The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. His deep love for his country, his visionary leadership, and his commitment to peace and understanding between nations was an inspiration.
He was a good friend to and partner of our museum, and we are thankful for all he did to further strengthen the understanding of the culture and heritage of Oman and the countries of the Arabian Peninsula. His legacy includes the museum’s largest-ever gift—a donation of $1.8 million through the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center—for the Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean: From Oman to East Africa project. Through this three-year gift, the museum explored the Swahili coast and Oman trade route, creating an online and gallery exhibition, a scholarly book, a teen graphic novel, an opera, a ballet, and an award-winning documentary, among other public programs.
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos will be missed not only by the people of Oman, but also by his friends and admirers around the world. We offer our sincere condolences and sympathy to His Majesty’s family and to the Omani people.
Gus Caseley-Hayford, Ph.D.
Smithsonian National Museum of Art
Come create your vision for 2020! View and discuss works of art, creative writing, and art making as writer and literary host Willona Sloan leads participants in the creation of vision boards that reflect their personal visions for the future and their visions for the future of Africa.
Supplies provided; limited number of frames available.
National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Ave SW
Take Metro’s blue, orange, or silver line to Smithsonian station
Adinkra symbols, visual representations of concepts and proverbs developed by the Akan peoples of Ghana, were originally used on funerary cloths by royalty and wealthy individuals to pay tribute to the legacy of the deceased. Today, they are used extensively as decorative elements in textiles and design. Join graphic artist and designer Sharmila Karamchandani to learn about adinkra symbols before incorporating them into a one-of-a-kind card.
Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
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