Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians – The Mohammed Afkhami Collection at the MFAH

Highlight from the Mohammad Afkhami Collection of Contemporary Iranian Art will be exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and will be on view from July 1 to September 24, 2017.

The exhibit will feature 23 Iranian-born artists across three generations, revealing the complex histories and identities of Iranians today. These works range across a variety of media, including painting , sculpture, photography, and video.

For more information regarding the exhibit please click below:

MFAH_Rebel Jester Mystic Poet_News Release



Norouz Celebration

Please join us in celebrating the Persian New Year (Norouz) Friday, March 3rd 2017 at the Junior League of Houston. This year, we will have entertainment provided by world-renowned comedian K-Von and a silent auction to help raise funds for scholarships.

When: Friday, March 3rd 2017
Where: Junior League of Houston
Address: 1811 Briar Oaks Lane
                 Houston, TX 77027
What: 7:00 PM Silent Auction
             8:30 PM Dinner and Scholarship Presentation


For ticketing information and to purchase your tickets, please click here.

(Kindly RSVP by February 19, 2017.)

Norouz 2017

SIAWE Tribute To Mothers

Please join us in celebrating the women that have made a difference in our community.


WHEN: Sunday, May 8th
WHERE: Houston Racquet Club (10709 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024)
TIME: 5:30 pm


**Please note all tickets are pre-sold and no tickets will be sold at the door.  **


Tickets will be $75.00 per person for adults and $25.00 for children 6-17 and free for children 5 and under. To purchase a ticket please click on the PayPal link below.


Invitation Card


Houston Area Women’s Center: Race Against Violence 5K


Please join SIAWE in an effort to support and raise funds for Houston Area Women’s Center by taking part in their 28th annual Race Against Violence 5K Run, Walk.

WHEN: Saturday, March 5th

To register for the 5K Run/Walk with SIAWE Team please click here.

Houston Area Women’s Center helps individuals affected domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward.  Funds raised for this event will support the Center’s 24-hour hotlines, offering a lifeline to those suffering from abuse or recovering from sexual assault.  They also fund individual and group counseling sessions that help survivors move forward with their lives. They ensure that women and children escaping violent homes have a safe place to sleep, and so much more.


MFAH 23rd Iranian Film Festival

23rd Iranian Film Festival
Presented by MFAH Films

Join us for the 23rd edition of the museum’s longest-running film festival
from February 4-6, 2016.  The Museum is honored by the presence of actress Fatemeh Motamed Arya.  She is scheduled to attend a rare, Tuesday-night screening on February 2nd, accompanied by her husband, actor Ahmad Hamed.  Another highlight of this year’s festival is a new documentary about artist Monir Shahroudy Farmfarmaian.

Movies will be screening at the MFAH, Asia Society Texas Center and Rice Cinema.  

For more information please click here.

2016 Iranian Film Festival Brochure

Art + Cuisine “Food for Thought: A Conversation on Persian Culinary Arts”

SIAWE is a proud sponsor of Art + Cuisine “Food for Thought: A Conversation on Persian Culinary Arts”, presented by Sussan Babaie, PhD. Professor of Arts of Iran and Islam, The Courtlaud Institute, and Award winning Chef and cookbook author, Najmieh Batmanglij.

Thursday, June 11, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
Brown Auditorium Theater (Law Building, Lower Level)
Brief presentations by Dr. Babaie and Ched Batmanglij, immediately followed by a ‘tasting buffet’ of Persian foods and beverages in the American General Conference Room (Beck Building, Mezzanine Level)



(This presentation receives generous support from His Highness Prince Aga Khan and the Society of Iranian-American Women for Education.)

Art + Cuisine

2015 Norouz Celebration



Saturday, March 7TH, 2015


6:00 PM


Junior League Houston

1811 Briar Oaks Lane

Houston, Texas 77027


Indivudual Tickets: $125

Tables: $1,250

VIP Tables: $2,500, $5,000, $10,000


2015 Norouz Celebration