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A “Congress for Creatives:” Qatar America’s inaugural celebration of culture and the arts

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 2:54 PM CST|Updated: 9 hours ago

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — On the weekend of November 19 and 20, 2021, the Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC) hosted its inaugural IMPART Summit at its headquarters in the nation’s capital. Coined as the “Congress for Creatives,” IMPART is a program created to celebrate the impact of QAIC’s art and cultural programs and to convene both the local and international communities that QAIC engages.

The 2021 IMPART Summit guest of honor, H.E. Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Ambassador to the...
The 2021 IMPART Summit guest of honor, H.E. Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Ambassador to the United States from the State of Qatar, gives his remarks to the guests at the gala reception inaugurating the first IMPART Summit at the Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC) in Washington, DC.

To formally open the 2021 IMPART Summit, QAIC hosted an intimate gala reception on the evening of November 19 in

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We need all hands on deck to save America’s arts and culture economy

The outdoor stages are silent. There are no art fairs or gallery walks, no concerts in the parks. The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated arts and culture in America, wiping out as many as half of all jobs for performing artists and musicians, and nearly a third of jobs for all those who work in the creative economy broadly spanning arts, music, theater, design, entertainment and media, according a study we did for the Brookings Institution.

Between April and the end of July, some 2.7 million jobs and $150 billion in revenues were lost. As the crisis took hold this spring, the average income of American artists and creatives plummeted to just about $14,000 a year.

While Broadway’s darkened marquees stand as the most prominent symbol of the crisis, the damage is being felt across the nation. Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Austin, Orlando, Las Vegas and Miami lost an even

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