QF opens Alif Ba exhibition in Washington DC to mark Qatar’s Year of Culture 2021 – USA
* The exhibition aims to foster intercultural understanding by allowing visitors to explore the Arabic alphabet
In the United States, children and families learn about the Arabic language through an exhibition in the nation’s capital, organized by the Qatar Foundation (QF) as part of the celebrations of the Qatar-United States Year of Culture 2021.
The Alif Ba exhibition – an interactive experience that allows people to explore the Arabic alphabet through 28 handy displays of letters – was launched on December 18 in time for Qatar National Day and World Arabic Language Day. .
The show, which will be held at the National Children’s Museum in Washington DC, will run until the end of February 2022.
After that, he will be based at the Qatar America Institute of Culture until August 2022.
Visitors can touch the letters that make up the Huruf al-Abjadiyah – the letters of the Arabic alphabet – and listen to the sound of each, to discover Arabic words that begin with those letters.
From there, they can practice writing and tracing the Arabic alphabet on their own.
The exhibition is part of the latest edition of the Years of Culture cultural exchange program organized by Qatar Museums (QM), with the United States being Qatar’s partner country in 2021.
Through activities, events and festivals, the program promotes intercultural understanding and respect, with the Alif Ba exhibition designed to help increase people’s understanding of how language and communication can link societies and cultures.
“As a culturally diverse organization committed to building bridges of knowledge, preserving and promoting Arab language, culture and heritage, and fostering social interaction, we are delighted to have brought the Alif exhibition Ba in the capital of the United States, “said Hend al-Mousawi, head of culture engagement and activation at QF.
“This exhibit is an engaging, interactive and fun way to share the beauty, richness and enduring relevance of the Arabic language with an American audience, and reflects how QM’s Years of Culture program – which QF is proud to support. – broadens minds and perspectives by bringing people together to learn, explore and discover, ”she added.
To celebrate the opening of the Alif Ba exhibition, QF International partnered with the National Children’s Museum to host a festival that included an exploration of calligraphy, Arabic music and storytelling.
Over the next few weeks, the partnership will provide families in the United States with the opportunity to enjoy a series of cultural programs led by Arabic language educators, including Arabic calligraphy classes, Arabic animal name sessions for children and Darbuka percussion sessions.
Among those who attended the opening of the Alif Ba Exhibition were a group of students from schools in the QF’s Pre-College Education Ecosystem, who, during their time in Washington DC, have also attended an event to mark the Qatar – United States Year of Culture 2021 at the American Cultural Institute in Qatar.
Meanwhile, in the spirit of years of culture, the young delegation from Qatar also met with students from Washington Latin High School to share stories and experiences, and visited some of the cultural and historical monuments of the American capital.