The vision of the Alif Institute is to connect humanity through the power of arts & culture
The mission of the Alif Institute is to foster the understanding and appreciation of Arab culture
The Alif Institute was established in 2004 by The Arab-American Fund of Georgia, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
AAFG is a non-profit organization with a mission of educating about the Arab Middle East. It is exempt from federal income taxes under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code since 1986.
Alif Institute plans to develop the 9 acres – wooded land adjacent to the building. The new plan will include the establishment of an outdoor educational exhibit, an Arab style garden, and an Arab style fountain. In additional the plan calls for much needed additional parking space.
Expanding the Cultural and Educational Programs
Alif Institute plans to grow the onsite programs, as well as programs with other educational institutions.
Creating a Permanent Exhibit
In addition to the current space that allows for art exhibits, Alif plans to develop a permanent art and educational exhibit.
We invite you to invest in the success of Alif Institute by donating funds, in kind contributions or services to help us proceed with our future plans.
For many years, and as a nonprofit educational organization, the Arab-American Fund of Georgia (AAFG) provided financial and material support to legitimately organized groups, schools, institutions and similar educational and cultural bodies for the purpose of educating about the culture and history of the peoples of the Arab Middle East.
The concept of establishing, a comprehensive educational center with a focus on the Arab culture was presented to AAFG. The board supported this unique concept, and in 1999, it established the Committee for the Alif Institute to raise awareness and initial funds for the Alif Institute project under the tax-exempt status of AAFG. The committee held three successful fund-raising events and worked actively on promoting the project.
In June 2001, the Alif Institute was incorporated in Georgia as a separate non-profit organization. By the end of 2002, a commercial real estate property suitable for the Alif Institute was identified.
In March 2003, the two organizations, Alif Institute and AAFG, agreed to join their efforts and purchase the identified property as the site of the future Alif Institute. Consequently, Alif Institute, inc. was dissolved, and AAFG, Inc. completely adopted the Alif Institute project.
The unequivocal and generous support from the local Arab American community was crucial in purchasing a property with an existing building and an adjacent wooded land for future expansion. Extensive remodeling work was completed by the end of 2003
On January 17, 2004, the Alif Institute officially opened its doors to the public, as a non-profit American education, culture, arts, and enrichment center with a focus on the Arab culture and Arab Americans.
A three year strategic plan was completed in October 2009. It called for expanding and improving programming and for long term expansion of the facility. The following are some of the recent achievements.
- Expansion of the Arabic language program.
- Addition of Enrichment Program with regular classes such as Oud, Music, Art, Cooking, Knit & Stitch, and Calligraphy.
- Additional of monthly cultural program such as the Intercultural Movie & Dinner, the Documentary & Discussion and the Books & Bites series.
- Annual Gala event featuring Arab American High Achievers (AAHA) Awards.
- Annual Atlanta Arab Festival
- Addition of one new classroom space.
- Completion of the New Event Room.
- Hiring of permanent staff.