Playing and Learning at America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

My name is Aimee Knaus and I’m Al-Bustan’s Marketing & Events Coordinator. I get to observe or participate in most of our events and programs, so if Elias, our Programs Coordinator, ever needs help at Al-Bustan's Arab Arts After-School Program at Moffet Elementary, I’m happy to step in. A few weeks ago, I had the… Continue reading Playing and Learning at America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

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Speed Interview with Yasmin: Future Doctor and Fish Philosopher.

Yasmin is an Al-Bustan all-star who takes drumming, choir, and art. This is her second year in the program. She's usually busy hanging out with friends or making beautiful art, but I managed to catch her for a few seconds and the conversation got pretty deep. What do you want to be when you grow… Continue reading Speed Interview with Yasmin: Future Doctor and Fish Philosopher.

Speed interview with Jayden: breakdancing prodigy

I loved Soumya's interviews from last year with students from our Moffet program and decided to bring them back this spring to highlight some of the new personalities we have with us. Let's start it off with Jayden, a ten-year-old break-dance prodigy who takes choir, drumming, and art. Besides his stellar attendance record, Jayden brings… Continue reading Speed interview with Jayden: breakdancing prodigy

Moffet Arab Arts Program: Behind The Scenes

— By Elias Bartholomew, Programs Coordinator — At this December’s Holiday Concert at Moffett Elementary, the students in Al-Bustan’s Moffet Arab Arts Program showed off all their hard work from the Fall semester. The concert was a tremendous example of what children can achieve through the arts. Even a day makes a difference, but sustained… Continue reading Moffet Arab Arts Program: Behind The Scenes

A Place to Start; Telling Stories at the Gilbert Spruance Summer School

By Yannick Trapman-O’Brien, Freelance Collaborator with Al-Bustan For nine months, I served as project assistant for An Immigrant Alphabet, a photo installation created by a group of Northeast High School Students, in collaboration with the photographer Wendy Ewald. In those seasons of standing outside, gazing up at the artwork, I had plenty of chances to… Continue reading A Place to Start; Telling Stories at the Gilbert Spruance Summer School

Reflections on Al-Bustan Camp by Hannah Erdogan

Marhaba! My name is Hannah Erdogan, and I will be beginning my college career at the University of Pennsylvania this fall majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Pre-Medicine. I have attended Al-Bustan Summer Camp since I was six years old, and I have grown to love the diverse and all-accepting community that Al-Bustan Camp fosters… Continue reading Reflections on Al-Bustan Camp by Hannah Erdogan