Art & Culture



An art & culture program that has reached 1000’s of people around the world

featured in the new york times

Our working mission for the Art & Culture program at ICCNC is to celebrate Islamic cultures, support Muslim American creativity, and share these contributions with others in order to increase understanding and tolerance between peoples.

ICCNC has a substantial track record in the arts, and has reached thousands of people –Muslims and non-Muslims alike.  ICCNC’s unique institution was featured in The New York Times article (“Muslim American Artists Strive to Bridge a Chasm,” December 16, 2010) about “Bay Area artists who are re-imagining one of the country’s most complicated compound identities: Muslim American,” and are presenting “the whole spectrum of Muslim reality.”

We invite you to join us in celebrating Art & Culture at ICCNC and connect with the community.

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Interfaith Art Exhibit

Interfaith Art Exhibition Biennial is the signature program that the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) coordinates and hosts with partners Montclair Presbyterian Church and Kehilla Community Synagogue, also both in the Oakland area (the three institutions make up the “Faith Trio” initiative). These exhibitions symbolize our commitment to the arts and to interfaith relationship building. They feature mainly the work of Bay Area artists and some national and international artists coming together to showcase compelling artwork while furthering interfaith understanding and respect.

This project was initiated in 2011 and made possible by the support of the Faith Trio. For the past six years the Faith Trio has been leading the Interfaith Art Exhibitions and growing them into one of the major art programs in the Bay Area toward building interfaith dialogue and acceptance.

"Collaboration & Connection" was the last biennial interfaith art exhibition that ICCNC coordinatee and hosted from December 3, 2017 to February 24, 2018, and it symbolized our commitment to the arts and interfaith relationship building. Once again, it featured the works of Bay Area artists coming together to showcase compelling artwork while furthering interfaith understanding and respect.

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Islam & Authors 


Islam and Authors is a series of on-stage conversations with leading Muslim and non-Muslim scholars, novelists, playwrights, journalists, poets and other prominent writers about their latest works relating to Islam, Islamic culture, politics, theology, and history. The program is designed to introduce cutting-edge academic and literary works on Islam and Muslims to the greater Bay Area community, with works ranging from those that advance the understanding of Islam as a major world religion to works that reflect the experiences and contributions of American Muslims. The format consists of an on-stage conversation with the authors and an interactive Q-and-A session.

Some past authors include Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina, Dr. Mahmood Ayoub, Dr. John Esposito, Dr. Abdullahi an-Naim, Journalist Jonathan Curiel, Playwright Wajahat Ali, and Poet Abdul Hayy Moore. The host conducts, talk with authors about the stories behind their books, plays, poems and graphic novels. Islam and Authors is the only bay Area authors program dedicated to books on Islam and Muslims. We have both Muslim and non-Muslim authors. We invite leading scholars, journalists, poets, playwrights and others to discuss their latest works. The format is an onstage conversation, followed by an audience Q-and-A and book signing.

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The Art & Culture program is grateful for the support it has received from individuals as well as from foundation and civic funders.

  • San Francisco Foundation (FAITHS and OneNation funds)

  • East Bay Community Foundation

  • Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)

  • Alliance of California Traditional Arts

  • City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program

  • The Creative Work Fund,

  • A grant of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund


Past Programs & Events

Since 2009, ICCNC has held numerous unique events, most featuring Muslim artists and catering to diverse Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the Bay Area. These included:

·       Several seasons of “Islam & Authors,” featuring over a dozen writers including Wajahat Ali, JPrograms ohn Esposito, Sumbul Ali-Karamali, G. Willow Wilson, and Kabir and Camille Helminski.

·       A festival called ‘Rumi, the Mystic Poet’ with over four separate poetry, theater, music and art events was held in November 2011.

·       Two local artists exhibited art inspired by Rumi, and concerts were held. The centerpiece —an original play called ‘Rumi x 7: Tales from the Masnavi’ performed by Golden Thread Productions (and encored months later)—was a big hit with audiences of all ages, attracting many non-theater goers from the Muslim community and many diverse fans to its playful and vibrant storytelling. About 600 people came to festival events. ICCNC has commissioned Golden Thread for a new play to premiere in Spring 2014.

·       Lectures, several group and individual art exhibitions and musical concerts were also held.