On March 7 2020, ARCS friends and supporters will gather for the first time to celebrate  our continuous growth and success since 2013, and raise funds to further develop our education programs.

Highlights of the Evening

We are thrilled to have His Excellency George Cristian Maior  and his wife Ana Maria Maior as our special guests from Washington D.C. His Excellency will attend the ARCS Gala with the sole purpose to communicate the Romanian Government's support and congratulate ARCS for an outstanding activity creating unique heritage education programs in Romanian. 

The event will start with a silent auction and will continue over dinner with presentations of our education programs followed by raise the paddle moments and Marina Albero's special psalterium (a Mediterranean hammered dulcimer) recital. Marina's music will echo our mission and celebrate cultural synergies by taking us on a virtual trip through time, from ancient Persia where the instrument originated, to Greece and the Mediterranean, with a final stop in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Our Goal and Vision for the Event

Statistics show that only 20% of American students grow up learning a second language, versus 92% in most European countries. Together, we can change this situation. Our goal is to raise between $20,000-$35,000 that will help us develop innovative teaching materials and curricula, as well as travel and study grants for the benefit of the second generation of American Romanians, or for anyone with an interest in Romania, residing in Washington State or other states, as well as in Romania. Our vision for heritage education is inclusive and global, creating meaningful learning experiences and long-lasting cultural exchanges. 

This is what we need and how we will use the funds raised:  

• $5,000 - $7,000 to cover expenses (promotion, prizes and students' participation at the Alianța Gala  in Washington D.C. - flight and lodging)  for the Romanian American National Heritage Award, a successful program now in its 4th year that recognizes outstanding volunteering work within the Romanian communities in the US, or in Romania. The award has helped the recipients distinguish themselves in their admission process to top colleges and institutions, such as Dartmouth College, Wesleyan Univ, Pitzer College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Whitman College, Purdue Univ, UW Honors, and many others; 

• $7,000 to partially cover the implementation of our new program Romanian in the Sky and Outer Space, modeled after the STARTALK Student Program, organized by UW specialists in STEM and Heritage Language Education at the University of Washington Language Learning Center. The funds raised will reduce the tuition cost for local participants, enable us to offer up to 5 scholarships for out-of-state students, and bring to Seattle outstanding Romanian scholars and researchers as guest speakers; 

• $ 5,000- $8,000 for the Romanian Studies Fund at UW, to continue the long tradition of teaching Romanian at the University of Washington that began in 1967, and unfortunately discontinued in 2004. In 2018 and 2019, ARCS co-founders Ileana Marin and Otilia Baraboi, were able to offer a Romanian culture and literature course, for both American, and Romanian heritage students. For this initiative, as well as for their entire activity promoting Romanian heritage education in the US, in December 2019, the Romanian President awarded ARCS co-founders the Order of Merit in Education at the Rank of Cavalier. The funds raised will not only help us continue to offer this successful course, but also facilitate access to UW resources, such access to space and as low rent for the Romanian in High School and ARCS Summer Programs; 

• $ 3,000-$5,000 to further develop a cohesive and comprehensive teaching method, both visually and content-wise, for our program The Center of Excellence ROACT, addressing heritage learners ages 5-17. Our instructors have been already creating materials from scratch to adjust to our students' specific learning needs and interests. The funds raised will help us put together these materials in a workbook that other communities in the US could use; 

• $5,000 to develop the first stages of mentorship programs that could create new bridges and exchanges between professionals or youth from the Romanian diaspora in the US, and students of various social backgrounds in Romania. The benefits of such programs will be mutual, multi-layered and with a long-lasting impact, enabling a meaningful reconnection with Romania on one hand, and on the other, an opportunity to strengthen Romania's civic spirit and professional development. 

Address: 900 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Your sponsorship will be a great way to show that your company is investing back into our community and recognizes its needs

You will empower our youth to explore their bilingual and bicultural identity and take pride in their heritage;
You will help us create a learning environment that is safe, interactive and open for multicultural events;
You will help us develop a teaching method that is tailored to heritage learners;
You will help us create bridges between the Romanian diaspora worldwide and the US;
You will  empower  a community that has been contributing to the the wealth of the area  for decades.  
We will give your brand exposure to all of our guests and thousands of social media followers

For more details and customized sponsorship packages, please contact Otilia Baraboi (Executive Director):  otilia.baraboi@arcsproject.org, tel: 206-245-5341 or Ileana Marin ( President of the Board): ileana.marin@arcsproject.org, tel 206-604-1831.

Silent Auction Sponsors

Do you own a business or represent an institution that could contribute to our Silent Auction by donating an item such as a service, membership or acess to classes and other events ? Do you have a vacation home or own a restaurant?

Please let us know how you would like to contribute by filling out this form In-kind Sponsorships form

Event Sponsors  

Adriana Guiman and XR Journeys  - Video Production Services 

Fleurs d'Or Boutique by Sophie - Flower Arrangements and Decorations

Natalia Stadnicenco Photography - Photo

Oana Gușatu - Romanian Souvenir Baskets 

                                                         THANK YOU! Vă mulțumim!!! 


Fundraising Campaign

If you cannot be present at our fundraising event, but you wish to support ARCS education programs, you are welcome to make a donation according to your budget and program interests. A donation of $150 will help us cover the fundraising event expenses, but any other amount will be highly appreciated. If you would like to support a specific program, please indicate your wish when you make the transaction. If you represent a business or an institution, please consult our sponsorship packages for all recognition and rewards options. 





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American Romanian Cultural Society
1931 E Lynn St
Seattle, WA 98112

Credits: Ambassador Maior speaking at the University of Washington, Seattle, 2017

George Cristian Maior

His Excellency George Cristian Maior has been accredited as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to the  United States in June 2015. He is a university professor and PhD coordinator at the Department of International Relations and European Integration within the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest. He published a great number of articles and books covering topics from human rights and public law to international relations, strategic thinking, security and intelligence studies.

He was invited as keynote speaker at prestigious universities, organizations, and think-tanks (Harvard Kennedy School of Government, George Washington University, American University, National Intelligence University, Atlantic Council, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Center for European Policy Analysis, AIPAC, etc.). He is a member of the Honorary Board of Advisors of the "National Student Leadership Foundation."

The President of Romania awarded George Cristian Maior the National Order of "Faithful Service" in rank of Knight, the National Order "Star of Romania" in rank of Knight and the National Order "Star of Romania" in rank of Officer. In April 2014, he became a Knight of the "Legion of Honor" order, a title conferred by the President of France. In 2017, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) awarded George Cristian Maior the "Earl Warren Medallion" for the outstanding partnership with the United States and exceptional leadership during his tenure as Director of Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI). Additionally, he is a Doctor Honoris Causa of the Military Technical Academy in Bucharest, of the "Andrei Saguna" University in Constanta and of the West University in Timisoara.


Marina Albero

A master of the piano, psalterium (a mediterranean Hammered Dulcimer), vibraphone and composition, Marina Albero is a working musician based in Seattle, leading the Marina Albero Project. Born and raised in Barcelona, Marina Albero started playing music on stages as a child with her family while they toured all around the world playing traditional music and creating new shows. In her early years she studied in Barcelona's Conservatory (El Bruc) and later in La Havana (ISA), where she finished her classical piano degree with the great professor and pianist Mrs. Teresa Junco.
Marina has been researching in many different music styles such as: jazz, flamenco, early music, andalusie, latin (Brazilian & latin jazz)... She loves composing and improvising with a wide personal language carved by her colorful background. She has played and recorded with several well known musicians and bands including L'Arpeggiata, Chano Dominguez, Pepe Habichuela, La Folata, Mariona Sagarra, Barbarito Torres, Llibert Fortuny, Glen Velez, Lori Cotler, Carlos Saura and Ars Longa, Thomas Marriot. Marina is also a piano chair at Teatro Zinzanni and has been invited to teach at Cornish College of the Arts and other musical institutions as well as presenting her music at the Ballard Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival and KNKX programs "live studio sessions" and "Jazz Northwest" produced by Jim Wilke. The Marina Albero Project features some of the finest musicians like Hans Teuber, Evan Flory-Barnes, D'Vonne Lewis, Jeff Busch, Jeff Johnson, Ben Thomas, Chuck Deardorf and Jose Martinez.
As a hammered dulcimer player she created a language using flamenco rhythms, improvisation and modal music connecting the instrument from their origins in Persia to the nowadays sounds and textures. She has performed at the NAMM show representing Dusty Strings, teaching several workshops and performing with this instrument at unusual stages such as Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival or Benaroya Hall among others. Since September 2014, she enjoys living in Seattle with her musical kids and has joined the local music scene and been well received by her fellow musicians as well as the listeners and the media.
She has recently been awarded by Earshot Jazz as Emerging Artist of the year and just self released the triple cd “A life soundtrack”, with original compositions, jazz standards and improvised music. Marina was nominated for three awards including best instrumentalist, best record and best concert of 2019! Here is the nominations link,  in case you wanna share and vote: https://www.earshot.org/project/2019-golden-ear-awards-ballot/
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Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a local actor and auctioneer. His charimatic presence will create a sense of community for our American and Romanian guests where everyone feels included, appreciated and part of a beautiful vision of friendship and multiculturalism. We are looking forward to spending a fun, engaging evening with Matt.  You can find out more about his impressive, versatile career on his webite: 


ARCS Fundraising Gala
ARCS Fundraising Gala Ticket $150

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ARCS Patron of Heritage Education · $4,000 - $5,000

ARCS Ambassador of Heritage Education · $1,000 and more

Event Sponsor · $500 and more

Silent Auction Sponsors · $100 - $500

ARCS Ambassador of Heritage Education · $1,000 and more

Isabella Fu and Radu Palanca
Otilia and Tudor Baraboi

ARCS Supporter of Heritage Education · $250 and more

Ioana and Valentin Danciu