Teaching Artist, Wajiha Khalil is the founder of Sacred Art Academy. She is an NYU graduate, multidisciplinary artist, and student of sacred knowledge since 1999. After studying the sacred sciences in Syria and Jordan, she has been teaching in NYC since 2009. Now online, Wajiha shares her unique approach with students all over the world. She resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, three children, and two cats.
INSTRUCTORS & COLLABORATORS
Theatre Maker, Keri Egilmez is a mother, actor, teaching artist, theatre-maker, and founder of The whirling Imaginarium. She has performed on many stages across NYC, as well as in Film, Television Commercials, and Voice Overs. In addition, she has written and directed several children’s plays over the past five years. Her work focuses on the exploration of traditional stories from different countries and cultures, with a special interest in stories from Muslim heritage.
Elizabeth Bootman, Author & Educator has been writing for children for over twenty years. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with an emphasis on World Mythology and now uses her background to formulate themes and stories. She is the founder of Muslim Family Traditions where she shares her publications and teaching methods.
Mahdi Yazdi, Author & Illustrator: has a bachelor’s degree in architecture which reflects in his artwork. After completing his formal education, he started out as an illustrator of short comics and soon thereafter, founded SalamComics. He works with a brilliant team of local illustrators producing exclusive products for his clients. Mahdi has devoted his life to building bridges between communities through the language of art.