The “Other” 1492 – a world in turmoil

This is a report of a presentation by Barb McAtee, at a "Cultural Conversations" program at the Plaza Library on October 14, 2010: The standard American story of 1492 is a social myth* that has been taught to most grade-school children in the United Sates for many generations.   [*Ed.note: A myth is defined as a... Continue Reading →

Diversity in Religion

Members of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council formed a panel at the Plaza Library on June 8, 2008, to address the issue of “Diversity in Religion” which was the concluding segment of Cultural Conversations, a five-part series of engaged dialogues on a variety of multicultural topics co-sponsored by Cultural Crossroads and the Plaza Library... Continue Reading →

Code Words- Shortcut or Roadblock?

Cultural Conversations – January 14, 2010 “Communication is more about what the listener hears than what the speaker says.” What is a “code word” and is it an actual word or the context? How do we know if we are using them – or if someone else is? How do we get past the language... Continue Reading →

Friendship Fair 2016

Cultural Crossroads helped bring to life the world in one short afternoon this past weekend, October 8, 2016. A wonderful crowd of very young to “seasoned professionals” showed up to engage in crafts, learn to dance, watch performances, enjoy stories from different times and places, practice origami… and everyone had a chance to play with coloring books, stickers... Continue Reading →

One World (Spring 2009)

CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS Kansas Citians talk about important issues and share their stories in ongoing series As we approach the 2009 series of “Cultural Convers ations” at the Plaza Library, we look back on some of the Conversations held at during the 2008 series. The Summer, 2008 issue of O n e Wo rl d contains... Continue Reading →

One World (Autumn 2006)

Multicultural Festivals Cultural Crossroads was a major participant in four multicultural festivals across the metropolitan area. At Grinter House AppleFest, the KCK Lewis & Clark Festival, Independence Heritage Festival, and Southland Multicultural Festival, our volunteers provided multicultural and historical information through dialogue and hands-on activities to over 200 children and adults. Thank you to our... Continue Reading →

One World (Autumn 2005)

South KC Multicultural Festival Longview Community College invited Cultural Crossroads to join in “A Celebrati on of All of Us” – certainly a theme aligned with our own vision. Our “Reading & Rhythm” program of folklore stories and multicultural dances was a great basis for the various performances of dance from different cultures on two... Continue Reading →

One World (Summer 2005)

Magic Carpet Ride  It was a magic carpet ride at “Common Threads – A Celebration of Textiles.” This first-ever event, held on Saturday, April 16, 2005, at the Country Meadows Antique Mall in Independence, focused on how people create textiles and use them for personal protection, decoration, and identification of self and family. As with... Continue Reading →

One World (Winter 2005)

A NEW YEAR, A NEW PROGRAM 2005 On Sunday afternoon, January 23, 2005 Cultural Crossroads will present the next in its series of public programs. “Is this Your new year?” will introduce children from 8 to 14 to the customs of Celtic, Iranian and Jewish new year celebrations, followed by craft stations where each culture... Continue Reading →

A Call For An End To Hatred

Cultural Crossroads expresses deep sorrow at recent instances of hate violence in our midst. These past few days have seen several incidents of ethnic and religious hatred in the heart of the Midwest, from desecration of a Jewish cemetery in the St. Louis, MO, area to murder and attempted murder in Olathe, KS. The desecration... Continue Reading →

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