Arab American Cultural & Community Center (Houston, TX)
This month, NNAAC would like to acknowledge our sole member organization from Texas. We are proud to have had the Arab American Cultural and Community Center from Houston, TX in our network since we officially formed ten years ago.
Since its inception in 1995, the ACC has been committed to fulfilling its mission of serving the Arab American community in Houston regardless of religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender or financial status. Their goal is to serve the community through cultural programs, outreach and social services; promote Arab culture and heritage and foster a greater understanding of Arab Culture amongst the Houston community at large by serving as a liaison and resource center.
This month, the ACC announced a new scholarship program designed to increase opportunities of Arab American college students in all fields of study. The application period began Monday, July 14, and the deadline for submissions is September 12. Scholarships will be awarded to the recipients at the ACC’s annual gala in October.
The ACC is also one of our partners in the annual National Arab American Service Day, each spring hosting their own project specific to their local needs. For the 10th annual Service Day this past May, the ACC collaborated with Spring Branch Community Health Center in Houston for a “Walk for Wellness” to raise awareness and educate the public about the chronic health issues related to diabetes and obesity.
Another one of the ACC’s major programs is their annual summer camp for all children in the Houston area. The 8-week camp lasts from mid-June through mid-August, and includes Arabic language classes, arts and crafts, and a series of other outdoor, recreational activities. Students at this year's summer camp participated in a Science Robotic Lab, where the kids were trained on how to think scientifically and be creative.
See the full list of the ACC’s functions and programs, which include Arabic classes for all ages, career counseling services, annual health and safety fairs, cultural and educational events, and much more.
One thing that makes the ACC unique is the beautiful facility which they own and rent for various social events. Many of Houston’s community, whether Arab American or not, plan host their weddings, birthdays, galas and other celebrations either outdoor on the thirteen acres of landscaped land, or in their 400-seated capacity ballroom. Learn more about the ACC’s available facilities for rent.
This month, the ACC sold-out 1,500 tickets to an Iftar dinner event, where the mayor of Houston, Annise D. Parker, is the keynote speaker. They managed to do so despite this just being one of three Iftar events they’re holding – that same week! With dozens of partnering organizations, the ACC has organized some of the most successful Iftar-themed events in the country.
As one of the first members to join NNAAC ten years ago, we are proud to have the Arab American Cultural and Community Center represent our community in Houston, Texas, and are excited to see how they will continue to expand and excel as service providers and cultural educators to the Houston community. Please keep up with the latest news and announcements from the ACC by signing-up to their mailing list here, and join us in celebrating all their recent successes and efforts!