Up to ten artists “of Middle Eastern or North African origin living in the Detroit/Dearborn metro area” will be selected to participate in an eight-week comics workshop led by Palestinian graphic novelist Leila Abdelrazaq and Lebanese artist and designer Aya Krisht, in partnership with the Arab American National Museum:
They are currently crowdfunding $2500 to support printing stipends and art supplies for the selected artists, as well as support for travel and compensation for the teaching artists. The workshop will be held at the Dearborn City Hall Artspace Lofts
They are currently accepting applications from would-be participants. More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Arab American Museum website.
During the workshop, participants will create their own eight- to 16-page autobiographical short comics and self-publish. Participants will then have the opportunity to share and sell their work at the Arab American National Museum’s Second Annual Arab Print and Book Festival this spring.
The workshop will also mark the launch of small-press publishing house Maamoul Press, born out of Bigmouth Press & Comix.
Leila Abdelrazaq’s debut graphic novel, Baddawi, was published in 2015. Aya Krisht works at the Arab American National Museum, where she manages all of its print and digital visual applications.
More about the fundraiser at GoFundMe.Com.