Arabic Alphabet Quilt Project in the Making

    The traditional arts and crafts of Morocco represent myriad and diverse techniques. A group of campers has been incorporating some of these processes in a collaborative textile project, led by teaching artists Tremain Smith and Samantha Taifi. They used to resist dyeing with henna inspired by Berber textiles to produce a contemporary visual…

A Delicious Taste of Morocco at Al-Bustan Camp

On July 11, campers and staffers were delighted to receive a visit from the chefs of Argana Restaurant in Landsdowne. It was an excellent opportunity for campers to literally taste this year’s camp themes. The chefs from Argana came on the recommendation of our Arabic teacher, Brahim El Gabli. Brahim, a native Moroccan, declared Argana…

An Aesthete Explains

I work for an arts education organization so you would think the importance of art would be clear to me and yet when I am confronted with someone who doesn’t see the value in the creative expression I am speechless, unable to defend my belief that art can be powerful. As the child of two…