This week, over 570 fifth and sixth grade students from eleven West Valley City schools participated in the Utah Cultural Celebration Center’s University Diversity Mash-Up. This after school program is designed to inspire students to dream big, think about what kind of career they may want in the future, and to explore options in higher education that will get them there. The program lasts 90 minutes and consists of three mashup stations where students learn about the value of higher education, different types of certificates and degrees, and “try out” different fields through interactive, hands-on activities.
The purpose of the University Diversity Mash-Up is to help build a college-bound culture in West Valley City, where educational attainment continues to lag behind both the county and state statistics. Now in its eighth year, the University Diversity Mash-Up works to have a positive impact on long-term statistics, increase the rates of high school graduation, and pursuit of higher education. This educational program also cultivates unique relationships with other educational organizations and institutions including Salt Lake Community College, the University of Utah, Westminster College, UVU Women’s Leadership Project, WVC Youth City Council, and the Community Education Partnership of WVC.
To learn more about the University Diversity Mash-Up and other educational programs at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center at https://www.culturalcelebration.org/education.html.
by Taylor Timmerman
On Saturday, October 28th, over 3500 people gathered at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center for our 14th annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration. The colorful and lively community festival shared the sacred Mexican holiday that celebrates the life of friends and family whom have passed and serves as a reminder that they have not been forgotten. With a mix of traditional and contemporary stylizations, our Dia de los Muertos welcomed families that observe the holiday in their own home, and also helped to educate and share this cultural event with the wider community.
By Taylor Timmerman
In partnership with the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, the Utah Cultural Celebration Center is proud to present BOB HOPE: AN AMERICAN TREASURE.
The 2,200-square foot traveling exhibit tells the story of the Guinness World Records book “most honored” entertainer through a series of 15 themed exhibit display units that celebrate his comedic contributions, achievements in entertainment, relationships with a number of U.S. Presidents, and his other passion – golf. It traces his family’s arrival at Ellis Island, life as part of an immigrant family in Cleveland, his struggles to succeed in New York in entertainment, the success and family life he found in Holly wood, and how golf and his love for the military took him around the world.