I am thrilled to announce that Round Earth Media is one of just 15 organizations chosen to receive a much-coveted grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. This support will allow us to develop and launch a cultural news desk with the goal of illuminating the experiences and lives of US and internationally based Muslim artists.
The abyss that now separates us from each other and even from our own understanding of ourselves has grown wide enough to swallow our decency and civility whole. The arts can find a crossing, as they have so often in human history. So can good, solid reporting.
~ Grant Oliphant, President of Heinz Endowments
Our objective is to find stories about art and culture that connect Muslims and non-Muslims along with artwork that touches on issues of mutual concern. Crucially, rather than a story here and there, our goal is a sustained two-year reporting project via a wide range of media outlets, reaching diverse national audiences via public media and beyond.
Think of all the powerful stories that helped us move past ancient stereotypes to see and embrace the right of people to be treated equally regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion or sexual identity.
Inspired by Oliphant’s words, we look forward to embarking on this project to produce quality journalism highlighting Muslim and Muslim-American artists and cultural workers. There is great power in art combined with journalism.
With warmest regards, Mary
(The image at the top is ofShahzia Sikander, considered “a star” in the contemporary art world.)
Round Earth media is a non-profit supporting young journalists around the world, enabling them to find and tell stories the world needs to hear.