For the 23rd year in a row, the University of Redlands will celebrate diversity by hosting the Living on Common Ground Multicultural Festival.
The free event is open to the public, and will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013 on the University Quad. It is sponsored by several departments and organizations, including the Multicultural Center, ASUR Executive Directors, and Campus Diversity and Inclusion, with Kizz Prusia ’14 and Lorraine Cawili ’16 serving as student directors.
“It’s such a community oriented event in the sense that we try and emphasize the wide diversity that we have here, both at the University and the in the Inland Empire,” said Claudia Martinez, first generation student coordinator at the University. “That will be reflected in the performers, food vendors, and activities.
The festival will include a Serrano blessing; performances by the California Bird Singers, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico, Redlands African Drumming Ensemble, Thokoza African Gospel Choir, Venice Koshin Taiko, Scimitar Dance Company, Arpana South Asian Dancers, and Cuauhtemoc Aztec Dancers; several different food options; and an area for children to make crafts and participate in a mini-Olympics.
“You don’t have to worry about who is going to watch your kids, just bring them and hang out,” Martinez said. “It’s a great, easy way to spend your Saturday. It will be educational; all the performers will have a background story on the type of music or dance they are performing, and why it’s important. It’s fun and you will learn a thing or two.”
The festival will also coincide with Admitted Students Day, which brings potential students on campus to see what the University of Redlands is all about.
“It works,” Martinez said. “They can see the type of programming we do here on campus. It also emphasizes the relationship we have with the Redlands community; we talk a lot about town and gown, and this is the perfect example of that.”