Sandy Spring Museum Presents An American Story: Jewish & Muslim Perspectives

By Editorial Team on March 2, 2020
Arc of the Moral Universe. Credit Betsy Miller.
Reception: Sunday, March 8 from 1pm to 3pm

A Modern American Dream: Stories of Immigration – Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 2-4 pm

Sandy Spring Museum will host an exhibit of art by members of Jews and Muslims Making Art Together (JAMMART). An American Story: Jewish & Muslim Perspectives will include a freestanding sculpture made collaboratively by Jewish and Muslim artists, as well as works of art by sixteen individual artists who are members of JAMMART. The artists are striving to highlight America’s ideals of freedom, justice, and equality, all of which are being challenged in today’s political and social climate.

JAMMART is a group of unaffiliated, Muslim, and Jewish artists that formed in 2008. Their purpose was to use the creation of art as a vehicle to get to know one another’s beliefs and values, and ultimately become friends. They celebrate the fact that there are few countries where a group of Jews and Muslims would assemble for this purpose.

Exhibiting artists include Betsy Nahum-Miller, Shirley Waxman, Shela Qamar, Nabila Altafullah, Marsha Goldfine (Late), Amna Ibrahim, Bano Makhdoom, Bonnie Korr, Seema Khan, Ruby Sharif, Gale Pressman, Ruth Strauss Gainer, Beyhan Cagri Trock, Larry Marc Levine, Lubna Zahid, and Judy Jonas. Artists not participating in this exhibit but who created the original, freestanding sculpture are Paul Falcon, Huda Totonji, Yonina Blech-Hermoni, and Riffat Malik.

About the Curator
Sabir Rahman is an interfaith organizer within the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, MD. He was instrumental in locating and inviting Muslim artists to participate in JAMMART’s first project, providing advice and guidance on content. Mr. Rahman found venues and coordinated publicity for the first exhibit and provided general administrative assistance. He has organized interfaith workshops to educate Jews and Muslims about each other, as well as the community at large. He will share his moving story of emigrating from Pakistan at A Modern American Dream: Stories of Immigration at Sandy Spring Museum on Sunday, April 5th from 2 – 4 pm. This program is free and open to the public (registration required).

An Exhibit Reception will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2020, 1-3 pm. Along with traditional Jewish and Muslim foods and light soft drinks, the reception will feature three speakers starting at 2 pm; clergy members will represent Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths.

Sandy Spring Museum supports community-driven cultural arts and educational programs. They gather community to build a sense of place and belonging. The museum is wheelchair accessible. General admission is free.

Hours:

  • Thursday, 10 am – 8 pm
  • Friday 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
  • The first Saturday of each month from 10am – 5pm.

Sandy Spring Museum is located at 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD. For more information, visit www.sandyspringmuseum.org.