About Sara Zia Ebrahimi

Persian bohemian, indie films cheerleader, Social Media Specialist at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Love to: write, read, sew, eat, cook, run.

Grant for artists with kids

I was really excited to come across this grant opportunity from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and thought I’d share. Visual artists or writers (which includes screenwriters!) with at least one child under the age of 18 are eligible to apply. Deadline to apply is September 4th.


Friday, July 31st – Saturday, August 1st


First in a series of annual symposia exploring projects and creative thinking, both indoors and on site.

Presented by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Moore College of Art & Design’s Graduate Social & Studio Practices program

Friday, July 31 & August 1, 2015

During this intensive, two day-long symposium, you will:

  • Hear engaging keynotes by MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe, Founder of Project Row House, and Walidah Imarisha, co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements
  • Embark on a trolley tour of Philadelphia with visits to Neighborhood Time Exchangeproject and the Village of Arts and Humanities
  • Observe thought-filled panels, including presentations by: Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, featuring Dorthy Burge, Darrel Cannon, Alice Kim and Sarah Ross; and IMI Corona (Immigrant Movement International, Corona), featuring Daisy Patricia Chabla, Viviana Peralta, Dana Yessenia Mendoza, Christian Guiñanzaca and Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz.
  • Enjoy social gatherings with other artists, activists and other like-minded practioners during receptions at Asian Arts Initiative and other locations
  • And “The Long Now” will include a panel of several groups from Philadelphia that have been developing their community based art over substantial periods of time moderated by Helen Haynes, chief cultural officer for the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Philadelphia; with participants including Denise Brown from the Leeway Foundation, Bread & Roses, Scribe; Aaron Levy from Slought; and Shira Walinsky from Southeast by Southeast, along with others.

Monday is deadline to register to volunteer for BlackStar Film Festival

BlackStar 2015Come be a part of the magic that is BlackStar Film Festival by registering to volunteer. There’s a variety of ways you can plug in, and in return you’ll get screening vouchers, a free festival poster and discounts on festival merchandise.  Anyone committed to supporting the festival’s success is welcome. Deadline to register as a volunteer is July 6th.

Call for submissions of creative nonfiction for anthology of Iranian American writers

10252134_1376452419322967_4250205884657167190_nEditors Leila Emery and Katherine Whitney are looking for submissions for their upcoming anthology Iran Musings: Stories and Memories from the Iranian Diaspora.

Seeking creative nonfiction (personal essays or memoir) pieces, preferably as yet unpublished, that address the experiences of Iranians in the US and their connections and disconnections to Iran and its culture. Writing does not have to be by Iranians only; it can also include the work of spouses of Iranians, bi-cultural children, and those who have lived or worked in Iran and feel some connection to the people and place. Writing must be in English (no translations, please) and can address any of the following themes:

Leaving, Exile, and Migration

Loss and Replacement

Straddling Two Worlds


Having a Voice

Defining One’s “Iranianness”

Family: Elders, Relatives, and the “Community”


Email your submissions to the editors at Iranmusings@gmail.com as a Word doc (double-spaced, 12 pt. font, no more than 15 pages).

DEADLINE: August 1, 2015. As we receive submissions, we will post short excerpts of those that have been selected for inclusion in the anthology. We will seek out a publisher over the next year with an eye towards publishing this anthology in 2016.

2016 Athena Film Festival is now accepting submissions!

Have a film with a strong female lead? The Athena Film Festival is now accepting submissions.

The Athena Film Festival is the only major film festival dedicated to the depiction of women in leadership roles. Now in its sixth year, our films feature courageous and audacious women who are making a difference in communities across the globe.