Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Race

Location: Philadelphia PA 19143 USA

Mission: Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is dedicated to presenting and teaching the Arabic language, arts, and culture. “Al-Bustan,” Arabic for “The Garden,” offers structured exposure to the language, art, architecture, music, dance, literature, and natural environment of the Arab world. Al-Bustan strives to promote understanding and respect among youth and adults of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds as well as within the diverse community of Arab-Americans. Within a welcoming environment, Al-Bustan supports the Arab-American community’s pursuit and affirmation of its cultural identity, while playing a constructive civic role within broader American society.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

If you want to learn more about the arabic culture, I think Al-Bustan would be a great reference I've been to some events and it's been a great experience for me, my family and friends. Keep up the good work!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the music and the different ethnicities that are involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I have been a camper at Al-bustan camp for over 5 years and have always had an amazing time. The kids are always very nice and I have made many friends. I have also learned so much about the Arab culture and have now become a great percussionist over the years. I am now looking forward to going this summer!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I have had such a fun time, while still learning a lot!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been going to Al-Bustan for all 8 years. It has been a great experience. I have learned so much about the Arab culture and i have made new friends. Great Camp!!!!!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great, fun, caring, nice, funny, and amazing!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have been participating in Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture for about a year and it is the most effective and creative cultural organization that I could imagine. The Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture organization is dedicated to bridging gaps between cultures and allowing anyone, regardless of age, gender, religious or cultural backgrounds to enjoy Arab culture whether it be through music, art, literature, science, history, etc. etc. Not so many groups are able to encompass such a broad range of participants. Their mission is a rare one and definitely very significant in this community. With this organization, I have been able to connect with my Middle Eastern heritage, something I rarely get the chance to do here. I have been able to pursue my passion of Arabic music as well with some of the best musicians I have ever worked with, while really feeling included in the Al-Bustan community. The welcoming group is so important, and they succeed in making everyone feel included regardless of religious, political or cultural affiliations, something rare in their pursuit. Their mission is one of raising awareness of culture, the arts and the sciences: a very progressive mission. The organization makes Arab culture accessible and interesting to young children, adults, students and just about anyone who has the curiosity. Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture has been doing wonderful work and continues to be one of the leading organizations in exposing Arab culture in Philadelphia and I believe, the country.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

-Playing in musical concerts -Helping with the summer camp -Getting the opportunity to meet many great musicians, educators, artists, etc. through this group -Feeling included in a supportive group

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

-The camaraderie -Growing as a musician -Getting to enjoy the Middle Eastern culture and my heritage -Everyone's interest and dedication to the group -Celebrating a culture through its arts, literature, breakthroughs and great minds

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

-Highly organized, intelligent, creative, well-spoken, open-minded, hard working, kind, supportive, interesting and genuine

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

-Help increase awareness of Arab culture through arts, literature, music...; using its great staff, teachers, volunteers; creating programs for children/teenagers; organizing events locally and on a broader level; engaging people of all ages/background...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My teenager son has participated in the summer camp organized by Albustan. Through this experience, I had a taste of the high quality cultural activity that this camp offers which include learning about middle eastern culture taught by highly qualified and dedicated instructors. This summer program included exposure to Arabic language, middle eastern art music, and historical icons. I am also very impressed with the many of the cultural events sponsored by Albustan that I have attended

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in its great achievement in promoting middle eastern culture to school children and adults

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is the art program with its great music performances combined with intellectually engaging cultural activities

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers that I met were truly outstanding and highly committed

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I was a camp counselor for four summers at Al-Bustan. I really enjoyed the whole experience, from the campers to my co-workers. I worked closely with the Art and film programs. to be a part of the creativity that was brought to camp each day was amazing; it is great to see the campers, counselors and teachers engaging through this process. We could express ideas and opinions through the creative arts which always resulted in such amazing projects.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive experience felt by all those involved. Everyone involved cares deeply for the continued growth of this nonprofit and the overall atmosphere is one directed at learning and sharing in a creative and enjoyable way.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievably kind and enthusiastic about their jobs and the overall mission of the non-profit. Those who work with Al-Bustan genuinely care about their contributions, understand their value to the organization and create a positive environment to be in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I attended summer camp once and I had a great time and for the next two times I had a ball with the nice kids, fun games and great counselors. All winter I look forward to going the next year! The time at camp is a great memory you will never forget.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

playing outside with my freinds

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nice, considerate, caring, respectful, responsible, fun and more!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My children participated in summer camp and attended weekend arts and music education programs for several years. I found Al-Bustan by searching on the internet for camps that teach about Arab culture and language in an interesting and fun way, and I was hooked from the start. The teachers and staff have always been first-rate professional artists and educators, and the quality of the art and music created is exceptional. There is no other organization like this in the U.S.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

nurturing artistic and creative talents in my children that I didn't know they had. Al-Bustan's programs help to create a bridge of understanding between Arab-Americans and other Americans that is sorely needed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy that youth and adults alike experience when participating in Al-Bustan's programs. Music and art transcend cultural, socioeconomic and language barriers and bring people together.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate about providing a first-rate experience to participants in the organization's programs. The quality of the summer camp surpasses anything I've seen in the other summer camps my children have attended over the years.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the amount and breadth of its programming, replicate its model in other cities, and support Arab-American and Arab teaching artists by providing them with greater opportunities for sharing their talents.

Ways to make it better...

we had more space, more funding, and more staff.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of secure, long-term funding that would allow the organization to hire more staff and obtain its own office space.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Al-Bustan consistently receives high praise from institutional funders for the quality of its organizational functioning and development.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My favorite part is definitely working with the other musicians. Just a great environment to put yourself in. Just bustles of fun.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The performances.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The performances.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great people honest and fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Alter the worlds viewpoint!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I've participated in Al-Bustan's first Arabic Music Ensemble performance and had a great time! Not only was I exposed to some really great artists, I have learned to appreciate the great old songs that my parents used to listen to and still do. I enjoyed our practices and the involvement Al-Bustan has with other Arab groups in Philadelphia and wish them the best of luck with their Simon Shaheen-led Music Ensemble this semester!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the great attendance we had at the Arab Music Ensemble! Bodek Lounge was PACKED.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to subsidize more of the events .. ie tuition for programs (if possible)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how they try to engage the local community with Arabic culture/heritage.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpful, interactive, and passionate

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.. they can break down more stereotypes about arabs and what we stand for

Ways to make it better...

the volunteers got a dvd of their performance ;)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

perhaps funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

great work with local communities!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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