Even as world headlines from the Middle East focus on upheaval and violence, the region's culture continues to thrive. Here's our look at some groups and individuals making their mark on arts and culture in the region, in no particular order.
Urban arts are on fire in Cairo following the revolution. In the graffiti, mural and street art department, the artist known as Ganzeer (real name Mohamed Fahmy) is among the pioneers. Ganzeer has lead group mural painting and artistic activism on top of his individual street art and works displayed in international galleries. For his “Martyrs Mural Project,” he's painted the likenesses of those killed in last year's unrest. Alongside ongoing street-based expression, Ganzeer is also a graphic designer and illustrator, making posters and even developing a new Arabic screen font.
(Photo: Photo by Lissie Jaquette, http://ganzeer.blogspot.com/)