I offer a broad range of workshops and courses.

I specialize in identifying urgent social issues that I integrate into workshops and college-level courses.

Sehba Sarwar with students at Baker-Ripley Community Center (Houston); photo: Michelle Garcia

As a writer, educator, and artist, I am committed to global consciousness and social justice. Over the past three decades, I have designed a diverse range of adult and youth writing and multidisciplinary workshops. My training and experience in arts leadership, communities, and classrooms places me in a unique position to integrate cultural knowledge into courses and workshops that I design for universities, schools, and non-profit organizations.

For twenty years, I served as Artistic Director and Founder of an alternative arts organization prior to which I worked in public education. I have training in leadership, team building, strategic planning, conflict management, and implementation of equity and justice. I design and teach courses for adults and youth. My specialty lies in connecting real life issues to art-making and creating bridges that lead to better understanding between diverging communities.

Because of my multifaceted experiences as artist and organizer alongside my long-term history designing workshops, I have the knowledge and background to create a workshop that meets your needs.

If you’d like me to teach a workshop in your community or offer a talk on your campus, please contact me.

University Highlights / Upcoming Gigs

Designed curriculum and co-taught Art as Activism undergraduate course for Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston, Houston, TX; Fall 2014

Sehba Sarwar Center for Education
Zinda Bhaag (Run for Your Life) co-director Meenu Gaur and producer Mazhar Zaidi with Sehba Sarwar; photo by Logan Sebastian Beck

I collaborated with history professor Dina Al-Sowayel, PhD to design and teach a class, Art as Activism, through which students researched and interviewed artists who are based around the globe and who are tacking social justice issues through their work. Classroom activity also included a classroom visit by Pakistani film directors Meenu Gaur and Mazhar Zaidi.

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Upcoming:

In spring 2020, I will continue to teach an online course, Storytelling for Social Justice, that I designed for UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and I will work with refugee, immigrant, and dual language youth at a Pasadena Unified School District high school.

Both courses will require participants to engage with communities beyond their classrooms.

Sehba’ s poetry is a product of her history and her unapologetic, realistic way of approaching life. When I read her poetry, I realize she is speaking straight from the heart, without reservations.

parent, Furr High School

Community Workshops

Initiated and led 6-session South Asian women’s storytelling workshop, What Is Home? at Baker-Ripley Community Center as part of my Mid-America Arts Innovation grant; Houston, TX; Spring 2015

I’ve learned how to get along with other people and how to give others the chance to know me. I also learned that no matter who I am and where I come from, I can do and set my mind to accomplish anything I want.

Creative writing student, Furr High School

I wasn't able to comprehend how profoundly Sehba had affected me until I found myself impatient to write, often anxious just to get my hands on a pen...It seemed as though at every turn, Sehba was there to urge me on. Her deliverance of voice and reason kindled a flame inside me.

— student, The Rice School/La Escuela Rice

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I am an author and speaker, an artist, and a community and cultural activist.

If I can use my talents and passions to inspire you or your network to push boundaries and become involved in our communities, please connect with me. I offer a range of services including: readings, workshops, courses, or multidisciplinary performances/installations. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Sehba Sarwar Art Car
Front hood of my art car, Digital Meets Pakistani Truck Art, featuring stickers of buraq images from Karachi; photo by Burnell McCray