Unveiling QAIC's Upcoming Calligraphy Exhibition

Starting December 2020 through May 2021, and in partnership with the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar (NHRC), the Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC) will welcome at its Washington, DC headquarters the traveling Arabic calligraphy exhibition, Transcendent Text: Exploring Universal Values Through Islamic Calligraphy

The artist, Sabah Arbilli, along with NHRC leadership and esteemed guests from the international art and culture community, will be invited to attend an exclusive VIP dinner reception in the nation's capital to celebrate the opening of this educational, cultural, and artistic exhibition.

Stay tuned for more updates on the opening of this exhibition and how to schedule a visit. 


December 8th, 2020
12PM EST/ 8PM Doha Time

"An Insider's Look Into The Past and Future of the Museum of Islamic Art" with Dr. Julia Gonnella, Director of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.



December 17th, 2020
12PM EST/ 8PM Doha Time

"Triangulating Arabic Script: History, Art, and Technology" with Dr. J.R. Osborn, Associate Professor, Georgetown University and author of "Letters of Light: Arabic Script in Calligraphy, Print, and Digital Design. 




QAIC'S Internship Program

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in a semester or year-long internship for 2021? QAIC is looking for you! We are accepting internship applications for students in majors related to international affairs, arts, humanities, or social sciences.

QAIC offers two tracks for internships: academic internships tied to academic credit or volunteer internships that provide the knowledge and experience within the world of art & culture nonprofits.


QAIC's Fellowship Program

Are you an undergraduate senior, graduate student, recent alum (undergraduate or graduate), or a researcher/ experienced content creator who is passionate about art and culture? Join QAIC as a fellow in the Winter/Spring or Summer/Fall 2021 periods for up to six months, and enrich your and QAIC's scholarly research and educational mission.

Fellowships are offered on a virtual and in-person basis in our Washington DC headquarters. Fellows are provided a stipend and granted publishing opportunities on QAIC's digital and printed media.


QAIC's Creatives-In-Residence Program 

Emerging Creatives (18-38 years old), QAIC is now accepting applications for its first Creatives-in-Residence program at its headquarters in Washington DC. Creatives with passion and expertise in filmmaking, photography, painting/printmaking, sculpture/installation, graphic and multimedia design, interdisciplinary Art, or culinary arts are invited to apply to our six-month-long residency opportunity before the deadline on December 1, 2020.

In addition to being showcased on QAIC exhibition space and digital platforms, residents will be provided with stipend and studio space.


Join Our Exclusive Community

As a member, you become part of the extended QAIC family. With this annual membership, you will receive a more involved QAIC experience complete with additional in-depth content and unique offerings catered to our members.

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.

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 broader Arab and Islamic worlds. 


Book of the Month:

National Museum of Qatar: Museum Guide

The National Museum of Qatar, which opened in March 2019, contains treasured objects representing the peninsula’s geographic, natural, and human history. This guide unlocks the collection and explores the superb new space designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, which is inspired by the desert rose with its interlocking disks and innovative design that responds to the country’s desert location by the sea.

The museum, built around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original nineteenth-century palace, honors Qatar’s heritage while looking to its future as a thriving cultural hub. National Museum of Qatar: Museum Guide also includes stills from some of the museum’s state-of-the-art films devoted to Qatar’s rich heritage, and images of archaeological artifacts and architectural elements, heritage household and travel-related objects, textiles and costumes, jewelry, and decorative arts. A beautifully produced book with breathtaking photography and enlightening essays by the museum’s curators, this is the ultimate guide to the National Museum of Qatar. 

For more information on this book and where to purchase, click here.


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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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