The Arab Culture Association

?Who Are We

The Arab Culture Association is an independent non-profit organization. Established in 1998 as the initiative of a group of intellectuals, academics and political activists aiming to strengthen Arab culture and identity for Palestinians living in Israel, the Arab Culture Association (ACA) is considered among the leading Palestinian institutions. The ACA is known for its pioneering programs that address several cultural fields, such as: Arabic language, arts and literature, cultural tourism, and the promotion of higher education and critical thinking

The Association has many popular programs, activities and publications have contributed over the years to the preservation of national and cultural identity, especially among youth, and in affirming the position of the Arabic language. Years of conducting successful programs have left the ACA with extensive expertise across a variety of cultural and artistic disciplines.

Our Vision

We work towards a Palestinian Arab society keen about its language, identity, and cultural heritage, that is culturally and academically autonomous, creative, productive and socially responsible, and based on humanitarian and pluralistic values.

Our Role

Our work is centered on developing the intellectual foundation and infrastructure to support the cultural independence of Palestinian Arabs living in Israel in the fields of art, literature and critique. As such, our work revolves around raising awareness of identity and collective rights, and the preservation of the Arabic language as a fundamental component of identity. We work to ensure access to Arabic language knowledge sources and to provide a central, urban communicative space for the exchange of knowledge, creation and distribution of cultural productions. Moreover, the ACA strives to foster the forefront of youth leadership that is educated and conscious of its identity and social responsibility.

Our Goals

To develop an accessible Arab cultural identity based on the present reality and history, open to different nations’ cultures yet proud of its Arab character, and focused on humanitarian, democratic foundations and transcendent of narrow-mindedness and tribalism.

To provide a nurturing space for capacity building, artistic and literary production, and networking in the cultural sector while maintaining inclusive, creative and professional standards.

Youth empowerment and education in Palestinian history, culture, and identity. Encouraging youth to pursue higher education, to participate in public affairs, and to practice critical and creative thinking.

Founding a professional training center for the Arabic language and ensuring its appropriate presence in the public sphere.

Strengthening communication and cooperation between Palestinians in Historical Palestine and the Diaspora, as well as with institutions and cultural actors in the Arab world and beyond.

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ACA Staff and Board Members


Rula Khoury

General Director

Majeda Akkawi- Tabaja

Office Manager

Dareen Ammouri

Resource Development & Public Relations

Rabeea Eid

Media Coordinator & Cultural Projects Coordinator

Mustafa Rinawi

Scholarship Program & Al Tarif Coordinator

Lubna Tuma

Scholarship Program & Al Tarif Coordinator

Board Members: 

Anton Shalhat: Writer & Chairman of the Board

Dr. Mahmoud Mouhareb: University Lecturer & Writer

Eyad Khalaileh: Lawyer

Fouad Sultani: Lawyer

Dr. Johnny Mansour: Lecturer & Writer

Dr. Mohanad Mustafa: Researcher

Haneen Aghbariye: Lawyer