Patti and Everett B. Birch Foundation Funds Two New Galleries and Education Programs at Metropolitan Museum

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NEW YORK, NY.- Two new galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and related education programs-all focusing on the art and culture of Morocco, Spain, North Africa, and the Western Mediterranean during the eighth through 19th century-have been funded by The Patti and Everett B. Birch Foundation in memory of Patti Cadby Birch. A sumptuously ornamented courtyard based on late Islamic medieval design and constructed using traditional materials and techniques by workers from Fez, Morocco, will be called the Patti Cadby Birch Court; an adjoining gallery of artwork from Islamic Spain, North Africa, and the Western Mediterranean will be the Patti Cadby Birch Gallery. Both rooms are part of the suite of 15 new galleries for the art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, opening November 1. Education programming related to the galleries will be supported by the Patti Cadby Birch Education Fund. In addi