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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

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.

Target demographics: foster cross-cultural exchanges across diverse socio-economic, ethnic, and religious communities, bring together internationally acclaimed artists with students in workshops and residencies, utilize multi-disciplinary approaches to encourage creative sel

Geographic areas served: Philadelphia and surrounding 5-County Area

Programs: Al-Bustan Music, Al-Bustan Camp, School-based programs, and Digitial Educational Resources

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through the music program at Al Bustan I am able to learn and perform with incredibly talented musicians. Participating in Al Bustan's music ensemble is an enriching experience, and I am so happy with the new friends I meet, and the new music I learn!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Al-Bustan provides a way for my child to stay connected to his heritage through the arts. This unique program has meant the world to my family! By sharing amazing Arab arts and culture with the wider community, Al-Bustan also helps break down barriers by dismantling tired old stereotypes. The high quality arts instruction is fabulous, as children get to work and train with artists of the highest caliber, such as writer Naomi Shihab Nye and Simon Shaheen.