In this episode, Aisha Khan, founder of Twelve Gates Art, speaks with host Hakimah Abdul-Fattah. Aisha's stories recall the beginnings of Twelve Gates Art in Old City, the move to a new location, and the kind of community support and care necessary to launch successful art spaces where people feel safe asking uncomfortable questions and having difficult conversations.
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Hakimah Abdul-Fattah (she/hers) is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a visual artist and researcher with a professional background in museums and arts organizations. She is interested broadly in the moments in which material objects are put to work in national projects of repair, specifically with respect to how they might address the historical injustices of new world slavery and colonization. Hakimah holds a BA in Anthropology and French from Bates College and a MA in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University.
Aisha Zia Khan is the Executive Director and President of Twelve Gates Arts. Ms. Khan has extensive experience in curating art exhibitions and organizing art-related events. With a degree in Social Work, there is a socially aware angle to her work. Ms. Khan worked at Merrill Lynch for six years as AVP strategic and planning analyst and a financial analyst. Currently Ms. Khan is working on an Appraisal Studies program at New York University.