I was hired by Ohio State University's Multicultural Center to help unify a collective of cultural student programming units into an intercultural program. Part of the opportunity was that the Multicultural Center was being moved to a critical location in the new student union.
As a "grand opening" celebration was in order, a colleague and I spearheaded an intercultural festival around a common theme, "freedom." We saw this as an "edutaining" and highly visible way to bring diverse cultural communities of people together across lines of difference.
The festival combined education about historic and contemporary slavery, poetry and art of freedom, intercultural music, dance and foods, speakers on civil rights and a general call to the OSU community to join together for concerns of social justice. It was attended by over 3000 community members and has become a signature springtime event for the university.
I am very proud of this now ongoing event. It was a highly creative and impactful way to put my community artivism into service!