CultureALL™ is a Des Moines based-non-profit organization that involves Iowans in learning about other world cultures. These discovery-filled experiences strengthen understanding and appreciation of one another in our daily lives. CultureALL in the Classroom provides what text books and research projects cannot: real-life interactions with people from other cultures. CultureALL in the Community presents unique events that make Central Iowa a vibrant and attractive place for Global Citizens to live, study and work.
CULTUREALL™ is a great way to show my students there is a different world outside of Urbandale.
- Molly Keirnan, Urbandale Middle School
White House Honors Two Cultural Ambassadors
We are so proud of our Cultural Ambassadors - Mone Aye & Zeljka Krvavica - who are being honored at the White House as World Refugee Day “Champions of Change” for their outstanding work in the refugee community.
Mone Aye was born in the Mae La Refugee camp in Thailand and lived there for the first 19 years of her life.In 2008, she resettled in the United States, then became a United States citizen in July 2014.Mone is a co-founder and the board president of Ethnic Minority of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC), a grassroots, refugee-led organization that seeks to meet the unique and often neglected needs of Iowa’s growing population of refugees from Burma, and a Bilingual Community Outreach Worker in the Des Moines Public School System.
Zeljka Krvavica came to the United States in 1993 as a refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina after fleeing her home in war-ravaged Sarajevo. Since then she has devoted her life to helping other refugees make Iowa home. She works as a Refugee Case Manager with the Iowa’s Bureau of Refugee Services in Des Moines and as Iowa State Delegate with the UNHCR Refugee Congress. She has also served as a volunteer in several capacities, including establishing and conducting clinics for the refugees seeking lawful permanent resident status; serving as the founding member of the Iowa Interpreters and Translators Association. She is also an advocate for refugee women’s rights.
The Champions of Change event will be live streamed on the White House website. To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live on June 25th at 12:40 PM CST. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
Congratulations, Zeljka & Mone!
Happy Birthday to Us!
Many Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Forest Avenue Libarary in Des Moines on Thursday, June 11 as we celebrated our community’s ethnic diversity with a Cultural Awareness Day to kick off our 10th Anniversary year.
We had nearly 80 guests in attendance including Des Moines Parks & Recreation/Evelyn K. Davis Park program youth and staff; Forest Avenue Library patrons and staff; CultureALL Culture Ambassadors, board members, corporate friends, funders, community supporters, event volunteers and staff. This was a wonderful CultureALL and City of Des Moines collaboration and we appreciate your support!
Highlights included special recognition and remarks by Mayor Frank Cownie, Iowa State Representative Ako Abdul-Samad, and DuPont Pioneer representative Claudo Schabel, and CultureALL workshops presented by Cultural Ambassadors Julio Arruda dos Santos, Yuki Shozaki and Mohammed Ghanem.
A delicious global themed cake created and generously donated by Whole Foods was served, along with ice cream provided by the City of Des Moines Department of Parks and Recreation.
Again, many thanks to EVERYONE involved for joining us and being amazing champions for CultureALL!
You can catch the highlights in KCCI-TV 8 coverage by Mollie Cooney - click here to view the video.
Focus on Photo-Ethnography
Thank You to everyone who supported our recent Photo-Ethnography project with Des Moines Pubic Schools.
This fall, students in Sociology classes at Lincoln and North High Schools worked with Cultural Ambassador (and professional photographer) Kathryn Winslow to explore the culture through photography. Their work was exhibited at the Science Center of Iowa for part of the month of November.
Lincoln High School Sociology Teacher Dennis Scott Harrison said about the project,
"I have noticed the students discussing, identifying and appreciating the depth of culture that is around them. They have grown from just understanding what culture is, to what their own culture may consist of, and on to recognizing the abundance of other cultures that are around them and influencing not just themselves but their community."
Special Thanks to:
Newsletter for Educators
In 2015, CultureALL will publish a bi-monthly e-newsletter specifically for those interested in our education programs for K-12 students.
This new publication will include:
News about CultureALL programs happening around Iowa
Announcements about new workshops and Cultural Ambassadors
Suggestions for hosting a successful cultural program at your school
After-school, Saturday, and summer program opportunities
Programs for gifted, special needs, and alternative school students
Tips on how to get scholarships and funding assistance for programs
If you already get the monthly newsletter and other e-mails from CultureALL, don't worry - you will continue receiving those unless you choose to opt out. But you cannot receive the Educator Newsletter unless you tell us you want it.
Sign up today!
Education Grant Offers Teachers Funds for Special Projects
Teachers have the opportunity to receive $1,000 and a free CULTUREALL workshop
CULTUREALL is proud to be a part of the One Classroom at a Time Education Grant. The grant is sponsored by ABC5 and Bankers Trust to help pre-school through grade 12 educators fund special projects for Central Iowa classrooms. Educators have a chance to win the grant by filling out an application describing the project, objectives and how the funds will directly affect the student’s educational experience. Applications must be submitted by the first Monday of the month to be considered for that month. CULTUREALL will work with the winners to determine which workshop will best fit with the proposed curriculum.
More information about the grant
Volunteers for CultureALL are always needed and greatly appreciated. Work the passion!
Find out more about our workshops here.