December 1, 2022

Multicultural Fair’s Return Brings Fun and Funnel Cakes to Campus

Saturday’s 32nd annual Multicultural Fair – held for the first time in three years, under finicky skies – brought throngs of visitors to campus. The event is sponsored by UMW’s James Farmer Multicultural Center. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Saturday’s 32nd annual Multicultural Fair – held for the first time in three years, under finicky skies – brought throngs of visitors to campus. The event is sponsored by UMW’s James Farmer Multicultural Center. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

The Multicultural Fair is back! After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the colorful, festive, crowd-pleasing event returned to the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus Saturday. The nexus may have shifted from Ball Circle – sacred site of Commencement, and current incubator to baby grasses – to Jefferson Square, but the familiar sounds and scents wafted down Campus Walk, which was filled with people, dogs and vendors.

The sun peeped from behind the clouds every now and then, and random raindrops fell, but none of the activities were dimmed.

“It was great to host the Multicultural Fair in person again,” said Marion Sanford, director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center, sponsor for 32 years of this annual spring event. “It was wonderful to have the amazing vendors and dynamic performances throughout the day.” Read more.

Multicultural Fair’s Return Brings Fun and Funnel Cakes to Campus

The Multicultural Fair is back! After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the colorful, festive, crowd-pleasing event returned to the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus Saturday. The nexus may have shifted from Ball Circle – sacred site of Commencement, and current incubator to baby grasses – to Jefferson Square, but the familiar sounds and […]

32nd Annual Multicultural Fair, Saturday, April 9th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Multicultural Fair is a longstanding tradition that celebrates culture and diversity as its foundation. This wonderful event, first implemented in 1990, strives to bring the campus and local community together to embrace the many ethnicities, heritages and customs that make our society so rich and vibrant. It serves as the culminating event of the year-long Cultural Awareness Series. Each year when implemented, the Fair attracts thousands to campus. The event exemplifies UMW’s commitment to multicultural awareness, and the appreciation of differences. The Fair provides an entire day  packed with cultural performances, children’s educational activities, international cuisine, and an array of ethnic arts and crafts.

The coordination of the Fair is helmed by the James Farmer Multicultural Center staff. Yet, the implementation of the event is truly a campus-wide effort, including the contributions of a myriad of University departments, offices, faculty, staff, campus organizations, and individual students. We are grateful and impressed to have these different constituents giving of their time and vesting their resources to ensure the Fair’s success. From the children’s stage to the food vendors on Jefferson Square, the market place lining Campus Walk, and performance stages at Lee, Farmer and GW Halls, the Fair presents a sizable array of delights presented to educate, entertain, and entice participants to drink in the cultures of the world, and enjoy the company of the diverse crowd gathered in the heart of the Mary Washington campus.

The impact for the campus and local community continues to be lauded and reflective of the mission of the JFMC and the University, to enhance cultural understanding, and create opportunities for global engagement.

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.