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Searching for Home in Philadelphia

June 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Searching for Home in Philadelphia | Tues, June 16, 2020 | Live on ZOOM at 6:30 pm EDT


Join us for a panel discussion with Searching for Home artist Humaira Abid, Dana Gold of Nationalities Service Center, Anne Ishii of Asian Arts Initiative, and Hazami Sayed of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture. We’ll discuss the contributions made by immigrants to the Philadelphia’s rich culture, and connect to the situation faced by immigrants and refugees during COVID-19 and how the pandemic made it easy to overlook the vulnerable and unprotected.

Photo of Humaira Abid by Amber Hammad

Humaira Abid’s carved wood sculpture and paintings—known for their exquisite detail—depict human relationships, societal repression, and the consequences of keeping basic truths from being discussed and shared. The beauty and seductive virtuosity of her work offset her political, ironic, provocative, and even scandalous objects and installations.

Humaira Abid was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. She immigrated to the United States in 2008 and now lives and works in Seattle, WA.

Abid received her BFA in sculpture and miniature painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2000. Her works have been exhibited in museums and galleries and documented in publications around the world and reviewed by local, national, and international news media. Abid is the recipient of numerous honors, most recently the 2019 Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award.

Her work has been published in books and other print media, and she has been the recipient of prestigious awards and grants. She has lectured widely and participated in residencies and symposia around the world. Two documentary features focused on Abid and her work, produced by the KCTS9 branch of PBS and Seattle Channel, were both nominated for Northwest Emmy Awards. The artist is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle.

Dana Gold

Dana Gold is a Job Developer at Nationalities Service Center, where she connects clients to jobs in the Philadelphia area to promote their economic autonomy and general self sufficiency. Specifically, Dana helps refugee and immigrant clients research open positions, submit applications, prepare for interviews, and learn professional standards in the US, among other job readiness initiatives. Her job is focused on building partnerships with local employers in order to connect clients to great jobs in the Philadelphia region.
Dana is passionate about making complicated systems more accessible and transparent for all, and this is shown through her breadth of experience teaching English both at NSC and abroad. She has also worked at college access programs in her native Oakland, CA and in Philadelphia to help high school students navigate the college application process. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Bryn Mawr College.


Anne Ishii

Anne Ishii is the Executive Director of Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. Her writings have appeared in multiple publications including Slate, the Village Voice, and Publishers Weekly. Her translation and editorial projects include the Eisner-award winning manga My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame, Batmanga!: the Secret History of Batman in Japan, and Massive: Gay Japanese Manga and the Men Who Make It. She is co-founder of the publishing, fashion, and creative agency Massive Goods, which represents queer and feminist artists from Japan.





Hazami Sayed

Hazami Sayed, an Arab-American, grew up in the Arab region and came to the U.S. to pursue higher education. She founded Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture with the launch of an Arabic language and cultural camp in 2002. Her interest stemmed from a desire to develop a creative and supportive environment where her young boys could learn the Arabic language and be immersed in the richness of Arab arts and culture while navigating their place in American society. Sayed has worked in the fields of architecture and urban development in Philadelphia and New York City. Her areas of interest and research were community development and affordable urban housing in which she worked at the UNDP, several architecture firms, and taught a seminar at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a photographer and has exhibited her work in Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University and Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Sayed is a recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award given to Philadelphia-area women artists committed to art-making for social change. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

This event is free to the public. The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.



June 16, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Center for Art in Wood
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