Pakistani Cultural Festival

Sunday, Mar 18, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us on Sunday, March 18, for a celebration of Pakistani culture with the Asian American Artist Alliance. Enjoy workshops and performances inspired by Pakistani artistic traditions, including five layer illustrations based on the work of Shahzia Sikander, clay sculptures of the fauna of Pakistan, Pakistani pop music in the Sound Booth, and more! We will have a children’s book reading by the Hudson Park Brunch of the New York Public Library and a performance of Pakistani tabla music presented by the community based arts organization, Eric Ki Betauk in partnership with the National Youth Organization of Pakistan.

Workshops include:

Fine Arts:

Five-Layer Illustrations: Looking closely at Shahzia Sikander’s animation, “The Last Post” and sculptural installation titled, “Spin,” young artists will create their own multi-layer illustration on translucent paper. Museum guests will practice making experimental narratives using a five step story-telling technique.

Trucks of Karachi: Did you know that Karachi, Pakistan is considered the world capital of Truck Art? Truck Art is a contemporary custom practiced throughout Southeast Asia in which truck owners customize and decorate their vehicles with ornamental patterns, calligraphy and musical embellishments!  For this project, young artists will design and create their own tiny decorative trucks using recycled materials and art supplies.

Clay Bar: 

Fauna of Pakistan: Sculpt animals native to Pakistan including moon bears, flying squirrels, fishing cats, Siberian ibex, soft shelled turtles, and the Markhor, the national animal of Pakistan.

Media Lab:

Fauzia Minallah Inspired Illustrations: Inspired by Pakistani children’s book author and illustrator Fauzia Minallah’s works, young artists will explore pages of her stories. Dive into tales such as Children of Light and Amai and the Banyen Tree and create animated clips exploring themes of hope and peace.

Sound Booth:

Pakistani Pop Music: Young artists will create a collaborative track inspired by the pop music of Pakistan! With influences from jazz, hip hop, rock, and disco, there are many avenues young artists can take their tracks!

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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