The Studio School

Multicultural Festival

The Multicultural Festival is an inspiring event that celebrates the multifaceted diversity of our community and the world beyond. Join us for three days of global cuisine, workshops, art, music, dance, and games, culminating in an international children's film festival. Organized by a committee of students, parents, and teachers, we look at culture from multiple perspectives in conversations and experiences. 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 how we continue to shape the future we inhabit.

Join us, February 1-3

Freedom Dreaming

The Studio School is joining individuals all over the country in Freedom Dreaming, a practice created by professor Robin Kelly and shared by Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

“Freedom Dreaming calls us to envision not what we are fighting against, but what we are fighting for. Freedom dreams are born when we face life not with despair, but with the deep knowledge that conditions will change— that a world filled with softness and beauty and care is not only possible, but inevitable.” —Robin Kelly

We invite our entire community - students, teachers, parents, grandparents, and alumni, to Freedom Dream and envision a beautiful world that is just and equitable for all.

  • What would that world look like and feel like?
  • What in our current world would you keep?
  • What in our current world would you shed?
  • What would you want to create that is new?
Create a piece of writing, art, music, or dance that captures YOUR Freedom Dream.  
All works will be exhibited at our Multicultural Festival.


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!

Listen to the podcast episode 'BEING HUMAN: INTERVIEWS & INNER VIEWS'

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.

2019 Multicultural Festival: Celebrating Our Many Differences