ניקאט-המרכז לאמנות וטכנולוגיה בצפון ישראל (ע"ר) 580575082
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ABOUT THE CENTER

A-CAT, the first center of its kind in Israel, offers courses and workshops in a range of art and technology subjects, in a unique educational setting. We deliver rich and original content that motivates students to explore possibilities on a personal occupational and entrepreneurial level. The center was established to cater to the cultural mosaic that characterizes Northern Israel, Akko and the Western Galilee, providing a support system and second home to the region’s mixed community.

 

Our vision is to reinforce social cohesion, and to encourage personal empowerment. The learning experience at A-CAT is diverse and innovative; tailored to the needs of with a range of classes, art studies counseling and mentoring, and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using the most technically advanced equipment At A-CAT we believe in developing the human fabric, while exposing our students to new possibilities, instilling aspiration and hope in them. We are proud to have contributed to the success of many individuals who have attended our classes and gained tools for personal development through art and technology education. In addition to youth enrichment classes, A-CAT offers vocational training for adults. Jobseekers can choose from a range of professional courses, which are accompanied by life coaching, mentoring and employment consulting sessions, designed to empower individuals and help them find suitable employment.

 

The center is a social hub for community and cultural activities, and a venue for conferences held by associations closely aligned with A-CAT’s values A-CAT was founded by the Northern Israel Center for Arts and Technology non-profit organization (NICAT), an extension of the USA based Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC). The center in Akko was established at the initiative of its chairman Mr. Mark Frank. It is the tenth center of its kind, and the first time the model has been implemented outside the USA. 

AKKO AND NORTH OF ISRAEL

Akko was selected as the site for A–CAT’s first center in Israel because of its diverse community and peripheral location. Throughout its history, Akko has been home to many different cultures and nations. Today the city is an Israeli model for Jews and Arabs living together, with mixed social groups contributing to this environment.

 

The center was established in order to provide individuals living in Akko and the area an opportunity to develop personal and professional ties within the community, and to assist in the effort to improve the quality of life of communities in the Western Galilee and Northern  Israel.

Ha-Amal 4 Akko, PO- 2451808
04-6803333

 
 
 
Founder

A-CAT is based on a successful model designed by Bill Strickland for building social affiliations to strengthen low income communities, empowering individuals to achieve self-fulfillment and realize a better future, a model which has been successfully implemented in the US with the purpose of tightening bonds between racial and ethnic communities.

Strickland grew up in a poor black neighborhood in Pittsburgh and was able to change the course of his life thanks to a mentor he met when he was 16 years old and on the verge of dropping out of school. Today, he is a professor at Harvard University and serves on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts

Bill’s inspiring story -- documented in his autobiography Make the Impossible Possible – demonstrates how creation of a strong learning environment, development of close bonds with young people and giving them hope makes everything possible for them.  

It cost $ 60.000  to keep people in jail, and 40.000 $ to build the university of Pittsburgh medical school. Do the math … I don't think I'm crazy. I think we can 'get home' on this thing, and I think we can build these centers all over the country for less money we are spending on prisons, and I believe we can turn this whole story around to one of celebration and one of hope.        

Jane Cynkus, Operations Manager

Jane’s passion and professional experience in planning and leading complex operations, project management and developing business plans was an instant fit with the vision and needs of A-CAT.

 

She brings vast expertise in establishing and leading groundbreaking multi-cultural projects.

 

At A-CAT, Jane leads cross-organizational initiatives, partnerships and resource management.

Mark S. Frank, President and Chairman

President and Chair of the Akko Center for Arts and Technology

(A-CAT).  In this position, Mr. Frank is the lead for all development efforts for A-CAT

 

  Mark is responsible for working with community non-profits and for-profit corporations to build a Center that will bring Israeli Arabs and Jews together to learn and train in a culturally inclusive, collaborative and nurturing atmosphere infused with innovation, creativity and cutting-edge technology.

 

Naim Obeid, CEO

Naim Obeid is a lifelong resident of Akko, Israel, Naim, a sound engineer, is the founder and owner of an acoustic design firm that owns and operates a music production and professional sound studio. 

Naim is active in many community organizations around the city.

He is a board member of the Akko Conservatory of Music and a founding member of "Keshet", an Arab/Jewish community leadership council.

 

In 2015 Naim joined the board of the NICAT organization and played a leading role in the process of building the A-CAT Center

In January 2016 was appointed as CEO of the A-CAT Center.

Izhak Haime

 Photography Coordinator

A photographer and graphic designer with vast experience in youth educational programs in non-formal and special needs frameworks. A rehabilitation coach and the founder of the an employment center for special needs individuals in Kfar Galim

Mohamed Sawaed

3D Printing Coordinator

Mohamed Sawaed - 3D Printing Coordinator  

Mohamed is experienced in technology training and instruction and as a coordinator of extra- curricular education programs.

  He holds a BA in Information Systems and is an MA student in information and knowledge management.

Mirit Strumza 

Media Manager

Mirit is an active member of various social and cultural groups promoting coexistence in Akko. She is a freelance journalist for the Yedioth Tikshoret Communications Group, and a published author. Her book “Akko – the Legend and Story” was published by the Akko Municipality. Mirit, an experienced marketing and public relations writer, is a graduate of the University of Haifa.

Tzameret Ben Shlush

Program Coordinator

Tzameret is an experienced office manager, and has held various administrative positions throughout her career. She brings experience in training, and working with government institutions. Tzameret is a graduate of the University of Haifa.

Abrahem Kondos

Building superintendent

After many years of working as a banker, large factory maintenance is Abrahem's second career.  He has a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Management, a banking diploma, and has completed many banking and accounting training courses. Abrahem is also a car examiner.

Munir Kazmuz

Photography Instructor

After many years of working as a banker, large factory maintenance is Abrahem's second career.  He has a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Management, a banking diploma, and has completed many banking and accounting training courses. Abrahem is also a car examiner.

Saher Zidan

Operations Assistant

Saher has gained his master's degree in Economics from the Technion and Haifa University as part of a joint program, worked as a financial analyst and trader in a leading global company, and founded Brain Academy in 2016, a young socio-educational venture with the aim of raising the educational level and awareness amongst school students. He has participated in a myriad of local and global professional programs for leadership and social entrepreneurship.

Igal Baum

Marketing & Media

Graduate of Visual Communication at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, approaching completion of his Master's degree in Research Communication at the University of Haifa. Graphic designer and user interface designer. Igal has vast marketing experience, specializing in digital marketing. He is a researcher, lecturer and teacher in the fields of design, marketing, communication, semiotics and literacy.

Efrat Zoaretz

Head of Film and Video Production Department

Instructor and Head of the Film and Video Production Program and produces cinema. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications, and is currently completing her master's degree in Cinema and Television at Tel Aviv University.

She has previous experience as a teacher and as Head of Communications and Cinema programs in the Ministry of Education's high and junior high schools. Efrat sees the art of cinema as a tool for creating reality and inspiration.