Palo Alto Welcoming Week, September 14-21


by Elliot Margolies

Communities are strengthened when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good. The Midpen Media Center joins with a number of agencies to generate public activities for the annual week of events highlighting immigrants and newcomers in the community. The Palo Alto Family YMCA is leading the local collaborative that includes the Palo Alto Library, Human Relations Commission, Avenidas, Palo Alto History Museum, Palo Alto Adult School, PAUSD and others.

Palo Alto Welcome Week is part of a growing movement of communities nationwide that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. It’s a chance for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S. born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community.

We believe in the power of stories to transform us, share valuable lessons, teach us about our history, and to broaden our perspectives. In a week of storytelling and sharing, we hope to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone into our community, September 14 – 21, 2018.

Throughout Welcoming Week, you can go to any Palo Alto library and you’ll see numerous posters featuring immigrants and refugees who have been storytellers at one of the public events co-sponsored by the library and the Midpen Media Center. Point your phone at the Q-R code (in camera mode) on any of the posters, and you’ll be linked to a YouTube video story. The posters are also adorning walls in the Media Center, so come on by!

Other activities include:

Welcome Week Kick-off Party at the Palo Alto Art Center – Friday, Sept. 14

Several self-guided storytelling walking tours hosted by the Y

Avenidas Fall Moon Festival – closing celebration on Friday, Sept. 21

More details will be available at paloaltowelcomeweek.org. More activities are in the works. Everyone is invited to participate.

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