POWELL, Wyo. - The smells, tastes, sights and sounds from countries around the world will fill the bottom floor of the DeWitt Student Center at Northwest College from 1-3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23. Entrance to the Multicultural Showcase is through the Trapper Room off of Seventh Street.
The annual showcase offers homemade food samples from around the globe, live entertainment, a silent auction, musical instruments and a colorful display of authentic collectibles from countries on nearly every continent.
“This is an excellent chance for the community to experience the vastness of global culture,” said Milo Asay, co-chair of the NWC Diversity Awareness Committee. “We hope to see everyone there.”
Co-chair Rachel Hanan added, “In addition to having fabulous food, this event is a wonderful opportunity for college and community members to experience the unique diversity at Northwest College.” The event is co-hosted by the NWC Diversity Awareness Committee, the International and Native Ways clubs and Student Senate.
The afternoon festivities are geared for the whole family, with displays and activities for all ages. This year’s theme is music and will showcase instruments from other cultures. Anyone wishing to lend an instrument for the display should take it to Anne Toner in Room 204 of the Cabre Building by Wednesday, March 20. Please include contact information, a bit of background about the instrument and where it’s from.
Inside the cafeteria, attendees can wander from booth to booth sampling recipes prepared by students from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Congo, Yemen, Mexico, Sweden, India and many other countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Visual feasts are offered in live entertainment from Chilean and Native American students.
Admission is free. Tickets to sample food are $1 each but thanks to NWC’s Student Senate, college students with their IDs will get their first five tickets free.
Proceeds from the silent auction will help fund international student scholarships and the college’s Intercultural Center. The center is a partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and will serve as a model project for rural communities.
Donations for the silent auction are welcome and can be dropped off in Room 123B of the Orendorff Building.