The Yemeni American Public Affairs Council is a non-profit organization entrusted to educate, integrate, and advocate on behalf of the general public and specifically those of Yemeni American heritage. This is done by shaping public policy and opinion through engagement of decision makers in government, institution, media, and public at large. The YAPAC is entrusted to represent the Yemeni American community and help build bridges that are long overdue. Our strength is our networking ability and one of largest growing community. Due to our community size, it has awakened and risen to the challenge and believes in the need for integration and assimilation in the American system and way of life. As a natural manifestation of that awareness a collective effort has taken place. Now unified under an umbrella organization, YAPAC will take our community to a new frontier and maximize our public advantage.
Zawaya is a non-profit organization that seeks to contribute to the multicultural discourse of the Bay Area with the Arab Arts. Zawaya means “aspects” or “corners”, suggesting the many art forms to be discovered and enjoyed in Arab culture. It was founded in 2003 by Nabila Mango and Haya Shawwa Ben-Halim, two Arab-American women who recognized that the challenges faced by the Arab-American community in the Bay Area requires a creative response. With Zawaya, they sought to give the Arab community a voice, including a musical one. Aiming to address stereotypes and misconceptions, Zawaya offers a genuine image of Arab Americans and their rich civilization, which can only be a source of strength for American society.
Zawaya is the umbrella organization for the music group Aswat composed of approximately 40 musicians and singers. Zawaya aspires to expand its future programming to all other Arabic art forms, such as dance, theatre, poetry recitations, calligraphy, needle point crafts, and photography.
Zawaya is a tax-exempt, tax-deductible organization with 501(c)(3) status. Zawaya’s value system is pluralism. The board, the musicians, the singers and the audience are diverse both by intention and because of the people Zawaya attracts from a spectrum of cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds.
For more information about us please visit www.zawaya.org
Zeffa is an innovative folk duo featuring special cultural performances for weddings and social occasions.