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Arabic Calligraphy
West Allis, WI

George Allam.  Photo by Twyla Clark.George Allam was born in Damascus, Syria and immigrated to the United States in 1960. A talented artist, George’s work shows the beauty of Arabic script. Islamic forbidding of icons and statues gave rise to calligraphy as a way of showing adoration to a person. George emphasizes the use of these characters to convey a phonic translation instead of a literal translation. He is valued in Wisconsin’s Arabic community for creating representations of poetry, proverbs, family names and verses from the Quran that people hang in their homes, cars and offices. In a presentation, George will combine his extensive knowledge of the history of Arabic calligraphy with demonstrations of the techniques used to draw Arabic script. 

Program Formats

A general presentation

An introductory workshop

Best for Ages

Upper elementary
Grades 3-5, ages 8-10

Middle school
Grades 6-8, ages 11-13

Adults, ages 18 and up

Mixed audiences of any age


Artist fee:

From $150 


for supplies 

Program Needs:


Past Venues:

  • Milwaukee Folk Fair, Milwaukee
  • Arab World Fest, Milwaukee

George Allam
5645 W Beloit Rd
West Allis, WI 53214
414/541-1400 (day)
414/541-1406 (fax)

last updated: 12/22/2011   


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