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Every day is an adventure at ECHO! ECHO Encounters, our brand of daily hands-on activities, changes regularly with new exhibit installations, new, dynamic volunteers willing to share their expertise, and outside partners adding their talents and knowledge to program events.

MLK Jr. Day Celebration

Monday, January 21, 2013
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

MLK Jr.ECHO will open its doors for $2 admission as part of a community-wide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. The day's events will include family-friendly programming honoring Dr. King's legacy, including a production of the musical "I Have A Dream" by Edmunds Elementary School students, facilitated community dialogue on the topics of race, inclusion, and diversity, a show by Puppets in Education and more. Visitors will also have access to the national, traveling exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? which closes January 27.


10:30 a.m.   Talking About Race & Culture with the We All Belong Americorps Team: Many people aren't used to talking about race and culture. The RACE exhibit can help people understand the origins and manifestations of race and racism in everyday life. Come view the RACE exhibit then join with others for a discussion about race and culture. How do you identify yourself? How does race you affect your life? Share what you learned in the exhibit and talk with others about questions it raises.

12:30 p.m.    Inclusion Community Craft with ECHO's Teen Leadership Team: All it takes is one drop to create a ripple to make a difference. Join ECHO's Teen Leadership Team to create a community art installation honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The project will reflect The Greater Burlington Area's ever increasing diversity and participants' dreams for our community. Families and individuals are invited to come and contribute.

2:00 p.m.    “I Have a Dream” Musical by Edmunds Elementary School Chorus: We come from many different lands, and no two journeys are the same. Yet, we are all the followers of dreams. We are all followers of dreamers. The Edmunds Elementary School Chorus (EES) presents “I Have a Dream”, a short musical of six stirring songs with connecting narrations. Join the EES Chorus for a 20-minute, inspiring musical journey toward hope, peace, and freedom.

3:30 p.m.    Cultural Diversity Puppet Show by Puppets in Education: This program addresses respecting differences, facing the challenges of being Vietnamese-American in Vermont, challenges of being African-American in a state that is predominantly white and customs and holidays of Vietnam. Puppets in Education teaches children how to keep themselves safe and healthy and to appreciate each other's differences through 23 educational programs for children and adults. The programs utilize life-sized puppets that model effective leadership and problem-solving skills and demonstrate respect, compassion and inclusion in a diverse community.


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