QAIC Officially Launches its Newest Channel for Creative Voices: the A2Q Magazine
Today marks the official launch of QAIC’s new quarterly digital magazine, the A2Q Magazine! The A2Q Magazine highlights the unique stories and journeys of artists, writers, academics, and those seeking to make a positive change in the world. We hope that through A2Q we can share unique perspectives and creative visions while bridging the gap between the diverse communities across the United States and the Arab and Islamic worlds.
This first issue focuses on QAIC’s selected monthly themes from the past quarter: Film, Sports & Society, and Architecture & Olfactory Art. Featuring contributions by Amna Al-Binali of the Doha Film Institute, novelist Dr. Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, QAIC Fellows, and more, the inaugural issue of A2Q promises to deliver in-depth, engaging content that complements QAIC’s online programming.
For more information about the A2Q Magazine and how to submit your work for the next issue, visit qataramerica.org/a2q.
QAIC's First Museum Series Panel: "The Curation and Influence of Islamic Art in Museums Today"
For QAIC's first Museum Series panel, audiences will receive a unique insider’s look into various museums' curatorial processes, the history of the collections, and the differing approaches museums in the West versus the East take to acquire and successfully exhibit them. “The Curation and Influence of Islamic Art in Museums Today” will take place on April 6th at 11 am EDT, focusing on the Islamic Art collections from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.
A Letter from the ED: QAIC & the Pandemic Anniversary
Following the one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, QAIC Executive Director Fatima Al-Dosari reflected on the challenges of past year and how QAIC cultivated ingenuity through adversity with the support of the QAIC community.
A Conversation with Wafa' Tarnowska
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, QAIC sat down with acclaimed Lebanese author, Wafa’ Tarnowska, to discuss her most recent book, Amazing Women of the Middle East: 25 Stories from Ancient Times to Present Day. In this conversation, Wafa' discussed the inspiration behind the book, her creative process, and her advice to aspiring authors and storytellers.
Expressions Art & Culture Talks Webinar: "Msheireb: A New Heart for Doha"
On Tuesday, March 30, QAIC hosted a webinar “Msheireb: A New Heart for Doha” featuring architectural author Michael Webb. The conversation was moderated by QAIC Advisory Committee member Dr. Daniel Stoll. The presentation began with an overview of the history of the complex, the selection of architects, and the goals envisioned for the area. Michael then went into detail on the structure and orientation of the buildings and streets. He compares this new development to other similar projects in cities such as Paris and Shanghai.
Transcendent Text Exhibition Open for Private Group Tours
QAIC’s first exhibition in its new headquarters, “Transcendent Text: Exploring Universal Values Through Islamic Calligraphy,” is available to view both online as a virtual exhibition and via private tour. By scheduling an available time slot with our team, visitors will be able to view the artworks while adhering to current COVID-19 guidelines.
In February, QAIC hosted its first “InstaMeet” with local DC bloggers and influencers to tour the exhibition, while in March, QAIC partnered with the Reed Society for Sacred Arts to offer multiple group tours to its members. Read about their experiences touring the exhibition and our new space in our newly launched A2Q Magazine.
Are you and your friends interested in a private tour of the exhibition? Sign up while spots are still available!
The newly launched PostScript initiative provides aspiring authors and writers the opportunity to share their unique perspectives on cultural and social topics relevant to QAIC’s mission for publication in our new quarterly A2Q magazine.
The call for submission for April, May, and June will be focused on our selected themes for these months: Performing Arts (theatre, music, dance), Museums, and Environment & Sustainability, respectively.
Contributors can range from established analysts, aspiring scholars, or students. If you would like to submit an original piece for publication, please closely follow our submission guidelines and submit it through the form on our website.
Qatari Style: Unexpected Interiors
Qatari architectural style is rich in both color and opulent details. It has become famous for its fusion of both global and local influences and traditional and modern elements. In this book, Qatari architect Ibrahim al Jaidah explores Qatar’s architectural identity and introduces readers to its warmth, diversity, and hospitality. Qatari Style shines a light on the interior architectures shaped by centuries of historic travel and trade.
The book is available to purchase here.
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