New York, NY
Sarosh Arif is an American Muslim artist, social entrepreneur and educator based in NYC. In 2011, she founded the philanthropic visual arts company Arneeq, a platform devoted to promoting and nurturing artistic expression and social consciousness. She is an Athena Women’s Leadership Scholar and graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Studies and Political Science.
Working with NBC Universal, NY1 News, CAIR-NY, TeachForAmerica and the United Nations over the years, have helped Sarosh grow as an artist. However, the defining experiences in her life and for her art have occurred outside the workplace. As a Pakistani-American, a Muslim, a female, and an ivy-league educated entrepreneur, Sarosh has fused her love for art and social justice and dedicated her work to inspiring and educating youth to become dynamic participants in civil society and advocates for social justice.
In the spring of 2010, Sarosh was awarded a fellowship with “Young People For,” an interactive leadership development program focusing on identifying, engaging, and empowering young progressive leaders across the country. In the fall of 2012, she was inducted into the Athena Mastermind Program, an initiative designed for up-and-coming female entrepreneurs, for her leadership in Arneeq. In the fall of 2013, she was awarded with an AmeriCorps grant and an Urban Teaching Scholarship for her work in the NYC public school system.
Sarosh’s artwork is an eclectic blend of pieces inspired by modern street art and graffiti and the centuries-old influence of mystic poetry and traditional Islamic calligraphy and design. Currently based in NYC and Istanbul, Sarosh is studying under the direction of a renowned master calligrapher in Istanbul while completing a masters degree in civilization studies. She frequently speaks, teaches workshops and showcases her art in exhibitions throughout the US and Turkey.