Founded in 2017, 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 in society. QAIC cultivates artistic expression and cultural dialogue from the United States, Qatar, and the larger Arab and Islamic worlds. QAIC serves as a vital hub to convene artists, curators, storytellers, creatives, scholars, and academics, connecting them with a global network that extends beyond its physical space in Washington, D.C. Through art exhibitions, educational programs, scholarly research, and cross-cultural partnerships, QAIC provides interactive experiences in an inclusive environment to celebrate and appreciate art and culture.
Culture is a major dimension of our lives, with the unique power to bring all humans together. It informs and shapes who we are as individuals, communities, and nations. The people of both the United States and Qatar share a deep appreciation for the diverse expressions of culture, which enjoy the support of all cross-sections of society. QAIC is in a unique position 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. To improve cross-cultural understanding, QAIC creates inclusive experiences that highlight humanity’s similarities while delighting in the diversity of our differences. QAIC seeks to become a trusted partner and art and culture catalyst by increasing awareness, creating harmony, and fostering human creativity in society.
At QAIC, you are invited to take in a rich visual and immersive experience by visiting our exhibitions and gallery space, to perfect your artistic vision and creative craft by joining our Creatives-in-Residence program, and to share your own artistic vision by participating in our FOCI Photography Competition.
At QAIC, all are welcome to expand their knowledge of the arts and culture by hearing experts speak at our Expressions Art & Culture Talks, by learning various interactive crafts by attending a Cultural Enrichment event, and by accessing all of the Research & Development resources available.
At QAIC, we invite members from our various communities to engage with us in many ways, whether it’s helping to support a good cause with the Qatar America Network for Autism initiative, hosting festivals and summits where the community can Celebrate with QAIC, or joining the QAIC team through our available Scholarly Opportunities.