Affiliate of Pikes Peak Community Foundation

PO Box 904, Colorado Springs, CO 80901

Everybody Welcome Welcome: A Celebration of Culture and Diversity is a City of Colorado Springs sponsored week long celebration of the richness of our community. The week begins with a festival, a FREE Family event showcasing the diversity of talented local performers, artisans, cultural craftsmen through distinct activities and exhibits, educating the community wherein difference is looked upon as an asset, and where curiosity and a desire to engage are the first response to difference. Educational programs throughout the week include Bridging Military to Community, Latino and Asian Community Luncheons and an Immigration Symposium. The week concludes with the Cotton Club, a celebration of our community history and a salute to Fannie Mae Duncan. Media Kit

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11th World at the Peak Festival
Community Dialogue
2th Human Library
Bridging Military to Community
Latino Community Luncheon
Asian Pacific Community Luncheon
Immigration Symposium
Cotton Club

Earlier this week:

August 12th Everybody Welcome: Food for Thought Community Dialogue
East Library, 6-8PM

Explore report findings demonstrating disparities in social progress between Colorado’s three main population groups:  Whites, Latinos, and Blacks. Learn about educational programs that are making a difference from a panel of local experts. Followed by a “Food for Thought” dialogue where participants can share opinions and ideas for action.

Introduction: Joe Hight, Editor, The Gazette 

Panelists: Kevin Vaughan, I-News Journalist; Andre Spencer, Superintendent Harrison School District; Felix Lopez, Vice President of Student Success, Pikes Peak Community College; Kee Warner, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusiveness; Theresa Newsome, Black Educators Network; Julie Fahey, Principal, Queen Palmer Elementary School

Moderator: Dee Sabol, Board Secretary, CSDF 

Read more
Losing Ground Article Summary
Presented in partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS and The Gazette
Flyer for distribution

August 12th Everybody Welcome: Human Library
East Library, 5-8pm
What are your prejudices? Face your prejudices in a Human Library space for dialogue and interaction. 
Visitors to a Human Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with “people on loan”.  It aims to reflect the challenges of people and groups in the community, that are or have been, exposed to stigma, discrimination, stereotyping or prejudice, based on their lifestyle, sexuality, religious beliefs, social background or status, occupation, ethnicity and so forth. It is intended to give a voice, space and visibility to those of often have none or are overlooked as part of their marginalization. 

August 13th Everybody Welcome: Bridging Military to Community
Gates Common Room Palmer Hall, Colorado College, 3-5PM 

Join us for a presentation on the changing OFCCP laws related to military veterans and disabled veterans presented by Chris Chrisbens, Esq. of Holland and Hart; 
How will these changes impact our community presented by Andrew Merritt, Chief Defense industry Officer, Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance;

Followed by a round table discussion. Human resources professionals, veterans and interested community members are welcomed. Community resources will be available. 

Presented in partnership with Colorado College. Details/flyer for distribution

 Everybody Welcome: Latino Community Luncheon
What the Health is Going On?  
Hotel Elegante, 11am Registration, 11:30 am - 1 pm Tickets: $18 early bird pricing.

Keynote speaker Rob Rush, Director, Business, Community and Governmental Affairs at Memorial Hospital, University of Colorado Health presenting:

Who is UCHealth? What does the future of healthcare look like, specifically around health insurance exchanges and, what they may mean for people? And, what does Medicare/Medicaid look like in the new world order of health care? Details/flyer for distribution.
 Presented in partnership with the Latino Community Luncheon.

August 15th Everybody Welcome: Asian Pacific Community Luncheon
Asian Pacific Trade, Travel and Tourism 
Benefits of direct flight between Colorado and Japan 

Antlers Hilton, 11am Registration, 11:30 am - 1 pm Tickets: $20.00/person;  

Laura Jackson, Senior Director, Research and Market Intelligence, Denver International Airport and Lainey Kennedy, Account Manager, United Airlines present about the predicted regional economic impact of a direct flight between Colorado and Japan.
Held in partnership with Pikes Peak Library District Asian Pacific American EndowmentJapan America Society of Southern ColoradoGolden Lotus Foundation, Filipino American Community of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute.

For more information; please contact Paul Maruyama at 719.440.0599, Cynthia Chung Aki at 719.271.5050, Mali Hsu at 719.287.7624, or Dennis Apuan at 719.291.9898.
Flyer for distribution

Asian Pacific Community Luncheon Tickets Available Online: 



*Thank you to Pikes Peak Library District Foundation (PPLDF) for hosting our online registration! Here is how to pay for your seats:

  1. Enter information in the PPLDF registration form and click continue
  2. Select the number of tickets and enter your payment information and click continue to verification
  3. Review information and click submit verification
  4. Print confirmation letter and send guest names to

August 16th Everybody Welcome: Immigration Symposium

Colorado Spring Utilities Leon Young Service Center
Registration 11:30 AM Program, Noon-4:30PM. 

Changing Landscapes
Immigration and the Promise of America

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave?


on military personnel and families. 
Presented by:Garrett Cathcart  and Jose Gomez

Garrett's perspective is  

immigration and American strength. "It's not about keeping people out, its about keeping America strong and staying true to our founding values. Immigration through the lenses of security and fairness."

Jose will demonstrate the impact (using real life examples) of immigration reform and military families. He will show expectations and solutions to this topic. 

The Land of Opportunity
Economic impact on small business. 
Presented by Tim Gaudette and Bill Vidal.
What does Comprehensive Immigration Reform mean for small business in Colorado?
Why is our immigration system broken?
How can reforming the immigration system help small business owners?
What is happening at the federal level and in Colorado?

This Land IS My Land
Impact of multi-status families on youth, education, and economic futures. 

Panelists:Josh Deere, Attorney, Hanes Hrbacek & Bartels LLC,
Ivonne Bass and Jose R. Gomez. Moderated by: Corey Almond, Vice President of Family Immigration Services & Parish Social Ministries, Catholic Charities.

Hear personal stories of the challenges for immigrants from those who work in the field and those who have experienced those challenges.

What is the NEW Promise of America? 
A Food for Thought: Breaking Bread, Building Bridges facilitated dialogue. 

Welcome to join us for all or part of the programming!

 Everybody Welcome: 
Cotton Club
Stargazer’s Theatre and Event Center
Snacks and drinks available for purchase!

A celebration of our City's vibrant history of inclusion, a reenactment of Fannie Mae Duncan's Cotton Club featuring Jazz by Tony Exum Jr. and the great sounds of R&B, Funk,  Motown, and top 40 hits a flow of “Hot dance music by
Suga Bear and the Showtime Band. The 2013 honoree is the Ute IndianTribe of Colorado, historical local proponent for inclusion.






Rocky Mountain Health Care Services

EDUCATION VILLAGE SPONSORS                          
    University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Managed Business Solutions

Agilent Technologies; Colorado Springs Independent; Kaiser Permanente; Stargazer’s Theatre & Event Center; Cheetah Printing and DesignPure Quality Sound Production

Silver SponsoRS:   Penrose-St. Francis Health Services; Walmart market 391; Sodexo

Copper SponsoRS:  Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance; Rocky Mountain PBS; The ARC of the Pikes Peak Region; US Bank

Neighborhood SPONSORSAeroflex; H&R Block; Progressive Insurance

Everybody Welcome Media Kits

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Everybody Welcome Video

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Everybody Welcome:

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 10AM - 4PM

  at America the Beautiful Park on Cimino is  limited to people with disabilities (sticker required). We encourage attendees to use City Garages (click on parking for a map) and biking to the event.

Bike or hike to the event URBAN TRAILS to the park.Midland trail map from the West
Pikes Peak Greenway trail (park section) North/South

A FREE Family event Featuring multicultural performance on two stages, an around the world cultural activity passport for children, ethnic food and booths. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy this showcase of the diversity of talented local performers, artisans, cultural craftsmen through distinct activities and exhibits, to educate the community wherein difference is looked upon as an asset and where curiosity and a desire to engage are the first response to difference.

DIVERSE & CULTURAL VILLAGES: Discover the communities representing the continents of the world right here in Colorado Springs in our cultural villages. Villages will feature food, native arts and crafts, games, story-telling traditional and cultural activities, music and dance, unique to the individual cultures represented in each continent. Villages from every continent will be featured!  

NEW THIS YEAR: Health and Wellness, Military, Fitness and Education Villages             

CHILDREN'S PASSPORTS: take a FREE trip around the world and get your passport stamped for completing cultural activities at each continent. Enter a drawing for PRIZES! (up to age 16) at main stage 12:30pm and 2:50pm.

ETHNIC FOOD representing a variety of cultures - available for purchase. 

a variety of organizations which support the values of diversity and inclusion, support diverse populations and provides services for diverse populations. apply today!

Stages emcee'd by Craig Coffey, FOX21 News, FOX21 reporter Kristyn Leon and FOX21 social media reporter Trav Ruiz and DJ Mike Anderson Booyah Productions.


10:00 AM Wake up to Zumba with Melaina Bjorklund
10:25 AM US Taekwondo Demonstration Team
10:50 AM Ne Kamali’i O Hawaii Dancers
11:15 AMProject Lighthouse Native American Dancers and Drummers
11:40 AM Kashiwa Bujinkan Ninjutsu Dojo Nijitsu Demonstration
12:05 PM Hadiya Brown African Dance Group
12:30 PM Children’s Prize Drawing
1:00 PM Balkinika Folk Dance
1:35 PM Conjunto Folklorico La Raza Mexican Folk Dance
2:00 PM Tony Exum Jr.
2:25 PM Harrison School District JROTC Color Guard, Flag Presentation
2:30 PM City Council Proclamation
2:35 PM Fujiyoshida, CS Sister City, Jr. High School Student Chorale 
2:50 PM Children’s Prize Drawing
3:15 PM Brazilian Carnival Samba with Lulu & Crystal
3:40 PM L.I.F.E Step Team
4:00 PM Closing Remarks 

10:00 AM Colorado Springs Conservatory Jazz Band
11:45 AM Rare Oulde Times Irish and Scottish Band
1:30 PM The Legacy Band
3:00 PM Splitt Personality
3:55 PM Closing Remarks


Melaina Bjorkland loves sharing her passion for exercise and fitness through Zumba, so start the day by shaking it with her at Wake Up with ZUMBA!!! Melaina has a Masters degree in Sports Nutrition and is a Group Fitness Instructor at 24 Hour Fitness and Life Time Fitness.
Filipino American Community of Southern Colorado
Details coming

Na Kamali'i O' Hawai'i and the musicians of Hawaiian Harmony are a performing Hawaiian Polynesian group here in Colorado Springs that has performed here in Colorado, New Mexico, California and Hawai'i. This group is 25 years old and many of the original dancers have children and grandchildren performing now. Hula is a way of expressing your aloha, love for all things around you. We dance our hula to perpetuate our culture and where our families our Ohana originated from.

Project Lighthouse Native American Dancers 
Project Lighthouse is a non-profit org founded in 2005 to take care of the people in need. Since our formation we have taken 82 semi's free of charge to the people on the three reservations in South and North Dakota, and we are still moving forward. We represent four families based here in Colorado Springs and Fountain who donate their time to see the smiles on the faces of the people we help. 

Kashiwa Bujinkan Ninjutsu Dojo (Details coming)

Hadiya Brown African Dance Group 

Balkanika Folk Dance Group
Balkanika Folk is a public performance group that is presenting dances, music and songs from the Balkan Peninsula. The group was formed in September of 2012, mostly by friends with an interest in Balkan dances and culture. Some of the members have been part of other groups in the past and decided to gather and combine different experiences to form a dance formation that diversifies American culture with Balkan dances and performances. Currently the group includes folklore from Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Macedonia and Greece. Our mission is to introduce the rich cultural folklore of the Balkan Peninsula to the American culture and preserve it and help communities and other organizations along the way.

Ballet Folklorico De La Raza Inc.
is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to bringing the beauty of Mexican folkloric dance and training to all cultures in the State of Colorado. Founder of Ballet Folklorico De La Raza, Connie Benavidez, provides all lessons, appropriate dress and accessories free of charge. The director and instructors of the group have been contributing folkloric dance lessons and performances to Colorado Springs and the Colorado community since 1994 all on a volunteer basis. 
Selected to Represent the State of Colorado at the 57th Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.

Tony Exum Jr
The soulfulness of a David Sanborn, the sultry sounds of the late, great Grover Washington, Jr. and silky smoothness of the late George Howard.

Harrison School District 2 JROTC Color Guard
Flag Presentation 

Jr. High School Chorale, 
Fujiyshida, Japan

Brazilian Carnival Samba
Crystal Bliss Lardy is a Professional Counselor and Performing Teaching Artist. A vocalist, percussionist, dancer, and creative arts educator/facilitator, she has studied and performed regionally and internationally since 1991, traveling to West Africa, Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. As part of her vocal and personal development, she attended the first American training in Voice Movement Therapy in 2003/2004. In 2007, Crystal earned her BA in Drama and Dance at Colorado College, where she continues to provide accompaniment by drumming for modern and African dance classes. In 2011 she completed her MA in Counseling and Human Services at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and is a provisional practitioner of Voice Movement Therapy. Crystal continues to perform and teach while integrating the Expressive Arts Therapies into her work as a counselor.

Luciana da Silva was born in Brazil where she started her first training in dance genres like Carnival Samba, Flamenco and Bellydance. In 2004 she moved to the US and continued these studies and travelled to Spain in 2006 to advance her training in Flamenco.

L.I.F.E Step Team
is a community step team coming out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. We are a nonprofit organization that raises money for scholarships for graduating high school students enrolled in our program. We are a young group of steppers/dancers who push ourselves everyday to become the best we can be as well as to set positive examples for the youth. With all of our dedication and hard work we have made many accomplishments. L.I.F.E has been competing and performing locally here in Colorado for a while, but the time has come! We are pushing harder then ever as we want to set out and explore the world! As a team, we would like to thank everyone who has been supporting us and everyone who will support us in the future.

Colorado Springs Samoan Community - wandering

Colorado Springs Conservatory Jazz Band
(Details coming) 

The Rare Ould Times is a collection of musical friends who matured globally but live locally and share a deep love of traditional Irish and Scottish music, both vocal and instrumental, featuring strong harmonies and fleet fingers. Members have performed, studied and played their music separately in Ireland, Iceland, Japan, China, Costa Rica, Thailand, South Africa and all over the United States, and came together at Colorado Springs’ lively traditional Celtic sessions. Happy songs of rebellion, war and drinking, sad songs of love, exile and transportation, sea chanties, dance tunes, airs and planxties … an all-ages show.

Legacy Band

Splittt Personality is a young, high-energy Pop/hip-hop/reggae artist and professional Boxer aka "The Shockah" based in Oklahoma city, OK. His novel style of mixing modern hip-hop and dub beats with his Island accent is creating a new vibe that hip-hop, rap, reggae, dancehall and dub-step fans of all ages can easily relate. Splittt’s rich, deep vocals have been compared to the voice of a fellow Islander, Jamaican artist Bounty Killa.

Splittt has been performing since he was in his early teens growing up on the island of St. Croix. When Splittt moved to New York City, he took the opportunity to continue to polish his musical writing and performing talents. Now that Splittt has made his home in Colorado Springs, he has built a strong following and continues to perform to wildly enthusiastic crowds at events and clubs in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo. 

“Diversity: Celebrate it every day!”
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