-Laura Carroll, MRN Social Chair and Culture Fest Liaison
As we gear up for Convention, there is excitement in the air. Whether we are finalizing lodging and travel logistics, preparing our packing list, wrapping up tasks at work, organizing our meeting and social calendar, wondering what new and innovative discussions we’ll engage in, updating our resumes, coordinating plans to reunite with good friends or joyful at the thought of making new friends…Convention season is upon us!
I’m excited to share one event that you won’t want to miss!
On Sunday, March 26th from 8:00-10:00pm the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs will, once again, host Culture Fest. Culture Fest is a collaborative effort of the five singular Networks within CMA: (1) Asian Pacific American, (2) Latin@/x, (3) Multiracial, (4) Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous, and (5) Pan African. This year we’re recognizing and celebrating the 30th anniversary years for APAN, LN, NAIN and PAN!! Culture Fest has a resilient history throughout ACPA Conventions and has grown and shifted over the years to better represent intercultural advancements, celebrations, knowledge, and advocacy through creative expression.
This year the Culture Fest Planning Committee is working diligently to create a space that is more socially and politically conscious. With the historical divisiveness in our country and ongoing threat to our human rights, now more than ever we need safe spaces to come together as a community In Solidarity. The theme In Solidarity describes the collaborative atmosphere and collective depth that will be evident at Culture Fest 2017. We will join together in Columbus, OH for an evening of fellowship, reunion, affirmation, remembrance, and strength.
Our featured artist, Illogic, will express his thoughts surrounding our unifying theme. Illogic is an American hip-hop artist, poet, producer, writer, and speaker. A native of Columbus, OH, he began his career at the age of 16 when he claimed the 1996 Columbus Hip Hop Expo MC Battle. Since, he has released multiple full length albums and EPs and is with Weightless Recordings. You can check him out on:
As MRN, we will highlight the 50th Anniversary of Loving vs. Virginia with a video montage and moments of reflection. In 1967, this landmark decision was made by the Supreme Court and courageous Richard and Mildred Loving led with their case vs. the state of Virginia. It is our hope to raise awareness, spark discussion, and celebrate the countless interracial partnerships who have the freedom, rights, and respect to love one another. We welcome you to visit our table and share your thoughts. We’ll have plenty of resources to support multiracial students, deepen awareness of multiracial and transracial adoptee concerns, create a more inclusive campus climate, plus giveaways!
During Culture Fest, CMA and all of the Networks will be represented and we invite you to connect with us at our individual tables. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about each Network’s mission, goals, meetings, and socials. Light refreshments will be provided and there will be plenty of seating. Connect with us at CelebrACPA prior to the opening speakers. Then, join us for Culture Fest directly after the Opening Speakers! Find MRN events, presentations, and meetings during Convention on Twitter @ACPA_MRN and Facebook.
Check out our CMA family for more convention events in the links below:
ACPA Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs (CMA), ACPA Latino Network Pan African Network (ACPA) Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) ACPA Native Indigenous Aboriginal Network (NAIN)