UPenn’s Middle East Center and Al-Bustan are pleased to present
Teacher Development Workshop:
The Life, Times, and Sounds of Umm Kulthum
Literacy, Social Studies and Music Educators are invited to attend this workshop about preeminent Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum whose extraordinary life provides a window into Arab arts, culture, and history.
This workshop will guide teachers through a new online curriculum unit about the life and legacy of Umm Kulthum. Created by a team of educators, artists, and digital designers with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, the curriculum is designed to align with and incorporate American Common Core Standards, and can be used by literacy, social studies, music, and Arabic language educators. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the historical context of Egypt during her lifetime, explore in some depth two of the ten lesson plans, and experience learning to sing an Egyptian song using the online music education tool.
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Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Time: 10am – 1pm (snacks provided)
Location: UPenn campus: Room 25 at Williams Hall, 255 South 36th Street, Philadelphia
RSVP: contact us or call 267-809-3668
Notes: Space is limited, please register early to ensure a space. Teaching materials will be provided to workshop participants.
1. Introducing Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture – Hazami Sayed, Executive Director, Al-Bustan
2. Curriculum Overview of Umm Kulthum: Her Life and Legacy – Hazami Sayed and Eric Lundblade, Education Coordinator, Al-Bustan
3. Historical Overview: Contextualizing Umm Kulthum – Alon Tam, PhD Candidate, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Dept, UPenn
4. Music Demonstration and Song Lesson – Hanna Khoury, Director of Music Program, Al-Bustan
January 2013 Update: Thanks to all the generous supporters who helped us meet our matching challenge!
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I was so into the music [at the concert with Husnu Senlendirici]. . . those minor scales and modes reach into your heart and pull it out and spread it across the universe. – David
I learned a whole lot of musical references such as the oud and the rhythms baladi and masmoudi. We learned how to express ourselves in the Arabic way: the writing and all the textures of Arab art. – Angel, 10th grader
These are just two examples of recent reactions from youth and adults touched by programs of Al-Bustan.
As we celebrate Al-Bustan’s 10th anniversary in 2012-13, we are at a critical juncture. With our vision and team of highly dedicated artists, educators, designers and staff we have been able to develop an array of innovative programs dedicated to presenting and teaching the Arabic language, arts, and culture. However, our ability to raise funds to further this vision and sustain these programs is not keeping pace with our potential to implement and innovate. We need your financial support moving forward!
To give you an overview of our programs this year, Al-Bustan offered:
- An Arabic language and cultural day camp which continues to thrive every July since 2002
- Weekly arts instruction at several public schools, serving over 250 students
- A community ensemble, The Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble comprised of instrumentalists and singers, in partnership with University of Pennsylvania
- An Arab music concert series and residency program, presenting internationally acclaimed artists with Al-Bustan’s resident takht ensemble in Philadelphia and other cities
- Al-Bustan Digital Education with interactive learning and playing tools for educators and students
With these initiatives, we are making an impact on students, educators, families, and lovers of culture from all ethnic backgrounds by:
- fostering cross-cultural exchanges across diverse socio-economic, ethnic, and religious communities
- utilizing multi-disciplinary approaches to encourage creative self-expression and critical thinking
- bringing together internationally acclaimed artists with students in workshops and residencies
- engaging educators and acclaimed Arab artists in developing cutting edge educational resources
To sustain our efforts and allow us to retain the amazingly talented team that we have, we need your help! While we have successfully obtained multi-year grant funding from government agencies and private foundations, in order for Al-Bustan to continue to thrive, we need the generous support of individuals like you who believe in our mission.
Now in particular is an opportune time to donate, thanks to two donors who have generously pledged $15,000 if we are able to raise another $15,000 between now and December 31, 2012. This means that the impact of any contribution you make will be doubled and allow us to raise $30,000 before the end of this year!
Please invest in our mission to grow the seeds of Arab arts and culture — Please make your tax-deductible gift today! – click here
AL-BUSTAN CAMP 2012: It has been a busy and fun-filled time at Al-Bustan Camp this summer. An amazingly talented and dedicated team of teachers, counselors and staff have pulled together a program that stimulates the campers’ creativity on all levels. We invite you to take a look at the photos, videos and writings posted on our BLOG and FACEBOOK… or better yet, do come to our end-of-camp performance and exhibit and see this creative process for yourself!
Here are the details for Thursday, July 26, 6-8pm:
- The program will open with a short performance by musicians Hafez El Ali Kotain and Joseph Mamari
- The campers’ presentation will include Moroccan folk music and dance, percussion, spoken word, a teen produced video, and an art exhibit.
- The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Upper School Auditorium of Springside School. Enter through the school’s main entrance at 8000 Cherokee St, Philadelphia 19118. Once you are in the building, pass through the lobby and turn left to find the auditorium.
To view the camp site and neighborhood map, click on the image below.
BBQ Picnic to launch Al-Bustan’s 2nd decade
We will play sports, make some art, play some drums, have some food, and share some memories!
Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012
Location: Militia Hill Pavillion in Fort Washington Park, 500 Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA 19034
RSVP: contact us or call 267-809-3668
The third event in Al-Bustan’s Arab Music Concert Series presents poet Suheir Hammad in a sure to be memorable evening of poetry and music, with an opening set featuring the Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble led by Music Director Hanna Khoury.
Suheir Hammad is the author of three poetry collections and has written and performed in the Tony-winning Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and starred in the 2008 Cannes official selection film Salt of This Sea.
The Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble is a community-based ensemble of singers and instrumentalists led by Hanna Khoury on violin, Kinan Abou-afach on cello, Kinan Idnawi on oud, and Hafez El Ali Kotain on percussion. They will perform a selection of songs and instrumental pieces by Mohamad Abdel Wahab, Farid Al-Atrach, Rahbani Brothers, and A. J. Racy.
Date: Friday, December 9, 2011
Location: Trinity Center for Urban Life at 22nd and Spruce Street in Center City, Philadelphia
Discounted Parking is kindly offered by EZ Park at several nearby locations. Click here to download parking coupon to present to parking attendant.
Admission: FREE, no advanced ticket reservations, first come – first seated
Questions? Contact Al-Bustan or call 267-809-3668.