hosted, in collaboration with Arts & Democracy, Kensington's first open mic.11 performers from different backgrounds shared stories, sang and read their own poetry about their experiences with love, family, battling homophobia and self-love. 

ZINE WORKSHOP 

I organized a zine workshop with Zahin and Arts & Democracy for the immigrant youth in Kensington. I educated young teenagers and children on the history and importance of zines as well as led an arts and crafts activity where they created their own zine! 

#metoo workshop x malikah

My partner, Aamnah Khan, and I organized a workshop for Arts & Democracy in collaboration with Malikah, a healing justice self-defense training program for Muslim women. We focused on how the #MeToo movement in Western countries has excluded the narratives of women of color and how it has influenced the rest of the world. We also made a timeline of events/eras where women have faced violence in countries such as Pakistan, Egypt, Bangladesh and Chine from ancient history, colonialism, partition, independence + modern feminist movements to create a larger discussion on the importance of honoring our ancestral history. 

NOCD-NY YOUTH VOICES FORUM 2019

Aamnah Khan and I were invited to a citywide youth forum, "Youth Voices 2019", hosted by NOCD-NY, in collaboration with No Longer Empty, El Puente, THE POINT, and University Settlement to lead our own session. 

 

Aamnah Khan and I led a writing workshop and a presentation on what cultural programming looks like in Kensington, Brooklyn + educated the youth on the problems we face as a community. We asked participants what neighborhood means to them and how to create a safe space where folks can creatively express themselves.

A QUEST FOR HOME WRITING WORKSHOPS SERIES

Aamnah Khan and I co-organized a series of writing workshops, A Quest for Home, at the Open Source Gallery with Roohi Chowdhury for Arts & Democracy. We created a safe space for the South Asian diaspora to grow as writers while focusing on home, identity, and mythology. 

Kensington's annual iftar

I shared a spoken word piece called Home at Kensington's Annual Iftar where neighbors of different backgrounds came together to support the Muslims in Kensington by breaking fast and learning about each others culture. I talked about my identity as a Bangladeshi woman in America and the difficulties of feeling displaced in both my ancestral home, and the land I currently live in.

 

I also openly discussed in front of Councilman Brad Lander, aunties, uncles, and my white neighbors about racism, predatory uncles in the Bangladeshi community and judgemental aunties. I wanted to use the power of poetry to create awareness about the hardships of being a first generation brown woman in America. 

a quest for home zine launch party

After co-facilitating a six-week writing workshop series for the South Asian diaspora, I organized and edited a zine, A Quest for Home, with the 9 participants. 

I hosted and organized a night to celebrate the zine launch as well as performed with the zine participants. It was a wonderful night of poetry, solidarity, and love. 

TURNING POINTS OPEN MIC

I organized and hosted Open Mic alongside Hannah Henderson-Charnow and Ellen Lippmann for Arts & Democracy. The theme of the night was resistance, social justice movements, and honoring our ancestors. We wanted to target specifically the youth as young people have always been at the forefront of every social justice movement and protest.