2018 Annual Appeal

Dear Friend of CAC,

Your support makes it possible for CAC to continue every day and for its staff and volunteers to focus on improving existing programs and developing new ones that respond to our community’s needs and aspirations.

We are launching our Year-End Campaign and our goal is to raise $ 50,000 to remain in operation.

Can we count on you to support your Center?

Why should you support the Center for Arabic Culture?

CAC strives to represent you in all your diversity and unity. It aims to bring you together in cultural and artistic events that both enchant and educate. It aspires to raise a new generation of Arab-Americans that are cognizant of their heritage, proud to carry their composite identity and are conversant in Arabic due to attending classes at the CAC Arabic School. It is what sets them apart when they apply to colleges. They will be able to demonstrate that they belong to or identify with not one but two cultural legacies and are able to speak two or more languages.

In these uncertain times it is most important to counter the negative stereotypes about Arab Americans by showcasing the glorious history and native humanity of all Arabs and to reach out to other cultures and to build bridges. CAC is a home that is all-inclusive, non-political, and non-sectarian.

The CAC listened to you and it has expanded on so many programs to address your interests and to explore the very best elements of the Arabic culture.

CAC’s Programs & Events

Without your valuable contributions, CAC would not have been able to offer:

  • First Arabic Children’s Orchestra and first Arabic Children’s Choir in Massachusetts
  • CAC 5th Annual Cultural Month featuring two international musicians, Bassam Saba and Charbel Rouhana in collaboration with Boston College
  • National Arab Orchestra (NAO) from Michigan playing music to silent films by Mohamed Bayoumi in collaboration with Tufts
  • Lectures and events with distinguished scholars such as Salim Tamari, internationally acclaimed writer Elias Khoury, and Palestinian story teller Fidaa Ataya in collaboration with Friends of Mada al Carmel and the Gralta Foundation
  • CAC Arabic School at its brand new location at Brimmer & May School in Chestnut Hill, adding 2 new teachers and 12 new students this year, teaching modern standard Arabic to children as young as 3 years old all the way to adults.
  • CAC Arabic Summer School
  • Internships for work/study programs
  • Any amount makes a difference but your donation of $100, $500, $1000 or $5000 is crucial for our efforts to:
  • Expand our music program into a Music School, along with the Arabic Children’s Choir and the CAC Adult Music Ensemble ($12,000)
  • Host our 6th Annual Cultural Month and Festival ($9,000)
  • Expand the Free Film Screenings to include more diverse new films and invite speakers ($5,000)
  • Support the CAC Cultural Club inviting musicians, artists and writers to present their work to new arrivals, families and seniors ($6,000)
  • Organize more art workshops exploring the question of identity, culminating in publication ($8,000)
  • Sustain the CAC School Curriculum and Teacher Development Plan ($10,000)
  • Here are ways you can make a donation:

    Send a check to 191 Highland Ave., 6B, Somerville, MA 02143
    Give online at www.cacboston.org or call us at 617-893-1176. We can easily set up monthly giving.

    Thank you in advance for your trust, your partnership and for your generous contributions.

    Randa Shedid, J.D.

    1. CAC Annual Appeal

      Help the Center for Arabic Culture maintain their programs, and continue to improve and expand!
      $15,390.00 donated of $50,000.00 goal

    CAC is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
    Donations are tax-exempt.
    CAC tax ID # is 205-107-584

    2018 Summer Program
    Youth Identity Workshop
    CAC Children's Choir
    CAC Children's Orchestra
    Youth Identity Workshop
    CAC Cultural Month
    Bassam Saba Concert


    He clearly felt pride

    Rami had an awesome day today! He took the lead in many discussions across the day, starting with morning meeting. We were introducing the Arabic greeting (Marhaba) and talking about how there are a number of students in the New Wing who speak Arabic. He raised his hand and shared that he also speaks it. He came up to the board and showed us how to write his name. He then explained about the written language going from right to left, and how some letters are friendly letters and connect with other ones, while other letters are bossy and never connect. It was a special moment seeing him sharing this with the class. He clearly felt pride in his knowledge, background and culture.

    Rami Hafez’s School Teacher

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