Video: Repurposing a Historic Landmark: The Tangier American Legation Museum Gives Back

Created by a US non-profit in 1976, the Tangier American Legation Institute for Maghreb Studies (TALIM) and its museum are housed in the former American Legation compound, given to the USA in 1821 by Sultan Moulay Souleyman, and which received national landmark designation in 1982 – the only one located outside the USA and its territories. Established to honor Moroccan-American diplomatic and cultural friendship, TALIM’s museum and research library host visitors and scholars from Morocco and around the world. In 1999 TALIM began to concentrate more on supporting the residents of Tangier’s old Medina through initiating a partnership with the Fondation Tanja Al Medina to launch an Arabic and economic literacy program for women living in the Medina. In 2015, that outreach expanded to Tangier youth, both by offering English language scholarships to public middle and high school “STEM” students from the Medina, and then to offer arts education and street performance workshops to Medina children, including special needs children, as well as to at-risk youth from new peripheral neighborhoods of Tangier. In 2019 TALIM launched a #SupportMoroccanArtists concert series to offer free concerts by up and coming Moroccan musicians to Tangier youth audiences. While the Covid-19 pandemic led to the temporary closure of the Legation to the public, our online outreach expanded as we offered live online concerts attracting thousands of viewers as well as small hygiene and safety workshops for our neighbors, that included street performances. In this video, we share best inclusion practices and examples of our response to the pandemic.

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