Pakistan Arts Council Infuses New Energy
By Anila Ali

Board Members, the Auxiliary Board members with past presidents and Sadafibn- Abbas, Consul General’s wife

The Board Members of Pakistan Arts Council at Dr. Aziz Khan’s Luncheon

Pakistan Arts Council, which has been affiliated with the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, for the last two decades, aims to promote the arts and culture of Pakistan. PAC has presented plays, art exhibitions, book talks, and visits to other museums.
The Council started with the vision of some of the prominent members of the Pakistani community in Los Angeles. Seeing the need for a cultural body, Dr. Aziz Khan, Fiza Shah, and Fatima Khan launched the PAC to promote Pakistani arts and culture. Dr.Aziz Khan recounted how the small group of people very casually started a lasting legacy. He also reminded the new board members that the need to promote our cultural heritage is greater now than ever before. Dr. and Mrs. Aziz Khan had also held a luncheon on May 4 to bid farewell to the outgoing president, Atiya Khan,  and  to welcome the incoming President, Ayesha Kamran.

Ayesha Kamran, President and Atiya Khan, outgoing President

Recently at a luncheon hosted at the home of a past president, Mariam Rashid, the PAC’s new President, Ayesha Kamran, introduced the new members to the Board. The Board of Directors now comprises: Ayesha Kamran, Atiya Khan, Shaila Andrabi, Kishwar Jaffer, Tehmina Jesrai, Anila Ali, Ruquiya Khan, Zara Shah, and Gazala Shauk.
The President, Ayesha Kamran, has worked hard to bring in new and positive energy and expanded the board to include an auxiliary board consisting of: Tahira Ali, Filmina Amjad, Aqeela Athar, Nasreen Haroon, Nilofer Nanji, Shahnila Shoaib, Maliha Siddiqui, and Tehmina Tannir.
Ayesha Kamran welcomed the new members and thanked the past presidents present at the luncheon for demonstrating their unending support. The past presidents present were: Aziz Khan, Fatima Khan, Mariam Rashid, Perveen Ali, Fiza Shah, and Atiya Khan.  Ayesha Kamran hoped that with the induction of several new members, the participation from the community would significantly increase. She informed the members of the events under planning, which are:
September 28: Family Day at the Museum and
October 4: Irvine Global Village Festival.
Both these events are free to the public and will help raise awareness of our culture.
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Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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