Tickets are now on sale for the Islamic Art Revival Series Experience!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Charles W. Eisemann Center, Richardson, Texas
2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, Texas 75082

Experience Islamic Art first-hand:

  • Have your hands painted with a henna design!
  • Experience music, storytelling, and drumming performances!
  • View photography and films by world-famous Peter Sanders!
  • Have your name written in Arabic calligraphy!
  • Create Islamic Art to take home!
  • View and purchase art by local Islamic artists!
  • Listen to a panel of female Islamic artists and Islamic Art lectures!
  • Watch Islamic Art films!
  • Have your picture taken in an ethnic costume!
  • Share the experience of Islamic Art with your family!

Tickets Prices:

Adult:                                      $8.50

Student/Senior:                     $6.00

Child (3 – 12):                         $3.00

Child (2 and under):              Free

Child ticket includes some activities and babysitting service.

Purchase your tickets here!

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Preparations are underway!

Get excited about our next event in the series, the Islamic Art Revival Series Experience an interactive, fun-filled event for the whole family!

© Art of Islamic Pattern

Save the date:

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Eisemann Center, Richardson, Texas

Activities include:

  • Interactive, hands-on art activities for adults and children
  • Islamic art fair of local Islamic artists
  • Islamic art and architecture lectures
  • Islamic art films
  • Islamic vocal singing (Nasheed) by local students
  • Music, storytelling, and drumming performances
  • Calligraphy and henna artist demonstrations
  • Ethnic cuisine from Islamic cultures
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We’re Just Getting Started

Published 5.13.2012
                                          Director Rob Gardner introducing the film

The film screening, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World concluded with resounding applause from a crowd of over 250 people. Academy Award-Nominated director Rob Gardner attended providing his insights into the making of this breath-taking masterpiece. The event was followed by a reception in the Seventeen Seventeen Restaurant where attendees had the chance to mingle and reflect on the impact and beauty of the film.

See photo album

However we must remember this is the Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS). The film screening was only the beginning! This coming September Dallas will play host to a day of festivities surrounding Islamic Art. On September 22nd, at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, IARS will dazzle DFW with a host of activities the whole family can enjoy, including:

  • Islamic Music and Drumming
  • Storytelling
  • Poetry Recitations
  • Lectures and Slideshows
  • Film Screenings
  • Panel Discussions
  • Hands on activities
  • Art Exhibits

You will not want to miss this event so make plans to attend and stay connected to stay up to date on the goings on of the IARS project. If you would like to volunteer or donate we are looking for help in this area so please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Dallas Islam Examiner Article by Dina Malki

Dina Malki
Dallas Islam Examiner

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, a film by Unity Productions Foundation will premiere at the Dallas Museum of Art, this Saturday, March 31st, at 1:30 pm. This is the first event of its kind in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that shares and rediscovers a forgotten and invisible world. That is because when Islam is mentioned in modern times, people don’t typically think of art, innovation, beauty, and civilization. However, North Texans will have an opportunity to peek into this invisible world this spring, and even better, to enter a replica of this artistic world this fall. The Islamic Art Revival Series is the group that is bringing three different events to DFW this year to promote “education of the arts of the Islamic world” and to encourage “cross-cultural exchange” between American Muslims and Americans at large. (IARS mission statement)


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Finalizing Preparations!

As the IARS team begins the final stage of preparations for the film screening on Saturday March 31st, the anticipation of an afternoon filled with beauty and history heightens. Today the IARS team met with the staff of the Dallas Museum of Art to begin tying off loose ends and addressing the last minute details as we walked through the spaces that will showcase the screening and play host to our guests. Below are just a few pics of the walk through that we wanted to share.

Nadia at DMA

Nadia Mavrakis, IARS Co-Chair, goes over details with DMA staff in the Horchow Auditorium. — at Dallas Museum of Art.

Main entrance to the DMA

Main entrance to the DMA

The Horchow Auditorium

The Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art

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Film Screening – SOLD OUT!! Only Day of Walk-In Seats Left

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What: Islamic Art Film Screening
When: March 31, 2012 
Time: 1:30pm (Doors open at 1:00pm)
Where: Dallas Museum of Art
Cost: Free w/ admission to the museum 
Wait List:

Reserved seating for the Dallas film screening of Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World is officially full! There are a few available seats for walk-up guests on the day of the event and we are taking wait-listed guests for any reserved seats that open up should any guests cancel. The excitement is palpable as we look forward to a well attended Dallas debut for this amazing film that highlights Islamic Art throughout the ages, but is itself, its own magnificent work of art.

To add yourself to the waiting list please email us at with your full name, email, and requested number of seats and we will notify you as they become available!


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Have You Reserved Your Seats?

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What: Islamic Art Film Screening
When: March 31, 2012 
Time: 1:30pm (Doors open at 1:00pm)
Where: Dallas Museum of Art
Cost: Free with paid admission to the museum 
Register: Here

The film screening for UPF’s latest high profile documentary is just around the corner and seats are filling up fast! The team of the Islamic Art Revival Series is working day and night to finalize the preparations for the event and is looking forward to March 31st with great anticipation!

The film screening will be held at the historic Dallas Museum of Art in the Horchow Auditorium. The Horchow is a 342-seat fully equipped auditorium featuring state-of-the-art acoustic and audiovisual equipment. The space is ideal for presentations, performances and in our case, film screenings.

The Horchow Auditorium

The Horchow Auditorium

This film is the latest installment in the growing collection of high quality films by Producers Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe of the Unity Productions Foundation. With such credits to their names as Prince Among Slaves and Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, this successful team has hit it out of the park yet again.

The IARS team is also deeply honored to have the opportunity to welcome the film’s Academy Award-Nominated and Emmy Award-Winning director, Rob Gardner, to Dallas, Texas for this momentous occasion.

Born in 1925, he began making films and studying anthropology in the 1950s, becoming the founding director of the Harvard Film Study Center in 1957. (He left the post in 1997.) By the 1960s, his work began inspiring critical superlatives, and it has added to the discourse on ethnographic film and visual anthropology*.

Producer Michael Wolfe (left) and Director Rob Gardner (right)

If that wasn’t enough the film’s narrator is none other than Academy Award-Winning performer Susan Sarandon whose soothing and familiar voice lends an air of beauty and  prestige to this already breathtaking masterpiece. She leads us on a stunning 1400 year journey across time and space to showcase the magnificent contributions of Islamic artistic expression from all over the world.

Susan Sarandon

Like we said the seats are selling out quick so don’t wait until the last minute to claim your seats! Visit our registration page today!

*NY Times Article by Manohla Dargis 11.10.2011

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