An interfaith art exhibition featuring 21 premier Muslim, Christian and Jewish contemporary artists from 11 countries focusing on what we hold in common.
From 9:00am until 5:00pm
At First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn
535 Forest Ave, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA
CARAVAN / 1-630-347-8030BEYOND BRIDGES is pioneering East-West interfaith exhibition of 21 acclaimed Arab, Persian and Jewish artists of Muslim, Christian and Jewish faith traditions focusing on what we hold in common. In the midst of the increasing chasm of discord and misunderstanding that exists between the Middle East and the West, and between their creeds and cultures, BEYOND BRIDGES, brings together renowned and emerging artists of Middle Eastern origin, using art as a bridge for intercultural and interreligious dialogue. In this exhibition, BEYOND BRIDGES, 21 Arab, Persian and Jewish artists are focusing on what they hold in common through their cultures and creeds. With the widening divide that exists between the faiths and peoples of the Middle East and the West, this exhibition calls for a whole new kind of movement: one that builds on what we hold in common. It is more critical than ever that “creative bridges of dialogue” be built enabling us to walk across to meet our neighbor on “the other side”. These 21 participating artists from Muslim, Christian and Jewish faith backgrounds through BEYOND BRIDGES are making the case for using that which we have in common as the foundation for the future of our world. The ultimate objective of the exhibition is for it to serve as an “encounter point”, encouraging and enabling new interfaith relationships to be made across religions and cultures. The 21 artists represented in BEYOND BRIDGES cover a geographic area of 11 countries. Participating artists are from the three primary monotheistic faith backgrounds (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and include women and men, from premier contemporary artists to emerging younger artists, and artists that use a variety of artistic mediums. For the opening event, religious leaders from each of the local Abrahamic faith communities are participating as special speakers.