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CULTURAL SEASON 27 CALENDAR

September 2022

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Education

Yarmouk Cultural Centre

EDUCATION

Education Opportunities

DAI Docent

Children’s Art Workshop (CAW)

Jrs: 6 – 8 years old
CAW: 9 – 12 years old

DAI Story Craft

4 – 12 years old, with a parent/adult

DAI Science

9 – 13 years old

Family Day

All ages

Storytime

All ages

Yarmouk Green Thumbs

Children ages:
6-9 years old

School Visits

Cultural Expeditions

EXHIBITIONS

Kuwait

Forthcoming Exhibitions

Jan 2023 - June 2023 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
23 Jan 2023 - 3 June 2023 The United Arab Emirates
5 Feb 2023 - End of March Kuwait
25 March 2023 - 25 June 2023 United States of America
23 May 2017 - 23 April 2023 The United Kingdom
1 Oct 2023 - 1 Mar 2024 Sharjah
9 November 2024- 5 May 2025 The United Kingdom
4 Feb 2024 - 1 June 2025 United States of America

PUBLICATIONS

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Be a DAI Docent

Help Tell the Stories . . .

This season the DAI is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The opening of the museum in 1983 was the highlight of the 1st year, but sharing the stories The al-Sabah Collection (TaSC) tell was what was most inspiring.  For 40 years, the DAI has been sharing TaSC objects with people abroad and here in Kuwait.  And here in Kuwait that’s been done with the help of DAI Docents. 

One former docents said she enjoyed being in the programme because she felt like she was making a difference.  She explained that being a docent helped give her a context for her life in Kuwait and that sharing her knowledge and experience with visitors helped make the experience more meaningful for them.   What is equally true is that the docents also help make the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah at Amricani Cultural Centre more meaningful. The docents bring the building and the exhibitions to life.  They animate otherwise static objects in ways that resonate with visitors, ensuring that when the visitors leave they take part of museum with them.

DAI Docents are volunteers, starting at age 16, who undergo 12 – 15 hours of training before serving as hosts to visitors to the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah at Amricani Cultural Centre.  Docents are asked to volunteer at least three hours per month and to participate in special events, like exhibition openings and VIP visits. The DAI offers training in both Arabic and English twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.

For information on the DAI Docent programme, including information on registration, please email education@darmuseum.org.kw

Children’s Education Opportunities

As the 21st century progresses and companies look to future employment needs, the importance of the 4 Cs (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking) is growing rapidly.  Recognising that many of jobs those currently in elementary schools will compete for do not exist at the moment, it is vital that they are prepared for an environment that values the ability to work with teams, assess material from a critical thinking prospective, propose creative ideas and effectively communicate those ideas with others.  All the programmes offered by the DAI Children’s Education team are designed to encourage the participants to further develop these important skills.

For information on all our education programmes, please follow us Instagram at dai_education.

Children’s Art Workshop (CAW)

CAW and CAW Jrs: children ages 6 – 12 years old

Led by DAI volunteer Maha alEssa, the Children’s Art Workshop (CAW) for children ages 9 – 12 and CAW Jrs for children 6 – 8, is something special this season.  From October – December, the children who joined the CAW programme last year will finish their new exhibition, A Home for Comforting Words: Calligraphy in The al-Sabah Collection. We will have a short, project based programme that runs from January – March. As always, in addition to the art and culture based efforts, the programme is designed to help participants further develop leadership, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills.  The sessions are held most Saturdays from 9:30 – 11 AM at the Amricani Cultural Centre.

CAW Tots: children ages 3 – 5 years old

CAW Tots, Amricani Cultural Centre’s programme for potty-trained children ages 3 – 5, takes one subject and concentrates on it for four weeks.  This season the kids will explore contemporary artists, pre-Islamic art, and imagination. They will use objects in the collection, other art, children’s books, and discussions to reinforce key ideas. Built around the Harvard University Graduate School of Education “Artful Thinking Palette”, the kids will learn by observing and describing, comparing and connecting, questioning and investigating, finding complexity, exploring viewpoints, and reasoning.

DAI Minis: children ages 18 months – 3 years old

The DAI Minis programme is for children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old, with a family member.  Each monthly session will include exploring objects of art, storytelling and some kind of play/craft activity.  The sessions will be held one Saturday per month at the Amricani and one per month at Yarmouk. The kids have fun learning and playing with each other and, it seems, so do the parents.

For information on all our education programmes, please follow us Instagram at dai_education.

DAI StoryCraft

StoryCraft at Yarmouk: children ages 4 – 12 years old

The StoryCraft programme is organised in a series of monthly sessions, with each 60 minute session built around a book. It includes storytime and a related craft project appropriate for children ages 4 – 12 (with parents providing support for the younger children).  Based on the success of the summer programme, we will be doing StoryCraft at the Yarmouk Cultural Centre  on Monday afternoons this season.

For information on all our education programmes, please follow us Instagram at dai_education.

DAI Experience Science

Experience Science: children ages 9 – 13 years old

Chemisty, robotics, physics, optics and engineering are some of the subjects shared with participants who experience science Saturday afternoons at the DAI’s Amricani Cultural Centre. Created to highlight the contributions of Muslim scholars to today’s scientific world, Experience Science, Experience Science: Advanced and Experience Science: Hybrid encourages the kids have fun with science and learn something at the same time.

For information on all our education programmes, please follow us Instagram at dai_education.

Family Day at Amricani

Family Day

This season families have six opportunities to come and explore the Amricani Cultural Centre and their own creativity. Once a month, for four hours from 2 PM – 6 PM, activities are scheduled to encourage families to have an adventure together – discovering more about the world around them through games, art projects and fun. Sometimes the activities are quiet, but not often; sometimes the activities are competitive, but only in a friendly fashion; often the activities are a bit silly, but everyone needs to be silly every once in a while.  What is constant is that the activities work for ages 2 – grandparents, all the participants learn something, and everyone has fun in the process.

 For information on all our education programmes, please follow us Instagram at dai_education.

Storytime

Storytime: children of all ages

Children’s books are magical: sparking imagination and curiosity and, hopefully, a love of reading.  This season we will continue the weekly Storytime sessions on Wednesdays at 4 PM at Yarmouk Cultural Centre, beginning 10 October, and Saturdays at 4 PM at Amricani, beginning 13 October. 

For information on all our education programmes, please follow us Instagram at dai_education.

DAI Green Thumbs

Yarmouk Green Thumbs: children ages 6 – 9 years old

The Green Thumbs programme will be back at Yarmouk Cultural Centre this year, taking their growing potential to a whole new level. For 10 weeks in the autumn, kids will have the chance to show off their ‘green thumbs’, growing herbs, vegetables and flowers.  They will learn gardening techniques, why being in touch with the earth is important and even a bit about environmental conservation. And, of course, they will reap what they’ve sown and enjoy a feast of the freshest veggies possible.

School Visits

What do you see? How do you look? What do you learn?

Education experts confirm there’s a link between art experience and improved critical thinking.  In doing so, they cite a number of factors at play. In particular, art teaches students to observe the world more closely. Art objects are often layered with multiple elements and meanings. It takes time to find, examine, and consider the numerous details that constitute most works of art. This process of observation and study helps teach students to more closely observe and analyze the world around them—skills that make up the bedrock of critical thinking.

Students who participate in the DAI’s visiting classroom programme engage in activities designed to encourage critical thinking.  They also encourage communication, collaboration and creativity – the 4 Cs defined as the key to future success by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

Working with DAI staff and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Thinking Routines, students are challenged to really look at an object, apply a specific thought process to the effort, complete a task and then present their results to the entire group.  And, in doing so, the students use all of the skills required to develop 4 C thinking and doing.

The DAI visiting classroom programme is open to government and private schools and classes of all levels.  The programme is tailored to meet the needs of different ages and education levels. We know that what challenges a 3rd year student is not that same as what challenges an 8th grader.  As much as possible, we work with the teacher to ensure that the students have a positive learning experience AND have fun in the process.

To schedule a classroom visit or for more information, email education@darmuseum.org.kw.

Cultural Expeditions

Excitement in the Neighbourhood

The DAI is organizing two exciting cultural expeditions, both highlighting destinations in the neighbourhood. As always, due to high demand for these interesting expeditions, the trips are open to all current members of the Friends of the DAI.

The first trip, in early December, is to Cairo – to sights you may have missed.  Yes, the trip will include a visit to the Pyramids and Sphinx, but it also includes special visits to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, which opened in April 2021, and the Grand Egyptian Museum, scheduled to open in November, 2022.  In between there will be opportunites to visit Khan El-Khalili, the Foustat Traditional Crafts Center, the Museum of Islamic Arts, the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Center and, of course, from free time for independent exploration.

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are the destinations for the 2nd expedition.  The jouney starts at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture  (Ithra) in Dhahran before crossing the causeway to Bahrain.  In Bahrain, participants will visit sites off the usual tourist list.  This itinerary is still being developed, but already it looks exciting.