WII Launches the Muslim Women's Story Lab

Credit: Argenis Apolinario
Participants in a Story Circle, March 2014

Appplication Process is Now Open!

We are looking for dynamic, passionate Muslim women who want to build community and make change within the Muslim community using creative arts and storytelling tools.

The Muslim Women’s Story Lab is a structured series of art-making and storytelling workshops to engage Muslim women as creators and keepers of their own stories. The Lab builds participants’ capacity to lead creative, culturally resonant community engagement projects within the Muslim community using strategies that harness and reclaim Islam's empowerment of women.

Over the course of 9 sessions, participants will have the chance to explore storytelling tools to amplify concealed voices, document the telling of moving narratives, and construct culturally relevant, aesthetic approaches towards local Muslim women’s movement building.

If you have any questions please contact us at muslimwomenstorylab@gmail.com 


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Story Lab Facilitators:

GAIL A. BURTON has trained practitioners of theater of the oppressed nationally through the TOPLAB training program and 100s of community organizers, artists, educators and lay people through workshops and community based initiatives. Additionally, she supports the development of practitioners of the Federation of Senegalese Theater of the Oppressed groups. She is on faculty at Emerson College and Roxbury Community College.

KAYHAN IRANI is an Emmy award winning writer, a popular educator and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer. She designs and directs socially engaged arts projects for community based organizations, government agencies and international NGOs. Her work creatively addresses real-world issues and builds spaces for interaction, dialogue and deeper engagement in democracy and radical social change.

Muslim Women's Story Lab is made possible with funding provided by Asian Women's Giving Circle, a donor advised fund of Ms. Foundation.