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Longmont’s Annual Inclusive Communities Celebration to Feature Dance, Art, Music from Around the World

September 21, 2018

Sam Seyfi, chairman of the Longmont Multicultural Action Committee, is shown speaking during the Martin Luther King Day celebration at Silver Creek High School on Jan. 15. The committee's 15th annual Inclusive Communities Friday at the Longmont Museum.

If you go

What: 2018 Inclusive Communities celebration

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road

Cost: Free

More info: https://bit.ly/2QNwo8K

For the 15th year, Longmont’s Multicultural Action Committee introduced new elements into the annual Inclusive Communities Celebration at the museum.

For one, Mayor Brian Bagley will introduce an elder from the Northern Arapaho tribe, who will bless the proceedings. This year is the first time such an honor will happen, , said committee chairman Sam Seyfi.

Bagley in August led a group of city officials and staff to meet with the Northern Arapaho in an effort to forge a sister cities relationship between the tribe and Longmont and discuss persistent issues that face various Native American communities across the United States.

The 2018 Inclusive Communities Celebration will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. The celebration is free.

Additionally, this year’s celebration will feature a Longmont passport attendees can have stamped at each booth. There will be one stamp for each culture represented in Longmont, including African-American, Peruvian, Native American, Mexican, East Indian and Chinese.

“The flag of each country will be there for each page and children can go around and collect stamps at each table or each booth,” Seyfi said. “They will keep that as a piece of memory for themselves as they go around and learn about all the different countries and cultures that make up Longmont.”

Community members voluntarily come to celebration to share their cultural background through dance, displays, traditional art, traditional dress and a sampling of different foods and drinks from around the world.

The nonprofit organization Intercambio will spotlight its efforts to teach immigrants English with a special presentation in the Kaiser Permanente Education Center.

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci

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