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Levantine Center Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/03/2013: Levantine Center

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: LEVANTINE CENTER

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AKA  Levantine Cultural Center
Los Angeles, CA
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Levantine Center Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/03/2013: Levantine Center

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: LEVANTINE CENTER

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Also Known As: Levantine Cultural Center
Physical Address: Los Angeles, CA 90035 2657
EIN: 91-2156607
Web URL: www.levantinecenter.org 
Blog URL: www.levantinecenter.org/words-director 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A02 Management & Technical Assistance
Year Founded: 2001 
Ruling Year: 2007 
How This Organization Is Funded: Board of Directors (10) - $50,000
Private Donors - $32,000
Earned Income - $90,000


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Mission Statement

Levantine Cultural Center champions a greater understanding of the Middle East and North Africa by presenting artistic and educational programs that bridge political and religious divides. In a search for common ground, the Center fosters discussions among artists and thinkers and offers classes and workshops that serve diverse ethnic communities.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2012

Total Revenue $167,000
Total Expenses $142,500

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Jordan Elgrably

Leadership Statement:

After traveling widely and living abroad for a decade, upon returning to Los Angeles, I discovered that the Middle Eastern population had mushroomed, with hundreds of thousands of Iranians, Arabs, Armenians, Sephardic Jews, Turks, Kurds, Afghans and others adding up to over one million people of Middle Eastern/North African heritage in the greater Los Angeles region. My friends and I were active on the Israeli-Palestinian issue and worked in the '90s to bridge the divide through coexistence organizations both in the region and in Southern California. For a time, between 1999 and 2001, my Muslim friend Munir Shaikh and I co-directed an effort called Open Tent Middle East Coalition, which brought all of us together under one tent to talk about our differences and similarities and to look for solutions to the problems our peoples faced back home.Founded during the summer of 2001, the Levantine Cultural Center grew out of these local efforts to bridge the divide between Americans and the Arab/Muslim world. It is the result of many peoples' hopes and dreams whose families experienced adversity and struggle; it was created by immigrants and the children of immigrants from countries in the Middle East and North Africa—Muslims, Jews and Christians who believe in our interconnectedness and the urgent need for dialogue, for bridging our differences. The center reflects my belief that we may come from different cultural or religious backgrounds, but we share much in common with one another, and together we can reinvent tomorrow for ourselves and our children.

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Programs

Program: Maktub: New Writing From/To the Mideast (GuideStar Exchange,
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$7,500
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Program Description:

Levantine Cultural Center presented six literary arts programs

Program Long-Term Success:

Over 1,000 attendees acquired expanded knowledge of Arab, Iranian and other Middle Eastern societies

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In June 2007 we presented an afternoon and evening of poetry, drama, discussion and music

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more than 250 attended and the feedback was excellent

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Program: New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$35,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

A monthly series of cast/crew special screenings of independent feature films from/about the Middle East and North Africa, funded in part by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The series provides Americans with opportunities to view films that receive limited theatrical distribution, and affords time to discuss films and the issues they raise with directors, actors and screenwriters.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Being equal parts “East” and “West” we resist the “us vs. them” dialectic—the dichotomy of a “clash of civilizations.” We don’t believe that the events of 9/11 have locked us into a binary reality. You can be a secular Iraqi Muslim like architect Zaha Hadid, who lives in London and creates post-modern buildings all over the world. Or you can be an observant Moroccan Jew like André Azoulay who advises the King of Morocco on that country’s economic policies. Whether you’re a Christian Arab from Bethlehem who makes documentaries films for a living, or an Egyptian Jew from Alexandria who writes extravagant science-fiction novels, you are part of a larger, cohesive narrative. Levantine Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the Los Angeles nexus for Middle Eastern/North African and Mediterranean cultures. We look to new ideas and forms of expression from artists, writers, iconoclasts and visionaries, both in the region and abroad. Tax-deductible contributions support our programs for Middle East peace & cross-cultural understanding.
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