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Art & Culture Programs at Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC)


Winter – Spring 2016

ICCNC—in partnership with Ziya Art Center and Silkworm Media—host entertaining and    informative events that feature Islamic cultures and creativity. The Spring 2016 Art & Culture season features book readings, art exhibitions, live podcasts and more! All events are in English, open to the public, and take place in our historic and welcoming space near Oakland’s Lake Merritt.

Special Series: Sixth Season of “Islam & Authors”

Come and listen to leading Muslim and non-Muslim writers as they present their latest works related to contemporary Islamic cultures and peoples. This season features issues straight from the headlines: refugees, racial equity, and worldwide Muslim youth culture. New partnerships this season include Muslim Writers Collective, Oakland Public Library and Refugee Transitions. Come and participate in conversations with the author, get books signed, and meet other audience members over refreshments.


Saturday, Feb. 20 – March 20

“Rite of Passage” Environmental Art Exhibition Curated by Minoosh Zomorodinia and Arash Shirinbab

Exhibition is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 – 5 p.m.



March 26 – May 28, with Saturday March 26 Opening Reception Ceremony at 5 p.m.

Islamic Art Exhibit “Arabic: Language of Quran”

Exhibition is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 – 5 p.m.



April 8, May 13, June 10 at 8 p.m.

Muslim Writers Collective’s Open Mic Events

Share writings, stories, and spoken word (on 2nd Fridays)

To sign up to participate please email



Saturday, April 9 at 5:30 – 8 p.m.

“The American Muslim Experience”, Live & Interactive Podcast with Diffused Congruence and Muslim Writers Collective



Friday, April 22 at 6 – 8 p.m.

“Between Meals: Stories and Recipes from California’s Refugee Women”, Book Reading and Teatime with Lauren Markham and Halimo

Suggested Donation: $5


Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

RadTalk Conference (TED Talks-style) with Innovative Thinkers and Influential Doers Who Share Bright Ideas About Islam & Muslims



Saturday, May 21 at 2 – 4 p.m.

“Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture”, Book Reading with Hisham Aidi

Suggested Donation: $5


Thursday, June 2 at 6 – 8 p.m.

“The post 9/11 climate; multiracial solidarity; and the role of South Asians and Muslims in advancing racial equity”, Book Reading with Deepa Iyer

(In partnership with Oakland Public Library)