WHO WE ARE?
The Atlantic Institute was established in 2012 as a derivative of the Istanbul Center. The Istanbul Center has been promoting dialogue, respect, and cooperation in the community since its foundation in 2002. Now, Atlantic Institute has taken over Istanbul Center’s programs while the Istanbul Center continues to focus its efforts on community service activities with its new name of Istanbul Cultural Center.
The Atlantic Institute is an independent, non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, GA whose goal is to facilitate dialogue and bridge cultures from both sides of the Atlantic. In order to reach a more understanding and accepting coexistence of cultures, we believe it is necessary to embrace diversity and build tolerance. We want to foster awareness for differing beliefs, traditions, and opinions. Through our other branches in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina, we are dedicated to building cross-cultural and interfaith dialog for a more inclusive society.
We are an academic and educational organization that strives to provide opportunities to increase understanding and awareness of the vast and diverse cultures that make up the Greater Metro Atlanta area. We are inspired by the teachings and guidance of many scholars, such as the poet Rumi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Fethullah Gulen , who emphasize the importance of education, dialogue and understanding in an effort to create a world in which tolerance and acceptance of differing cultures prevail.
We believe, even in this digital era, that direct interaction and dialogue are still the best way to build mutual understanding, trust and harmony among people. We accomplish our goals through several instructive programs that bring people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds together in order to proactively contribute to solving educational, cultural, social and humanitarian issues within our community.