Pictured above: Vocalist Lubana Al Quntar accompanied by the Alwan Arab Music Ensemble (December 2012)
Alf Shukur (a thousand thank yous) to all those involved in last Saturday's Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America event!
ADC offers its sincerest appreciation to the 1,200 people who bought tickets and attended Turaath. There wasn't an empty seat in the theater! Your time and effort in attending is reflective of your commitment to your community. ADC recognizes that and commends you for it.
We would especially like to thank the members of theADC Women's Initiative, under the leadership of Dr. Amal K. David, for the countless hours of hard work they volunteered to make Turaath a success. ADC is forever indebted to the initiative for being actively engaged on a grassroots level, and widening the scope of our reach.
Turaath would not be possible without our gracious sponsors! ADC is truly appreciative of the financial support and gifts in-kind received from our sponsors. We acknowledge their contributions to the work of ADC and the Arab American community. (See the Turaath website for a complete list of our sponsors)
This year's program invoked a myriad of emotions personal to each attendee. The music, the vocals, and the dancing came together to conjure fond memories for some guests. For others, it drew them to the beauty of Arab culture connecting them to our rich heritage for the very first time.
A special thanks to Alwan for the Arts for fusing old and new into a unique program that appealed to all ages and helped bring the community together as one. Each segment had a different feel to it, and we are especially thankful to the performers for making the night truly an unforgettable one.
Thank you to Ahmed Issawi, Amir ElSaffar, George Ziadeh, Lubana Al Quntar, Carrie Ahern, Ramzi Edlibi, the Two Rivers Arab Jazz Ensemble, the Alwan Arab Music Ensemble, and the wonderful dancers for your beautiful performances.
Turaath reflects ADC's goal to empower and celebrate the Arab American community. We encourage our chapters and members around the country to organize similar events! If you live outside the DC area and are interested in bringing Turaath to your city, email our organizing department at firstname.lastname@example.org.