City art festival looks to shed light on the American Muslim experience

"All cultures are valued. All religions are valued. We should live in freedom"

Kimberly Adams
June 23, 2018 - 5:05 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Hundreds gathered in Northeast Philadelphia to take part in an art festival designed to shed light on the American Muslim experience.

"It's a painting with hands going up to the sky in active prayer,” said Philadelphia Artist Idalia Adan.

She hopes her art can connect people to her spiritual upbringing.

Adan is one of several artists displaying their talents at the annual Muslim City Fest.

“We value them and we want them here," said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

He says he's proud of the event and what it says about this city.

"All cultures are valued. All religions are valued,” he said. “We should live in freedom"

Kimberly Adams | KYW Newsradio

The event highlights homegrown poets, photographers and singers like Kareem Ibrahim.

"It gives us a voice to spread positive messages," Ibrahim explains.

Saturday capped off a great day for star struck nine-year-olds, like Adam.

"There’s a lot of games you can play and also you can meet famous people,” he adds.