Imagine a city where cultural diversity is encouraged, and everyone is accepted because of their differences. Imagine a city where economic growth is still a possibility despite not having a good grasp of the language.
The city of Richmond Office of Multicultural Affairs, (OMA), while increasing access to city and community based services in the areas of education and information, is also tasked with providing civic participation by creating a working environment bent on improving the quality of life of our diverse communities.
The vision behind Imagine is that our city becomes a community that welcomes and celebrates our diversity. Everyone of us plays a role in the celebration, from the youngest to the most senior and learned of a family. And as Virginians, we need to remember that we have been celebrating our cultural diversity for over 400 years.
Dating back to the native American tribes that hunted Virginia's forests well before Captains Christopher Newport and John Smith settled the Region in 1607, on up to the explosion of creativity and industry shown by African-Americans after the Civil War, as they found their niche in society, diversity has been the keystone of Virginia's culture.
City of Richmond IMAGINE FESTIVAL 2013
The ¨Imagine Festival 2013¨ on Saturday, October 19, will be held from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at Broad Rock Park, which is located at 4802 Warwick Road. This event will be held rain or shine.
The main purpose of the festival is to showcase the community resources and services available, as well as give families a chance to interact and benefit from those services. And of course, it will be a wonderful cultural exchange, with music, crafts and foods that define our different cultures.
It makes little difference if you like salsa music or folklore, foods indigenous to the Phillippean or Vietnamese cultures, the main idea is to come out and immerse yourself in something new. And in so doing, you will become part of the celebration, so Imagine that.