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Arts Midwest Joins Welcoming Network

In an auditorium, five people with various musical instruments smile and wave at the camera, and behind them there is a large audience of students smiling and waving too.
Jarochicanos at a performance in Wabash County, IN

Arts Midwest is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Welcoming America. We’re excited to learn alongside the 200+ organizations in their Welcoming Network and we are grateful to have our We the Many program highlighted as part of their annual Welcoming Week.


Arts Midwest is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Welcoming America. We’re excited to learn alongside the 200+ organizations in their Welcoming Network and we are grateful to have our We the Many program highlighted as part of their annual Welcoming Week.

Through We the Many, Arts Midwest worked with three arts organizations in rural areas of our region to create artist residencies which sought to expand the understanding of Midwestern identity.

For our partners at the Honeywell Foundation in Wabash County, Indiana, this experience prompted them to ask how to create a more welcoming community, specifically for new and long-time Latino residents.

Working alongside Chicago-based teaching artist, Ana Velazquez, students of color in Manchester Community Schools were given space to express themselves and share their creativity through theater classes and public performances. In total, Ana led 42 activities and helped the students put together a joyful and emotional final performance.

“Through this program our students have had the opportunity
to explore their culture, explore their language, and show classmates and family members how important their culture is.”

Nicole Screeton, English Language Director, Manchester Community Schools
A person of medium skin tone and long black hair, and wearing a black cloth mask and shirt, is pointing at something off camera with a marker in hand, with the other hand touching poster paper.
Ana Velazquez teaching at Manchester Community Schools.

About Welcoming America

Welcoming America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by ensuring everyone belongs. Through the Welcoming Network, they work to change systems and culture by providing communities the roadmap they need to create welcoming policies and share new approaches to inclusion to create an environment where everyone can truly thrive. Learn more at welcomingamerica.org.

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