Join speakers from the Sikh and Islamic communities as we unveil the Religious Freedom Room painting Feb. 10

Significant Souls Unveiling

A painting on religious tolerance by Patrick Fiore will be unveiled and a related program will be held at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center at 210 East Genesee Street, Fayetteville, on Sunday, February 10 from 3:00-5:00 pm. The event is part of “Significant Souls,” an art exhibit program in partnership with ArtRage Gallery and sponsored by a grant from the IDEAS Implementation Fund.

Ralph Singh, Chair of the Wisdom Thinkers Network, will share his thoughts on “Towards a Theology of Community,” and Magda Bayoumi, a board member for The Islamic Society of Central New York, will talk about the need to differentiate between religion and culture. Magda believes that the images of violence in the Middle East need to be separated from Islam.

Many American Sikh and Islamic communities were targeted for hate crimes after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Gobind Sadan, Ralph Singh’s spiritual community in Palermo, NY, was firebombed on November 18, 2001. Immediately after the event, the Sikh community went public with a powerful statement of forgiveness from Baba Virsa Singh, which galvanized the broader community.

The public is invited to a self-guided tour of the Gage Center during the reception. There is no charge for this event. Light refreshments will be served.

Overflow parking is in the nearby United Church of Fayetteville lot. Accessible drop-off may be made at the Center’s entrance on Walnut Street.

“Significant Souls” is made possible with support from the IDEAS Implementation Fund, which provides grants to implement strategies derived from the IDEAS Collaborative (Initiative to Develop and Engage Audiences in Syracuse). IDEAS seeks to strengthen the connection between the community and arts, culture, and heritage organizations by engaging audiences, fostering collaboration, identifying the arts as an economic engine, and developing cooperative marketing and communications strategies. IDEAS is funded by the Allyn Foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation, the Gifford Foundation, The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, the John Ben Snow Foundation, and the Trust for Cultural Resources of the County of Onondaga.


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