St. Paul, Minnesota

"We are about what's happening right now in contemporary Arab American arts—coming from Arab Americans. It's a vibrant scene, and it's so absent from Americans' consciousness."
—Lana Barkawi

Mizna is a Minnesota-based arts and humanities organization that promotes contemporary expressions of Arab American culture.

Since it was founded in 1998, Mizna has become a leader in the promotion of Arab American writers. Through its literary journal Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America; the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival; and other readings, performances, art projects, and community events, Mizna nurtures an exceptionally talented and diverse range of local, national, and international Arab American artists. Their success can be credited to a devoted and energetic Board of Directors, a strong staff, and ArtsLab, which provided critical direction and financial support during a difficult leadership transition.

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