On June 04th, the Qatar America Institute for Culture joined partner Al Bustan Seeds of Culture to celebrate the arrival of the Alif Ba exhibition in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania’s, Perry World House. Attendees of the event included a diverse array of families from various backgrounds. Attendees of the event were able to enjoy a large number of activities ranging from learning about the art of calligraphy to taking part in cultural practices such as the art of henna native to South Asia and the Middle East, along with Tabla drum lessons that were followed by a percussion performance by musicians from the Philadelphia community.
The Alif Ba exhibition is a product of the Qatar Foundation, the Years of Culture initiative, and the National Children’s museum. The exhibition uses a variety of sensory experiences (sound, touch, and visual) to introduce the Arabic alphabet to a younger demographic.