July 13, 2020

James Farmer Multicultural Center Turns 30

Junior Courtney Flowers was writing a high school paper when she stumbled upon a name she didn’t recognize. “It was James Farmer,” said the Los Angeles native, who spent that day on a UMW website, researching the late civil rights pioneer and Mary Washington history professor. “What ultimately drew me here was the James Farmer […]

James Farmer Multicultural Center Turns 30

In 2020, UMW will celebrate the centennial birthday of the late civil rights pioneer and Mary Washington history professor Dr. James L. Farmer Jr. – who died in 1999 – as well as the 30th anniversary of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. Photo by Lou Cordero.

In 2020, UMW will celebrate the centennial birthday of the late civil rights pioneer and Mary Washington history professor Dr. James L. Farmer Jr. – who died in 1999 – as well as the 30th anniversary of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. Photo by Lou Cordero.

Junior Courtney Flowers was writing a high school paper when she stumbled upon a name she didn’t recognize.

“It was James Farmer,” said the Los Angeles native, who spent that day on a UMW website, researching the late civil rights pioneer and Mary Washington history professor. “What ultimately drew me here was the James Farmer Multicultural Center.”

In 2020, the University will celebrate the centennial birthday of Dr. James L. Farmer Jr. – who died in 1999 – as well as the 30th anniversary of the James Farmer Multicultural Center (JFMC). Created in response to an uptick in enrollment of students of color and a rash of racially biased incidents that ensued, the Center aimed to promote harmony between all groups. It fulfills Farmer’s legacy, educating the UMW community through engaging – and often life-changing – programs, from the spring Multicultural Fair to the fall Social Justice Trip. JFMC also supports 22 campus organizations and offers a welcoming haven for underrepresented students. Read more.

Multicultural Fair Brings Culture to Campus

Once a year the whole world comes to the University of Mary Washington. The 29th annual Multicultural Fair will bring a crisscross of cultures from around the globe to campus this Saturday. Think bellydancers and breakers, gospel and blues, tacos and funnel cakes, tapestries and tie-dyes. The event is one of the largest Mary Washington […]

29th Annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 13

The University of Mary Washington hosts the 29th annual Multicultural Fair in Ball Circle on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Exemplifying UMW’s commitment to enhancing multicultural awareness, the Multicultural Fair provides an entire day devoted to multicultural entertainment, children’s activities, international and American food, and ethnic craft vendors. This event is free and open to the public.

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UMW Multicultural Fair, April 11

The James Farmer Multicultural Center is gearing up for the 25th Annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the UMW Fredericksburg Campus.

Multicultural Fair PosterThe Multicultural Fair is one of the University of Mary Washington’s long-standing, community-wide events and the James Farmer Multicultural Center’s signature cultural event. The  Multicultural Fair celebrates cultural diversity by featuring craft and food vendors and performers who represent a broad range of cultural groups and cultural traditions. The Multicultural Fair also features children’s performances, activities, and attractions. Annually, the Multicultural Fair attracts thousands (between 5,000 and 6,000) of UMW student and staff members and community members from surrounding counties and regions.

This year we have an excellent line-up of performances and over 60 vendors who are selling a wide range of cultural items, jewelry, accessories, t-shirts, tapestries, art, personal care items and more.

Please visit  the James Farmer Multicultural Center’s website or the UMW Multicultural Fair Facebook page for the performance schedule and more information about the Multicultural Fair.

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UMW to Host 25th Annual Multicultural Fair, April 11

Every April the University of Mary Washington comes alive with a celebration of culture, diversity and spring at the Annual Multicultural Fair.

At the center of the outdoor fair is UMW’s own Eagle Bhangra, a student dance group that promotes diversity on campus by sharing folk Punjabi dances native to the Punjab region of Pakistan and India. They’ve become an iconic sight as they move barefoot down the bricks of Campus Walk in their brightly colored costumes, spreading energy and smiles as they go.

“We hope to inspire our viewers to dance and to give them joy,” said Eagle Bhangra Captain Maria Joranko, a senior double studio art and art history major.

Eagle Bhangra performs at a previous Multicultural Fair

Eagle Bhangra performs at a previous Multicultural Fair

Eagle Bhangra is one of more than 30 music and dance groups participating in 25th annual fair on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event draws thousands to the Fredericksburg campus annually.

The fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, is dedicated to showcasing as many cultures and cultural expressions as possible through a variety ethic performances, international foods and craft vendors. The fair also features kid-friendly crafts, activities and performances.

“We want the spirit of the Multicultural Fair to be very positive,” said Greta Franklin, associate director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center.  “It’s a fun, celebratory atmosphere. Anybody can come to the fair and have a great time.”

The fair’s theme of “differences enrich us all” demonstrates UMW’s commitment to multicultural awareness, and offers the chance to learn about new cultures and experiences, including Bhangra.

“We hope that people take away a sense of excitement and a desire to learn a little more about Indian culture,” said Joranko. “We are glad to expose them to this dance form that they may never have heard of.”

In addition, more than 50 vendors will sell an array of jewelry, pottery, instruments and traditional clothing representing various cultures and food trucks from different cuisines.

The fair has grown tremendously since its premier in 1990. With more than 4,000 attendees each year, the fair is one of the largest events on UMW’s campus.

The Multicultural Fair will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://umw.edu/multicultural/fair or contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044.

 

UMW to Hold 24th Annual Multicultural Fair, April 12

The University of Mary Washington will hold its 24th annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, is one of the largest annual events at UMW, attracting more than 4,000 attendees each year. The Multicultural Fair demonstrates UMW’s commitment to multicultural awareness through a variety of ethnic performances, food and craft vendors. The fair also features kid-friendly crafts, activities and performances.

The annual Multicultural Fair is one of the most attended events at UMW.

The annual Multicultural Fair is one of the most attended events at UMW.

Throughout the day, more than 30 music and dance groups will perform across campus, including Save the Arcadian, a local folk-pop band, Calico Cloggers, Sons of Solomon and the Muggivan School of Irish Dance. A dozen UMW student groups will also perform, including BellACapella, UMW’s all-female a capella group, Eagle Bhangra and the UMW Salsa Club.

This year’s fair will feature more than 50 vendors selling an array of jewelry, pottery, instruments and traditional clothing representing various cultures and food trucks from different cuisines.

The Multicultural Fair will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. For more information, including a full list of performers, visit http://umw.edu/multicultural/fair or contact the James Fair Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044.

Multicultural Fair, April 12

The 2014 Multicultural Fair will be on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMW Fredericksburg Campus.

The 2014 Multicultural Fair will be on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMW Fredericksburg Campus.

Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center for the annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Fredericksburg campus rain or shine.

The Multicultural Fair is one of the largest, most anticipated events hosted at the University of Mary Washington and has entertained thousands of UMW and Fredericksburg community members for nearly 25 years. This year, the fair will feature over 30 diverse  performances, over 50 multicultural vendors, delicious ethnic and festival  foods and children’s activities. For additional information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044540-654-1044, or go to http://students.umw.edu/multicultural/programs/multicultural-fair/.

Multicultural Fair Returned for 23rd Year, April 13

The University of Mary Washington held its 23rd annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor fair, organized by the James Farmer Multicultural Center, is one of the largest annual events at UMW, attracting more than 4,000 attendees each year. The Multicultural Fair demonstrates UMW’s commitment to multicultural awareness through a variety of ethnic performances, food and vendors. The fair also features kid-friendly crafts, activities and performances. “It’s one of those events where an adult will have just as much fun as a kid,” said Greta Franklin, associate director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. “There’s something for everyone.” Throughout the day, more than 30 music and dance groups performed across campus, including Un Mundo, a local salsa band, Afro Funk All Stars, Intuition Band, Levi Stephens, and the McGrath Academy of Irish Dance. More than a dozen UMW student groups also performed, including BellACapella, UMW’s all-female a capella group, Eagle Bhangra and UMW Praise Dance. This year’s fair featured more than 60 vendors selling an array of jewelry, pottery, instruments and traditional clothing representing various cultures and 11 food trucks from different cuisines. “The goal [of the fair] is to celebrate cultural diversity and celebrate the differences amongst us and how they enrich our lives,” said Franklin. “It’s a very celebratory day.” The Multicultural Fair will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public. For more information, including a full list of performers, visit http://www.umw.edu/multicultural/fair or contact the James Fair Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044.

Multicultural Fair Draws Thousands to Campus

For the more than 4,000 people who attended UMW’s Multicultural Fair on Saturday, April 14, the campus was transformed into a space for music, dance, art and food from countless cultures.

“The day was a great mixture of student performances as well as local and regional performers,” said Greta Franklin, associate director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. “It made the day unique and special.”

Franklin said about 60 UMW volunteers helped make this year’s event possible.

For an album of photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150817947446660.473326.63057846659&type=3 or read the story in the Free Lance-Star.