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Coming This Fall: Arabic Culture Courses!

Arab World Cultures – Edmonds Community College

Course Number: HUM 155T
Class Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 PM – 8:10 PM

Course Description: 

This course is designed to introduce students to Arab World Cultures through their traditions, arts, music, literature, cuisine, history, language, idioms, and social and family values. The course will emphasize understanding of Arab cultures through class materials, discussion, Internet, film and outside activities.

Arabic 1 – Seattle Central College

Course Number: ARAB121
Class Time: Daily, 11:00 AM -11:50 AM

Course Description: 

The purpose of this course is to introduce the learner to basic conversational Arabic, how to read and write as well as some cultural/artistic elements of the Arab World. 

  • For more information on both of these courses, contact Reham Elkhayat at or call (206) 414-6204.  

Vendor Application Available

The Vendor Application for non-food booths is now available on the Arab Festival 2013 page.

Aramco Magazine includes Arab Festival: Naseej on calendar

Arab Festival: Naseej – Weaving the Threads of Arab Culture is now listed in the international publication: Aramco Magazine.  The Festival is included in their calendar of events section.

Everett Community College Offers Arabic!

Fall Quarter: Arabic I is being offered @ Everett Community College!

Class is offered September-December, Monday-Thursday at 8:50-9:50am. Learn to read and write the Arabic script and to speak entry level from introductions, occupations, hobbies, weather, and more.

For more advanced students, Arabic II offered at the same time and place.

All levels, religions, and nationalities welcome!

Credit is transferable.

Textbooks: Alif Baa and Al-Kitaab by Brustad, Georgetown University Press

To register, call: 425-388-9219.

College address: 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201

Be Involved with the 2013 Seattle Arab Festival!

The Arab Center of Washington Board greatly appreciates your willingness to offer your gifts and expertise to bringing about a successful 2013 Arab Festival.  Please carefully consider the options below, where you can volunteer your time and effort.  Without you, there will be no Festival, for it is the dedicated, sustained work of many that produces the wonderful signature event we are so proud of.

The following is a breakdown of the various departments needed to give shape to the Festival.  You might like to take on a variety of tasks, if you feel you can be persistent in their execution.  Or, you might prefer to focus on one type for which you have the appropriate skills.  Be realistic in your choice, for in the end you will have contributed your best for the 2013 Festival.

Please contact Su Nelson at to sign up.


  • individual fund raising
  • grant writing
  • bookkeeping
  • insurance/legal matters
  • seeking sponsors
  • event fund raising (prior to Festival)


  • designing/ printing/distributing flyers and postcards (6 months in advance)
  • designing and printing the Festival program
  • press releases
  • high tech publicity
  • managing the Information booth at the Festival


  • booking performers/lecturers, etc. (starting immediately)
  • planning/executing other shows (e.g. fashion show, food demos, etc.)
  • workshops and exhibits
  • lectures/films
  • children’s activities


  • recruiting /orienting volunteers
  • keeping track of overall Festival operations & supplying volunteers as needed
  • setting up and managing volunteer booth on Festival days
  • sustaining/supporting  volunteers while on the job at the Festival
  • acknowledging/rewarding volunteers’ efforts


  • reflection of overall theme of Festival
  • placement of booths, display cases/dividers
  • making signs & planning signage
  • accommodating booths with electricity & water, if needed


  • soliciting country booths
  • soliciting vendor booths
  • soliciting food booths
  • organizing the coffee shop

It is a massive undertaking.  However, with your help and commitment, we can make it happen.

Thank you VERY much for being willing to help in this wonderfully inclusive cultural event.

~The ACW Board of Directors

A Tribute to the Rachel Corrie Foundation!

A great thanks to the foundation for organizing and funding Olympia’s first ever Arab Festival!  Sharuq (sunrise) was a glorious and shining success!  We’re all looking forward to 2014!

We’re 501-c3 Non-Profit! We’re Re-Organizing!

Wonder what we have been up to?  ACW has been re-organizing and re-vamping our exciting mission to build bridges and better serve the Washington community (Arab and non-Arab alike).  With our exciting new 501-c3 status we hope to further serve you by partnering with other non-profit organizations in the area, supporting our local colleges in offering Arabic programs, and creating events that show the holistic, hospitable culture of the Middle East.  Stay with us – we’ll get there together! :)

Changes to ACW Bylaws

Dear ACW Members and Friends of ACW,Consistent with ACW’s by-laws and in consultation with ACW’s attorney, the Board has voted to change ACW from a membership to a non-membership organization,therefore releasing ACW members from the responsibility and obligation of meeting once a year to elect new board members.

In Addition, the Board made the decision to move forward to restructure the functioning of ACW for the coming year and recruit board members with expertise that helps build ACW into its envisioned future New Board members will be recruited through a board process that aligns the strategic needs of ACW with the expertise of professionals (Arab and non-Arab).

By virtue of changing ACW to a non-member organization, there is now no need to hold an Annual General Assembly meeting.

ACW will remain as a charitable 501c3 non-profit organization with the same mission. 

The current functioning board consists of Rasha Qamheyeh, Huda Giddens, Rachel Peterson and Mona Stucki who have volunteered to continue on to transition ACW and steer it into its new direction. We encourage input from ANYONE – Arab and non-Arab alike – interested in participating in this exciting and monumental opportunity. It is our hope that Arab Americans will participate “at will”, rather than “out of obligation”, to build an organization that functions as a platform with a voice that speaks to the relevance of our time.

The Board welcomes your ideas, your contributions in terms of your Arab background that can be shared, practical help, organizational expertise, and other resources you may have.  Our Arab community is a rich resource for those wanting to learn and partner with us. Most importantly, let us know if you would like to serve on this new board.

We are accessible through our emails, listed below, and we will be having open sessions to dialogue, create and envision what is possible. Please check the website and Community Calendar periodically to stay in touch with what is happening. We will also continue to send out our e-newsletter with updates and post our Annual Financial Report on our website.  Our website is

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Let us hear from you in ways that will enhance our efforts to project a new ACW image.

In closing, we would like to leave you with the following thoughts inspired by this quote:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” – Anonymous

Thanks to all of you for your support and loyalty through the years.

Mona Stucki (President):
Huda Giddens (VP):
Rasha Qamheyeh (Treasurer):
Rachel Peterson (Secretary):

The 2011 Arab Festival Program Guide!

The much anticipated Program Guide for the 2011 Arab Festival is here! Be sure to check it out so you don’t miss all your favorites, and keep coming back to the website for updates and features on your favorite performers and artists!

The Arabesque Trio at the 2011 Arab Festival

The Arabesque Trio, featuring Moroccan-born qanun performer Hicham Chami, Arab-Israeli violinist Hanna Khory and Syrian-born percussionist Hafez El Ali Kotain, will be headlining at the 7th annual Arab Festival on October 8th and 9th at Seattle Center.

The performance will take place at the Mahrajan Stage in Fischer Pavilion on Saturday, October 8th from 3:30-5:00 pm. The trio will deliver an Arabic Music workshop on the Freedom Stage on Sunday, October 9th from 1:15-2:00 pm. The trio is dedicated to increasing understanding of Arab culture through the universal language of music.

Moroccan-born Qanun player Hicham Chami is an educator, a musician and a graduate of the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Rabat, Morocco. Chami is founder and Executive Director of the Arabesque Music Ensemble as well as the Arabesque Foundation for Arab Culture, an organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of classical Arabic, Turkish and Armenian Music.

Arab-Israeli violinist Hanna Khoury graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s in Economics and Music Performance, and obtained his Master’s in Music from Temple University. As Artistic Director of the Arabesque Music Ensemble, he has led several nation-wide tours, performing traditional Arabic music in major venues and universities.  Khoury recently toured with Lebanese superstar Fairuz and can be heard on several pop recordings including the Grammy-nominated song “Beautiful Liar” (featuring Beyonce and Shakira), and “Love and Compassion” (with Paula Cole and Kazem Al-Saher).  Khoury recorded strings for Shakira’s Grammy performance of “Hips Don’t Lie”.

Syrian born, Venezuelan raised percussionist Hafez El Ali Kotain is an accomplished master percussionist, fluent in both Arab and Latin rhythms. He began playing the doumbek at the age of seven, made his first stage performance at nine, and went on to study with master Syrian percussionist Hady Jazan; winning the regional percussion competitions in Syria for five consecutive years. In Venezuela, he studied percussion at the TMV Institute for Music in Valencia, where he also taught middle- and high school students for several years a variety of percussion styles, blending Arab and Latino music.