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You are invited to celebrate cultural diversity in city

In Beaverton, we are fortunate to have organizations sharing their culture at many local events. I have always appreciated hearing other people’s stories.

I am a big fan of autobiographies — I have one on my Kindle all the time! But reading about other people and their lives involves just one sense — sight.

I seek opportunities to engage all my senses when learning about other cultures. I want to experience art, music, food and dance!

Recently, I attended performances highlighting Irish, Indian and Iranian cultures. Traditional Celtic music and dance were presented by the city of Beaverton at the St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebration at the world-class Beaverton Farmers Market, during which I joined in for Irish dancing.

Next came a showcase of music and dance presented by RASIKA School of Music and Arts, and Jayanthi Raman’s NATYA Dance Academy. Parents offered their appreciation for their dedication to teaching children the importance of traditional Indian dance.

Most recently, I enjoyed a concert featuring accomplished musicians performing in celebration of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. The talented and world-renowned artists brought Iranian music and culture to life through traditional Persian instruments like the tar and setar, and rhythms both old and new. The concert was organized by the Andisheh Center, a nonprofit connecting Iranian and non-Iranian Americans to the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Iran.

I truly appreciate the people involved in these organizations and their desire to share their culture with our community. These cultural organizations, along with many others, will offer even more music, dance, cultural information and activities at the city of Beaverton’s International Celebration hosted by Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District’s Party in the Park on July 26.

Serving as the city’s senior program manager for arts, culture and events, I personally want to invite you to attend this event along with two others. On Friday, the Beaverton Sister Cities program will host African food, music and dance in association with the Beaverton Downtown Association’s First Friday series. Then on July 12, Ten Tiny Dances will present contemporary, traditional and ethnic dance on five stages in and near the Beaverton Farmers Market. These events are free and open to the public; helping create a friendly, welcoming and vibrant community in Beaverton.

The city embraces the arts in all forms and believes in finding ways to bring our community together. For more information, visit beavertonoregon.gov/events.

Jayne Scott is the senior program manager of arts, culture and events for the city of Beaverton.




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