Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 31th, Sept 1st & 2nd 2018

150 Muslim Contributions to Canada

    150 Muslim Contributions to Canada

    MuslimFest 150 Exhibit Application Form

    We’re in Phase 2! Scroll down to see all the ways to participate in this project! 


    With Canada celebrating its 150th anniversary as a nation, MuslimFest was wondering what this means for the Muslim community. After several months of planning, MuslimFest launched its 150 Muslim Contributions to Canada: A Mixed-Media Exhibit; this initiative will display 150 contributions made by everyday Canadian Muslims to the culture, heritage and community of Ontario, and Canada. This dynamic exhibit invites community members and artists alike to submit these stories in the form of art, which will premiere in a grand exhibition at MuslimFest 2017, August 5th and 6th, at the Mississauga Celebration Square.

    From building community farms in low income neighbourhoods to housing victims from the Fort McMurray fire, Canadian Muslims have given back to their communities from coast-to-coast and this Canada 150 exhibit gathers their stories to illustrate the humanity and service that has brought communities together.

    We hope that this initiative will act as a medium to build positive dialogue about the Muslim community amongst our neighbours. We’ll be hosting the exhibit at the Peel Art Gallery, Museums and Archives from September 30th, 2017 to January 21st, 2017! If you’d like to participate, please see below for details. Check this page for updates on our special launch event and 2 programmed events at PAMA!

    What we’re looking for:

    Stories of any action – no action is too big or too small! – that a Canadian Muslim has taken that positively impacted not only their community, but others as well. Examples (these can be from any Province or Territory in Canada, this is not restricted to the GTA!):

    • your neighbour that volunteers at the soup kitchen every Sunday and helps feed homeless people
    • a community group that does interfaith work or mobilized to support the rights of another group (e.g. standing in solidarity with Indigenous rights groups)
    • a person in your community that was really kind to everyone and their personality and kindness helped those around them
    • historical figures/pioneer Muslims
    • Syrian refugees that helped house victims from the Fort McMurray fire
    • Artists whose artwork has helped people (Dawud Wharnsby, K’naan, etc.)
    • etc.

    These stories are meant to be told from the perspective of the submitter through one of the art forms listed below. If you’re unsure if your story fits, don’t worry, send us a quick e-mail and we’d love to help you out!

    Types of artwork we’re collecting:

    Category Length
    Photography 3-5 picture series
    Short Story 500-800 words
    Spoken Word 5-7 minutes
    Short Film 3-7 minutes
    Visual Art (2D, 3D, digital) max. size: 4 ft. x 6ft.

    Now that you know what we’re doing, there’s 3 ways to get involved: 

    1) Apply! We’re still accepting 🙂 

    Exhibit Application Process:

      • Find any Muslim individuals, groups or organizations within your neighbourhood, community or Canada at large that have helped impact their community and the communities around them. Share their story through the variety of art forms this exhibition is collecting.
      • Once the piece is close to finishing, complete the application form (linked above and below).
      • Candidates will be emailed a link to their unique submission folder. Images, documents, artist contracts and videos will be uploaded here. Upon receiving the e-mail with the link, each candidate will have a few days to submit their content for review, otherwise their application will be cancelled.
      • Candidates will be in direct contact with the curator via email to ensure all images and works fit the guidelines and the works are installed properly.

    All successful candidates will get a chance to showcase their work in an ongoing tour (which will last upto a year!)

    Candidates will be contacted on an on-going basis and will be informed via e-mail as to whether or not their submission was accepted or declined.

    2) Short Film Commissions for $500 each

    We are looking to work with 10 individuals/groups to make 10 short films highlighting different contributions. You will be given $500 to use towards the project — details and application form are here: https://muslimfest.typeform.com/to/ekrH4IE-mail us if you want to discuss your idea first!

    3) Paid Opportunity for 12 Performing Artists 

    We are looking for 12 performing artists to perform one of the following forms of art:

    • spoken word poetry
    • nasheed/song
    • dramatic monologue
    • stand-up comedy

    The theme of the content needs to follow the theme of the exhibit. To apply, fill out this form: https://muslimfest.typeform.com/to/eQNR4C

    The chosen 12 artists will have their performances filmed so that their work can travel with the exhibit over the next year. E-mail us if you have any questions!

    What comes after? We will launch this exhibit at MuslimFest 2017, on August 4th – 6th at the Mississauga Celebration Square. After our festival launch, MuslimFest is working with community partners to tour the exhibit! Any work that is successfully accepted into the exhibit will be expected to participate in the touring for up to a year after the launch. If the touring ends before a year is over, we’ll give you a heads up!

    *Important dates:

    Application Deadline: 11:59pm on Sunday, September 24th, 2017   – if you can’t meet the deadline, let us know through e-mail at 150@muslimfest.com!

    Link to:

    *For questions, please email us at 150@muslimfest.com.*

    This exhibit is a project of MuslimFest and is funded by the Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program.


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    Junaid Jamshed and Qari Saad Nomani signing beautiful Nasheed toghther. facebook.com/MuslimFest/vid…

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