Umm Kulthum expressed herself through her music; her songs were a way for her to show her soul to the world. At Al-Bustan Camp, we explore the idea of portraying a message through our artwork. Art is not only an expression of one's inner self, but also a portrayal of a perspective, depicting a desired message or meaning. Returning camper Jad mentioned "I like art because it gives me a lot of freedom and there is not one right answer."
|Teacher Tremain and Counselor Rose|
work with camper on print-making
|Campers' drawings of the iconic Umm Kulthum|
Traditionally at Al-Bustan Camp, the campers collectively create an Arabic alphabet quilt which consists of an image representing each letter of the alphabet. This year the words representing each letter relate to the world of Umm Kulthum, such as "baladi" (my country) for letter "Ba", "hub" (love) for letter "Ha", and "Jumhoor" (audience) for letter "Jeem."
I've heard a lot about this quilt tradition and seen what was created in past summers hanging at Al-Bustan's office and at Manakeesh Cafe, so I can't wait to see this year's masterpiece. It will be displayed at Al-Bustan's End-of-Camp Performance: July 12, 6-7:30pm. See you there!