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.
Shadia and Raja Alem, Saudi Arabia
Saudi sisters Shadia and Raja Alem combine visual arts and words. Shadia is a visual artist who has exhibited in several countries and Raja is a well-known author, who has worked on novels, plays and other pieces. Raja creates narratives off the artwork Shadia creates and, through various projects, the sisters aim to promote creativity for Saudi youth and women.