Turkish cultural center celebrates opening in Mount Prospect

Derya Bora, 5, of Buffalo Grove gets ready to preform in the Turkish Kafkas Folk Dance as part of the grand opening event held Saturday at the Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center.
Derya Bora, 5, of Buffalo Grove gets ready to preform in the Turkish Kafkas Folk Dance as part of the grand opening event held Saturday at the Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center.


Date posted: April 19, 2013

An untimely power outage couldn’t dim the mood of hundreds of people who gathered Saturday to celebrate the new Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center in Mount Prospect.

“There’s some irony here because out of today’s darkness, this center will be a real beacon, a light on the greatness of your community,” U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, a Chicago Democrat, said, illuminated by the light of a video camera.

Despite the darkness — a ComEd spokeswoman said 46 customers were affected by a broken utility pole — visitors still managed to tour the sprawling 80,000-square-foot center at 501 Midway Drive. It features dining facilities, guest rooms and suites, conference rooms, a sports complex, offices and catering services.

They took in traditional folk music and dance performances, and watched as women created paper marbling artwork known as “ebru” and designed hand-painted plates.

The day was years in the making, with the village originally approving the cultural center and adjoining school back in 2003. Executive Director Muhittin Er said a combination of factors contributed to delays, including financing problems, the economic downturn and the relocation of some board members.

Er said the pieces eventually fell into place, however, and that the project timetable was able to be expedited so that construction took less than seven months.

There are about 20,000 people of Turkish descent in the Chicago area, but Er emphasized the facility is open to everyone. The nonprofit organization offers a variety of lectures, classes and a weekend school.

“It’s a wonderful place to celebrate our language, our religion and our culture,” said Algonquin resident Ali Namik, who’s been coming to the facility every week since the school opened last September and the cultural center in December. “It’s important for my children (ages 9, 12 and 15) to learn.”

Several American and Turkish leaders briefly spoke including Fahrettin Poyraz, chairperson of the Turkish Parliament. Through a translator, he spoke of the importance of having these types of gathering places.

“The more we have these facilities, the more we have dialogue to overcome problems,” Poyraz said.

His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, the bishop of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, also emphasized that the center can help bridge differences despite past feuds.

“This building represents so much to so many, but I think it represents an even more significant spot in the history of our people,” he said. “Greeks and Turks living together in harmony and mutual respect is a dream come true that my grandparents probably never saw.”

Source: DailyHerald, 23 March, 2013


Related News

Kimse Yok Mu becomes first charity to reach Philippines from Turkey

Turkish charity Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) was the first such organization from Turkey to send aid to the Philippines, which is struggling to recover after being hit on Friday by Typhoon Haiyan. Reaching the area with military helicopters, a team of 10 people began search and rescue activities and 25 tons of food packages were distributed to 6,500 victims in cooperation with Philippine officials.

Yeni Asya editor: Erdoğan kept strategy to finish off Gülen movement secret

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who launched an all-out war against the faith-based Gülen movement in late 2013, kept his strategy to eliminate the group a secret until he decided to sever ties with it completely, Yeni Asya daily Editor-in-Chief Kazım Güleçyüz has said, adding the elimination strategy was state-sponsored.

Arbil closer to İstanbul than Baghdad

ŞAHİN ALPAY My first visit to the Kurdistan region of Iraq took place a year ago, on the invitation of the University of Duhok, to participate in an international conference on the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Awakenings. Last week I was once more in the region, this time upon an invitation […]

Turkish anti-terrorism police carried out raids in six cities, detaining at least five people with alleged links to al-Qaida

The police raid “is a deliberate attack on the IHH,” said Yasar Kutluay, the group’s secretary general. “They are trying to portray the group as an organization with links to terrorism.” He blamed Israel and Gulen’s supporters, for the operation — a charge Gulen’s movement immediately rejected as “slander and false incrimination.”

Youth address global poverty in Gülen Institute’s essay contest

Hundreds of young people from around the world pondered the issue of global poverty and proposed potential solutions based on their own research and experience in an international essay contest launched by the Gülen Institute, a US-based civil society organization.

Ali Bulac: Gulen movement wants to participate in the globalization

Just like the Seljuks and the Ottomans emerged and spread to the Balkans and the Middle East, the Gulen movement repeats the same experience in a different form – by participating in globalization. Globalization shakes the nation-state, dissolves society. The Gulen movement, despite being part of globalization, also protects the individual from the resulting side effects.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

A Shared Struggle: Muslim and Jewish fasters break it together

Pregnant with twins, Kocaeli woman detained during control at hospital

Woman dismissed from job because she had surgery at hospital targeted by gov’t

Handcuffed justice

The work of peace

Parallel state hunt makes McCarthyism look like child’s play

Emerging context: Globalised world and Islam

Copyright 2024 Hizmet News