Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Nasreen Haroon, Artist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in childhood education, acceptance, and art.
Encouraged to practice art by a nun at her Catholic convent school, Ms. Haroon attended the nun’s after school oil painting classes. Ms. Haroon’s father, Ahmad Haroon, encouraged her to continue practicing as well as pursue her other interests, including psychology. Ms. Haroon earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, philosophy, and history from St. Josephs College in Karachi in 1972 and has used her knowledge of various fields to educate others. She has been a design consultant for the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica, California, from 1983 to 1994, a speaker on cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity, taught master classes in art in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, and has exhibited oil paintings in numerous exhibitions since 1992.
In 2008, Ms. Haroon traveled on behalf of Art in Embassies to Algiers, Algeria. During the visit Ms. Haroon participated in children’s art workshops, she coordinated the painting of a mural at a local NGO for battered women and children. Mrs. Haroon also held master classes at the Academy of Fine Arts, led several presentations to the Museum of Fine Arts and the U.S. Embassy, and facilitated a roundtable discussion at a local art gallery. Her trip was publicized by several radio interviews and two TV interviews where Ms. Haroon discussed her art and the Art in Embassies program. The events reached out to children, students, academics, cultural leaders, media, and the community at large. She truly served as a cultural ambassador and at times, she was able to discuss her background, her life as a Muslim American, and her work on the interfaith council in Los Angeles. Ms. Haroon also participated in televised events while in Algeria. On the “Bonjour Algerie” show, which is similar to “Good Morning America” she was on the show for over half an hour, which is a noteworthy occasion for the Embassy. It was an opportunity to showcase the program, to reach out to the Algerian public, and to show the diversity of the U.S. society.
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