Oct 20th 2022

The Abrahamic Center for Cultural Education seeks to provide a more creative and intentional understanding of Islam, Muslims, and the interconnections between the Abrahamic faiths through interdisciplinary methods.

Where Islamic past, present and future collide.

After remaining temporarily remote, we are excited to celebrate our return to the gallery. Food and refreshments are included in your registration! Registration is required.

We hope that you and your loved ones have continued to heal and grow from all the difficulties of the pandemic these past two years. In the spirit of recovery, ACCE is BACK for in-person events starting this fall. We are beginning our return to the space with this FREE soft reopening party! Please join us for an evening of refreshments, new and familiar art, artist talk + book signing, and much more…!

ACCE has been working hard over the summer to renovate several features of our gallery and we would love to share all of our changes with you. One of our key new features includes a rotating art space where ACCE will be featuring various art works quarterly. This fall, ACCE is proud to present the photography of Sadaf Syed, the author and artist behind iCover. Sadaf will be our keynote speaker of the evening, sharing more about her work and holding a Q+A. Additionally, guests will have an opportunity to purchase copies of iCover books/prints during this event! You don’t wanna miss out!

Sadaf Syed | Biography

Recognized as a leading artist by the White House, Photojournalist, Sadaf Syed is today’s award-winning photographer and author. Syed is best known for breaking down stereotypes as she educates and inspires her audience through the eyes of photography and the perspectives of her subjects. She was a digital news Photo Editor and Staff Photographer for Al Jazeera America. Syed authored an award-winning coffee table book, iCOVER: A Day in the Life of a Muslim-American COVERed Girl. iCOVER debut it’s photography exhibition in the United Arab Emirates hosted by the royal family of Sharjah in the famous Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.

Syed was recruited by the Chicago History Museum and hired as a photographer in March, 2019 to photograph Muslim Chicagoans sharing their stories of faith, identity, and personal journeys for the new exhibition, American Medina which made its debut October 21, 2019 at the Chicago History Museum.

Book synopsis

iCOVER: A Day in the life of a Muslim-American COVERed Girl

Mrs. Syed captures moments in the day-to-day lives of these Muslim women, moments that the average American can relate to once they “embrace” the fact that she covers her hair. The accompanying photo captions and personal quotes flesh out the dimensions of these women’s lives. In the faces of a dancer, a surfer-girl, a biker, a tri-athlete and even a boxer you hear their voices, and touch their thoughts, dreams, struggles and fears. With each page, a stereotypes is shattered and the misunderstandings that surround the female followers of a faith of 1.8 billion diminish. iCOVER has garnered significant publicity both domestically and internationally.

Event Details

7:00-8:00 PM: Refreshments + Self Guided Gallery Viewing

8:00-8:15: Opening Remarks by ACCE

8:15-9:00: Book Talk by Sadaf + Q/A

9:00-9:30: Purchase Books/Prints + Socialize

*The Abrahamic Center for Cultural Education (ACCE) is an art gallery and resource center dedicated to promoting the understanding of Islam and Muslims in the community by working with individuals and academic, religious, public, and private institutions. ACCE supplements existing educational programs at schools and universities with training sessions, presentations, and other resources to help our community raise more culturally competent generations. Our two main services are educational presentations and visits to our exhibition space.  ACCE is an initiative of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®), a global leader in halal certification. For more information, visit our website at www.abrahamiccenter.org.

**Please note, moving forward, ACCE will be operating on a hybrid model, offering both in-person and virtual presentations and events.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/acce-soft-reopening-tickets-434017908247

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