I literally stumbled across the Levantine Cultural Center one day while walking to an Ethiopian restaurant in West Hollywood. I saw it from the corner with the words "Bridging Cultures, Building Peace since 2001" written across the door, and I knew I had to go inside. I took information and offered to intern with them a few days later. This was just after having returned to America from two years abroad in southern Spain.
If approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Islamic community center will be funded by The Cordoba Institute, a Muslim organization that "aims to achieve a tipping point in Muslim-West relations within the next decade, steering the world back to the course of mutual recognition and respect and away from heightened tensions." They are an organization that claims, "Solving some of the most intractable conflicts in the world today requires innovative strategies for cross-cultural engagement," which is why they are proposing a center that includes a 500-seat performing arts center and auditorium, a swimming pool, art exhibition spaces, bookstores, a prayer space, restaurants promoting the rich culinary traditions of the Middle East, and more cultural programs as funds allow.