A desire to raise the visibility of Arab culture and heritage will bring several Houston organizations together in the month of April to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month. Principally organized by the Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC), but with strong community participation, this year celebrations will be enhanced by Fotofest’s 2014 Biennial, which will feature contemporary Arab photographers and visual artists. Month-long activities are planned, which include exhibitions and cultural programs. Key events are identified below:
(1) April 1: Fotofest Artist Reception and Round-table Discussion
(2) April 3: Art Exhibit Opening Night
(3) April 8: Book Signing by professor Ussama Makdisi and poet Fady Joudah
(4) April 14: Movie Night – “The Muslims Are Coming”
(5) April 16: Poetry and Music – Rothko Chapel with Fady Joudah and Rahim Alhaj
(6) April 27: Community Picnic
The success of this initiative depends on community involvement, and it is the ACC’s dream to have an audience that includes a plurality from Houston’s diverse communities, to enhance the overall quality of exchanges and mutual understanding.
The ACC is also inviting potential sponsors to consider donating at multiple levels: Platinum: $3,000; Gold: $2,000; Silver: $1,000; Bronze: $500; Patron: $250. All sponsors will be recognized in printed material, including social media and ACC website. Kindly submit your donations by March 15th, 2014 to be listed in the program. All donations will be used to advance ACC’s cultural visibility in the Houston community.
The ACC welcomes you to participate in the events of Arab American Heritage Month to celebrate the richness and diversity of the Arab American community. For more information about the exciting events that will be going during Arab American Heritage Month, please visit http://www.acchouston.org/ or contact (832) 351-3366.