Opening of the Physical Exhibition of "Women of the Pandemic" in Partnership with Katara Cultural Village

On September 30, 2021, QAIC will celebrate the opening of the “Women of the Pandemic” exhibition hosted at our headquarters in Washington, DC. Launched in partnership with the Katara Cultural Village in Qatar, the exhibition features the art of four American female artists and four Qatari female artists whose works are a reflection of their resilience and artistic ambitions during a time of major adversity which tested the creative communities worldwide. 

Register to attend the virtual livestream reception here: 

A2Q Magazine - Issue III

QAIC’s third issue of A2Q is out today! The A2Q Magazine highlights the unique perspectives 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 third issue focuses on QAIC’s selected monthly themes from the past quarter: Culinary Arts, Photography, and Literature & Education. Featuring contributions by Middle Eastern author Wafa' Tarnowska, QAIC Interns, and more, the latest issue of A2Q provides 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


"Me Against the World" by Mohana Rajakumar

Me Against the World is an upcoming short film by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar. It follows two college students, Mala and Doug, weaving a story of love, diversity, and basketball. QAIC is a proud supporter of this project and will continue to support emerging filmmakers through its Arab Film House initiative.  


Jeff Koons Exhibition in Doha

On November 21, the blockbuster exhibition “Jeff Koons: Lost in America” will open at Al Riwaq gallery in Doha as part of the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture. Organized by Qatar Museums (QM), “Lost in America” marks Koons’ first exhibition in the Gulf region. More information can be found here.  


QAIC & Qatar National Library Day Celebrate International Literacy Day

In 1966, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) marked September 8 as International Literacy Day to raise awareness and concern for literacy problems that exist within our own local communities, as well as globally.  

In honor of that same sentiment, QAIC partnered with the Qatar National Library to highlight the institution and its vital work to make literature accessible to all. As Qatar’s preeminent literary institution, Qatar National Library promotes literacy not only by preserving historic texts, but also through educational events, public outreach, and digitization efforts. 


Empowerment Through Arts Education: The Museum of Islamic Art's Afghan Refugee Program

In honor of QAIC’s September theme (Literature & Education), this Theme of the Month blog highlights the importance of arts education by exploring the Museum of Islamic Art’s Afghan Refugee Program.  

With the current crisis in Afghanistan, thousands of refugee families have been resettled in Qatar. Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art has been working closely with these families, providing art workshops, special lectures, and movie screenings to help empower them through art.  


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.    

Season of Migration to the North, by Tayeb Salih

Season of Migration to the North (Arabic: موسم الهجرة إلى الشمال‎) is a classic postcolonial Arabi novel by the Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih, published in 1966; it is the novel for which he is best known. The main concern of the novel is with the impact of British colonialism and European modernity on rural African societies in general and Sudanese culture and identity in particular. His novel reflects the conflicts of modern Sudan and depicts the brutal history of European colonialism as shaping the reality of contemporary Sudanese society. Damascus-based Arab Literary Academy named it one of the best novels in Arabic of the twentieth century. Mawsim al-Hijrah ilâ al-Shamâl is considered to be an important turning point in the development of postcolonial narratives that focus on the encounter between East and West.

The novel has been translated into more than twenty languages. It was described by Edward Said as one of the six great novels in Arabic literature. In 2001 it was selected by a panel of Arab writers and critics as the most important Arab novel of the twentieth century.


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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.


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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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