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24 Feb 2017

Neighborhood Forum at Germantown Friends School: Bridging understanding across cultures, March 3

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February 24, 2017 Category: Oasis Posted by:

Tabadul: Cross-Cultural Exchange through the Arts

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is co-hosting the second of a series of four Neighborhood Forums for cross-cultural dialogue held at Germantown Friends School, 31 West Coulter Street (Germantown), on Friday March 3, 4:00 – 6:00PM, with partnering schools: Northeast High School (NEHS), Palumbo Academy, and the U School.  This event is free and open to public.

Tabadul means “exchange” in Arabic. As part of the “Tabadul: Cross-Cultural Exchange through the Arts” project, the forum provides a space for communities across the city to come together to exchange ideas and representations of culture and identity through collective art-making.

The afternoon will include:

  • Music and spoken word performances by students reflective of culture and identity
  • Presentation from internationally renowned photographer/educator Wendy Ewald – a Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow.
  • Collective art-making – working in small groups, participants will reimagine a flag that reflects our diversity by collaging photography and writing based on cultural story sharing
  • Sampling of food from different cultures – participants are encouraged to bring a dish that represents their cultural heritage with a description card

Participants are encouraged to bring photos reflective of one’s culture/identity and/or poetry, phrases, or words that are important that can be photocopied and used in the collective art-making. For more information and to RSVP, please visit our website: or sign up directly through this form:

Tabadul is a multi-scalar (classroom, school community, neighborhood, and city-wide) project that engages the NEHS community in culture, identity, and heritage explorations in order to create connections between students, faculty, and parents and across Philadelphia neighborhoods. This project is supported by Barra Foundation, Bartol Foundation, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Philadelphia Foundation.

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is dedicated to presenting and teaching Arab culture through the arts and language. “Al- Bustan,” Arabic for “The Garden,” offers structured exposure to the language, art, music, dance, literature, and natural environment of the Arab world. Al-Bustan promotes cross-cultural understanding among youth and adults of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds through artistic and educational programs. Al-Bustan has worked for 9 years at NEHS in varying capacities bringing Arab arts and culture to Arab and non-Arab youth. To learn more about the first neighborhood forum at Palumbo. forum/

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