Paint the Town MORROCAN Fundraiser

Featuring the exotic, electrifying music of Moroccan composer, singer, and musician Ali Amir!

Your participation in the largest fundraiser for the Academy Art Museum helps us serve the people of the Eastern Shore through our educational and cultural programs:

  • Artreach
  • Art to Go
  • Scholarships
  • Young Explorers
  • Music at Noon
  • Twilight Concerts
  • Goin' Monkey
  • Special Exhibition
  • Lectures

Honorary Chairpersons
Former Ambassador to Morocco Ed Gabriel and Kathleen Linehan

Special Guests
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco and Mrs. Rachad Bouhlal

Event Chairmen
Leslie Westbrook, Carolyn Williams, and Joyce Doehler

Event Committee
Marie Bradley, Anna Fichtner, Kathy Gilson, Janet Hendricks, Beth Jones, Karen Mathis, Samantha McCall, Diana Sable, and Amy Steward

Hamid Kachmar, Shield, 2006, mixed media

Thank you to everyone who donated and attended! Paint the Town Moroccan was a huge success!

mAIN eVENT schedule

6:00 pm Historic Avalon Theatre - Concert
7:15 pm Academy Art Museum - cocktails, hors d'oeuvres & Contemporary Moroccan art
Sign-ups for unique Artful Adventures in private homes
8:30 pm Dinner Under the Tent
Moroccan cuisine prepared by Gourmet by the Bay

*Moroccan attire encouraged!
Attend our Moroccan Fashion Show and Trunk Show at the Academy Art Museum on Saturday, April 28, from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Charismatic musician Ali Amir has performed around the world, thrilling audiences with his exotic music. Amir, born in Meknes, Morocco, now lives in Casablanca. He plays Moroccan music with two key instruments: the oud/lute and the violin. Ali Amir and his band, The Sounds of Morocco, will showcase the sounds of the regions of Morocco, including Gnaoua, sub-Saharan/African; Chaabi, a type of jazz; Berber, the most ancient and traditional; and Andalusian, a mix of Arabic and Jewish music.

Following the concert, guests will stroll to the Academy Art Museum where the party continues with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and contemporary Moroccan art, as well as Art Sign-Up Events for the rare opportunities to experience artful living in private homes . (Artful Adventures Sign-Ups Coming Soon!) A dinner featuring Moroccan cuisine will be hosted across the street under a tent.

Other Paint the Town Moroccan Weekend Events


On Friday, May 4, 4 pm, as part of First Friday and the Paint the Town Moroccan event, the Museum is hosting a lecture, Morocco: America’s Oldest Friend, by Former US Ambassador to Morocco, Ed Gabriel. Gabriel will share some little known history between the US and Morocco, including Morocco being the first to recognize the USA as a country. Learn fascinating facts about Morocco’s role in protecting the Jewish population during WWII, protecting women’s rights in the Arab world, and setting the pace for fashion, food and décor in the past decade.


Step into Marrakesh, as the Museum brings a Souk to Harrison Street in Easton, near the Museum, on Saturday, May 5, from noon to 6 p.m. A Flag Ceremony at noon with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco Rachad Bouhlal, Former US Ambassador to Morocco Ed Gabriel, and Easton’s Mayor Willey and other Town officials will signify the strong ties between the US and Morocco and will officially open the Souk, which is a market where artisans, craftsmen and merchants sell their handmade goods, such as carpets, caftans, tunics, purses and spices from the regions of Morocco. A dramatic staged performance of traditional Moroccan music and a fashion show will entertain shoppers as they experience the bargaining process for handcrafted Moroccan items over a cup of mint tea and Moroccan pastries.


A Moroccan Exhibition in the Spitaleri Gallery and Atrium Gallery will feature the artwork of contemporary visual artist Hamid Kachmar, as well as Moroccan artwork on loan from The World Bank Art Program and contemporary photography by Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi, on loan from the International Finance Corporation.

Moroccan Weekend Package

Easton’s Tidewater Inn is offering a Moroccan Weekend Package, including Moroccan meals and special lodging packages.


Artful Adventures are the rare opportunities to visit homes of the Shore’s most distinguished art collections and to experience art in other creative ways. By participating the Museum’s Paint the Town Moroccan! fundraiser, you are supporting the Academy Art Museum’s mission to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum’s expanding collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs. Read More.

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