Our Mission: To document the long history and contributions of Arab Americans to Greater Indianapolis
Help us make a full-length documentary for public television. Check out the trailer below and for more information, please click here.
From the late 1800s until today, people of Arab descent have made Indianapolis their home. From establishing businesses to working in the fields of health care and education, they have contributed to the cultural vitality, economic growth, and social fabric of Greater Indianapolis. Today’s Arab Hoosiers trace their roots to more than twenty Arabic-speaking countries across North Africa and the Middle East.
What does this project actually do?
Research our Past
Explore the history of Arab Indianapolis, its diversity, and our contributions to the city
Understand our Present
Document and celebrate the lives of contemporary Arab Americans in Indianapolis
Write blogs, publish a book, make films, design exhibits, give presentations, create archives
Our Community Partners
Our institutional supporters include the IUPUI Department of Religious Studies, Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network, Indianapolis Public Library, Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Services, and Eman Schools. The director is Edward Curtis, a fourth-generation Arab Midwesterner.
Want to volunteer or help? Let us know! Just send an email to email@example.com or call 317-278-1683. Thanks!
Institutional supporters include the IUPUI Vice Chancellor for Research, William M. and Gail M. Plater Chair of the Liberal Ats at IUPUI, IU School of Medicine Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division; IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute; Indiana Humanities; IU Muslim Voices; IUPUI International Affairs; Garden Hill Fund; and IUPUI Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
Individual supporters include Dr. Mohammad Al-Haddad and Hiba Alami; Dr. Mona Raed and Dr. Rami Ahmed; Dr. Amira Mashhour; Edward Curtis III; Meredith Ashley; Dr. Arthur Farnsley; Dr. Peter Thuesen; Rev. Betty Brandt; Jeanne Zwald; Andrea Akel; Eric White; Rouba Al Aseer; Theresa Berghoff; Suzy Reed; Jennifer Blylake; Robert Dillingham; Dr. Nermeen Mouftah; Sue Ellen Braunlin; Dr. Layla Goushey.