‘Multicultural Mural’ celebrates peaceful change

by Molly Marcello (The Moab Times Independent)- Community members and artists celebrated completion of phase two of the “Multicultural Mural” at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) on June 16, with a toast and a tour of the completed paintings. In the future, representatives say the mural project, which depicts nine peaceful change leaders, will include […]

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MVMC camp introduces kids to diverse cultures

By Emily Lawson (Moab Times Independent)- On Monday, June 20, a group of Moab children visited Afghanistan for a day, exploring the country through pictures, crafts, games and lessons at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC). Through the center’s “Multicultural Mondays” community outreach program, local kids (grades one through six) participate in a summer camp designed […]

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Multicultural center succeeds with community’s help

(Moab Sun News)- Rhiana Medina, Executive Director, Moab Valley Multicultural Center Dear Editor, The Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) would like to thank the Moab community for supporting our mission this year. In 2015 we were able to provide 700-plus hours of advocacy and crisis support services. At least 1,300 people attended an MVMC cultural […]

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Documenting immigrants’ lives

(Moab Sun News)- “Two Americans” co-director Valeria Fernández, left, talks about immigration and immigrants’ rights at a panel discussion with “The Vigil” director Jenny Alexander (on screen) during the Moab International Film Festival’s opening night on Friday, Nov. 20. Moab Valley Multicultural Center Outreach Director Leticia Bentley, right, facilitated the discussion along with Moab resident Jose […]

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Multicultural center celebrates the lives of loved ones

Dia de los Muertos remembers the dead By Sharon Sullivan (Moab Sun News)- In Mexico and Central America, mariachi bands typically perform in cemeteries to serenade the spirits during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. The holiday is observed on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, when people in Latin America commemorate and celebrate […]

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Unsung Heroes: Rhiana Medina

Unsung Heroes: Rhiana Medina (Moab Times-Independent)- When Rhiana Medina started volunteering for the Moab Valley Multicultural Center five years ago there were three people on staff, and they were all part-time employees. “The center wasn’t open all week long because they didn’t have the staffing,” said Medina, who is now the center’s executive director. “I’d tell […]

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Dancing with the Moab Stars benefits Moab Valley Multicultural Center

Dance “stars” take the stage By Rudy Herndon (Moab Sun News)- For an authority figure, the soft-spoken and cordial Moab City Police Chief Mike Navarre is not an imposing guy. Correction: He is not an imposing guy, unless your name is Lisa Albert, and you’ve just found out that your rival contestant and his partner […]

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23rd annual Moab Arts Festival returns this weekend

Filling the park with art by Sharon Sullivan (Moab Sun News)- A Navajo hoop dancer, a Salt Lake City Shakespearean theater troupe and Japanese-inspired Moab Taiko Dan drummers are among the unique acts performing this weekend during the 23rd annual Moab Arts Festival at Swanny City Park. Additionally, 100 artists from Utah, Montana, Nevada, New […]

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There are angels among us

(Diocesan Dialogue) — Dr. Ada van Vloten tell the parents of a young boy he is not deaf as the school thought. She describes in Spanish how his ears are full of infection and carefully details how they must give the medicine that will allow Carlos to hear again. She also smiles as Carlos mimics […]

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MVMC sponsors poster design contest

The Moab Valley Multicultural Center is looking for high school artists to design a marketing poster for the Festival of Cultures to be held May 2-4. The contest is open to high school students, grades nine-12. The winning designer will be awarded a $50 prize. The 2008 theme for the event will be, “A Celebration of […]

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