The Building for Kids Children’s Museum (BFKCM), in partnership with Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, will celebrate what makes us unique at Diversity Discovery Free Day on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by the J.J. Keller Foundation and the Mielke Family Foundation with support from Bemis Company and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, this free admission day will feature all the fun of the Museum plus local non-profits and community groups with hands-on activities for families to learn, discover and celebrate diversity.
Families can learn about Sikh traditions and dress a paper doll in Sikh attire with the Sikh Temple of Fox Valley, take pictures in a photo booth from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, learn about folk tales with African Heritage Incorporated, help create a community art piece for the BFKCM and more. The Mielke Family Theater will host dance and musical performances from cultures from all over the world.
More than a dozen organizations are involved, including American Indian Services of the Fox Valley, Appleton Public Library, Fit Oshkosh, Girls Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, IndUS of Fox Valley, SOAR Fox Cities, United Hmong American Association, WisconSibs, World Relief Fox Valley and student organizations from Lawrence University and University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.
“The Building for Kids is an inclusive place for all families in the community,” said Jarrad Bittner, Executive Director at the BFKCM. “Together with our collaborative partners we have created an engaging and educational event to celebrate our diverse community.”
“We believe that diversity is a key asset to our community’s future. It is very important for children and families to be informed about diverse cultures, identities, abilities and religions, while at the same time being able to be proud of their own,” said Carolyn Desrosiers, co-chair of Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities.
Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities is a non-profit that believes every person is worthy of dignity and respect. Their mission is served through education, outreach, advocacy and public events.
The BFKCM has been empowering children, engaging parents and energizing the community since 1992. For more information about the BFKCM, including its programs and events, visit www.buildingforkids.org.