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Oregon Arab Festival 2016

AACCO Arab Festival 2016

Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon (AACCO) will be hosting the 6th annual Arab Festival on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 11:00am – 7:00pm at Oaks Amusement Park

Join us as we celebrate with Arab Souq (Bazaar), delicious authentic cuisine, music, dance, poetry and much much more.


Olympia Arab Festival

Olympia Arab Festival

Come celebrate Arab Culture at this family-friendly event featuring Arab artists, educational tables, food, music, and more! The event will take place during Fall Arts Walk at The Olympia Center.

Want to get involved? Help us by being a co-sponsor, vending at the festival or even performing! Visit to find out more!

Want to volunteer?! Head over to our sign-up page,, to find information about all our volunteering opportunities.

For more information visit our website:


A Farewell to the Kouttainays

We are sad to see Abed and Hussniyyeh leave the Seattle area for good.  Both of them have worked so hard on many Arab Center projects, most especially on the biennial Arab Festival, at the Seattle Center.  Furthermore, Abed was president of the board between 2007 and 2009.  Hussniyyeh offered a workshop at the Tacoma Art Museum on teaching Palestinian embroidery to participants.  In addition to her work on ACW projects, she helped further the work of the Palestine Heritage Group that sells Palestinian handicrafts.  She was always ready to bake good things for the various events.  Both of them were actively engaged in the Arab community of Seattle.

The Arab Center Board wishes them all the best of luck in their future residence in Jordan.  We will sorely miss them in Seattle.

Huda Giddens, President,
Board of Arab Center of Washington

In memory of Fathia Attallah

2364423_1413257070.7699[1]We received the sad news Fathia Attallah passed away. Fathia was a chanteuse in the real sense of the word and was deeply committed to her music. She performed at the Arab Fest in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Our condolences go out to her friends and family. Her memorial will be held on November 1st. For more information or if you’d like to contribute towards the expenses related to the memorial, the funeral and eventually sending her body to France. Click here:

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!