The rich diversity of the community will be on display during the first-ever Diversity Festival at Marshalltown Community College on April 18.
The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Student Union on campus. It is hosted by the Marshalltown Diversity Committee, led by Joan Jaimes of MCC. The event is free and open to the public.
Jaimes said the idea came about from the committee to have a festival and mirror festivals that go on at other college campuses.
"Our mission is to try to be educated about the different cultures that are represented in Marshalltown,"Jaimes said.
The festival will feature Hispanic and Meskwaki dancers, exhibits and other presentations that celebrate different cultures.
"It could be ethnic diversity, cultural customs, languages, sexual identity, adult learning and those with special abilities," Jaimes said. "We are trying to be very inclusive."
April 18 at MCC Student Union
Noon - Provost welcome
12:20 p.m. - High school Hispanic dancers
12:50 p.m. - Meskwaki dancers
1:30 p.m. - Presentations, sculptures, poems and slideshows
3 p.m. Conclusion
Jaimes said diversity in Marshalltown is something the community should be proud to have.
"It is important for us to understand how fortunate we are to have different groups represented in our community," she said. "Diversity is a blessing for all of us and learning about the contributions, customs and talents of different groups should be an ongoing process."
Jaimes said if the festival goes well there will be plans to have it annually. For more information about the festival or to be a part of it, contact Jaimes at 641-844-5714.