America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

Please Touch Museum

2017
$300,000

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Please Touch Museum, American to Zanzibar, musical instruments popular in Muslim cultures. Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

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Please Touch Museum, American to Zanzibar, double-decker Pakistani truck. Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

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Please Touch Museum, American to Zanzibar, authentic Iznik tiles and Turkish ceramics. Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

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Please Touch Museum, American to Zanzibar, hand-made Moroccan rugs and play tiles. Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

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Please Touch Museum, American to Zanzibar, fishing lines modeled after traditional Zanzibari longline fishing gear. Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

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Please Touch Museum, American to Zanzibar, 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China. Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

Please Touch Museum’s America to Zanzibar will offer an imaginative platform for young children and their families to learn about modern and historic Muslim communities across Philadelphia and the world. Building on a framework developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Philadelphia exhibition will combine art, technology, performance, and interactive programming. Exhibition components will include immersive 3D environments of Middle Eastern architecture and mosques, historic artifacts, newly commissioned artwork created by Philadelphia-based Muslim artists, as well as personal stories and home objects from local Muslim families. A mobile app will introduce visitors to languages of the Muslim world and teach them to write letters in a new language. As the first project under the museum’s new initiative to address contemporary social issues and represent Philadelphia’s culturally diverse populations, America to Zanzibar will foster dialogue around diversity and acceptance, and serve as the basis for future exhibition development.