PROFESSIONAL 

Center for Book Arts (CBA), NYC — Programs Manager

2018 - PRESENT

Supervise 3 part-time staff, 20+ instructors, and 20+ volunteers and interns. Implemented the project management system for organizing exhibitions, courses, artist residency programs, and publication projects,  improving workflow efficiency by 55%.
Facilitate creative collaborations for literary publications and events, arts classes, lectures, and seminars. Regularly work with notable artists, researchers, curators, and writers to coordinate programs and publication projects.

Independent curator, educator, writer, & editor,  NYC

2014 - PRESENT

Regularly organize and facilitate community workshops on fine art and creative writing. Copy Editor for Ugly Duckling Presse. Proofread 5+ works for spelling/formatting errors and translation inconsistencies.
Co-editor of forthcoming book, Concentric Circles: In Search of an Arab American Art Scene, under exclusive review with a notable university press.
Panel organizer and moderator of upcoming discussion: Process & Collaboration: Designing Poetry Chapbooks with CUNY (City University of New York).
Guest Editor of  Frow Magazine (2018) and Protest Magazine (2018).
Guest writer for Sukoon Magazine, Newtown Literary, and Jadaliyya. 

GAMA Collective, NYC — Curator

2017 - 2020

(Gathering All Muslim Artists) Cultivated the creative mission and strategic planning of the organization by developing innovative programs and strategizing audience outreach through Instagram and Facebook, creating 3 weekly posts to showcase artist highlights. Curated 3 art exhibitions for greater visibility and increased opportunities for American Muslim artists. Spearheaded partnerships with 2 different publications offering to publish stories of American Muslim artists.

AANM, Dearborn, MI — Educator, Store Curator

2015 - 2017

(Arab American National Museum) Trained tour guide. Led forums, dialogues, workshops on Arab American art, culture, and poetics. Established relationships with over 100+ vendors and artisans to sell products, grossing $50,000 in museum store sales.

EDUCATION

New York University, NYC — M.A. in Arts Politics

Focused research on artistic and literary production, curatorial practice, and archiving methodologies.

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI — B.S. in Apparel, Textiles & Merchandising; Minor in Fine Art

SKILLS

 

Proficient in arts administration, project management, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Suite, Google Workspace, curatorial affairs, community organizing, publication production, event planning (online and in-person events), writing and negotiating contracts, budgeting, social media strategizing, artistic collaborations. 

Significant background in design, photography, fine arts, creative and academic writing.

 

ENGAGEMENTS

 

Brooklyn Arts Council: 

Application Review Panelist for 2019, 2020, & 2021 grant cycles for literary programs.

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Advisor

Contemporary Muslim Fashions Exhibition in 2019

Organizer of Lecture Series at CBA:
Radical Legacies in Contemporary Creative Work
(2021): Conversation series with artist activists.

Between Heritage & Modernity (2020):

Series on Arabic Typography

Book Arts Toward Liberation (2020): Conversation series with Black book artists and cultural practitioners.

Women in Publishing (2019); Series on history and practice of publishing.