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In Solidarity with Palestine


Wednesday, February 7th @ 7pm

Join Art2Action & Poetry is Activism for an evening of poetry, music, and art in solidarity with Palestine! Andrea Assaf and Sam Obeid will co-host with a fantastic line up of Tampa Bay poets, followed by music by Tampa punk band Black Clash. Bring your keffiyeh and solidarity resources to share! Stay tuned for announcements of featured poets... REGISTER here for reminders and updates!

THE GAZA MONOLOGUES + Gaza 101 Teach-In!

As part of the Voices Unveiled: Lecture & Artistry Series, Art2Action and 200 Muslim Women Who Care present a FREE reading of The Gaza Monologues, written by youth from Gaza in 2010, created with ASHTAR Theatre in Palestine, and read by Tampa Bay artists and community members, with live music. Refreshments and a Teach-In on the history of Gaza by Dr. Zachary Foster, Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Security, Race and Rights, to follow! Funding for this program was provided through a sponsorship from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed at this event do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

THIS Bridge

Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists Series


     Art2Action, in partnership with the University of South Florida (USF), was one of 6 grantees in the nation awarded a “Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement” grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) in its inaugural round (2014-16).  Our Building Bridges program introduced students, partners and audiences to the great diversity of Muslim and Arab identities, cultures and aesthetics, by presenting a series of (mostly) women performers and artists in multiple disciplines, over a two-year period. Our title, THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists, references seminal writings in women of color feminism (This Bridge Called My Back and later This Bridge We Call Home, as well as Colonize THIS! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism), and locates the self-representation of contemporary Arab and Muslim women artists within that historical discourse. Guest artists in the presenting series each spend a full week in Tampa, on campus and in the community. Artist residencies include performances, film screenings, exhibits, class visits and workshops, Festival appearances, facilitated dialogues, academic lectures and panels to engage students across an array of departments, institutes, and student associations.


     Lebanese American theatre artist, Andrea Assaf, serves as Artist-in-Residence and guest faculty with the USF School of Theatre & Dance, and lead curator for the program.  For the presenting series, Art2Action co-curates a series of residencies with artists who demonstrate artistic excellence across a variety of aesthetics and disciplines. The goals of this series are to educate, provoke, surprise, move, and inspire. The inclusion of artists with both traditional and complex identities works to dispel stereotypes, counter mainstream media images and Arab-Muslim conflation, and stimulate transformation of attitudes, views and relationships across communities. In alignment with Art2Action’s mission, artistic presentations are always followed by opportunities for academic discourse and intra-community dialogue about gender, including contemporary Arab and Muslim feminisms, identity, and U.S. policy.


     Partnering departments and units have included:  The School of Theatre and Dance, Anthropology, Communications, English, Government & International Affairs, The Humanities Institute, The Institute on Black Life, Women’s & Gender Studies, World Languages Arabic classes, The School of Art & Art History, The School of Music, The Institute for Research in Art/Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), and USF World’s Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies.  Collaborating student associations include the Arab Cultural Association (ACA), the Muslim Student Association (MSA), and many more.  Community partners include the Arab American Community Center (AACC), which produces annual Arab Festivals in Tampa and Orlando.

Featured Artists & Projects

Archival pages of residencies & projects included in this series COMING SOON!

Please see photos and videos below.

SPECIAL ONLINE EVENT: Friday, August 21, 7:30 PM EDT

Reading: 9 Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo



THIS Bridge
THIS Bridge overview (2014-16)
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9 Parts of Desire @ USF - Official Trailer
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Interviews: Heather Raffo & Andrea Assaf (USF OCEP Conversation Series)
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THIS Bridge: Bina Sharif
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Inside Arts: Building Bridges Together (APAP Preconference 2014 digital edition), with cover featuring Art2Action artist Aida Shahghesemi in Eleven Reflections on September at USF:


Creative Loafing: “The Laugh Track – Who’s Bringing the Funny” (including Negin Farsad, by Michael Murillo, August 27, 2014)


Creative Loafing: “World-renowned muralist Aya Tarek tags USF” (by Caitlin Albritton, September 30, 2015)


Creative Loafing Theatre Preview: 9 Parts of Desire at USF (by Julie Garisto, 11/10/15)


The Oracle: “9 Parts of Desire tackles reality of war” (by Breanne Williams, 11/11/15)


The Tampa Tribune: “Play Promotes Cultural Diplomacy in a Time of Conflict” (by Brad Stager, November 4, 2015)