Diversity Day Celebration Through Spoken Word

A diverse group of community-based organizations, led by the Colorado Media Justice Foundation (CMJF), is seeking to unite and engage the wider community through a multi-cultural celebration of spoken word performances.

WHAT:  Diversity Day Celebration Through Spoken Word

WHEN:  Monday, May 21, 2012 (In observance of the World Day for Cultural Diversity    for Dialogue and Development) – 6 PM Reception, 7 PM Performance

WHERE:  Community Room of the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918

WHO:  Featured performers include Jim Ciletti, Pikes Peak poet-at-large; Caliba, hip-hop/rap recording artist; David Lee, stand-up comedian; Stephanie Tanny, visual & spoken word artist; Loring Wirbel, president of PoetryWest; Althea Smith, D11 educator and poet; and other stellar artists.  There may be an “open mic” opportunity as time permits.

HOW:  $5 donation, all proceeds benefit CMJF to help launch a community radio station in Colorado Springs

Shortly after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, 185 nations unanimously adopted the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity to proclaim that our cultural differences should not separate us from each other.  The Declaration recognizes that cultural diversity is a driving force of development, not only of economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life.

“No matter what may be our cultural heritage or ethnic background, the spoken words of the heart connect and enrich us all,” offered Jim Ciletti, outgoing Pikes Peak Poet Laureate.

Diversity Day is officially known as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

“Cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit our communities and all of humanity, and inter-cultural dialogue is the best guarantee of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world,” said Dennis Apuan, founding director of CMJF.  “As our communities face profound economic and social challenges, a historic opportunity to build community radio offers a valuable resource to unite people, seek solutions, and build popular participation,” he explained.

The CMJF is spearheading a grassroots effort to launch a community radio station in Colorado Springs in 2013.  It envisions community radio as a tool to organize our communities, celebrate our cultures, and amplify the voices that have been silenced.

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