Yusra Ali decided to organize an art exhibition after making the rounds at local galleries. Her ceramics teacher at St. Louis Community College-Meramec required students to regularly attend other artists' exhibitions, which the aspiring art therapist found inspiring — in more ways than one.
The 22-year-old St. Louis native noticed the paucity of Muslim artists who were actively showing their work. It surprised her. It also got her thinking about the possibility of creating a group show to fill that gap. "I thought, other minorities have art shows, why don't we? We have our own ambitions, our own inspirations."