WASHINGTON, December 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Til December 16, 2021, Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC) hosted an opening reception for its two most recent exhibitions in collaboration with the Qatar Museums and its Years of Culture program, Cultural fusion and Light and shadow: A visual journey through Oregon. With both exhibitions open to the public until the beginning of 2022, they will serve as a continuation of QatarUSA Cultural year 2021 initiative, as well as a celebration of the 50th the anniversary of diplomatic relations between The United States and Qatar in 2022.

The reception comes in the heels of the recent announcement that Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa is bound Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, chairman of the Qatar Museums, will join the QAIC Honorary Council. About the appointment, CEO Fatima Al-Dosari stated: “With Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani QAIC, which joins our Honorary Board, is proud to continue to serve as a platform here in The United States for art and culture exchange. We look forward to supporting the old efforts of QatarUSA The year of culture as we move into the coming year. “

“When we close QatarUSA 2021 Culture Year Program, we are honored to have these two exhibitions as part of both celebrations, “said Aisha Al Attiya, Director of Diplomacy, Qatar Museums. “I thank the Qatar America Institute for Culture and our many other amazing partners who have worked together to bring the Year of Culture 2021 to life, and I am excited to continue our partnership through 2022 and beyond.”

The event also recognized one of the Qatar Foundation’s most recent initiatives, Alif Ba Tarf Park, a traveling installation that will “promote cultural partnership and understanding and help expand visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the Arabic language,” according to Qatar Foundation CEO Her Excellence Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani.

Cultural fusion remember it QatarUSA 2021 Cultural year through the artwork of eight graphic design students. It started in a Core Studio 2 class at VCUarts Qatar as a way to explore the ongoing relationships between The United States and Qatar through design. The project allowed a variety of creative freedoms, resulting in a wealth of different results with both serious and playful approaches, eight of which are exhibited in this exhibition. Cultural fusion will be visible through February 2022.

Light and shadow: A visual journey through Oregon is also a part of QatarUSA The 2021 program Year of Culture, which presents the work of two American photographers Andrew Studer and Qatari Khalifa Al-Misnad, captured during a ten-day voyage in which he photographed the landscapes of the Northwest Pacific. While Studer and Al-Misnad began the journey as strangers, they quickly bonded together through their shared love of photography and nature. The couple endured early mornings, strenuous walks and bad weather as they ventured Mount Hood, The Cascades, The Three Sisters and the Oregon Coast. The result of their journey is a series of photographs that serve not only as documentation of the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, but also as individual perspectives that meet to appreciate the present moment. Light and shadow: A visual journey through Oregon is transparent March 2022.

“That’s the nature of these exchanges,” noted Dr. Hamad Al Muftah, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy in the state of Qatar during the program of the event. “When we give ourselves the chance to celebrate our differences and learn more about each other, we open ourselves to a world of opportunities where important collaborations can take place.” Dr. Al Muftah was joined by Dr. Hunting Robinson, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, who also commented on the “harmonious integration of different traditions” that only art and cultural programming can provide.

Views of Cultural fusion and Light and shadow: A visual journey through Oregon can only be arranged by appointment. For more information or to schedule a private tour of these exhibits, please visit

About the Qatar America Institute for Culture

The Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC) was founded in 2017 and is an independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that creates, curates and conducts programs and research that enhances the emergence of all forms of art and culture. in society . QAIC cultivates artistic expression and cultural dialogue from the United States, Qatar and the major Arab and Islamic worlds. The QAIC serves as an important hub for convening artists, curators, storytellers, creatives, scholars and academics, connecting them with a global network that extends beyond its physical space in Washington, DC through art exhibitions, educational programs, scientific research and cross-cultural partnerships provide QAIC interactive experiences in an inclusive environment to celebrate and appreciate art and culture.

About cultural years

Led by its President Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) has developed the initiative “Years of Culture” – an annual international cultural exchange designed to deepen understanding between nations and their peoples. Although formal programming lasts only one year, the bonds of friendship that are strengthened and formed are long-lasting. Culture is one of the most effective tools for bringing people closer together, encouraging dialogue and deepening understanding between nations. Previous cultural years have included: QatarJapan Qatar-UK 2013, QatarBrazil 2014, QatarTurkey 2015, QatarChina 2016, QatarGermany 2017, QatarRussia 2018, QatarIndia 2019, and QatarFrance 2020.

That QatarUSA The cultural year 2021 follows the signing of a cooperation agreement regarding September 14, 2020 during the strategic dialogue between Qatar and the United States in 2020 Washington DC between Qatar’s Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Hans Excellence Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and His Excellency, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Michael Pompeo. This year’s program was inaugurated at the Katara Opera House on January 16 with a special concert by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the US Air Forces Central Band (AFCENT), with a special piece composed by Dana al-Fardan and performed by the AFCENT band. Led by Joo Young Oh, the newly appointed concertmaster of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the program, which began with the national anthems from both countries, featured a number of Qatari and American compositions.

QatarUSA The cultural year 2021 is planned in collaboration with leading institutions in Qatar and The United States, including Qatar Museums, the embassy of Qatar in The United States, the embassy for The United States in Qatar, Qatars Ministry of Culture, Qatar Foundation, National Tourism Council, Doha Film Institute, Qatar National Library, Qatar, Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC), Supreme Council for Delivery and Legacy and Qatar Football Association.

That QatarUSA 2021 Year of Culture is supported by Qatar Museums, with platinum sponsor ExxonMobil.

About Qatari museums

Qatar Museums (QM), the country’s prominent institution of arts and culture, provides authentic and inspiring cultural experiences through a growing network of museums, heritage sites, festivals, public art installations and programs. QM preserves, restores and expands the nation’s cultural offerings and historic sites and divides art and culture from Qatar, that Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA) region with the world and enriches the lives of citizens, residents and visitors.

Under the patronage of His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and led by its President, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, QM has made Qatar a vibrant center for art, culture and education in Middle East and further. QM is an integral part of the goal of developing an innovative, diverse and progressive nation that brings people together to ignite innovation, trigger critical cultural conversations, educate and encourage environmental management and sustainable practices, and strengthen the voices of Qatars people. Since its founding in 2005, QM has supervised the Museum of Islamic Art and MIA Park, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Qatar, QM Gallery Al Riwaq, QM Gallery Katara and Tasweer Qatar Photo Festival. Future projects include the soon-to-be-opened 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum and Dadu, the Children’s Museum of Qatar.

Through its newly created Creative Hub, QM also initiates and supports projects – such as Fire Station Artist in Residence, Tasweer Qatar Photo Festival and the creative center for innovation, fashion and design M7 – that nurture artistic talent and create opportunities to build a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure.

Animating everything the Qatar Museums does is an authentic connection to Qatar and its legacy, a firm commitment to inclusivity and accessibility and a belief in creating value through invention.

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