POWELL, Wyoming — “Common Threads” is the theme for this year’s Multicultural Showcase at Northwest College, and attendees are encouraged to wear traditional clothing if they can.
The annual showcase takes place from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the bottom floor of the DeWitt Student Center at Northwest College.
In addition to homemade food samples from across the globe, live entertainment and silent auction, this year’s showcase will culminate in a fashion show highlighting traditional clothing from around the world.
“This has become a true community event,” said Emelee Volden, intercultural program manager. “There are not many opportunities in our area to be exposed to so many cultures at once. It’s great to see families, young and old, learning about other parts of the world and interacting one-on-one with our students from other countries. And of course, our international students enjoy reaching out to community members.”
The afternoon festivities are geared for the whole family, with displays and activities for all ages. Attendees can wander from booth to booth sampling recipes prepared by students from Algeria, Brazil, Chile, Ukraine, Korea, Mexico, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and many other countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
This year’s live entertainment features students from Japan and the United States.
Admission is free. Tickets to sample food are $1 each; college students with proof of ID get five tickets free.
Anyone who would like to lend traditional clothing items for the fashion show and the display are invited to take them to Volden in Room 129 of the Orendorff Building by Thursday, April 7. Please include contact information, a bit of background about the item and where it’s from.
Proceeds from this year’s silent auction will go toward NWC’s Diversity Scholarship. Donations are welcome and can also be dropped off in Room 129 of the Orendorff Building.
For more information, to loan articles of traditional clothing or to donate an item for the silent auction, email or call Emelee Volden at 307-754-6429 or Emelee.Volden@nwc.edu.
The Multicultural Showcase is co-hosted by the NWC Multicultural Club, Intercultural Programs, Student Activities and the Diversity Awareness Committee.