MUSA AFANDI INTERPRETATION CENTER
“ A community-driven focal point to the Palestinian narrative in Jerusalem “
Having opened its doors in December 2018, the Musa Afandi Interpretation Center (MAIC) is an exciting new force in achieving greater understanding of what the boundlessly profound and immensely complex city of Jerusalem actually is, both throughout history and today. The center recognizes that Jerusalem’s depth and color cannot be accurately depicted by words and facts alone but must be experienced with our senses, hence its emphasis on personal interpretation. Here, right in the heart of Jerusalem’s vibrant Old City, visitors are encouraged to see, touch, and even taste their way to a connection with Jerusalem’s diverse communities, its complex history, and its forgotten sites.
Fueled by a need for a consolidated and community-driven focal point to the Palestinian narrative in Jerusalem, the MAIC acts as a welcoming space for locals and foreigners alike. It is in the midst of establishing itself as a tour hub, a training facility, and a coffee shop, as well as hosting permanent and rotating exhibits on historical, artistic, and cultural topics experienced in an interactive way.
MAIC is aiming at introducing various innovative technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Projection Mapping to highlight and promote the narrative of the Palestinian Jerusalemites and their deep-rooted history.
The MAIC is a cooperative and collaborative endeavor among many essential groups, each of which contributes to what is not possible alone. It takes local artists and organizers to dream up and envision the exhibits, local craftsmen to implement them, donors to fund them, and volunteers for support. Local elders become indispensable with the wealth of archival knowledge that they are able to provide. The center’s intention is to clarify the Jerusalem experience while giving visitors and the community the chance to interact and interpret their own personal connection to the city.