Dear Friends of CAC,
At the onset of Covid-19, we leapt into action to turn what could have been a terrible situation into a positive one.
We were tested in how to keep our 14 year-old Center for Arabic Culture (CAC), the Arabic School, and our music programs alive, and to help bring some structure, fun and continuity into the lives of our students and community.
With the help and creativity of the CAC Team, and while listening to your needs, we were able to:
- Move the Arabic School located at Brimmer online, while offering our teachers the support to make such a jump, with no interruption in classes to our students
- Create a NEW online program attracting students from as far as California, Colorado, Indiana and Berlin, Germany, to engage in a new curriculum with certified online teachers
- Increase the length of the Youth Orchestra classes and going beyond the online experience, by safely meeting weekly in person at the NUVU Innovation School in Cambridge
- Establish a scholarship fund for CAC Youth Orchestra to empower the Arab- American community through music.
- Continue to hold the Arabic Choir online, culminating in beautiful recordings
- Offer an in-person playgroup at NUVU, in addition to the online one, catering to every family’s needs
- Invite speakers to hold online lectures about music, medicine, nutrition and psychology, as well as hold readings from children books
- Show films online in partnership with MIT and Wellesley college.
We take pride in our achievements and in being a helpful resource for many organizations in the New England area and beyond, and in being the first Arab-American local organization to offer cultural and educational projects that empower our youth and celebrate our identity and heritage in inclusive and welcoming ways.
We are thankful to YOU for your support of the Center of Arabic Culture.
We are now appealing to your generosity to help keep our efforts alive during these difficult days and beyond. Thank you for your partnership, which helps us remain independent and active in developing programs for the benefit of our Arab-American community and the education of our New England public.
Randa Shedid, J.D.
CAC President of the Board