What is a “real American”?

By Heila Ershadi (Moab Sun News)- I am the daughter of immigrants, and I am an American. My late father was from Iran; my mother is from Norway. They met while working at a restaurant in Tennessee, the state where I was born. It’s a classic example of the American “melting pot.” But all my life, I […]

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Kids go back to school with BEACON

(Moab Sun News)- BEACON Afterschool Program opened its 12th year of programming on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for K-8 students at Helen M. Knight Elementary, Grand County Middle School and Moab Charter School. During the last school year, BEACON served 665 students at the three sites, and program officials are expecting similar or greater enrollment numbers […]

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Moab’s dancing stars take the stage for annual MVMC fundraiser

By Molly Marcello (The Moab Times Independent)- “Inspiring, beautiful, and fun” are words the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) uses to describe the third annual “Dancing with the Moab Stars” event, a fundraiser set for Friday Sept. 23. The event, which traditionally sells out, features nine competing pairs of “Moab stars” and their dance instructors, showcasing […]

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Ni hao Chinese visitors promote language culture with free classes

By Jeff Richards (Moab Times-Independent)- Three visitors from China conducted a free beginning Chinese class last Friday afternoon, July 29 at the Extension 4-H room at Utah State University–Moab. During the hour-long class, participants learned how to recognize several basic Chinese characters, along with their meanings. They then used these characters to create their own Chinese […]

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‘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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