Cultural Education & Outreach
The MVMC hosts cultural events, speakers, and workshops that encourage the acceptance and celebration of diversity.
What’s next? Keep an eye on our upcoming events!
Past Events and Performances
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
On January 12, 2018 we hosted a cultural film in partnership with the Grand County Public Library. This was a free public event and was a great success. Over 50 community members filled the room to watch this inspiring film about Maya Angelou.
On October 29, 2017 the mural artist Melo painted a variety of cultural murals as live entertainment at the Day of the Dead Festival. These murals are now on display at the MVMC.
On October 29, 2017 Moab’s Balet Folklórico danced at the Day of the Dead Festival.
Mariachi Sol de Jalisco
On October 29, 2017 Mariachi Sol de Jalisco played at the 7th annual Day of the Dead Festival.
Day of the Dead Festival 2017
On October 29, 2017 We hosted our 7th annual Day of the Dead Festival! Over 700 community members visited the MVMC’s yard to participate in this cultural celebration. There were traditional altars and graves to honor deceased loved ones, authentic Mexican food, kids activities, and a live Mariachi band!
Day of the Dead Family Art Night
On October 23, 2017, people of all ages came to the MARC to visit stations to make a variety of Day of the Dead arts & crafts! This was a free event and open to the public.
Dancing with the MOAB Stars 2017
On September 15, 2017 We hosted our 4th annual Dancing with the MOAB Stars! In this FUNdraiser for the MVMC, Moab Celebrities dance with local dance instructors in a fun-filled competition.
Day of the Dead Festival 2016
On October 30, 2016 We hosted our 6th annual Day of the Dead Festival! During this one-day event and fundraiser, the MVMC’s yard was transformed into a colorful and traditionally decorated cemetery to honor our deceased loved ones. There was delicious authentic food, kids activities, face painting, cultural information, music, and dancing!
Mariachi Band: Sol de Jalisco
For the 2016 Day of the Dead Festival, with the support from the community via a mariachi raffle, we brought the mariachi band Sol de Jaliso to Moab!
Day of the Dead Family Art Night
In partnership with the Moab Art and Recreation Center, we were happy to host the Day of the Dead Family Art Night! This free event was an evening for families to visit stations and make a variety of Day of the Dead themed artwork!
Dancing with the MOAB Stars 2016
The third annual Dancing with the MOAB Stars was held on September 23, 2016. This show is based on the popular TV program Dancing with the Stars, but in this version, MOAB celebrities are paired with local dance instructors for a friendly dance competition. This fun community event and unique MVMC fundraiser was an absolute hit!
High School Q & A with Paquito D’Rivera
On September 2, 2016 Grammy award winner Paquito D’Rivera held a Q & A with Grand County High School students to discuss his music, life, and culture. This event was made possible by our partnership with the Moab Music Festival.
Chinese Culture Night
On August 16, 2016 MVMC hosted a celebration of Chinese Culture. Throughout the summer, we had been lucky to welcome a whole new volunteer group of Chinese students and they collaborated with us to host a Chinese Culture Night. We shared homemade Chinese food, learned some of the language, and also celebrated our new friend Palmer’s birthday.
Margaritas, Music, and Mariscos: Celebrating Cultures of the Coast
On May 7, 2016 we hosted an evening of Margaritas, Music, and Mariscos (seafood) while celebrating coastal cultures. A suggested donation of $25 (to benefit the MVMC) included a seafood dinner, delicious refreshments, and a cultural presentation. Special thanks to the Atomic Lounge for providing the venue, Mike Navarre for hosting the event, and Sheri Griffith Expeditions for catering the delicious meal.
Day of the Dead Festival 2015
Our 4th annual Day of the Dead festival was a blast with over 500 people celebrating with us by touring the cultural exhibits, eating authentic Mexican food, making kids crafts, and dancing to a live mariachi band!
Mariachi Band: Sol de Jalisco
For the 2015 Day of the Dead Festival on November 1st, with the support from the community via a mariachi raffle, we brought the mariachi band Sol de Jaliso to Moab!
The music was fabulous and featured classic mariachi songs. The celebratory atmosphere gave way to an open dance floor, and the festival concluded with the mariachi leading a procession through the altars and tombs to serenade our departed loved ones.
Dancing with the Moab Stars 2015
The 2nd annual Dancing with the MOAB Stars was just as, if not more, successful than the original event. This year, we used a larger venue, but that didn’t stop the show from being sold-out again! A great time was had by all!
On May 16, 2015 MVMC hosted a tequila tasting event. The evening featured University of Utah professor and author Maria Sarita Gaytan who has written the book “¡Tequila! Distilling the Spirit of Mexico.” Following the lecture and a Q&A, community members were invited to try a variety of tequilas: silvers, añejos, and reposados.
Day of the Dead Festival 2014
The 2014 Day of the Dead Festival was a successful community event with traditional decorations, cultural exhibits, authentic Mexican food, and a Kid’s Tent.
Dancing with the Moab Stars 2014
The first Dancing with the MOAB Stars event proved to be a bigger success than anyone had expected! It was a sold out show, the audience gave raving reviews, and the dances were spectacular! A great time was had by all!
Navajo Hoop Dancers
The MVMC, in partnership with the Native American Club and sponsored by Utah Humanities Council, brought Navajo hoop dancer Jospeh Secody and friends to preform at the Moab Beer, Wine, and Arts Festival on May 23, 2014.
Singer-songwriter Sand Sheriff
The oral history of Dr. William Gonzalez performed by singer-songwriter Sand Sheff with musical accompaniment. Performance was part of the 2013 Moab Arts Festival.
Andrew Begey: Navajo Drummer and Singer
Navajo Drum and Singing Performance by Andrew Begay.
Performed at the MVMC on July 13th, 2013.