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Last year’s “Nashua Goes M.A.D” Multicultural Awareness Day in Greeley Park. Courtesy photo.




“Nashua Goes M.A.D” Multicultural Awareness Day

Where: Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua
When: Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Admission and all activities are free
Visit: emerginglcc.wix.com/emerginglcc and nashuanh.gov/546/Summer-Fun




A world of fun
Nashua SummerFun kicks off with cultural diversity celebration

06/02/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 You can watch a Latin dance performance, sample Nepalese dumplings, make origami and more at the “Nashua Goes M.A.D” Multicultural Awareness Day on Saturday, June 4, at Greeley Park. 

The event, organized by the Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color Class of 2016, kicks off Nashua’s SummerFun series and celebrates the city’s cultural diversity.
“I think the demographic in New Hampshire is changing,” said Yemi Mahoney, ELCC program coordinator. “We are becoming a more diverse state overall, and Nashua is definitely one of the communities where diversity is increasing. It’s important for people to realize that, so this is an opportunity for them to learn about those different cultures.”
There will be about 20 tables hosted by community cultural organizations and resources as well as individuals who have moved here from or share a cultural heritage with other countries.
The countries represented will include Kenya, Ukraine, Japan, China, India, Cambodia and many others.
Singing and dancing performances from a variety of cultures will begin at noon.
Visitors can try cuisine from around the world, including Nepalese momo dumplings, Honduran enchiladas and Brazilian cheese bread.
Many of the tables will also have hands-on activities and crafts that relate to their cultures, such as flag-making, card and tabletop games, origami, calligraphy and more.
“I think it’s affirming for people to be able to show who they are and where they’re coming from,” Mahoney said. “It’s something unifying. We all come from different backgrounds, but we’re all part of this community, living and working together.”
In addition to the cultural activities, there will be bounce houses, World Cup Soccer activities, face painting, snow cones and other snacks, games and mural art painting. Prior to the cultural performances at noon, there will be performances by Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps at 10 a.m., children’s musician Marcus Gale at 10:30 a.m., and dancers from Positive Street Art at 11:15 a.m.  
This is the second year Multicultural Awareness Day has served as the kickoff event for Nashua’s SummerFun program. As part of their curriculum, students enrolled in the ELCC nine-month leadership program must complete a culminating project in which they collaborate with a local organization to address an important need in the community. Last year’s class partnered with the Adult Learning Center and the City of Nashua to host the inaugural Multicultural Awareness Day.
“It was awesome last year,” Mahoney said. “There were great performers, delicious food, and the people who came out were interested in the different cultures and meeting people from those cultures. It was really successful, so that’s why this year’s class decided to do it again.”
Multicultural Awareness Day is one of several special events in the SummerFun program this year. Others include the Fourth of July fireworks and Children’s Day celebration, the Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 9, the Fairy Tale Festival on Saturday, July 16 (this year’s theme is Super Heroes) and Wheels & Wings, an expanded version of the traditional Touch-a-Truck event, on Saturday, Aug. 6.





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