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Sister Friends Celebration!
| February 4, 2015 | 4:51 pm | News | Comments closed

11th Annual Sister Friends Event March 13, 2015
Emerson Suites, Ithaca College
10am – 2:30pm; Tickets $20

Tickets On Sale Beginning February 9th at MRC or GIAC!

Save the date for the 11th Annual Sister Friends event Friday, March 14th at Ithaca College in Emerson Suites. The event celebrates women and girls of all ages.

The event opens at 10am with a Women’s Market featuring local female entrepreneurs and many fine products including jewelry, clothing, body care, and more. At 11:30 am the buffet luncheon begins and the program goes from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. The Women’s Market will remain open until 2:30 pm.

Tickets for the event cost $20 and can be purchased beginning February 9th at two locations:

  •  The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca. 272-2292
  •  The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), 301 W. Court St, Ithaca. 272-3622

You can also reserve your ticket by mailing checks/money order to MRC, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850 with the memo Sister Friends. This event will sell out so purchase your tickets beginning February 11th.

For more information, please contact Fabina B. Colon or Audrey Cooper at 607-272-2292.

This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center; Greater Ithaca Activities Center; City of Ithaca Human Resources Department; Ithaca College; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County; Cayuga Medical Center; Cornell University; Center for Transformative Action; GreenStar Community Projects; Tompkins County Huma Rights Commission; McGraw House; Baker Travel; and Southside Community Center!

| January 19, 2015 | 2:45 pm | News, Posters | Comments closed

The 21st annual celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at the Beverly J. Martin School gymnasium, 302 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca. 

Monday, January 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Performances by Honey Child Soul Quintet and John Simon 

A luncheon—free and open to the public 

This year’s theme “MYTHACA—Facts and Fiction” will be facilitated by guest speaker Godfrey Simmons

The day is organized by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center; the Multicultural Resource Center; the Cornell Public Service Center; the Center for Transformative Action; GreenStar Cooperative Market; Student Leadership, Engagement and Campus Activities at Cornell University; Cornell Dining; Ithaca College Office for Student Engagement & Multicultural Affairs; Cooperative Extension of TC; Challenge Workforce Solutions & Involvement and community members

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First Peoples’ Festival & “Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row”~ Sep. 29th & Oct. 4th 2014~
| September 23, 2014 | 2:07 pm | News | Comments closed


Monday, September 29, 6:30pm A documentary @ Cinemapolis: “Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row” by Gwendolyn Cates with discussion after with Daygot Leeyos, Andy Mager & Donna Silversmith

$10 suggested (no one turned away!) With sponsorship by Ithaca Catholic Workers and Sara Pines



Saturday, October 4th, First Peoles’ Festival @ Dewitt Park, downtown Ithaca,

10 am to 5:30 pm. 11 am  Traditional Opening by Cayugas

Welcome by Mayor Svante Myrick & Dan Hill, Cayuga Nation


• Kontiwennenhawi – Akwesasne Women Singers

*Perry Ground, Traditional Stories

• Dan Hill, Cayuga, Flute

• Crow Weaver Band

• Emilio Benites, Peruvian, Zamponas

• Craig Luther, Diné, Flute

Children’s activities:

Amazing Pete’s balloon creations, storytelling, face painting, Home Depot building projects, corn husk doll making with Marcy & Bernadette Kane, Seneca Nation.

Arts & Crafts:  beadwork, paintings, clothing, lacrosse sticks, flutes, jewelry, silent auction; Peruvian weaving demonstration by Amador Benites.

Food Vendors:  corn soup, fry bread, tacos, vegan/vegetarian options

For more info contact: Audrey J Cooper   607.272.2292

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Coordinated by: The Multicultural Resource Center.
Cosponsors: Cornell University, CU American Indian Program,  Ithaca College Center for the Study of Race Culture & Ethnicity, IC Event Services, TC Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cayuga Medical Center, Home Depot, Downtown Ithaca Alliance in partnership with Apple Harvest Festival. Funded in part by the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

2014 MLK Jr Day of Celebration!
| January 14, 2014 | 6:19 pm | Uncategorized | Comments closed

An annual free community luncheon and celebration commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20th from 11:30-1:30pm at the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. We hope to see you there! Make it a day on, not a day off!

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Organized by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Center for Transformative Action, Cornell Public Service Center, Campus Life at Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Greenstar Cooperative Market, Greenstar Community Board, Ithaca College Office of Student Engagement & Multicultural Affairs, and community members.

Re-Thinking Thanksgiving – Please join us!
| November 12, 2013 | 7:36 pm | Uncategorized | Comments closed



This lively, engaging, and content-based presentation will give an overview of the history of this very misunderstood holiday. Based on the only primary source documents that chronicle the “First Thanksgiving” and using a quiz-style format (everyone will ‘take’ the quiz as part of the program), participants will learn accurate and culturally appropriate information about the English settlers at Plimoth and the Wampanoag, the Native people who inhabited that area.

The presentation will discuss the actual events of 1621 including the feast, the relationship between the English settlers and the Wampanoag and how this story became the holiday we know today. The concept of thanksgiving held by many Native Americans will be emphasized throughout.

Although they were not present in Plymouth in 1621, connections to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) concepts of Thanksgiving will be discussed so students will understand how Native Peoples view Thanksgiving today.

Biography of Presenter – Perry Ground
Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been telling stories for over 20 years as a means of educating people about the culture, beliefs and history of the Haudenosaunee. Perry learned most of the stories he shares from the elders of various Native American communities and feels that practicing and perpetuating the oral traditions of Native people is an important responsibility.

Perry also gives presentations on a variety of aspects of Haudenosaunee history and culture. Sharing information in age-appropriate, engaging ways allows Perry to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Native People.

Professionally, Perry has worked in several museums including The Children’s Museum of Houston, Sainte Marie among the Iroquois, Shako:wi Cultural Center and Ganondagan State Historic Site. He has shared his stories in countless museums, libraries, classrooms, and festivals throughout the northeast and also has guest lectured at numerous colleges. Currently, Perry is the Project Director of the Native American Resource Center in Rochester, NY.

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