Join us for OPEN DOORS II: Awaking the Sleeping Giant

February 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

The Claude Moore Education Complex

109 1st Street, NW ~ Roanoke, Virginia

Thursday ~ February 11, 2010

7:00 PM ~ 8:30 PM

By Jane Rorrer

What are Roanoke and New River Valley high school students saying about diversity, inclusion, and difference?  Find out on Thursday, February 11, 2010, when S.T.A.R., the Spirit of Tolerance and Art in the Region, a subgroup of Creative Connectors, invites you to the second in a series of Open Doors events to discuss and examine the broad range of differences that can strengthen a community.

            S.T.A.R. is one of four initiatives from the Creative Community Leadership Project (CCLP) in cooperation with the City of Roanoke and the Creative Class Group, founded by author and lecturer Richard Florida.  The premise behind CCLP is that an area’s success is dependent upon how fully it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of its population.

            Our focused interactive discussion is aimed at pursuing the themes which emerged in our November conversation, while also engaging local youth in discussing difference.  The event will feature the winner of our recent youth writing competition, Seth Anderson, a junior at Patrick Henry High School and author of “The Village by the Hill.”  High school students in the Roanoke City school system were asked to submit literary pieces, ranging from poetry to essays, on the topic of inclusion, diversity, and difference.   The winners were chosen at the recent Roanoke Regional Writers Conference at Hollins University.  Emily Cilek, also a junior at Patrick Henry, received the second place award.  Both Anderson and Cilek captured the essence of the topic in their writings with compelling passion and creativity.  S.T.A.R. presented Anderson with a $100 cash prize and Cilek won $50.

Contemporary teenage subculture consists of distinct styles, behaviors, and interests. Today’s young people are more likely to face the challenges of interacting and working with people different from themselves both in their education and in the work force.  They need to be exposed to learning tools, community connections, and lifelong influences in their journey. 

Susanna Rinehart, a professor of theatre at Virginia Tech, will once again facilitate the conversation.  Rinehart has extensive experience in the development, coordination, and facilitation of a broad range of programs and initiatives aimed at creating diversity awareness and understanding. 

            The event, in partnership with the Marginal Arts Festival, is free, open to the public, and a cash bar will be available.  Parking is available on the street at no charge or for a $2 flat fee directly behind the Claude More Complex or in adjacent parking garage.   The last discussion of the series will be on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Blue 5 Restaurant in Roanoke. 

 

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MAY - Local Colors... JUNE - Juneteenth... JULY - On The Edge (Floyd, VA)... AUG - Steppin' Out (Blacksburg, VA)... SEPT - Henry Street Festival, Pride Parade... OCT - Bridgewalk, Latino Festival... NOV -Open Doors Series.... DEC - Taubman Museum/Wine and Wonder... JAN - Writer's Series... FEB - Harrison Museum - Black History Month... MAR -Interfaith Event... APR/MAY - Down by Downtown STAR Festival

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