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Cultural Diversity of Cedar Valley Free, Family Event Focuses on Cultural Diversity of Cedar Valley
Event to be held at the Waterloo Center for the Arts on April 25
CultureFest is the Cedar Valley’s largest celebration of cultural diversity. It is two hours
where families can explore and learn about the many people, businesses, and organizations that both
create and support the impressive diversity that makes up the Cedar Valley.
On Thursday, April 25 from 5:30-7:30pm, the community is invited to CultureFest, a free family
event at the Waterloo Center for the Arts where special performances and demonstrations, information
booths, and international food sampling will be spotlighted to expose families to a unique blend of cultural
diversity. The Waterloo Center for the Arts’ annual All-School Art Exhibition will be on display during
CultureFest. This exhibition is a display of more than 1,000 works of art by K-12 students in the Waterloo
public and parochial schools; it showcases the impressive talents of young people and also the high
quality art instructors in the Waterloo schools. This exhibition will be on display for the public’s view
through April 28.
CultureFest shows how diversity in worlds of civic, education, and business makes our community a
stronger place to live, work and play. The 2013 event will feature a variety of exhibits, performances, and
special activities all relating to the theme of celebrating and embracing our community’s cultural diversity.
More than 25 community organizations and groups will be on hand displaying their information. Some of
the cultural performances that will be presented include: Prairie Eastern Middle Eastern Dance Troupe,
Bunger and Central Middle School Jazz Bands, a performance by the Waterloo Community Schools’
Elementary Honor Choir, a fashion show by the International Club of UNI, and many more. Visitors will
also have an opportunity to sample a variety of International foods, such as, Bosnian and Norwegian
cookies, pulled pork, pastries, and baklava, among others.
The Phelps Youth Pavilion’s Junior Art Gallery III will also be open during CultureFest for free. This
gallery features the exhibition Snap, Click, Flash!!! Cedar Valley Photographers Capture the Cultures
of Africa, Mexico & Tibet. The lands, peoples, and cultures of Africa, Mexico, and Tibet are reflected in
the images of local photographers Joyce Spande, Bill Gronen, and Bill Witt.
CultureFest began in 2008 as an expansion to the Waterloo Center for the Arts’ annual Waterloo All-
School Arts Exhibition. Since then, CultureFest has grown to an annual event where thousands of kids of
all ages and their families take advantage of the opportunity to experience their community’s rich
diversity.
CultureFest and the All-School Art Exhibition are free and open to the public thanks to the
sponsorship of Tyson Foods, and the collaborative work of the Waterloo Community Schools, Waterloo
Center for the Arts, University of Northern Iowa, Wartburg College, Hawkeye Community College,
Waterloo Public Library, Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley, Iowa State University Extension and
Outreach, YWCA, and many local businesses who are donating their resources.
The Waterloo Center for the Arts is located at 225 Commercial Street in downtown Waterloo. The Center
works in partnership with the community to build a stronger appreciation for the arts and to provide
cultural experiences for people of all ages. For more information, call (319) 291-4490 or visit
www.waterloocenterforthearts.org.

 

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