Pakistani and American Artists jointly complete new Mural at Lok Virsa

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American artists said they were very inspired to create a piece of public art together with their Pakistani friends

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Islamabad – Pakistani and American and artists jointly worked on an artistic venture that focuses on the beauty and culture of Pakistan’s people. The mural jointly designed and painted by artists of the two countries was dedicated to city’s art and culture center, Lok Virsa.

Artists, students, and community members joined the artists at Lok Virsa to celebrate the occasion.

The American artists who contributed to the mural are associated with Words Beats and Life, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that uses the power of hip-hop culture to transform communities locally and globally. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad sponsored the artists’ travel and activities, which have been coordinated by the Kuch Khaas Centre for Arts, Culture and Dialogue.

“The people of Pakistan are its most precious resource. It has been our honor to learn from them and to be inspired by their hospitality, culture, and creativity,” said Words Beats and Life Executive Director Mazi Mutafa. “We were very inspired to create a piece of public art together with our Pakistani friends.”

U.S. Embassy Acting Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Rob Raines spoke at the mural dedication ceremony and encouraged continued collaboration between the American and Pakistani artistic communities.

“This mural serves as a reminder that art crosses borders, it is a universal language that both connects us and speaks to us regardless of our nationality.” Raines said. “This artwork will remind passersby for years to come of the great creativity sparked when Americans and Pakistanis exchange ideas and work together.”

Salma Khan
Salma writes on topics ranging from education to technology to business. She can be reached at Twitter and Facebook.

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