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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: http://www.gofundme.com/fsptsc

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
Registration: http://www.edcc.edu/schedule/fall/default.html 

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
Registration: http://sccdweb.sccd.ctc.edu/portal/central/classschedule.htm

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  reham.elkhayat@edcc.edu 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 et.al., 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 programs@arabcenterwa.org to sign up.

FINANCE ACTIVITIES:

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

MARKETING AND PUBLICITY:

  • 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

PROGRAM:

  • 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

VOLUNTEERS:

  • 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

OVERALL FESTIVAL LAYOUT:

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

BOOTHS:

  • 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 arabcenterwa.org.

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): mona.s@arabcenterwa.org
Huda Giddens (VP): huda.g@arabcenterwa.org
Rasha Qamheyeh (Treasurer): rasha.q@arabcenterwa.org
Rachel Peterson (Secretary): rachel.p@arabcenterwa.org

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!