Connected community is the practice of working to understand the social issues affecting our community, actively promoting awareness of other perspectives, and fostering understanding through the visual arts.

VisArts’ strength is our ability to bring people together through shared creative experiences, fostering exposure to new perspectives, mutual respect, and a truly connected community.


VisArts new Sanctuary Studio Fellow, Sughra Hussainy, is a painter, educator and textile artist currently based in Baltimore MD. Sughra studied traditional painting and wood carving at the Turquoise Mountain School in Afghanistan. After being invited to the U.S. to exhibit her work at the Smithsonian Freer Sackler Galleries of Art, Hussainy received her Masters in Fine Art from the Community Art program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

The Sanctuary Studio Fellowship provides support for a promising contemporary visual artist who is  a recently relocated refugee or asylee. 

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