Program development

From community-based exhibits, to cultural heritage-centered youth empowerment programs, we design, support the implementation of, and implement cultural programming that is founded in community engagement. Our programs include school-based, museum-based, and after-school interventions.

Our previous work includes:

“Youth and Heritage” Project for exploring and expressing views of culture

Adolescents from Palmyra and Sweida (Syria) collected traditional songs and tales and explored the meaning of culture through photography. They created posters about elements of their cultures, presented their research to the public, and contributed to the creation of two touring exhibits in buses. The project aimed at promoting local societies’ awareness of their oral heritages and access to archaeological findings in their surroundings, promoting active participation by youth in their societies, and increasing internal tourism.

Educational programming for Baghe Babur Visitor Center

This project included curation and education exhibition research and design of the Baghe Babur Interpretive Center in Afghanistan. The 42 panels in the six rooms of the Center provide information about the Emperor Babur, who identified the site and laid out the 11 hectare garden, outlining the significance of this and other gardens during the dynasty that Babur founded and describing the transformations that took place on the site since its establishment about 500 years ago. A garden walk guide supplemented the exhibit panels, developed in Dari, Pashto, and English. A community program was also developed and piloted successfully in collaboration with Save the Children.

Caravan of Poetry and Music

Designing and implementing a cultural exchange project between Italy, Sweden, and Syria, with funding by the European Union. Activities, held in Damascus, included a poetry book fair, an Italian music night, a fine art exhibit featuring poems, a Circassian music, dance, and poetry show, a traditional shadow theatre play, a conference on how poetry is perceived in Syria today, a training workshop in poetry, and a poetry night for young Syrian poets, in addition to workshops in poetry for children. Published out of this project were an anthology of poems from the three participating countries, a music collection, and the collection of children’s poems.

“Pomegranates” Community Program

Implemented in Syria in 2011, the program included art workshops for children and youth, adults from the participating Gallery’s neighborhood, fine art students, and the grandparents of participating children, followed by a public exhibit. Maya Alkateb did planning, fundraising, implementation, and evaluation and reporting.