The Aftab Committee is the result of a pioneer effort made in Washington DC to promote renowned and emerging Iranian-American artists and Iranian art. With an excellent track record so far, the Aftab Committee achieved its goal to place up high the work of Iranian-American artists with innovative aesthetic proposals. Now transformed in a versatile project, the Aftab Committee empowers Iranian-American artists from all mediums. Going further and wider with a more direct approach to artists and art lovers, the Aftab Committee devotes itself to empowering Iranian-American artists to increase understanding, appreciation, and exposure of their art. Our existence is made possible by donations from supporters like you. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.
“Aftab has soul and integrity. A fine organization committed to supporting Iranian-American artists such as myself. Every time I've worked with them I experienced nothing but professionalism and love. Also, they pay for your meal at Moby Dick so even if they wanted to kill all the kittens I'd probably still leave this glowing review. But they don't. They like kittens a lot. Conclusion: Aftab rules.”
“I had a chance to have Aftab organize a Q&A screening of my movie in DC. From the moment we starting working on the event they were professional and totally on top of it. It was a pleasure to work with them and I would do it again in a heart beat!”
"I was given the opportunity to be involved with an out-of-state show and work with the Aftab Committee and their curatorial team. It is amazing to feel such personal support and see how they empower Iranian-American art communities. What they do is incredibly unique."
“Working with Aftab was a great experience. I’m looking forward to watching them grow and continue to make a positive difference in the community.”
“Before my trip, I was told that immigration for artists is a double edge sword, not because there is no path back to my homeland, nor because of the distance and homesickness, and not because of having to start over in life! Rather, I heard that immigration had caused the poet to be self-destructive, the assiduous writer to be lethargic, and great film directors to be quiescent.
I asked why and I was told immigration for artists is a dreadful limbo between ones past that you have turned their back to and the future you are have in front of you. That the present perishes in ones past artwork, the labyrinth of time keeps leading back to the distant path, and the memoirs and the frequent reiterations of ones audience becomes transient.
With all these said to me, I packed my bags and I began this journey. I don’t know if times had changed or if I was just lucky because not only did I not subdue to wistful longing but rather a compassionate hand was extended to me. I could not believe that a organization in the United States existed that focused on empowering newly arrived artists. Aftab (Committee) provided me an opportunity to showcase my artwork and for me to show who I am to a society I was not familiar of, and to a people I did not speak the same language with!
I thank each and every member of the Aftab Committee, my compatriots, and those who supported me, who came to my art exhibit, and who listened to this newly arrived artist. I hope Aftab (Committee) shines so bright in the future that its sunlight reaches all newly arrived artists and becomes a source of energy for creating immortal artworks!”
“Of course I appreciate very much having my work being recognized by the Aftab Committee. Importantly, I wanted to thank them for supporting myself and my art.
I also wish to thank Aftab Committee for all the useful information and advice they gave me about being an artist here in the United States. I’m positive Aftab Committee will continue being more successful by empowering artists in the future.”
"Aftab committee is a perfect definition of the title itself. They bring not only Iranian-American artists together, but they also are building a bridge across cultures, in our nation of many nations.
The very first meeting I had with Shahrooz and Aftab Committee, I felt at home. They promised me support and they have uplifted that trust to a new level ever since. I'm honored to work with them and I sure hope other artists and believers of art can join us in Aftab movement to build a stronger community around us, for a brighter future."