This weeks Magnificent Mujer is a poet, writer, painter, dancer, and former Iranian refugee and a life long humanitarian activist.
Ari Honarvar is the co-founder of Inside Feedback Emotional Intelligence and the founder of Rumi With A View, dedicated to Rumi translation, performance and visual poetry art. She blends Persian calligraphy and paintings to present Iranian poetry in new and evocative ways. In performance, she partners with musicians of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds to blend Rumi's poetry (in Farsi and English) with beautiful music.
Ari collaborates with various nonprofit humanitarian organizations internationally and locally in Tijuana to help build music and poetry bridges across war-torn borders. Musical Ambassadors of Peace and Ari Honarvar are presenting Rumi's poetry, stories of his life and ancient Middle Eastern songs. Their joint mission is to dispel myths about Middle East as being inherently violent. They are committed to creating healing and safe experiences where participants can use music and poetry as a vehicle of healing and respite from trauma, one recent project is helping freed Yazidi sex slaves through music and art.
As a Musical Ambassador of Peace, Ari has brought music and dance across the US Mexican border to create experiences of musical and dance celebration in the shelters. Her work has been featured on NPR, and she has written for The Establishment, OZY, Alternet, Huffington Post, Success, Teen Vogue, YES! and elsewhere. She is the author of the oracle card set and book, Rumi’s Gift, available at Amazon.com. www.rumiwithaview.com
We’re not crossing the border in the foreseeable future and won’t be able to dance with refugees, but there are ways we can help. Right now, many asylum seekers are living in a small Tijuana shelters and need supplies and sanitary products to keep safe from the pandemic.
Some asylum seekers who are released into the US need to be housed in hotels for a couple of nights before they go to their sponsors’ as it’s not feasible for volunteers to host them during the pandemic. If you’d like to help with hotel costs, please donate to: to https://www.minorityhumanitarianfoundation.com/
**Here’s a general sign-up doc for people who want to volunteer to deliver food and medicine, and offer other services in San Diego area: