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US Muslim Art, Cultural Projects Receive $2.3M In Grants

A foundation has awarded $2.3 million to projects including documentaries on Muslim veterans, Arabic theater productions and a look at Michigan's "Halal Metropolis."

The New York-based Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art on Thursday announced that 15 groups were selected from about 200 applicants across the United States for its Building Bridges Program . They received grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 for projects that aim to boost relationships among Muslims and their non-Muslim neighbors.

Recipients include Kartemquin Films for making short-format documentaries about post-9/11 U.S. Muslim veterans and the Cleveland Public Theatre, which is creating a permanent ensemble dedicated to Arabic-language productions.

Another goes to University of Michigan-Dearborn's Center for Arab American Studies to expand "Halal Metropolis." It's a three-year project exploring how Muslim culture has enriched southeastern Michigan.

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