The Multicultural Festival is an inspiring three-day event that celebrates the multifaceted diversity of our community and the world beyond. Organized by a committee of students, parents, and teachers, we look at culture from multiple perspectives in conversations, demonstrations, and experiential workshops. Launched in 2002, the Multicultural Festival has continued to evolve and explore how each of us and all of us are part of humankind and shape the future we inhabit.
Our 2022 Multicultural Festival began on Wednesday evening with the longstanding and dearly missed tradition of our multilingual sing-a-long led by the vibrant Ms. Rotter, and our delicious international buffet. With food from all corners of the world, we filled our bellies with shu mai, Swedish meatballs, spaghetti bolognese, bunuelos, flan, cassava cake, hamentaschen, madeleines, and more. Our voices resonated as we sang and danced together, especially to "To Everyone in All the World", sung in the fourteen different languages that represent our community. It was so wonderful to be together!
The joy of gathering sparked a light that continued to spread through the building in the subsequent days of exhibitions and workshops, all centered around our theme of “The Human Spirit, Through the Darkness & into the Light”. In our Early Childhood classrooms, we explored the night, from bedtime to rising. We read lullabies, stories, and explored nightly rituals, savoring the sounds and smells of bedtime, getting cozy all the while. In the Sixes to Eights, we laid beneath a star-lit tent, marveling at the wonders of the night sky. In the Eights to Tens, students were invited to enjoy the art of shadow puppetry, watching performances inspired by myths from different cultures, and creating characters and storylines of their own. The middle schoolers collaborated on three projects. In their first exhibit, we studied the impact of historical orators and the power of words with an elaborate gallery of quotations and poetic excerpts. These are people who led us from dark to light. In the next exhibit, students listened to oral histories of individuals of all ages and walks of life, celebrating the kaleidoscope of human experience and perspective. With the exciting addition of our new greenhouse came the third room, a two-fold experience where students explored nature and botany from around the world and were invited to participate in the greenhouse construction out in the yard. We look forward to seeing what emerges from the dark into the light!
In the Art room we transformed the dark memories of using acrylic desk shields during COVID into three-dimensional installations that merge gradations of color and shape to build a pathway into the light. Our event ended on Friday with a morning of global games and our much awaited annual International Children's Short Film Festival selected by the students.
FROM OUR FESTIVAL
As we continued this year to find ways to connect and come together, keeping our meaningful Studio traditions alive, an idea emerged: “What We Bring to the Table," includes all elementary and middle students, creating a mixed media mural, representing individuals within our community and throughout history, who have transcended boundaries of their time. The objects on the table—symbols of love, knowledge, and perseverance. The table is placed on an inspirational background suggestive of hope for brighter and better days ahead.