Photos taken for the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) exhibit, America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.
About America to Zanzibar:
On view at CMOM from Feburary 2013 to December 2017 and now traveling throughout the country, America to Zanzibar is a first-of-its-kind exhibit about Muslim cultures for children ages 0-12, featuring innovative hands-on experiences, fascinating objects, images and information from over 50 countries. Children can explore ancient trade routes on a two story Indian Ocean dhow (boat) or on a camel. They’ll thrill to the excitement of a global marketplace as they pretend to buy, sell and trade fruit, fish, spice, ceramic, textiles, and rugs. The exhibit environment is rich with art, architecture and design elements from across the globe. Visitors will marvel at a 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China. Original works by emerging American Muslim artists join traditional art forms including intricately designed tiles, ornate ceramics, and complex patterned rugs. There’s even an interactive replica/interpretation of a Pakistani truck for children to decorate. Families can also compose music using an app featuring the rebana, tabla, kora, oud, ney, and ghijak, listen to stories and view objects shared by local America Muslim families and even learn how to write and say “My name is …” in 21 languages.