In Arabic, the word Rizec implies one’s destiny or fate. 
RIZEC stands for The Riz (Bay Ridge)
Environmental Consciousness.

 RIZEC is made up of female identified
Arab and Muslim high school age youth
in our Middle Eastern diasporic
neighborhood of Bay Ridge Brooklyn.

We work and learn at the intersections of 
and environmental and social justice. 

The goals of our group are three fold. 

First: to organize SWANA youth
to contribute to wider world changing
environmental justice movements.  

Second:  to educate and celebrate
SWANA youth through intellectual subjects 
and embodied activities
not always available to us
as urban, working class diaspora.

Third: to form lasting alliances with other
BIPOC youth and community groups for environmental
and social change, grounded in the unique traditions
and perspectives of our community. 

In short, Rizec aims to collaboratively and creatively
equip SWANA youth with self love and critical skills
to co-create a just world.

Founded and led by performance and video artist
Rania Lee Khalil,

We make our original teaching media aesthetic,
visually rich and accessible. 

Our workshops are offered by Arab diasporic artists,
activists and community leaders
within and beyond our community.

RIZEC is grateful for the support of Gibney Dance,
the Bay and Paul Foundation,
Howard Gillman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation 
and The Arab American Association of New York.

This project was developed within Gibney Dance’s
Moving Toward Justice Fellowship and began
in loving collaboration with AAANY and
the young women of Brooklynat.

Image credit:  Farida Fahmy,
from the Book “Dancing is my Life”
by Farida Fahmy and Mahmoud Reda.