About 75 students attended the ‘Muslim Creatives Collect’ event which was hosted on April 1 by the Muslim Students’ Association at the University of Michigan.
The event is the first program of the Islamic Engagement Week, which is an initiative aimed at highlighting the narratives, history, and culture of Muslims, Michigan Daily reports.
“I heard it through word-of-mouth, in terms of organization for the event, I think this’s a perfect venue for what it is,” expressed Gabriel Consiglio, Art & Design freshman.
The event consisted of performances involving music, poetry, and dance as well as a panel discussing the current and future status of Muslim creatives in the US.
Along with the event, the Islamic Engagement Week will also include a ‘Muslims in Astronomy’ event today on April 2, a ‘Meet a Muslim’ event on Wednesday and a ‘Muslims in the Arts’ event Friday afternoon.
Consiglio further appreciated the students’ association’s decision to pause the event to allow everyone time to pray.
“I think it’s very cool that they’re taking out the time to pray. Being someone who is not entirely in this religion, I think this is really important,” he said.