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“One Community, Many Cultures” Celebration May 18 at Courthouse Square

Redwood City Together Hosts “One Community, Many Cultures” Celebration
Redwood City, CA – The entire community is invited to join in the “One Community, Many Cultures” event, a celebration of the rich and historic diversity of Redwood City. This event, which helps to illustrate the valuable contributions and shared values of both recent immigrants and those from throughout the City’s history, is coordinated by Redwood City Together, and takes place:
Saturday, May 18
Noon – 4 pm
Courthouse Square, and inside the San Mateo County History Museum (2200 Broadway)
This will be a fun, family-friendly event, featuring live performances on Courthouse Square that include Mexican Folkloric, Egyptian, Salsa, Polynesian, Tongan, Flamenco, and Soul Line Dancing. Plus, everyone can enjoy a fantastic array of foods during the special Food Tasting from 12:30 to 2:30 pm inside the Museum. The Food Tasking is just $5 for three tastings – food selections include: Russian, Indian, Turkish, Mexican, and Middle Eastern.
Also on the Square is a fun mapping exercise – an opportunity for attendees to share personal stories of migration by identifying where they and their ancestors/family migrated from, shown on a map. The map will be a great tool for seeing the incredible diversity of locations, from around the world, from which today’s Redwood City residents originated.
Indoors at the Museum all day (free admission on the day of the event!): Sequoia High School’s “Art for Social Change” exhibit; Cañada College video “Life Without A Voice”, Pacific Islander Initiative’s photo voice exhibit, and Youth Digital Stories. Plus, children   will be invited to make crafts representative of many cultures. Activities will include making a Polynesian lei, creating an Irish  wreath, designing an Italian mask and folding a Japanese origami banner. And as part of the event, the Museum will open a remarkable new photo exhibition, Faces of the Community: Yesterday and Today, which will feature 12 photos taken of nineteenth century San Mateo County residents by James Van Court and 12 photos taken of contemporary residents by photographer Juan Luis Aguirre.
The two sets of photographs show people doing similar things more than 100 years apart. Children at play and adults at work demonstrate how much things have changed and how much things have stayed the same – all in the context of the diverse population of the Redwood City community.

The event is being put together by Redwood City Together – a collaboration of caring community members and organizations working to build a stronger, inclusive, and welcoming community. As our community continues to grow and change, Redwood City Together believes we’re most successful when we appreciate our shared values and build on the strength of our diversity. People from all backgrounds want safe streets for our children, neighbors who look out for each other and a thriving community where we can prosper together. The group is coordinated by Redwood City 2020, a collaborative of key public and private organizations in our community working to ensure the health and success of all children, youth and families served by the Redwood City School District. Together, the partners of RWC 2020 identify barriers and then implement collaborative approaches that will open the doors to success. Visit Redwood City 2020 at www.rwc2020.org.

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