Expressions: The Contemporary Art Scene in Doha

On February 10, we hosted our first Expressions Art & Culture Talk of the year, featuring some of the artists participating in the “Ruwad: Pioneering Contemporary Arts of Qatar” exhibition.  

Hosted in partnership with the al markhiya gallery in Doha, “The Contemporary Art Scene in Doha” offered audiences an inside look at the current art scene in Doha from the perspective of four of the artists currently on display at the QAIC headquarters. 

Moderated by QAIC Executive Director Fatima Al-Dosari, panelists included Fatima Al Mohammed, Ebtissam Al Saffar, Mubarak Al-Malik, and Sarah Al-Ansari, who shared their insights and experiences as Qatari artists adapting to the ever-evolving art environment in Doha. 


  Announcing the 2021 IMPART Artist Grant Recipients 

Earlier this month we had the privilege of announcing the 2021 IMPART Artist Grant Recipients, Nia Alexander Campbell, Josh Berer, and Patricia Daher.

QAIC established its IMPART Artist Grants initiative for artists to receive funding to help support them for their artistic venture in the year to come. With this being the first IMPART Artist Grant, we were humbled by a large number of applications from various and prolific artists in Qatar, America, and beyond, and we are grateful to all who submitted their proposals. 

The selected grantees will share their artwork to be exhibited as part of our IMPART Artists exhibition at the end of this year. Once again, we congratulate the three recipients of the 2021 IMPART Artist Grants on this fantastic achievement and opportunity. 

Interested in applying to the 2022 IMPART Artists Grants? Follow us on social media and stay tuned for announcements later this year! 


Meet Our 2022 Winter/Spring Fellows!

QAIC’s Fellowship Program is a seasonal virtual and in-person fellowship opportunity for experienced creatives and scholars from the US, Qatar, and the Arab and Islamic worlds.  Throughout the year, QAIC offers fellowships and internships for students and post-graduates passionate about the arts and cultural heritage. This summer, we are hosting four new fellows and interns, who will work across our Communications, Programs, and Operations departments to support the work of the Institute. Read more below to learn about our newest fellows and interns and their roles at QAIC!


Women of the Pandemic Traveling to Doha

The “Women of the Pandemic” exhibition marked another addition to the series of exhibitions that further QAIC’s mission of connecting creatives, convening communities, and celebrating cultures. The exhibition closed to the public in December of last year and will travel to Doha for its debut in Qatar in March 2022. QAIC and Katara plan to co-host a reception to celebrate the journey of this exhibition between the two countries and its eight extraordinary female artists on March 23, 2022. For more information about this exhibition, the participating artists, and virtual viewing, visit Women of the Pandemic.


QAIC Hosts Delegates of the 59th NAIMUN Conference

On February 18 & 19, QAIC had the pleasure to host a two-day program, for student delegates and staffers of the 59th North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) Conference right here at our Headquarters in Washington, DC. The program consisted of a networking reception for students and staff, and a lecture delivered from our Executive Director, Fatima Al Dosari. 

NAIMUN LIX continues to be the largest student-run Model United Nations (MUN) conference in the world and is one of the oldest and most competitive MUN conferences for North American high school students. With more than 3,300 of the best delegates from around the world, NAIMUN has been dubbed the “high school championship” of MUN. Every year the conference typically hosts thousands of students from North America and hundreds of Georgetown University staff. It connects students and advisers from around the world to discuss real-world issues and offer unique perspectives on international affairs.

QAIC Takes Artists Delegation to Qatar

Following QAIC’s first immersive cultural delegation to Qatar last January, next month we are hosting our second group of delegates from the United States to Doha. The trip is planned to take place from March 19-March 25 and will be attended by a delegation of Artists including those featured in our Women of the Pandemic Exhibition.

Similar to our first trip, delegates will have the opportunity to visit various art, historical, and culturally significant sites across Doha as well as experience the rich heritage and traditions of the country, all in an effort to encourage future cross-cultural exchanges between the United States and Qatar.  

To get an idea of what activities and programs we have for our cultural delegations, read about our first delegation trip to Qatar.


Current Exhibitions and Cultural Spaces

With several exhibitions and displays hosted in our Washington, DC headquarters last year, here are some that are currently available for in-person or virtual viewing: 

Interested to tour our exhibitions? Schedule a visit!

* Exhibitions ending in March 2022.


Opening of 321 Olympic & Sports Museum

Currently, in development, the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, is designed to be the world’s most sophisticated museum dedicated to sports. The museum team will research, collect and share the story of global and Qatari sport in an engaging, empowering, and entertaining way. 

3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum will be packed full of interactive exhibits, inspiring objects, and unique activity areas that invite participation. In addition to promoting the positive value of sport, it will showcase the origins, development, and significance of sports culture within Qatar and beyond. 

Ahead of its opening, the museum has reached out to residents through temporary shows in venues around Doha, including: 

  • Olympics: Past and Present – the most comprehensive Olympics exhibition ever organized, which highlighted ancient Olympia, the modern Olympic Games, and Qatar’s involvement 

  • Olympics Through Media – where visitors could discover the way in which the Olympics and the media influence each other 

  • Arab Games – which highlighted Qatari achievements at this prestigious event 

The museum is scheduled to open end of March 2022. 

Special Performance: Maya Azucena

In celebration of Women's History Month and the 50th anniversary of U.S.-Qatar Diplomatic Affairs, the US Embassy in Doha, Qatar is holding a special performance by award-winning musician Maya Azucena. The event will take place at the Al Hazm Mall Galleria in Doha on Thursday, March 3 at 6:45 PM

Interested in attending? Please RSVP by Sunday, February 27 to contact the Public Diplomacy Office at US Embassy.


The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali

In honor of Black history month and our theme for the month of “Sports and Society”, we highlight The Proudest Blu” by Muslim American Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, and S.K. Ali. 

A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad. 

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand-new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab--a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong. 

Compounded with Hatem Aly's beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali brings readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are. 

The book is available for purchase here.


Become a Sponsor

As a sponsor, QAIC can continue to develop meaningful expressions and experiences, functioning as a bridge spanning the cultures of the United States, Qatar, and the larger Arab and Islamic worlds. It is through the continued support from sponsors that QAIC is able to create inclusive experiences that highlight humanity’s similarities while delighting in the diversity of our differences, thus improving cross-cultural understanding.

It is with your contribution that together we can create impact by giving QAIC the resources to become a trusted partner and art and culture catalyst by increasing awareness, creating harmony, and fostering human creativity in society in multiple ways.


Join Our Community

The Qatar America Institute for Culture offers numerous opportunities for students, post-graduates, and those passionate about the arts and cultural heritage to engage with the work of the Institute. Whether you are looking to conduct in-depth research projects, learn various professional skill sets, or simply wish to get involved with QAIC’s event programming, we want to hear from you!

These offerings include priority access to exclusive engagements with featured guests, intimate receptions with visiting artists, and other annual benefits to better serve you as a platform for cultural and creative enrichment.



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