Events & Programs

The Multicultural Resource Center collaborates with many community organizations and educational institutions to offer a number of programs and events throughout the year:

First Peoples’ Festival. We are hosting the 5th annual First Peoples’ Festival downtown in joint efforts with the Downtown Ithaca Alliance in partnership with Apple Harvest Festival. The First Peoples’ Festival features all Indigenous performers, food and craft vendors, as well as educational booths, interactive workshops, and children’s activities. This year the event will take place on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 in downtown Ithaca at Dewitt Park!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration. In partnership with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and many other community organizations, The MLK Day of Celebration takes place at GIAC on MLK Day every January. Workshops, children’s activities, music and a free community luncheon all staffed by volunteers makes this a day on, not a day off.

Annual Sister-Friends Luncheon. This yearly event in March celebrates women of all ages, sizes, religions, ethnicities and cultures. There is a Women’s Market, performances by women and girls, and a featured guest speaker.

Movie Nights. MRC occasionally hosts film & discussion series on movies that focus on race, class and other diversity issues.

MLK Community Build. MRC is a partner in this new community initiative to start reading groups and book clubs around Martin Luther King Jr’s last book Where do we go from Here: Chaos or Community? Stay tuned for a new web site for the build and a community launch date coming soon!

Talking Circles on Race & Racism. The Talking Circle is a facilitated dialog that provides people with an opportunity for self-reflection, sharing personal experiences, and influencing each other’s perspectives and attitudes. MRC brings together a diverse group of people who meet once a week for five weeks to deepen the level of our community-wide conversation on race, and to provide a safe space to consider taking our next steps. For more on this program see the  Talking Circles page.

Annual Meeting. We combine our annual meeting with GIAC’s annual meeting, which takes place in April or May.

7 comments for this page

  • Liz VanEvery says:

    I’d like to join the talking circle in August. The link on this page does not seem to be working. Please email me with more information. Thanks

  • acooper says:

    Hello Liz,

    I am sorry to hear the link was not working. We have been having some problems with our site. Please contact Sarah Reistetter-Akiri to get on the Talking Circles list. We’re not very good at checking our messages via the website. Thank you for trying to connect.


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  • zack nelson says:

    I’m curious about the Arts in the Orchard benefit for the MRC, scheduled for 8/2. Sounds interesting and I may send the GIAC seniors, would is the cost of attending?

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  • I would like to donate to the Annual SIster Friends Luncheon – proceeds from an upcoming mini-summit business seminar I am holding in Ithaca March 26th.

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