The best way to learn about another culture is to experience it, plain and simple. Especially during times of escalated cultural tensions. Zawaya is answering the call of increasing awareness of Arab culture. Founded in 2001, this Bay Area non-profit has been actively involved in the community and, with the support of volunteers like Inas Elmashni, brings music, arts, theatre, poetry, and general culture from the Middle East. Aside from artistic endeavors like sponsoring an Arab choir, the organization also hosts an annual iftar dinner for low income families. The ambition and drive to educate and give back to the community while fostering creativity in all forms to promote better understanding are what make Zawaya this week’s Non-Profit Spotlight. Keep reading to learn more.