Center helps bridge back-to-school language barrier

By Makeda Barkley Moab Sun News The school year is winding up in the Moab area, and for a portion of the community, the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) is playing a crucial role in the back-to-school preparations. According to the 2017 U.S. Census, 8.5 percent of Moab’s population is Latino, many of whom speak […]

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Opening a new door

Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:52 am Lori Lameman (left) holds the keys to her family’s new home at Grand Oasis. Lori and her three daughters (center) were displaced in May when an electrical fire started behind their refrigerator. The family moved temporarily to a hotel room at the Hampton Inn, where Lori works as […]

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New event helps people share diverse stories

Thursday, July 5, 2018 10:30 am, Moab Sun News. On Saturday, June 30, about 100 people at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center (MARC) attended the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC)’s newest event: Dialogues of Diversity: Multicultural Stories of Strength. Each of the stories, told from the perspective of “being new” to the Moab area, […]

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Locals to share stories of strength at MVMC

by Jacque Garcia (The Times-Independent) The Multicultural Center has been hard at work practicing the art of storytelling and its role in bringing people together. On Saturday, June 30, five locals will share their stories at the MVMC’s Dialogues of Diversity, an event emphasizing multicultural stories of strength. Taking inspiration from an event in Telluride during […]

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Storytelling event connects community across cultures

By Jenna Whetzel (Moab Sun News) For a town of just over 5,000 residents, Moab is composed of citizens who hail from diverse cultures, backgrounds, nationalities and ideologies. On Saturday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m., the Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) will celebrate the diversity of our small desert oasis at its brand-new event, Dialogues […]

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Community events, organizations assist fire victims

By Matthew Jonassaint (The Times-Independent) In the aftermath of the Cinema Court Fire, local efforts continue to provide support for those who lost their homes. Several groups are accepting donations, and there are many opportunities for both locals and travelers to help. On Wednesday, June 27, there will be a free benefit concert at Moab […]

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The 26th annual Moab Arts Festival returns May 26-27

By Sharon Sullivan (Moab Sun News) Artwork by more than 100 regional artists, cultural performers and live musicians is what you’ll find at the 26th annual Moab Arts Festival at Swanny City Park during Memorial Day weekend. And, it’s free to attend. Fine art, jewelry, pottery, body and bath art, fiber and textile art, wood […]

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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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Faith coalition celebrates first year

Thursday, March 15, 2018 (Moab Sun News) The Grand County Faith Based Coalition celebrated its first anniversary with a dinner meeting on Tuesday, March 6, at the Grand Center. Last year’s accomplishments included a June food drive for the Grand County Food Bank, back-to-school materials donations to the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, a suicide prevention […]

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Multicultural center conducts largest fundraiser of 2018

By Jacque Garcia (The Times Independent)- The Moab Valley Multicultural Center is conducting an all-new fundraising campaign throughout this month — an event slated to be MVMCs largest 2018 fundraising effort. “The catchphrase is Multicultural March: Help us help each other, or Marzo Multicultural: Ayudenos a ayudar,” MVMC Outreach Coordinator Joanna Onorato said. In previous […]

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Park City leaders looks to Moab for help with social equity​

​ By John Hales (Moab Times Independent)- Officials from Park City are looking to Moab as an example of how to successfully promote diversity and inclusion. ​ While Park City may well be considered an older sibling to Moab in terms of their tourism-centered livelihoods, it was the elder that took advice from the younger […]

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Park City officials plan Moab outing for this weekend

By Jay Hamburger (Park Record)- A group of Park City officials is scheduled to visit Moab on Thursday and Friday to learn about the Southern Utah community’s efforts to advance social equity, an outing that is scheduled as the Marsac Building itself is readying to hold detailed discussions about the broad issue. Mayor Andy Beerman […]

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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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MVMC to host Day of the Dead

(Moab Times-Independent)- The Moab Valley Multicultural Center (MVMC) courtyard will soon overflow with hundreds of paper flowers, candles and several other types of traditional folk art inspired by departed loved ones at the 7th annual Day of the Dead Festival, set for Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to the annual […]

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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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Multicultural center offers Spanish lessons to all

By Greg Knight (The Moab Times-Independent)- It’s no great secret that Spanish speakers are the single largest minority group in the United States — and that means those of us who speak English as a first language might be greatly served by learning to effectively communicate in the Lingua Espanola so many of our friends and […]

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Stars come out on Sept. 15

By Sharon Sullivan (Moab Sun News)- Twice a week for the past couple of months, Moab “star” Aaron Aboites and dance “instructor” Cali Bulmash have been practicing their steps together at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center. They’re one of nine pairs competing in “Dancing with the Moab Stars,” a Moab Valley Multicultural Center fundraiser based […]

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Giving back WabiSabi partners benefit from banner spring at non profit

by Molly Marcello (Moab Times-Independent)- WabiSabi’s eleven nonprofit partners recently received a total of $10,000 from the community thrift store’s spring proceeds. According to their nonprofit partners, WabiSabi’s support allows local organizations to focus on their missions, which range from afterschool programs to community health care and multicultural outreach. Moab Solutions — an environmental stewardship and homeless assistance […]

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One big check

(Moab Sun News)- WabiSabi recently gave out a total of $10,000 in proceeds from the first half of 2017 to its partner organizations: Arches Education Center, Beacon Afterschool Program, Community Rebuilds, Grand Area Mentoring, the Grand County Family Support Center, KZMU Community Radio, Moab Free Health Clinic, Moab Solutions, Moab Valley Multicultural Center/Centro Multicultural, Moab […]

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Dancing with the Moab Stars promises night of dazzling local talent

By Rose Egelhoff (The Moab Times-Independent)- It’s another year, another round of Dancing with the Moab Stars. This year, the Moab Valley Multicultural Center will host the fourth edition of the annual dance competition, where seven of Moab’s most famous residents will pair with seven dancers to create dance routines for a night of entertainment. The […]

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BEACON after-school programs ready to enroll K-8 students for fall

By Jeff Richards (The Times-Independent)- Now in its 12th year of serving Grand County schools, Moab’s BEACON Afterschool Program is ready to start enrolling students in its fall programs. BEACON offers a blend of free academic assistance and enrichment programs at three schools within Moab: Helen M. Knight Elementary School, Grand County Middle School and the […]

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Moab Multicultural Center adds interactive features to outdoor mural

(Moab Times Independent)- The Moab Valley Multicultural Center has announced new additions to the facility’s outdoor multicultural mural and invites the public to stop by the center at 156 North 100 West to visit the mural and learn about the historic figures whose images are featured. The mural displays the faces of nine peaceful change leaders […]

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Celebrate the heat of summer with Moab Taiko Dan

By Sharon Sullivan (Moab Sun News)- Moab Taiko Dan, a group that practices the Japanese art of Taiko drumming, is presenting Moab Natsu Matsuri – Japanese for “summer festival” on Saturday, July 22, at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center. “We’re celebrating the peak heat of summer with music, food and community,” Taiko drummer Karen Garthwait said. […]

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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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Unsung Heroes Paige Stuart

(The Times-Independent)- Paige Stuart came to Moab for outdoor adventure but it’s the community that kept her here, she said — a community to which she has given back generously. Stuart started a tool lending library and a bicycle cooperative. She also volunteers and helps organize the Moab Pride Festival. The Moab Tool Shed is […]

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