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American University of Sharjah (AUS) Launches Artist-in-Residence Programme


American University of Sharjah (AUS) Launches Artist-in-Residence Programme


Sharjah, UAE – In a move to enrich the creative and cultural environment of the university, the American University of Sharjah (AUS) has launched its highly anticipated Artist-in-Residence programme. The inauguration ceremony was held on campus and was graced by the presence of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of AUS.


The Artist-in-Residence programme is set to bring both established and emerging artists from around the world to AUS, providing them with a nurturing environment to develop their creative practices and engage with the university community. The initiative aims to foster a dynamic interaction between the artists and students, enhancing the educational experience through real-life engagement and creative mentorship.


The artists in residence will offer a variety of activities, including workshops, performances, demonstrations, and guest lectures, accessible to both the AUS community and the public. They will also mentor students, collaborate on scholarly projects, and participate in critiquing student work.


“AUS puts a premium on real-life experiences that reinforce and animate what happens in the lecture halls, studies, and libraries,” said Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi. “Like mentorship, when our students encounter our resident artists face-to-face, it will create moments of human interaction that transcend the theoretical and etch themselves in the memories of our students. We’re very excited to welcome our first artists, whose expertise in music, literature, and the visual arts will be a huge asset to many students.”


Dr. Tod Laursen, Chancellor of AUS, introduced the program and welcomed the inaugural Artists-in-Residence: Fatima Al Hashmi, an opera singer and artist known for her innovative approaches to music and performance; Dr. Afra Atiq, a poet, scholar, and teaching artist with expertise in Arabic, English, and French poetry; and Dr. Najat Makki, a pioneering Emirati visual artist.


Al Hashmi will join the AUS Performing Arts Programme, offering her expertise in music and performance. Dr. Atiq will engage with both the Department of English and the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies, while Dr. Makki will collaborate with the College of Architecture, Art and Design, inspiring and mentoring budding creatives.


During the event, the resident artists shared their talent and creativity with the audience. Dr. Makki presented three of her paintings, each showcasing her unique perspective and artistic expression. Dr. Atiq captivated the audience with a heartfelt poem, and Al Hashmi delivered a mesmerizing voice

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