United We Create Project

Building Connected Communities

Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 15, 2021. 

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Young Audiences is proud to announce we are accepting five new schools to participate in our United We Create Project (UWC).  UWC program aims to promote understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim students. We are looking for K to 8 schools interested in joining the next cohort. Students, teachers, and families participate through storytelling, visual arts, song, drumming and poetry to learn about Muslim cultures around the world and improve understanding of connections and shared values among different religions and cultures.

United We Create is an arts education program that aligns with character education, social studies, world religion units, and anti-bullying curriculums.

United We Create programs are entry points for schools to increase positive perceptions of Muslim identities and build connected communities. Your students will explore the history and culture of a variety of Muslim-majority countries through the arts, while recognizing and uplifting Muslim traditions.

The United We Create Project is offered FREE to selected schools  Schools. These programs are valued at $18,500.

Apply using the applications provided in the sidebar of this page.

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  • Create emotional connections between students by using arts activities that encourage empathy and understanding, teach students that differences are to be celebrated, and help students develop positive perceptions of self and others.
  • Increase students’ knowledge about Muslim cultures, using the lens of arts to explore folklore, ethos, and traditions.
  • Provide professional learning opportunities for teachers to learn strategies for promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion grounded in asset approach pedagogy and aligns with active learning practices

United We Create Teaching Artists

Queen Nur- Young Audiences' United We Create Pilot Program

Queen Nur

TAHIRA - Young Audiences' United We Create Pilot Program


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Karim Nagi


Successful school applicants will demonstrate the need for this program based on:

  • An understanding of the role of arts education to impact student learning
  • Desire/Need to expand social emotional learning practices
  • Dedication to championing and advancing a diverse community
  • Desire to attain arts education programming that provides knowledge and access to resources about Muslim cultures

A flexible school administration committed to making the time committed needed to schedule the programs is an essential component to the success of this project. The selected Pilot Schools will also lend their support to ensuring that the United We Create Assessment tools are completed fully and in a timely manner. The assessment will involve participants (students, teachers and families) taking online pre and post assessment surveys. Young Audiences will work closely with each selected Pilot School every step of the way to coordinate the scheduling and logistics needed.

Eligibility to Apply for United We Create:

All New Jersey, Philadelphia (and surrounding five counties) public, charter, private, and parochial schools serving grades Pre-K through 8th are eligible to apply.

More details can be found in the application (Word .docx and .pdf format) located on the right sidebar.

Interested in this innovative, arts-centered approach to learning and building a connected school community? Contact TAHIRA at 866-500-9265 ext.210 or [email protected] with questions and interest to apply.

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United We Create is offered through Young Audiences Arts for Learning NJ & Eastern PA, the premier arts education organization in the region. It is made possible through funding from the Building Bridges program, the national grant-making arm of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Since 2007 the Building Bridges Program has supported national efforts, working with U.S.-Muslims, to increase mutual understanding and well-being among diverse populations for the benefit of building stronger, inclusive communities. The program is anchored in the conviction that strategic use of the arts and media can help provide an effective social prescription for achieving this vision.