CIMA is an organization that promotes
and heightens public awareness about modern arts.
CIMA's goal for the coming millennium is to expose Iranian
American artists to the public, and at the same time provide
opportunities for families and art lovers to experience
the arts. We acknowledge the significant variety, thematic
range and distinctive character of Iranian American artists.
Due to crisis in Iran and other considerations over the
last twenty years, Iranian American artists did not have
a unified voice to address their concerns, and had to work
in total isolation. Ironically our political upheaval signified
a rebirth and reinvigorated our artistic community , as
evident in Iranian Cinema, and other visual arts. At the
same time Iranian American artists were able to demonstrate
remarkable accomplishments, originality and artistic contributions.
The presence among us of Iranian American movie makers,
writers, scholars, visual artists, performing artists and
composers is a fact that further proves that art transcends
geography, extends and quickens communications and eventually
leads to cultural unity. Unfortunately, Iranian American
artists are usually identified with the traditional and
ornamental forms. CIMA plans to change this impression by
setting up non traditional exhibits, and educational programs.
We have many cultural and educational programs for young
people, families, and individuals. Please take a look at
what's going on now, upcoming events, and find out how you
can be a part of this.