2021 IMPART Summit Recap

This past weekend, the Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC) hosted its inaugural IMPART Summit to convene and collaborate with a wide array of artists and creatives, as well as a multitude of other artistic institutions, and serve as a “Congress for Creatives.” 

QAIC’s inaugural summit began on the evening of Friday, November 19 with a private reception launching the event, with Saturday, November 20 offering a hybrid of virtual and in-person public events. This year’s IMPART Summit highlighted a variety of interactive cultural experiences and art exhibitions from the United States, Qatar, and the larger Arab and Islamic worlds, including film shorts provided by the Doha Film Institute, a screening of the feature film “Freedom Fields” by Naziha Arebi, the 2021 Arab Film House Awards recipient, as well as other guest lectures and workshops. For more information about the experiences held, read the full press release here

While the IMPART Summit has concluded, the window to apply to QAIC’s IMPART Artist Grant is still open, which offers an opportunity to three selected creatives to “incubate” and support their artistic venture over the course of the next year. All applications are to be submitted no later than December 4 with the selected participants to be announced in January 2022. For more information about these grants and to apply, click here.


New Exhibitions at QAIC

Ruwad 2021-2022:

In 2018, in partnership with Reconnecting Arts, QAIC hosted the premiere for the exhibition "Ruwad: the pioneering contemporary arts of Qatar,” in celebration of the participating artists, their work, and the positive impact of creativity in the Gulf Region. Ruwad, which means “pioneers” in Arabic, is a celebration of both established and emerging Qatar-based artists who are transforming the artistic landscape in the Gulf region. The exhibition presented the leading visionary minds of Qatar, whose creative works continue to inspire and promote the cultural richness of the region. 

To further promote and collaborate on artistic exchanges and cultural activities, QAIC and the al markhiya gallery in Qatar have joined forces in 2022 for a year. For more information about this exhibition, please visit our website

Cultural Fusion:

Every year, Qatar Museums runs Years of Culture, a cultural exchange program that aims to convey Qatar to an international audience. Through a variety of exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events, the programs promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between countries. They invite people to explore and appreciate their cultural similarities, as well as their differences.

The Cultural Fusion exhibition of the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture.  The exhibition began in Core Studio 2 at VCUarts Qatar and is comprised of the artwork of eight graphic design students. The premise was to explore the ongoing relations between the United States and Qatar through design. The project allowed a variety of creative freedom, and the result was a multitude of diverse outcomes with both serious and playful approaches, eight of which are on display in this exhibition. 

Light & Shadow: A visual journey through Oregon

As part of the Qatar - USA 2021 Year of Culture program, the Light & Shadow: A visual journey through Oregon exhibition presents the work of two photographers, Andrew Studer and Khalifa Al-Misnad, during their ten-day journey photographing the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

While embarking on the journey as strangers, Studer and Al-Misnad quickly bonded through their shared love of photography and nature. The result of their journey is a series of photographs that not only serve as documentation of the natural wonders in the Pacific Northwest but also as individual perspectives meeting to appreciate the present moment. Embodying the true spirit of the Year of Culture program, both photographers championed each other’s inquisitive nature while learning from one another. 

The exhibition is on view until March 31, 2022 by appointment only. Open to the public Dec 4, Dec 11, Dec 18 from 11AM-4PM.

An opening reception will be held on December in partnership with the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture program. More details to come.

Interested to tour our exhibitions? Schedule a visit!


 #QatarCreates Launches Two Weeks of Cultural Exchange

#QatarCreates is an annual two-week exhibition featuring cultural exchanges, dialogue, and collaboration at the forefront of art, architecture, fashion, design, and digital culture. The exhibition also includes a series of panel discussions that give the public in Doha access to a roster of leading cultural figures from Qatar, its region, and around the world. Bringing together a range of exciting events and programs throughout Doha, the exhibition included dynamic leaders and rising stars from creative industries in Qatar and around the world.

To learn more about #QatarCreates, you can view a list of programs here.


Salon Luncheon and Documentary

On December 15, 2021, QAIC and its partners will host an invite-only premiere reception and for “Her,” a documentary that highlights the stories of heroic women who shattered barriers to achieving excellence in their fields.

More about the documentary can be found here.


Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture Celebration

On December 16, The Qatar – USA 2021 Year of Culture program presents various events and activities that celebrate relations between the State of Qatar and the United States of America through cultural partnerships between American and Qatari organizations. As part of QAIC’s partnership with the 2021 Qatar-USA Year of Culture, QAIC will be hosting a public reception on December 16 in celebration of the year-long initiative and the two newest additions to QAIC’s exhibition program, Light & Shadow and Cultural Fusion, which were both made possible thanks to the Years of Culture team and Qatar Museums. Stay tuned for more information on this event as it is announced, and we hope to see you there!


QAIC at Doha Film Institute's Ajyal Film Festival 2021

The 9th Ajyal Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) from Nov. 7 to 13, announced partnerships with leading national and international organizations to bring a spectacular line-up of films and community-oriented activities to Doha in an innovative hybrid model. QAIC was proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2021 Ajyal Film Festival in support of its mission of promoting Arab cinema and the next generation of emerging filmmakers.


The QAIC 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 its quarterly A2Q magazine. The call for submission for October, November, and December will be focused on our selected themes for these months: “Heritage & History”, “STEAM (Science, Technology, & Sustainability),” and "Languages & Diversity" 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.    

1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization by Salim T.S. Al-Hassani

1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization takes readers on a journey through years of forgotten Islamic history to discover one thousand fascinating scientific and technological inventions still being used throughout the world today. Take a look at all of the discoveries that led to the great technological advances of our time; engineering, early medicinal practices, and the origins of cartography are just a few of the areas explored in this book.

1001 Inventions provides unique insight into a significant time period in Muslim history that has been looked over by much of the world. A time where discoveries were made and inventions were created that have impacted how Western civilization and the rest of the world lives today. The book will cover seven aspects of life relatable to everyone, including home, school, hospital, market, town, world and universe.

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.



The Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates, curates, and executes programs and research that amplify the prominence of all forms of art and culture from the United States, Qatar, and the larger Arab and Islamic worlds.


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