International Cultural Center

Arts & Culture

The ICC’s Arts and Culture programs enrich the lives of our community, bringing us closer through the cultivation, expression and sharing of our common creative impulses and appreciation of Culture and the Arts. After School programs such as justART provide a positive social outlet for multi-cultural awareness and social integration; a space where students can share their experiences about pressing issues and release those feelings through nonviolent channels such as poetry, photography and music. Other events such as Heartbeat Jerusalem: Amplified Voices and the Celebrating Harmony concerts provide a joyous venue where families can engage and promote the values of tolerance and harmony together.


This hands-on workshop was led by Rabia Chaudry, celebrity blogger from SplitTheMoon.com, who was featured on the hit podcast SERIAL. This workshop included an opportunity for students to make theiir own blogs. They learned how to leverage social media tools to raise awareness on important issues like cyber bullying. Atefeh Fathnezad, who facilitates our Global […]

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In the first workshop, held on April 18, 2015, students produced a podcast episode in order to raise awareness of cyber security. The workshop provided high school students an opportunity to develop an informative and engaging episode that would inform their peer networks of potential threats associated with online activity and how to protect themselves […]

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This spring, students in our weekly Global Citizen’s Forum developed poetry and prose to raise awareness of bullying and cyber bullying through the topic of stereotypes. Students were encouraged to develop pieces that would inform their peer networks of how stereotypes fuel hate speech towards an individual or groups of people, which can also lead to […]

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The ICC was thrilled to take part in The Ghandi Brigade’s Youth Media Festival in Silver Spring, May 31st. A showcase and screening for local youth who have produced their own films, this wonderful occasion provided the ICC with a chance to showcase the excellent work that our first justArt workshop produced back in January […]

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In partnership with the City of Gaithersburg, the ICC gathered a diverse group of Montgomery County youth, who learned (in just 3 hours) video editing skills, and then created a unique short film on the topic of alienation. These videos were based upon the students’ own creative works (original artistic content from the previous justArt […]

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On Sunday, March 23 the altar at the Church of the Ascension was aglow with music from three different faith traditions performed by artists young and old!  All proceeds from the event will benefit Youth Against Hunger, ICC’s community service program dedicated to ending hunger in Montgomery County as well as the BJC/BHPC’s Stop Hunger […]

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Each year Montgomery Women presents the Rising Star Award to an outstanding woman leader.  This year’s award went to WORDE President and ICC Founder, Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi.   The Phyllis Campbell Newsome “Rising Star” Award honors the life of a visionary community activist and a founding member of Montgomery Women who convinced nonprofit organizations, elected officials and front […]

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The ICC, in collaboration with the City of Gaithersburg, gave a debut to its original After-school Arts Program, “JustArt” in January of 2013. Three working artists, of three different genres taught a diverse group of Gaithersburg High School Students techniques and skills in their preferred fields. Yusuf Misdaq (Poetry), Aaron Schneyer (Music) & Jason Hamacher […]

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On November 10, 2013, the ICC cosponsored a highly successful concert featuring Heartbeat Jerusalem, which unites and empowers Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build trust and develop creative nonviolent tools to transform conflict. A diverse range of musicians and artists gathered to explore the power of music to connect people around the world.  This […]

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The ICC was a proud participant in the 2013 9/11 Unity Walk, which attracted nearly 1,000 walkers this year. The 2013 Walk was dedicated to the life and leadership of Nelson Mandela.  At the time of the Walk, the transformational former South African President Nelson Mandela was critically ill. For 67 years, Nelson Mandela devoted […]

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On June 9, 2013, interfaith members of the Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC), Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church (BHPC), Idara-e-Jaferia mosque and the International Cultural Center (ICC) met at the home of BJC host Gary Sampliner to share food and dialouge. At the potluck, Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, founder of the ICC, was invited to share her thoughts […]

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On the 13th of April, 2013, the ICC attended the Muslim Community Centers “Healthy Aging” Seniors event in Silver Spring, Maryland. Also in attendance were County Executive Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Council Member George Leventhal, as well as the head of the MCC’s Senior Program, Mona Negm, and ICC President Hedieh Mirahmadi.

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Around the world, spring is celebrated as a time of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation.  As our neighborhoods become alive with the sights and sounds of the season, join us for a multi-cultural celebration of the Beauty of Spring at this month’s ICC Community Tea Time.Community Tea Time is an ICC community building initiative that was […]

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The International Cultural Center invites you to A workshop with the artists of Jews and Muslims Making Art Together Jews and Muslims making Art together (JAMmARTt) is a project that came about as an idea of one person who reached out to another and another and eventually, with the help of the Muslim Community Center […]

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On Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 3 to 5pm the International Cultural Center (ICC) organized an “Interfaith Tea Time” to share and learn “The Heritage of Gratitude.” The American tradition of Thanksgiving taps into the principle of gratitude which is inherent in all faiths.  In this spirit of gratitude and giving, participants brought nonperishable food […]

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The International Cultural Center (ICC) community joined the 9/11 Unity Walk on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m at the Washington Hebrew Congregation. The 2012 9/11 Unity Walk brought together people of all ages, backgrounds and faiths to learn to respect each other through a framework of experiential education, compassionate leadership and […]

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