Heritage Night Kicks-Off Busy Month for Cultural Council this Thursday (3/15/2012)

Posted by Bob on March 14, 2012 under Daily Blogs, Events | Be the First to Comment

The second annual International Cultural Heritage Night will take place this Thursday, March 15, 2012, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at Naugatuck High School, 543 Rubber Avenue, Naugatuck, CT 06770.  The event begins in the school cafeteria with tabletop displays highlighting the various cultural traditions present in the Borough.  Ethnic food will be available prepared by the Naugatuck High School Culinary Department and participating local restaurants.  An entertainment program will follow in the auditorium featuring ethnic dance, music and other artistic performances.  Admission to the International Cultural Heritage Night is free.

International Cultural Heritage Night provides residents an opportunity to celebrate the rich and diverse history which unites the Borough into one Naugatuck Family.  Later in the month, on Satruday, March 31, 2012, the Cultural Council will host its first Community Conversation, from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM, also at Naugatuck High School.  The Community Conversation will encourage participants to engage one another in small discussion groups led by trained facilitators.   The guided discussions will encourage stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to speak in a respectful and thought-provoking manner on issues related to cultural diversity in Naugatuck.  Through this process, the NCC hopes to:

  • Build education and awareness by creating a place for people to tell their stories and to find commonalities, making sure that everyone knows their voice can be heard in some way;
  • Create cross-cultural communication strategies that encourage opportunities for sharing cultural views, experiences, needs and desires to enhance community participation; and
  • Welcome and support new populations to participate in local activities and events by breaking down barriers that prevent people from participation in community life.
The study guide that will be used at the Community Conversation is still being finalized, but an updated draft can be viewed here.  The study guide provides an explanation of what participants should expect at the Community Conversation, and the types of topics that will be discussed.
The Community Conversation is open to anyone who wants to make Naugatuck the best community it can be.  Participation is also free, and light refreshments and child care will be provided.  The Nauguatuck Cultural Council will attempt to accommodate English-language learners with translation services if possible.  Anyone interested in registering can contact Ed Carter at 203-720-7208 or ecarter@naugatuck-ct.gov.  The Community Conversation registration form can also be downloaded from this post in Microsoft Word format or as .pdf file.
Please take a few hours of your busy life to participate in these unique and free opportunities that will help to bring our community together through cultural appreciation and conversation.  Your participation will assist the Naugatuck Cultural Council to identify and access cultural views, learn about Naugatuck’s diversity and create relationships, and develop leadership at all levels of our community.  As a lifelong resident, I can personally attest that Naugatuck is at its strongest when people from different backgrounds take an active role in civic life.  Please help us to make the International Cultural Heritage Fair and the initial Community Conversation a success.

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