Cultural and


What We Offer

The Sancar (pronounced Sun-jaar) Turkish Cultural & Community Center (STCCC) is owned and operated by The Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation (AGSF), a 501 (c) (3) organization. The center provides various educational and social services and events to increase an understanding of Türkiye.

Venue Rental

The center’s convenient location and exceptional design make it the perfect venue for intimate to medium-sized social and corporate events. From executive meetings to weddings and catered dinners, our venue helps ensure your event is a success at an affordable price point.

Cooking Classes

We have the right ingredients to teach you how to prepare many of the most delicious and popular Turkish and Mediterranean dishes. Talented chefs, fresh ingredients, and small class size makes the 1-2 hour classes a fun and tasty learning experience.

Cultural Events

We offer opportunities throughout the year to learn about many facets of Turkish history and culture. Subscribe to our calendar for upcoming live entertainment, art shows, movies, classes, and everything in between. Please take advantage of these excellent opportunities to experience the traditions that make Türkiye and its people so fascinating.

Scholars Residence

We are in the final planning stages of the Sancar Scholars Residence (SSR), which will provide accommodation for visiting scholars. Your generous donations to make the residence a reality are greatly appreciated. Learn more about the scholars residence here.

The Aziz & Gwen Sancar Foundation

The Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation was established in 2007 by Nobel prize scientist Aziz Sancar and his wife, Gwen Sancar. The foundation’s primary mission is to provide educational and charitable activities to increase understanding of Türkiye and promote closer ties between the United States and Türkiye.

Neither the Foundation nor Sancar Turkish Cultural & Community Center (STCCC) are affiliated with any religious or political organization either in the U.S. or Türkiye. Initial funding for STCCC was provided through a grant from the Koç Foundation. Subsequent funding has been provided through the Aziz and Gwen Sancar Foundation, Bridge to Türkiye, and generous contributions from Türkiye and community members in the Triangle Area. Read more about AGSF and the Sancar’s here.

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