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Organizer Yusra Ali sits in the CAIR Missouri office in Clayton
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Yusra Ali, a student at St. Louis Community College, was a shy child, and took to drawing and painting at an early age as a way to express herself.

As a young adult, and practicing Muslim, she hopes to harness that communicative power of art to help people better understand the nuanced identities of Muslims.

Concerned that people in the larger community tend to lump all Muslims together, Ali organized an exhibit she hopes will help others see people who are Muslim as individuals. Creativity and Identity: A Muslim American Art Exhibition takes place tonight at Third Degree Glass Factory.   

David Greenhaw, Ghazala Hayat and Mont Levy joined "St. Louis on the Air" to discuss "The Cave."
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An upcoming production from Arts & Faith St. Louis aims to connect Jewish, Christian and Muslim people together in the shared traditions and history of the Abrahamic faiths.

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A group of performers from the Hindu Temple of St. Louis joined Batya Abramson-Goldstein, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, on “Cityscape” this Friday as part of preparations for this Sunday’s fifth annual Arts and Faith interfaith concert at the Sheldon, which promotes peace and unity in the region and around the world.

We had the pleasure to hear (and mic up!) nine of the Hindu Temple Choir performers live on air. The choir usually performs at full capacity with 18 members. 

Why put on another 9/11 concert? 'We need it.'

Sep 16, 2015
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In 2011, a dedicated congregation of regional leaders representing arts and faith organizations gave life to a concert to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy. It is fast becoming a late-summer tradition.

That first Arts and Faith concert was a standing-room-only success -- it was also a soul-inspiring, deeply affecting success.

Malik Performs "Unveiled"
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For the last five years, playwright Rohina Malik has performed her one woman play, "Unveiled." The play focuses on the lives of five Muslim women in the wake of 9/11.  She attests her play touches audience members regardless of their background. 

“One after another young, white male college students kept coming up to me personally and saying, thank you so much, it was eye opening,” Malik said about a recent experience performing at an college in Ohio. 

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With the anniversary of September 11th on the horizon, Arts and Faith St. Louis is again gearing up for a concert to both remember the tragedy and promote unity across faith backgrounds.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: This time almost a year ago, I was in Oxford, England, and on a stroll through the university town late one afternoon, I saw a bulletin indicating times of services at Christ Church Cathedral. I got up early the next morning, made my way to the ancient monument of faith, walked in a brilliant dawn through the awe-inspiring quadrangle — and went to church.