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18 February, 2008

VCUQatar Announces Qatar Museum Authority as Tasmeem 2008 Sponsor

VCUQatar in partnership with the Ministry of Civil Service Affairs and Housing proudly announced the Qatar Museum Authority as a sponsor of Tasmeem Doha 2008, its annual design conference. The international design conference will take place at VCUQatar from 5 - 8 March 2008.

The Museum of Islamic Art, set to open 22 November 2008, is a pioneering project, setting apart the cultural vision of the State of Qatar, both in the region and across the world. Under the guiding vision of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of the Qatar Museum's Authority's board of Trustees, the project sets the founding stone in the cultural blueprint to transform the State of Qatar into a global capital of culture.

Collected from three continents, including countries across the Middle East and as far reaching as Spain and India, the museum's artworks date from the seventh through to the nineteenth century. Representing the full scope of Islamic art, collections include manuscripts, ceramics, metal, glass, ivory, textiles, wood and precious stones and are of unparalleled quality.

Twyla Tharp the leading American dancer and choreographer was announced as key note speaker of the conference. The key note address will emphasize the importance of knowing about the tradition of our craft. "By studying, looking and questioning, the better equipped we will be to rationally design for the future." noted Tharp

Tharp has won Emmy and Tony awards, and currently works as a choreographer in New York City. She attended Pomona College in California, but transferred to Barnard College in New York City where she graduated from Barnard with a degree in art history. Two years later she formed her own company, called Twyla Tharp Dance.

Tasmeem Doha 2008 open to the public, will include 13 international designers, breakout sessions, design exhibitions and panel discussions. Participants will include practitioners, design professors and students from academic institutions and facilities throughout the world.

The goal of Tasmeem Doha is to engage scholars, students, practitioners and community members in conversations on design. The students, staff and faculty at VCUQatar are looking forward to the fifth year of this annual conference and the international group of designers and professionals who will gather at the university to discuss design and its role in the future.