A gathering place for art, education, and recreation.

This is Us

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit Community Center reflecting the community around it: diverse, supportive, and strong. Our goal is to aid the needs of a population representing over 150 different ethnic groups, from nearly 60 different countries of origin, that speak over 50 different languages. 

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Background

Clarkston Community Center opened its doors in 1994 and we keep growing year over year. Currently, we proudly serve more than 50,000 individuals.

We are a meeting place for both long-term residents and families and individuals that were not born in the U.S. In fact, 43% of Clarkson’s residents are foreign-born and more than half are living in poverty. The CCC provides unique experiences, educational resources, and valuable tools that foster community while celebrating cultural diversity. 

Programs for all ages

Clarkston Community Center a full range of community programs including a teen after-school program and thriving summer camps. Our Healthy Living Initiative* is growing as rapidly and our Seniors on the Go programs include Tai Chi, Senior ESL, Monthly Art Programs and much more.

We offer an exciting jobs program and recreation opportunities including soccer, contra dancing, and Tai Chi just to mention a few.

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Meet our Staff

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Cindy Bowden

Executive Director

director@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

Cindy is the Past President of the World Craft Council of North America (WCCNA) which is affiliated with UNESCO. She was the Director of the Bright Ring Foundation whose mission is to assist non-profit organizations and artists in becoming sustainable. Cindy has curated exhibitions and coordinated art exchange programs with Universities and museums in Italy, Japan, and Chile. And has worked in the museum and not-for-profit field for thirty-five years.

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Luay Sami

Director of Operations

sami@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

A native of Iraq, Luay Sami has served as an Arabic translator for the United States Army and a national language institute. Besides being a language instructor, Luay has experience as a marketing and event coordinator. As an employee of CCC he serves in the capacity of sales and event management and is responsible for the facilities management. He is a graduate of Baghdad University with dual degrees in graphic design and teaching instruction.

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Justine Okello

Director of Programs & Technology

programs@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

Justine Okello is from Uganda, East Africa and has a passion for community engagement and development. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Gulu University in Uganda and has worked with non-profit agencies like UNICEF, Human Rights Focus (HURIFO), and Save the Children.  He is a big fan of contemporary art and loves exploring different cultures.

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Regina Farmer

Office Manager

office@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

Before joining the CCC family, Regina worked as a staff accountant at City Club of Buckhead. She has over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, software support and customer support.  She served as administrative assistant for 100 Black Men of DeKalb County helping today's youth in school and the community. Regina received her Associate Degree from Lincoln College of Technology.

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Sayed Mohammad Musa

Administrative Assistant, Receptionist

info@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

A native of Afghan, Musa worked with ATC (Afghan Technical Consultant) clearing landmines in Afghanistan provinces to protect civilians. He worked with UNWFP (United Nation World Food Program) to distribute food to hungry families in Afghanistan and as an Admin Assistant for the transportation department, responsible for more than 1000 armored vehicles and 80 chauffeurs. Musa speaks Dari, Pushto, Hindi, Persian, and Urdu.

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Minnie Clark

Events Rental Coordinator

rentals@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

A seasoned professional from the Exposition Industry in South Florida, Ms. Minnie Clark has been in the Atlanta area for the past nine years and is the latest member of our team.  She is a welcome asset.

Meet our partners, sponsors and friends

Board of Directors

Chair:  Martha Liard - Talbott Consulting

Secretary:  Dr. Brian Williams - Department of Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University

Treasurer:  Leake Malede - Rapid Tax

Member: Dr. Henry (Chip) Carey - Department of Political Science, Georgia State University

Member: Lesley Dixon - Fiserv

Member: Awale Rage - Wells Fargo Bank

Member: Melissa Conrad-Alam - Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Member: Richard Levy - American University of Integrative Science

Member: Ashley Brodkin - BB&T

2017 Donors

Art Forward
BB&T Bank
Brockett Pub
City of Clarkston
Decatur Rotary Club
Dekalb County Youth Services Department 
FoodWell
John and Mary Franklin Foundation
Mason Fine Arts
Northlake Veterinary Surgery
Pipeline
Scott Hudgens Family Foundation
Stop & Save Group LLC
Thanks Mom and Dad Foundation
Thriftown
Wells Fargo Foundation

2016 Donors

Arthur M. Blank Foundation
Brain Foundation (Frances Hollis)
City of Clarkston
E-Z Agape Foundation
Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc
Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust
Mary Ryan and Henry G. Kuhrt Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Pipeline Foundation
Scott Hudgens Family Foundation
TechBridge
Thanks Mom and Dad Fund
United Way- Opportunity Zone
Wells Fargo Foundation

Previous Donors

Atlanta Falcon Youth Foundation
Georgia Council for the Arts
Atlanta Hawks Foundation
Bank of America Foundation
Brain Foundation (Frances Hollis)
Branan Foundation – Wells Fargo Admin Fdns.
The Coca Cola Foundation
Dekalb County Human Services Department 
Dekalb County Human and Community Development Department
Georgia Department  of Human Services – Office of Refugee Resettlement
Georgia Power
Healthcare Georgia-Health Promoters Program
Home Depot Foundation
Ida Alice Ryan Charitable Trust
John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation
John and Mary Franklin Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Foundation
The Katherine John Murphy Foundation
National Association of Asian American Professionals
Price Gilbert Jr. Charitable Fund
R. Howard Dobbs Foundation
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Ryan Foundation
Sam’s Club Foundation
Thanks Mom and Dad Foundation
The Tull Foundation
The Turner Foundation
Wachovia Foundation
The David, Helen, and Miriam Woodward Foundation
United Way- Opportunity Zone

Partners

CDF: A Collective Action Initiative
Center for Pan-Asian Community Service
Core Dance
Electro Bike Georgia
Emory University Department Office of Community and University Partnership
Friends of Refugees
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Georgia State University
Hands On Atlanta
Lutheran Services of Georgia
Mason Fine Arts
New American Pathways
Refugee Family Services
Soccer In The Streets
Something New
Théâtre du Rêve
UNICEF
VSA
Vision Factory

Help America's most diverse community continue to thrive.