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Veteran’s Day Student Essay Contest – Freedom Is Not Free November 6, 2015

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Essay Contest!



A significant day for our culture in the United States is Veterans Day. On this day, we honor all the men and women who have served and are serving in the military. Many of these men and women have given and will give their lives in order to see our nation secure. Here at the International Museum of Cultures, we believe that it is important for children to have an appreciation for cultures worldwide, but we also believe that it is extremely important for our children to hold appreciation for the culture in which they live. In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th, the museum is sponsoring the Freedom Essay Contest for students in 1st grade through 12th grade.

First through fourth graders can write a 100 word essay on why FREEDOM IS NOT FREE due by November 8th for judging. Fifth through eighth graders are encouraged write a 150 word essay on the same topic and submit it by midnight on November 8th for judging. High school students may write a 250 word essay considering the same topic and submit it by noon on November 9th for judging. Prizes for first and second place will be awarded at the Salute to Veterans event hosted by the museum on November 11th.

If you have any questions or want to see your students involved in saluting our veterans this November, do not hesitate to call or email us for more information:

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Jewish-American Heritage Month May 1, 2015

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Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is an annual recognition and celebration of Jewish American achievements in and contributions to the United States of America. In April 2006, President George W. Bush announced that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month, marking the moment as an achievement in the effort of the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish Community leaders for a celebration of Jewish Americans and Jewish American Heritage. May was chosen as the month of Jewish American Heritage Month because of the successful 350th Anniversary Celebration of Jews in America. Republican Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) were those who urged the president to proclaim a recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to America and the American culture. The Jewish American Heritage Month Coalition states that, “JAHM also enables the exploration of the meaning of religious pluralism, cultural diversity, and participation in American civic culture.”


In celebration of this rich history of cultural unity and support, the International Museum of Cultures proudly proclaims a thank you to the nation of Israel. We desire to provide continued support for their small, courageous culture during these current times of political unrest in the middle east. We hope that during the month of May, fellow Americans will be reminded of the cross-cultural friendship we possess.


Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2015

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Earth Day is a time to celebrate the gorgeous planet we inhabit as brother and sister human beings. The globe is colorful – green forests, mountainous grays, rainbow sunsets…but, what makes our planet the most colorful and beautiful are the individuals who make up the color-spectrum of humanity. We are each born into an unique and fascinating culture that provides an abundant surge of vibrancy to the international network of souls that gives the earth its heartbeat. At the museum, we celebrate international cultures daily, but today, we want to pay special attention to the wonder that is US: the world. This Earth Day, we not only encourage you to reconsider how you can be a better economic steward of the planet throughout the year, but also take time to consider how you can become a better humanitarian. The oceans, mountains, forests deserve our care, but more importantly, do the people around you deserve your care. Lend a hand today to your neighbor. Venture out and touch the life of another human being who adds his or her own culture to our collective heartbeat.


Chicks, Chat & Chocolate February 16, 2015

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“To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.” ~Octavio PazOn

Valentine’s Day, the International Museum of Cultures hosted a special poetry event: Chicks, Chat and Chocolate. In the early afternoon, poets Doris Black-Hubbard and Rachel Karp presented their works in a citation of rhyme and emotion. A paddle auction was also held, featuring many cultural art pieces and trinkets. Many ladies went home with beautiful keepsakes. Much chocolate was consumed and love expressed through kind words and encouraging chit-chat.

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The Gallery at IMC November 21, 2014

Monday, December 1st is an exciting day for the International Museum of Cultures. A special event will be taking place that is not something you will want to miss. The museum will be featuring The Gallery at IMC – a collection of art by Texas women artists from various regions of the Dallas/Fortworth area. A variety of artistic genres will be available for your viewing pleasure – jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media paintings – and will also be available to purchase if you desire. The event will be curated by Kelli Howie who has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Art from the University of Dallas and a Masters of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University. Kelli has many years of experience in art instruction at both private and public institutions such as the University of Dallas as an adjunct professor, the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and the Visual Expressions Creative Art School. As an independent artist and Civic Cultural Organizer, Kelli works in the creation of images and objects that enhance the human experience. Her art expands from theater costumes, set and prop design to the fine arts including watercolor, oil, ceramics, nature photography and sculpture. Her art will be on display at The Gallery at IMC along with those of these other Texas women: Kelly Pevehouse, Joyce Price, Tina Nohinek, Leslie Ballew, Jackie Rider, Ruth Burns, Mary Cunningham and Linda Gilpin.

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If you love the arts or know someone who does, we encourage you to come by the museum on December 1st to view the spectacular art display. It is the ideal season to take advantage of The Gallery at IMC and purchase a work of art as the perfect Christmas gift either for yourself or an artsy friend who would appreciate the genuine gesture. We look forward to seeing you there!



“The basic element of every culture is art.” – David Dory, artist


Featured Exhibits for November November 14, 2014

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This November, the International Museum of Cultures is featuring two unique exhibits.


In honor of Veterans Day, a specialized Vietnam War exhibit is on display for one more week. Not only can you tour a display of awards and metals given to Col. Herbert H. Kamm for outstanding service in the United States Air Force and his original party suit, but also images entitled “Where Giants Dwell” of the 4th Air Commando Squadron Flight C placed on display by the family of Major Burnet Neil. These two displays in particular are available for viewing including other memorable artifacts and military documents from local veterans of the Vietnam War. Outside the exhibit, a table supports a binder filled with essays written by students on the topic: “What Does Freedom Mean to You”. These essays were awarded at the Salute to Veterans event hosted by the museum on November 11th.


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November is also Native American Heritage Month. Throughout this month, the International Museum of Cultures celebrates the struggles, triumphs and culture of Native American Nations who occupied North America from New York to California. In particular, this exhibit highlights the cultural aspect of bison in relation to its impact on the livelihood of Native Americans throughout history. Plus, numerous displays feature Kachina Dancer Dolls, feathered headdresses, and Plains Indians’ war axes. Even beaded jewelry and a colorful peace pipe are available for viewing along side the portrait of Kiowa Chief Satanta. This exhibit is open until the end of the month.


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We highly encourage you to bring your friends, family and students to the museum to participate in the educational experience offered by these two distinct exhibits.


A Great Day for a Race! November 9, 2014

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Saturday, November 8th, was beautifully crisp and sunny. At Armstrong Park, the grass was green, highlighted in the early morning sunshine, and the trees swayed to the gentle nudge of wind that kept everyone present at the Orville Rogers Run for the Hills invigorated and ready to race. Despite the minor chill, families and friends of all shapes and sizes and ages showed up at the park to participate in the race. At a little past nine, the whistle blew and runners pushed forward on the sidewalk to begin laps around the park. Families and friends supported each other with cheers of encouragement as racers pressed on to the final lap till rounding the last corner, they greeted the finish line with smiling, sweaty faces. Those who did not run walked pleasantly about the track – no doubt taking advantage of the gorgeous weather to stretch their legs and be involved with their community.

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Once all racers had finished and placed their names on the leader board, snacks of apples and oranges with bottled water were offered for refreshments. Before first and second place for each division were announced and the medals were handed to the winners, Mrs. Mary Fae Kamm, director of the International Museum of Cultures, presented a framed plaque of appreciation to Mr. Trotter and his wife, owners of Trotter Capital Management, for their sponsorship of the 2014 Orville Rogers Run for the Hills.


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All proceeds from the run were donated to benefit the Children’s Lab at the International Museum of Cultures. The Children’s Lab provides a culturally diverse envirnoment for young students of the local community to be tutored and explore the arts and education through culture.


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