Environmental justice panel brings local issues into focus

By Jacque Garcia (The Times-Independent) Canyon Country Rising Tide held an environmental justice panel April 18 highlighting issues facing the Moab community. Focused on giving a voice to those most affected by these matters, and educating people on how it can help, the panel featured key members of the community who spoke from personal experience. […]

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MVMC’s Haley Austin brings social justice to Moab

By Jacque Garcia (The Times-Independent)- In 2017, Haley Austin joined the Moab Valley Multicultural Center’s staff as their AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America representative. Since then she has been a leader at the MVMC, fine-tuning a curriculum for students and working as a bilingual advocate — and now, she plans to stay on as an […]

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Arts council gives $7K to local non-profits

The Moab Arts Council has granted $7,000 to be divided among eight local organizations and events in support of the arts in Moab. A total of 13 organizations made requests for funding to the council, totaling $19,481.50. The council hosted an award ceremony Jan. 9 at the MARC where the grantees were recognized. Recipients of […]

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Moab Valley Multicultural Center expands its reach in 2017

By Jacque Garcia (Moab Times-Independent)- The Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) helped a record number of people this year, and staff hope to help even more in 2018. “[This year] at the multicultural center was epic,” said MVMC executive director Rhiana Medina. Medina said this year was special for a number of reasons, one being that […]

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Bentley to retire after long storied career at MVMC

(The Times-Independent)- After more than decade of leadership at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC), founder Leticia Bentley is ready for new adventures, retiring from her position as outreach coordinator at the center on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Bentley’s dream of a multicultural social services and education center began in late 1999 when she was a […]

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Multicultural center founder retires

(Moab Sun News)- After more than 10 years working at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, founder Leticia Bentley is ready for new adventures. Bentley’s dream of a multicultural social services and education center began in late 1999, when she was a teacher with the Grand County School District. It became clear that there were immense needs […]

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A day to remember loved ones

By Lara Gale (Moab Sun News)- As fall turns to winter, communities worldwide are preparing to celebrate the memories of deceased loved ones in annual traditional festivals for the dead. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is one such tradition, bringing together music, dancing and delicious home-prepared food in gatherings that allow […]

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MVMC, Medina steps up assistance to DACA ‘Dreamers’ in the region Despite Trump order, city council passes DACA resolution

By Rose Egelhoff (Moab Times-Independent)- Moab City Council passed a resolution supporting the extension of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The action was one part of a wider community response to President Trump’s announcement that Congress would put the program on hold for review. “I […]

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Unsung Heroes Zaida Agreda-Winn

By Rose Egelhoff (The Times-Independent)- Zaida Agreda-Winn was surprised when she got the front desk job at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center. In Bolivia, Agreda-Winn was an award-winning journalist with 10 years of experience, but in Moab in 2008, answering the phone in English was a challenge. Over the years, she became fluent in English and became more […]

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Multicultural Center launches 10th anniversary celebration on April 28

By Molly Marcello (Moab Times Independent)- The Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) has spent 10 years building bridges across language and culture through family support, community collaboration and education, and their staff says it’s about time to celebrate. A “pink themed” public party featuring music, yard games, and, of course, cake will ring in the multicultural […]

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