Arab/SWANA Film + Art touring to Otter Tail County, Minnesota

Let There Be Spaces in Your Togetherness artist Exhibit up at the at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center’s Art Gallery

Per Emergency Executive Order 20-04 from Governor Walz, the Cultural Center will be closed now through March 27, with all events postponed or canceled. At this point we are taking a responsible, safety-first stance in working to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and help protect our communities. We also recognize the importance of the arts in providing creative solutions, opportunities for connections, and reminders of all the beauty that surrounds us, particularly during times of crisis. To this end, staff is working hard to provide ways to connect electronically and offer some “Daily Doses of Kulcher” for our communities. More Daily Doses of Kulcher on our Facebook.

Let There Be Spaces in Your Togetherness at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center

Let There Be Spaces in Your Togetherness features the work of emerging US-based artists from the SWANA region or of SWANA descent. Juried by Essma Imady, Hend Al Mansour, and Lamia Abukhadra, three Arab artists based in the Twin Cities who will show works alongside the selected artists. Named from a quote by the famed Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, this exhibition showcases the perspectives, practices, and artworks of a new generation of US-based SWANA creatives as we look toward another two decades of cultivating rich spaces. Spaces in which, in Gibran’s words, “the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow,” spaces in which the diversity and artistry of our community is celebrated and sustained.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS– Lamia Abukhadra, Hend Al-Mansour, Bilal Alkatout, Céline Aziza Kaldas Anderson, Qais Assali, Noura Ballout, Melissa Chimera, Rama Duwaji, Ghazal Ghazi, Nabil Harb, Essma Imady, Luma Jasim, Ifrah Mansour, Walid Mohanna, Zeinab Saab, Samer Saim Eldahr, Kiki Salem, Gazelle Samizay, Mahya Shamai, and Nailah Taman.

Mizna partners with SooVAC to bring contemporary visual art and film programming by Southwest Asian/North African Artists (SWANA) artists to greater Minnesota. The visual art exhibition Let There

Be Spaces in Your Togetherness will travel to New York Mills Cultural Center in Otter Tail County, Minnesota (March 4–April 3, 2020), accompanied by a selection of notable films from Mizna’s Arab Film Fest. These events are for any and all who are curious about SWANA/Arab/Muslim narratives — all arewelcome! FREE admission to the gallery and film screenings are a donation based viewing.

THE EXHIBITION March 4–April 4, 2020

FILM SCREENINGS Every Wednesday, March 11– April 1 @ 7PM

Mizna's - Arab Film Festival at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center- Dachra - Narrative Horror

Mizna's - Arab Film Festival at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center- Speed Sisters - Family Friendly Sports Documentary


Friday March 20, 5–7pm
Untitled (Dinner) by Nabil Harb. Power Chair by Ifrah Mansour.
FEBRUARY 21, 2020  |  ST. PAUL, MN



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



The New York Mills Arts Retreat and Regional Cultural Center is a multidisciplinary arts organization that has been dedicated to expanding the cultural and creative opportunities for rural Americans for nearly three decades. The Center has initiated and sponsored multidisciplinary arts programming since its inception in 1990. They also present year-round performing arts series, display visual art in our historic gallery on Main Avenue in New York Mills, and offers classes and workshops for all ages with a focus on lifelong learning.

For questions regarding this exhibit please contact the Cultural Center at 218-385.3339.