I admit it. This one is pretty broad. And that is intentional on my part. There are so many different types of events that can increase a child's cultural competence and diversity awareness. Many different geographic areas host cultural events that you can attend and oftentimes, there are parts of the event geared towards children. In big cities, there tends to be a ton of options. As I've mentioned previously, I live in Washington DC where there are multiple cultural events every week. For example, here's a sampling of cultural events from the last month: Fiesta Asia Silver Spring, DC Dragon Boat Festival, and Passport DC. Some of these events are HUGE and some are much smaller, more specific, and obscure, but no less interesting.
So I am really lucky living in an area with so many events that are open to the public (and often FREE!). It is the nation's capital after all and you can't throw a ball without hitting an embassy (well, not really, but you get the idea). The cultural events in my town are abundant with so much diversity in one space. The same is true of many big cities throughout the U.S. and world. But I also want to point out that even though some diversity is not as visible, it does not mean that it is any less important. So while large cities tend to have a ton of diversity that you can see, many smaller cities and towns also possess incredible diversity and hold fantastic events to showcase them.
Below are some summer festivals that are happening throughout the United States and the world. If you are close to one of these cities or towns consider checking one of them out. If all of these are too far or don't coordinate well with your summer schedule, research the offerings in your area. I'm sure that there is something going on close to home - you may just have to do a little digging:
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Dr. Sweeney is a licensed school psychologist and cultural competence expert. Here are her musings on life in a multicultural world.
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