Dear QAI Community,
I am honored to be the incoming Chair of the Qatar-America Institute. Collectively, with the Institute’s luminary board of directors, talented staff, and you, it is my hope that we will lead QAI into an exciting future, one of celebrating the world of the arts and culture, and one of strengthening the personal and professional bonds between Americans and Qataris with an exciting array of programs in the arts, sports, cultural history, architecture, and design.
Through partnerships and exchanges, and an exploration of respective experience, our intent is to share and encourage knowledge for both emerging and senior talent in both countries, including the communities in which they live and evolve.
As I assume my role, I hope to further strengthen and solidify QAI’s foundation so that it may be brought to the forefront of the US-Qatar cultural relationship and be positioned to create an ever-growing footprint given its location in the Nation’s capital. As the initial founding Director of the National Museum of Qatar in Doha, I have developed a deep passion for the history and culture of Qatar and its people. Having served the bulk of my career in the US as a museum professional engaged in public and community programming over many decades, the Institute touches on my desire to see a successful learning process for both Qataris and Americans.
Lastly, it will be a great pleasure to work with the professional team of QAI headed by Executive Director Fatima Al-Dosari. Her leadership and the dedicated staff of QAI since its inception are a reminder of how powerful ideas and the creative process merge to birth audiences and deliver knowledge to an ever-changing world.
Please come along. And thank you for being a member of the QAI community.
Peggy A. Loar