Calligraphy is the most highly regarded and most fundamental element of Islamic art. From its beginnings as simple written text, the flowing depiction of the Arabic language has evolved into high art inscribed in both religious and secular books, buildings, and decorative objects. Artist and calligrapher Kanaan Kanaan will present a visual history of Arabic calligraphy, to be followed by a workshop so participants can create their own calligraphic works of art.
This workshop is a Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys program, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Local support provided by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation.