More young Muslims in Calgary are picking up brushes, pens, cameras and microphones, and creating their own arts scene.
A new generation is expressing themselves while honouring their religion in many different ways, including everything from traditional Islamic patterns and geometric art to performance poetry, writing and video installations.
While some of the art reflects beliefs, culture and traditions, other forms offer a much more modern take on Muslim life in Canada.
Islam and art have been connected for many centuries with a strong history of calligraphy, interlacing patterns, textile work, ceramics and glass work. Now a new generation is adding edgy video art, photography and spoken word poetry to that mix.