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Dec. 7, 2016
 
Chandler seeks sponsors for Celebration of Unity; annual festival features music, dance, art and more

Each January, the City of Chandler hosts a series of events that honor Chandler’s diverse community, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. This year’s Celebration of Unity events include a play, musical performance, the 22nd Annual Chandler Multicultural Festival and the 17th Annual Creative Expression Competition. The weekend series of events attract more than 10,000 attendees each year.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Unity events are available and range from $500 to $10,000. For a list of benefits associated with each sponsorship level, visit chandleraz.gov/unity. Interested sponsors also may contact the City’s Diversity Office at 602-782-2214 or email niki.tapia@chandleraz.gov.

This year’s Celebration of Unity includes a play titled “Life In A Jar: The Irena Sendler Project.” The performance is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. This play tells the courageous story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, who saved the lives of more than 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust by rescuing them from the Warsaw Ghetto and hiding them. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling 480-897-0588, emailing hastj@evjcc.org or by visiting the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler.

The month’s largest Unity event is the 22nd Annual Chandler Multicultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. The free festival will feature a day of cultural music, dance, art and more. There will be two stages of entertainment and performances with special guests Melrose Poetry Bureau. The full entertainment schedule will be available online this coming January at chandleraz.gov/unity. To kickoff the festival, hundreds of people from various countries will become American citizens during a naturalization ceremony presided over by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The Unity Celebration continues with a Drumline Live performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. This show-stopping attraction, created by the team behind the hit movie “Drumline” and new television series by the same name, brings the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition to the theatrical stage. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased at chandlercenter.org.

Also on display at the event will be artwork and essays centering on the unity theme from winners of a Creative Expression Competition involving Chandler students. This year’s theme is “We’re Going Places – The importance of travel and exchange in achieving peace.” The public will be able to view the top entries submitted by Chandler students and cast a vote for the top video in early January online at chandleraz.gov/unity.

For more information on the annual Celebration of Unity, visit chandleraz.gov/unity and connect with the Diversity Office on Facebook at facebook.com/ChandlerDiversityOffice.