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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.


Monday, January 20, 2014
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

MLK Jr.ECHO will open its doors for $4 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.

ECHO is pleased to be partnering with the City of Burlington and AmeriCorps to create an unforgettable day of community and equality. 

Partners include the Young Writer's Project, The Integrated Arts Academy, and Partnership for Change

There will be science demonstrations, storytimes and films. 

10:30 Mapping Sustainability Workshop with Judy Dow
Judy Dow is an educator who specializes in sharing indigenous knowledge with children and the founder of Saba. A deep love of the land has led her to develop programs that are both experiential and interactive. In this workshop, she will share her process for engaging rural and indigenous youth in mapping sustainable practices in their communities and highlight some of her students' work.

11:30 Our Story: An Interactive Social Justice Timeline with the We All Belong Americorps Team
A timeline is not limited to only past events but can be used as a tool to better understand the present moment. In this workshop, children and adults will map their personal experiences with race and identity in Vermont. Participants will be invited to share their stories through words and pictures. We will then share our timeline on ECHO's floor, inviting other community members to add to our collective timeline.

12:30 Reading to End Racism Workshop with Denise Dunbar
Join Denise Dunbar and the Reading to End Racism program to learn how to use storybooks to support conversations about race. This workshop will demonstrate ways that children and families can use literature and personal stories to develop connect to people across diverse backgrounds and counter racism in our daily lives. Come read a story, meet new friends, and learn about books to help talk about race with children.

2:00 p.m. Mayor Miro Weinberger shares remarks and welcomes the community to ECHO.

2:10 A2VT Music Performance
Join up-and-coming local music group A2VT as they perform songs from their debut album "Africa, Vermont." Composed of three young men from Somalia, Tanzania, & The Congo, A2VT share their vision of a New American future fused with the traditions of Africa through lively and original music.

3:00 MLK Day Capstone with the Integrated Arts Academy Student Choir
Join students from Burlington’s Integrated Arts Academy and music teacher Bill Myregaard as they perform their rendition of the Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.” This capstone performance will follow a group reflection on the day’s impressions and learning.

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