Schoolcraft Multicultural Fair Celebrates Diversity and Culture
Thurs., Apr. 3 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the VisTaTech Center
Irish step dancers, Indian henna painting and eyebrow threading and the Marcus Garvey Academy African Drum and Dance Ensemble are just a few of the attractions featured at the annual Schoolcraft College Multicultural Fair. Thousands of students, staff and community members enjoyed more than 30 displays representing cultures from throughout the world, enjoyed non-stop cultural performances and sampled ethnic snacks. The Multicultural Fair celebrates the diversity of cultures on the Schoolcraft College campus and in the community. In addition to promoting cultural sensitivity and increasing an awareness and appreciation of other cultures, the Fair extends education beyond the classroom walls by exposing visitors to a cross-cultural experience. The Fair is created by students and community, for students and community.
The Multicultural Fair is a celebration of the wide variety of cultures on the Schoolcraft College campus and in our community. In addition to promoting cultural sensitivity and increasing an awareness and appreciation of other cultures, the Fair extends education beyond classroom walls by exposing students, faculty and staff to a multi-ethnic experience where students take the lead in teaching others.
Held each year since 2001, the Fair features cultural displays from two dozen countries prepared by more than 100 Schoolcraft students, instructors and staff as well as their family and friends. At these tables, students actively share their culture with more than 3000 visitors. Continuous performances highlight dance and music from an array of cultures. Demonstrations of henna painting and a dozen languages are also included in the day's events.
Cross-cultural snacks from a variety of ethnic cuisines are provided free of charge by area restaurants and Schoolcraft's Food Services. Guests are issued a "passport" at the door which they can get "stamped" at each country table they visit.
This event, created for students and community by students and community, is free of charge and open to the public. Look for the event posting yearly around March for event information.
The Fair is funded by a generous Schoolcraft College Foundation Grant.