This establishment is a non-political and non-profit-making foundation the aim of which is to secure the cultural and artistic exchange between the Orient and the West and to take part in and encourage the Syria movement of art at the Arab and international levels and meet with the international movements keeping pace with time.
The experience of this foundation is significant because it is the first private foundation taking part in supporting the projects of art through:
1. Organizing Arab and international meetings of sculpture.
2. Organizing exhibitions of art at the levels of Syria and the world.
3. Organizing conferences of art and artistic and critical symposiums and studies.
4. Extending assistance in creating dialogue between the Syrian and international arts.
5. Organizing and supporting exhibitions for the young Syrian artists.
6. Festivals of art of multiple specializations (sculpture, painting, photographing, temporary arts, dancing).
7. Organizing artistic and musical shows.
8. Arranging for a square for artists in the old city by creating professions for them.
9. Linking the professions and handicrafts to the painters to help develop the handicrafts.
Out of these activities the dialogue is created between the public, artists and visitors and through these aspects the web of the vivid old city of Damascus and the web of the movement of art, culture and tourism is given.
Activities of the Foundation :
- 2008 - "The Open Theatre" project is managed by the Italian NGO Ricerca e Cooperazione (RC) in partnership with the Syrian Al Makan Art Association (NGO), and in cooperation with the General Directorate of theatres and the Goethe Institute and co-funded by the European Union. The project aims at promoting theatre and bringing it closer to the Syrian youth besides giving a better picture of the Syrian cultural life and heritage to tourists visiting Damascus in the Frame of celebrating Damascus as the Capital of Arabic Culture for 2008. Several foreign artists will be invited from various European cities to participate in this project, which will create a kind of dialogue and cultural exchange. Workshops for children will be held in different schools to involve children in the theatre. Furthermore, several theatre shows and plays will be held in public places to take theatre into the street and involve passersby in this cultural scene.
- 2007 - "The seasons of tell-Al Hejara Project", managed by the Italian NGO Ricerca e Cooperazione (RC) in partnership with the Syrian Al Makan Art Association (NGO), and in cooperation with the Governorate of Damascus and the Goethe Institute and co-funded by the European Union. The aim of this project was to bring life back to Tell-Al Hejara, in the Old part of Damascus and to promote it as an Artistic area regarding its historical and artistic importance, due to the number of artists who have set up ateliers there. Thus, it has become a space for intense cultural production and it attracts tourists and people interested in art. The project implemented a series of different activities, exhibitions, workshops, live painting, lectures and folkloristic shows.
- 2007 - "Moving Walls: A Documentary Photography Exhibition" managed by The Open Society Institute in cooperation with Mustafa Ali Gallery & Art Foundation. The exhibit featured the work of eight photographers, including work by two local photographers. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Mustafa Ali Gallery and Art Foundation and the Open Society Institute sponsored workshops for local photographers and students.
- 2006 - "Our Environment, Our Life" Competition in Photography and Comic Stripes for the Syrian young artists (Damascus-Rome-Barcelona), This competition offered the participants the opportunity to exhibit their works in Rome and Barcelona and gave the winners the chance to attend the openings in Italy and Spain. This project was managed by the Italian NGO Ricerca e Cooperazione (RC) in partnership with the Syrian Environment Protection Society (NGO), and in cooperation with Mustafa Ali Gallery & Art Foundation and the Associació Catalana per la Pau. co-funded by the European Union.
- 2005 - "the Colors of Damascus" sculpture and painting competition for emerging Syrian artists. An art workshop was held at gallery Mustafa Ali that resulted in an exhibition in Damascus and Rome. The winners had the opportunity to accompany the exhibit to the Italian capital Rome. This project was managed by the Italian NGO Ricerca e Cooperazione (RC) in cooperation with Mustafa Ali Gallery & Art Foundation co-funded by the EU.
- 2004 - The first International Sculpture Meeting.
- Jazz music festival.
- Contemporary dancing at the level of the Mediterranean Sea.
Address: Old Damascus, Al Ameen street, Tall al Hajjara/Artist quarter, n'86, Damascus, Syria
Telefax: + 963-11-5440236/5421988