The UNC Muslim Students Association, LGBTQ Center and several other student organizations co-hosted the event Tuesday.
Aisha Anwar, engagement coordinator of special projects at Carolina Performing Arts, said the event was inspired by an event she attended at Duke University following the Orlando shooting. She said the event brought together the queer and Muslim communities at Duke.
Anwar said the objective of the Art and Welcoming Night was to bring people together and create conversations about intersectionality and identity.
“I thought this was a moment in which our humanity should rise above all of that, and we shouldn’t necessarily be clinging to all of our corners and identities in a fashion where we’re saying, ‘well you’re against us, and we’re against you’ and things like that,” Anwar said.
“We should definitely cling to our identities in a way that brings us together.”
The event featured a silent auction of art created by current and former UNC students. The proceeds went to a GoFundMe account for families of the victims of the Orlando Shooting.
Each table had discussion questions for the attendees to work on together. Videos of spoken word poetry was also shown to start conversation.
Other host organizations included the Campus Y, Checked Out, Carolina Hispanic Association, Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Carolina Advocating for Gender Equality and Muslims for Social Justice.