Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble in concert with The Crossing choir and soloist Dalal Abu Amneh, 2015. Photo by Chip Colson.

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Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture’s (Dis)placed Public Forum #1. Photo by Chip Colson.

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eL Seed, Soul of the Black Bottom, commissioned by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture and Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik.

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Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble in concert with The Crossing choir and soloist Dalal Abu Amneh, 2015. Photo by Chip Colson.

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Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble in concert with The Crossing choir and soloist Dalal Abu Amneh, 2015. Photo by Chip Colson.

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Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture’s (Dis)placed showcase and concert. Photo by Chip Colson.

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Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture’s (Dis)placed showcase and concert. Photo by Chip Colson.

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Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture’s (Dis)placed showcase and concert. Photo by Chip Colson.

Over the past 10 years, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture has emerged as one of the country's leading Arab arts organizations, featuring year-round programming with some of the finest Arab artists working today. Within a welcoming educational environment, Al-Bustan supports the Arab American community's pursuit and affirmation of its cultural identity, while playing a constructive civic role within broader American society. Recent programs presented with Center support include Words Adorned: Andalusian Poetry and Music, which premiered two new compositions by Arab American composers Kareem Roustom and Pew Fellow Kinan Abou-afach, and the Arab Music Concert Series, featuring virtuosic international guest artists making their Philadelphia debuts. In 2016, Al-Bustan received Center support to present (Dis)placed: Explorations in Poetry, Art, and Music Composition, in which four artists of Arab heritage from three disciplines will create new works that grapple with notions of displacement.