BIOGRAPHY Of Syrian descent, artist and humanitarian
Kinda Hibrawi was born and raised in Saudi Arabia but
grew up between Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain and the United
Hibrawi's original paintings are sought by collectors worldwide. She has exhibited in
galleries across the US. As an artistic ambassador, she frequently lectures on her
work. She has spoken at the School of Visual Fine Arts in New York City and was
asked by the City of Los Angeles to premiere her work in their 2006 and 2011 Cultural
Calendar and City Guide. She is also featured in the Syrian Culture, Arts and History
Center in Montreal, Canada. Her work has been acquired for the permanent
collection at the Arab American National Museum in Detroit, Michigan. Hibrawi
currently sits on the Board of the Tiyya Foundation, a nonprofit that provides holistic
programming and basic necessities for refugees and displaced American families
based in California. In 2011 Hibrawi created and developed Art Speaks for Tiyya
Foundation, a hands on art program she instructed monthly at the Center For Living
Peace to refugee children from around the world.
In spring 2013, Hibrawi co-founded Karam Foundation's Zeitouna: a creative therapy
and wellness program for displaced Syrian children. After the success of the first
mission in June 2013, she joined Karam Foundation as Creative Director and
Executive Director of Zeitouna. Hibrawi has led three Zeitouna missions since 2013,
coordinating over 70 international mentors and serving over 2000 displaced Syrian
MAY 2014 Recieved humanitarian medal of honor for her
service to humanity from the Williston Northampton School
Selected for her history of international activism Hibrawi was chosen for the Ward
Medal, one of Williston Northampton School’s most prestigious alumni awards. The
Ward Medal is given every year in honor of Headmaster Robert Ward, who served at
Williston from 1972 to 1979, and recognizes outstanding service to humanity and for
individuals who are "Doing Good Well"
JUNE 2013 Co-founded and is the Executive Director of
Zeitouna – A creative therapy and physical wellness
program designed to inspire and heal the youngest
victims of the Syrian conflict: the children.
The program is a Karam Foundation project, where she currently sits on the Board of
Directors based in Chicago. The Zeitouna program was first implemented at the
largest Internally Displaced Refugee Camp inside Syria, home to 30,000 refugees.
Hibrawi and her team of seven crossed the border every day and taught creative
workshops to 500 children. In one year the program became so successful that she
now travels twice a year to the region and recruits a team of over 30 volunteers from
around the world. Artists, writers, musicians athletes, a full scale dental and psycho-
social team all work together with Syrian refugee schools along the Syrian-Turkish
border helping to alleviate the children's emotional and psychological trauma.
JUNE 2012 Named a Rio+20 global thinker and influencer
by the United Nations.
She was formally invited by the UN, the only Arab-American among the panel, to
submit her thoughts on sustainable development for the Rio+20 conference held in
Brazil. The campaign called "the future we want" is a series of short essays by
distinguished global thinkers and influencers sharing their vision for the future they
want .The panel included Kumi Naidoo Executive Director of Greenpeace and Elie
Weisel Nobel Peace Laureate to name a few. Read Hibrawi's thoughts on her vision
MARCH 2010 Partnered with UNRWA - United Nations
Relief and Works Agency, launching the "Buy A Tee, Help
A Refugee" tee shirt for campaign for Palestinian children.
Raised awareness and funds to help re-build schools for UNRWA's Adopt-A-School
program in Gaza for Palestinian refugee children. Hibrawi launched the "Buy A Tee,
Help A Refugee" campaign with her custom limited edition Arabic Calligraphy
(Love, Peace, Justice, Beauty). T-shirts to great success, proceeds from the sales
helped support UNRWA's educational children's programs in Gaza.
AUGUST 2010 The US State Department acquired images
of Hibrawi's paintings in a US Embassy wall calendar
which was then given out as gifts from the State
Department during the Holy month of Ramadan; 50,000
copies were distributed to US embassies worldwide.
JANUARY 2008 Invited by the US State Department's Art in
Embassies Program (A cultural exchange through visual
arts program) to exhibit her artwork to the United States
Permanent Representative to NATO Ambassador Kurt
Volker in Brussels, Belgium.
OCTOBER 2007 Named "Artistic Ambassador" by Arab
News for helping to bridge cultural misunderstandings
between Arabs and Americans through her artwork.
AUGUST 2006 Raised awareness and funds for UNICEF for
displaced Lebanese during the 2006 conflict through her
custom "Lebanon" painting and limited edition art prints
Arabs and Americans through her work