Contributed by Susan Klinker
You know, as I looked back at all that is accomplished here with the thousands of people that share their work, cultures, history, arts, and life stories, I am really proud that the cultural center mission supports the unity that comes from this community building work. Through ARTrageous, we help children learn how others live, eat, and play, giving meaning to others' lives and helping them to understand other cultures. We aren't just creating a space for dance and music either; we offer a place that strengthens community, changing lives by offering safety and understanding in confusing times across the globe. Our programs appeal to all, giving families affordable, educational, and safe activities for all. And for all the UCCC offers and has since 2003, as Bob Dylan said in his iconic song, The Times They Are A Changin'.
The UCCC team is dedicated to bringing quality programs to the community and finding new ways to measure successes. We are looking for partners on a new level as we build capacity internally through the strength of the new nonprofit, additional focus on marketing, an eye to grow volunteerism, and traditional fundraising techniques that haven't been a focus in previous years. Contact us if you are interested in finding out more and getting involved!
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If a girl could dream it, we had it. Hundreds of quinceañeras showed up for the Spring Quinceañera Expo 2016. Our Utah Cultural Celebration Center partnered with Latino 106.3, La Gran D 102.3 and Juan 1600 AM to bring in the best for young Latinas. Everything a girl could ever want was there; makeup, dresses, flowers, chocolate, photography and of course delicious tacos, tortas, tacos, elotes, and did I say tacos? Thanks to all our great vendors who made this expo a hit for the whole familia! Bella Buggy photography (check me out in the photo on the left) kept busy printing free photo strips for all attendees with silly photo props (and the cutest pink glitter back drop) in their remodeled Shasta Airflyte trailer. If you attended the event, you can find your photo online here. Pasarelli models and Cleo’s White Moments’ dresses graced the runway with a fashion show while DJ Steve C and DJ Vikingo threw it down on the turntables. Special performances were made by La Banda’s Jordan Hernández and Singer/Songwriter Ernesto Rico who played his quinceañera hit “Por Siempre Mi Nina.” Tutti Frutti entertainment had 5 dads show their hips don’t lie on stage and one lucky chica won the Quinceañera Package of her dreams; use of the UCCC, a dress, photography and entertainment!
Thanks again to all our sponsors, vendors, and of course all of you who came to check out the event. The Spring Quinceañera Expo was our first held here and we’re already planning the next one. For everyone who attended, please share your photos and experience with us! Also, please give us some comments below about the even and anything you'd like to see at next year's event. You can keep up to date by following our social media pages for all information for the 2017 expo. You can follow us on Instagram and Twitter @wvcuccc and like us on Facebook as well. ¡Hasta el próximo año!