In 1997, a group of approximately 60 Iranian Americans from Volusia County gathered to form an organization to introduce Iranian art and culture to their community. The mission of Iranian American Society (IAS) was written as "TO PROMOTE THE IRANIAN CULTURE AND TO ENGAGE IN A CROSS CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE THROUGH LITERACY AND SOCIAL EVENTS.” The purpose of Iranian American Society is to promote understanding of the Iranian culture through the exchange of people, ideas and the arts.
Since inception, Iranian American Society has been one of Volusia County’s most active cultural organizations showcasing Iranian arts and culture through exhibitions, classes, lectures, concerts and workshops. During such complex and difficult times between the governments of Iran and the US, lAS believes it is through these types of programs and events that we can open dialogue among the people of both countries. Through providing art and cultural exchanges, IAS members hope to build a bridge between the two countries to enabling the local community have a better understanding of the Iranian culture. IAS members believe that through these initiatives, the foundation for a better relationship is laid as a stepping-stone toward understanding and respect.