Interfaith Mural Unveiling - Project Joins Jewish, Christian And Muslim Teens

February 4, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

Local community organizations Art Builds Community (ABC) and the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) with support from the Center for Jewish-Muslim Relations (CJMR), Congregation Dorshei Tzekek (CDT), the Al Huda Society (AHS), and Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) are creating the 2009 Boston Interfaith Youth Mural aimed at bringing teens from Muslim, Christian and Jewish backgrounds together to engage in a joint mural art project which will be displayed and celebrated publicly.

The project has taken shape over the last two years, with a steering committee including Anyahlee Cañas and LeeAnn Love-Price from ABC; Aziz Elmadi, originally representing the ISB and now Co-Executive Director of CJMR; Stuart Snyder, a member of CDT; Omar Hakkaoui of AHS; and Alexander Levering Kern and Matt Carriker, program coordinators for the Interfaith Youth Initiative within CMM.

Since October 2008, fifteen teen representatives (5 from each faith group) have been meeting weekly at the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston to create a series of collaborative art pieces focusing on the commonalities and differences in their religions, with particular attention to faith-based imagery.

See also: Interfaith, Youth