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The L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art is an independent cultural institution, dedicated to promoting public awareness of Islamic art and culture, and to positioning itself as an important presence in the local andnational cultural scene.
As a body that embraces the values of peace, freedom, equality and respect for others, the museum looks to play an active role in changing the social and cultural discourse, and hence public attitudes, in Israel. The museum attaches great importance to this goal, particularly in light of local and international Islamophobia on the one hand, and the growing extremism of certain Muslim groups on the other.
From its establishment, the museum viewed its primary role as the presentation of Islamic art in all its splendor, and its exposure to different sectors of the population. At the same time, the museum saw itself as a bridge of understanding between Jews and Arabs living side by side. On this basis, the Museum for Islamic Art has added a new aspect to its profile, offering its visitors a fresh perspective of Islamic civilization through contemplation of contemporary art and dialogue between Arab and Jewish cultures.
With its cultural treasures, and the enrichment programs it offers, the museum seeks to be at the forefront of cultural activity, and initiate dialogue and collaboration between different streams of the multi-faceted Israeli society. To achieve these goals, the museum strives for exhibitions that provide a meaningful, multi-disciplinary experience, works to develop educational initiatives, and hosts a range of cultural events, in the hope of attracting members of the country’s different communities.
The Museum for Islamic Art aims to highlight the connections of Arabic culture and language with the Jewish culture that flourished in the shadow of Islam. It offers itself as a venue for intercultural encounters of intellectuals, writers and poets, artists and musicians, whose craft has a connection with Arab and Eastern culture. Its motive is to create an ambience that encourages tolerance, dialogue and mutual respect, and an environment that stimulates artistic creativity. In all these areas, the museum hopes to leave its imprint, both in Israel and the Mediterranean world.