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Review for Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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?


Role:  Volunteer & Play cello in Philadelphia Arab Music ensemble, Helper at Al-Butan Camp/help out with anything/Attend concerts and programs.