Interior view of Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery, Umm el-Fahem. Courtesy Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery
The Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery was founded in 1996, through the initiative of local residents and artists who wanted to bring quality contemporary art to the city and its population, and exhibit original Arab and Palestinian art.
With a lack of other art galleries in the Arab sector in Israel, Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery has become an important social and cultural meeting place. Contemporary art exhibitions, symposia, creative workshops, and seminars have drawn large audiences and have established the gallery as an important center in the local and international culture scene.
The gallery operates under the auspices of the el-Sabar Association, with a membership that includes intellectual and cultural figures from the entire Wadi Ara region in Israel. The association is a nonprofit organization, and is supported by funds from the Ministry of Education of the State of Israel, the local municipality, various foundations, private donations, and contributions from local residents.