cultural diversity http://wamc.org en Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival Will Return to Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/lift-evry-voice-festival-will-return-berkshires <p></p><p></p><p>Members of MCLA’s The Allegrettos sang to welcome the announcement that the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival is returning for its second season beginning in June.</p><p></p><p>The festival, which will again feature special events and performances celebrating the African-American culture and heritage in the Berkshires, was first held in 2011, and was attended by more than 30,000 people.</p><p>Festival co-chair Don Quinn Kelly said that the festival will focus on making the special programs and events accessible to attendees of all racial and economic backgrounds.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 63643 at http://wamc.org Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival Will Return to Berkshires Pittsfield Students Learn from African-American Role Models in their Community http://wamc.org/post/pittsfield-students-learn-african-american-role-models-their-community <p></p><p>In recognition of African American History Month, students at one high school in the Berkshires participated in a day of presentations from local African American role models, who shared their own stories with students and reflected on their heritage.</p><p></p><p>Multicultural BRIDGE – a non-profit organization with a mission to promote diversity understanding and acceptance in area communities, held their first Living African-American History Month Project, through a partnership with Pittsfield High School.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 57959 at http://wamc.org Pittsfield Students Learn from African-American Role Models in their Community Promotional stunt for new SUNY Albany restaurant causes stir on campus http://wamc.org/post/promotional-stunt-new-suny-albany-restaurant-causes-stir-campus <p>Blue Agave Mexican Grill opened last week in the campus center of the University at Albany.</p><p>The restaurant’s menu includes quesadillas and burritos. Student diners are giving the cuisine early positive reviews.</p><p>Despite praise for taste, the restaurant has also got the attention of students and faculty who are speaking out after a promotional event for the grill’s opening day.</p><p>Yampiero Polanco, University at Albany senior and President of Fuerza Latina, a student run education, and advocacy group focused on Latino culture described the promotion.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:30:00 +0000 Roy Frias 36580 at http://wamc.org