Apr 8 2020

#RootedinResilience: a photo campaign

April 8 - September 30, 2020

1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

An orange background with a white border. Writing on top is in blue statign we Are #Rootedinresilience. Additional writing gives details about the campaign. In teh Center there is a drawing in white of an upside down flower with its roots extending updwards. A blue box below it has writings in blue that explain what to submit and where. Center logo is a tthe bottom.

The #RootedinResilience project is a form of storytelling, to collect & connect our modes of living.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought “unprecedented” challenges, we—as Arabs and Arab Americans—have seen and felt its precedents: through immigration and displacement, we have been forcibly “distanced” from loved ones across the globe. We have grown up stocked on canned foods amidst war, or we have inherited our families’ wartime mentalities: their tools and their traumas. As Arab communities, we have been trapped in our homes before, restricted and surveilled.

In the face of this, we have always been resilient and resourceful.

What tool(s) have you gathered from the past that you hold with you now & that you wish to bring with us, together, into the future?


  • Find somewhere you feel comfortable, and snap a photo of you alongside something(s) or someone(s) that have nourished you to survive, endure, or even thrive. e.g, your cooking supplies, tatreez (embroidery), a ventilator, a backgammon set, a sister
  • Include a brief description (1 or 2 sentences) of your resilience  tool & what it means to you
  • Introduce your name, pronouns, where you’re from, and a note about where you are or what you’re doing; e.g, I’m Eiman (pronouns: she/her/hers), I’m Coptic Egyptian from Los Angeles, and I study Sociology at UIC 
  • Email your photos to mhelmy@uic.edu
  • Photos will be included on Instagram and Facebook @ArabAmCC


Arab American Cultural Center

Date posted

Apr 8, 2020

Date updated

Sep 28, 2020