Cultural Education & Outreach

The Moab Valley Multicultural Center provides cultural outreach and education opportunities for the entire community to help unify Moab’s diverse population. Education dissipates fear and misunderstanding while increasing appreciation, respect, and acceptance of other cultures.

MVMC delivers information through cultural events, presentations, field trips, online resources, afterschool clubs and guest speakers or performances. We often use music, food or the arts as a way to share culture as a common experience. These events include:

  • Multicultural Mural
  • Dancing with the MOAB Stars, held each September
  • The Day of the Dead Festival or Festival del Día de Muertos, held on the Sunday closest to November 1 or 2

Through ongoing cultural education and outreach activities, MVMC aims to encourage the celebration of diversity in a safe and respectful manner that is inclusive and fun.

Our Past Events

10th Anniversary Celebration

10th Anniversary Celebration

The Moab Valley Multicultural Center started serving the community as a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit on April 28th, 2007. Since then we have dedicated ourselves to building bridges across language and culture through family support, community collaboration and education. We could not have accomplished so much without the never-ending support of our local community and beyond. We hope that everyone can join us to celebrate 10 years and all the people that helped us get here. Come and enjoy cupcakes, drinks, games, face painting, music, dancing, displays and friends!
Dialogues of Diversity

Dialogues of Diversity

Dialogues of Diversity: Multicultural Stories of Strength was inspired by The Hispanic Women’s Project’s production of immigrant women’s stories in Telluride. MVMC Executive Director Rhiana Medina explained, "We loved the idea of locals telling their own stories. The staff was passionate about inviting a variety of people to tell stories of strength and perseverance." We welcomed local Moabites to tell their stories on June 30, 2018.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

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.
Muralist: Melo

Muralist: Melo

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.
Balet Folklórico

Balet Folklórico

On October 29, 2017 Moab’s Balet Folklórico danced at the Day of the Dead Festival.
Mariachi Sol de Jalisco

Mariachi Sol de Jalisco

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! Mariachi Sol de Jalisco played at the 7th annual Day of the Dead Festival.
Day of the Dead Family Art Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!
Dancing with the Moab Stars 2015

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!
Tequila Tasting

Tequila Tasting

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.
Navajo Hoop Dancers

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.