About the ACCC
The Arab Cultural and Community Center (ACCC), founded in 1973, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to promoting Arab art and culture and enriching the lives of the Arab American community. We achieve this by providing culturally-focused social services and by promoting cross-cultural events open to all residents of the Bay Area and beyond. We draw upon our Arab American heritage and traditions to guide us in this work.
The ACCC is a leading resource for social services and referrals for Arab American communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is the only agency in Northern California providing domestic violence and sexual assault education and prevention programs, as well as intensive case management and mental health care in Arabic for Arab and Muslim survivors of domestic violence.
With an Arab population of approximately 185,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area, the ACCC provides essential services to a community that has been historically neglected and underserved because of language and cultural barriers. Since 2002, the ACCC has expanded the social services programs yearly to provide this increasing immigrant population in San Francisco with necessary basic services such as: free ESL classes for women; computer classes in Arabic; parenting classes; nutrition classes; legal and health referrals; housing and job searches; immigration assistance; intensive domestic violence/sexual assault case management and prevention; health and nutrition instruction; cultural competency training to law enforcement, social and health care providers; youth empowerment; youth education and after-school homework assistance.
We present concerts, community events and educational programs such as panel discussions and town meetings in our center in San Francisco's Forest Hill neighborhood. In addition, we arrange and co-sponsor cultural events across the Bay Area in theaters, museums and festivals. Since 2008, we have organized the Bay Area Arab Women's Conference at which scholars and artists present their work and discuss issues such as health, current events, and cultural expression. Our largest event is the annual Arab Cultural Festival. Since 1995, this day-long event has showcased the arts, entertainment, cuisine, traditions, and, most importantly, the spirit of Arab Americans and of the Arab world. The festival reflects and embraces the community's diversity and its contributions to the Bay Area's cultural landscape. The festival, like all our events, is open and welcoming to all.
18th Arab Cultural Festival in Union Square, 2012
2012 Annual Report
17th Arab Annual Festival in Union Square, 2011