High school freshman’s artwork hung up in Capitol

via Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Instagram

Sally Almaklani, a freshman at a New York high school, will have her artwork on display at the US capitol building as a part of the yearly Congressional Art Competition.

Almaklani’s piece depicted an image of a woman wearing a hijab, with the message “my hijab makes me powerful” written on the top in Arabic.

She was honored at a reception in D.C. last month and her artwork will be displayed for a whole year.

The competition is sponsored by members of the House of Representatives and Almaklani was sponsored by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D, NY-14). Almaklani’s high school, Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & the Arts, is located in the representative’s district

Almaklani started drawing because of her sister and after a pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, has continued to draw.

Almaklani said to News 12 that she hopes her artwork can “send a message to a lot of people.” 

“I hope that every Muslim girl feels comfortable, that them wearing their hijab is what makes them protected and powerful in the future and in society,” she continued saying.

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