ACCC Sponsors 18th Annual Arab Cultural Festival

Posted by on July 05, 2012 in Blog

Every October since 1995, the Arab Cultural and Community Center hosts an Arab Cultural Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. The day-long event features all different aspects of Arab and Arab American cultural identity, including music, cuisine, and arts. It has historically been a great opportunity for people from all backgrounds to experience Arab culture in a genuine and holistic way, contravening the typical portrayal of Arabs often seen in traditional media.

This year’s festival, taking place on October 6th, will feature North African fusion band The Dunes, Palestinian Emcee Excentrik, Singer and Songwriter Naima Shalhoub, traditional...

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Smithsonian, Arab American National Museum tell the Story of America’s Diversity

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Blog

On April 25, the Arab American National Museum was a part of a national discussion on the role that “culturally specific” or “ethnic” museums play in the United States. Helen Samhan, who is a founding member of AAI and the current Senior Outreach Advisor for the Museum, was invited to participate in a day-long symposium hosted by the Smithsonian Institution. The symposium, called “(Re)Presenting America: The Evolution of Culturally Specific Museums,” sought to address the debate on whether these museums serve to divide the nation along ethnic lines or whether they instead offer a more thorough look at...

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Alif Institute Hosts 7th Annual Atlanta Arab Festival

Posted by on May 03, 2012 in Blog
By Dalal Hillou On April 28 and 29, the Alif Institute in Atlanta, Georgia hosted the 7th Annual Atlanta Arab Festival. The weekend of festivities paid homage to the diverse heritage of the state’s more than 27,000 Arabs.
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“Ana Masry: Still Living in the Square” Showcases Multidimensional Egyptian Identity

Posted by on May 02, 2012 in Blog

By Jessica Malaty

Please join us on Sunday for "Ana Masry: Still Living in the Square," a concert showcasing the multidimensionial Egyptian identity as it was and continues to be represented in Tahrir Square. The concert will feature Nubian songs, Coptic and Islamic hymns, and classical and original Egyptian music. Ana Masry is proud to be sharing the stage with Diana Calenti and her Egyptian folkloric dance troupe, as well as the hilarious Said Durrah as MC. The event will be held at the Lisner Auditorium in George Washington University at 7:00 pm. Tickets range from $15-$35 with...

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In Honor of Kahlil Gibran: Comedians, Public Servants Earn Honors

Posted by Middle East Voices on April 26, 2012 in News Clips

Since 1999, a unique awards program created by the Washington-based Arab American Institute (AAI) has thrived by awarding individuals embodying the ideals of Lebanese – American poet Khalil Gibran and his love for humanity, equality and better understanding between East and west.

Gibran’s famous 1923 book, The Prophet, reflects his commitment to better understanding and tolerance among racial, ethnic, and religious communities. The winners of this year’s Gibran Awards continue to embody the poet’s ideals.

The Gibran Award for Institutional Excellence was given to Southern Poverty Law Center, established in Alabama in 1971 and had championed the efforts...

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The First Annual South Paterson Arab Cultural Street Festival

Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Blog

This Saturday, Paterson, New Jersey will be introduced to a new side of its Arab American community. April is Arab Heritage Month in New Jersey, and on April 28th, the first Annual South Paterson Arab Cultural Street Festival will take over Michigan Avenue with music, food, and dancing from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Organized by the newly-formed United Arab American Coalition, the New Jersey Arab Heritage Commission, and the South Paterson Small Business Association, the festival will feature Arab Folklore Dancing, Arab American singers, Middle Eastern art and calligraphy, and food from more than 20 vendors. There will be...

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Big Ideas Podcast with Susan Yackee: The Legacy Of Khalil Gibran

Posted by Middle East Voices on April 25, 2012 in News Clips

Khalil Gibran is often called one of the greatest thinkers of all time.  The Lebanese American poet and artist is revered for his insight into the soul of mankind.  On today’s “Big Ideas” we look at the “big ideas” of Gibran.  V-O-A’s Susan Yackee speaks with Professor Suheil Bushrui of the University of Maryland, who has written extensively about Gibran.  She also chats with Correspondent Mohamed Elshinnawi and Middle East Voices Managing Editor Davin Hutchins about the Arab American Institute issuing the Khalil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards.  Delve into the thinking and the legacy of Khalil Gibran on “Big...

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2012 Kahlil Gibran Awards: Profiles in Humanity

Posted by Palestine Note on April 19, 2012 in News Clips

Last night, the Arab American Insitute hosted its thirteenth annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity awards ceremony at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. The awards are aimed at recognizing individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting co-existence and inclusion in all walks of life. Palestine Note had the opportunity this year to catch up with Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, the Arab Thought Foundation, and the Southern Poverty Law Center learn more about why these incredible individuals and organizations had been chosen for the honor.

Ambassador Theodore Kattouf, Najeeb Halaby Award for...

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Gibran is Finally Here!

Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Blog

Today, after months of preparation, hundreds of Arab Americans and friends from all walks of life will come together to celebrate the astonishing accomplishments of a few who have worked to change the world around them. The Kahlil Gibran “Sprit of Humanity” Awards Gala, now in its fourteenth year, honors those whose work promotes inclusion, cooperation, and greater understanding among people of diverse backgrounds, both at home and abroad - a task particularly important for a community still grappling with the realities of a post-9/11 environment. "This year the gala could not have come at a more important time...

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Maryland Celebrates Arab Heritage Month

Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Blog

By Dalal Hillou

2012 Spring Intern

More than 8,000 Arab Americans live in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 1999, Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan first declared April to be "Arab-American Heritage Month." Montgomery College celebrates this occasion with a dynamic calendar of events throughout the month of April every year. There will be a wide array of events throughout the month celebrating the diversity of the Arab culture. One such event will be taking place in the city of Gaithersburg on April 23. The city’s Multicultural Affairs Committee will be presenting “Caring...

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