The red carpet will be rolled out during Welcoming Week to recognize the economic and cultural contributions refugees and immigrants bring to Utah. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County and several community organizations are hosting events throughout September.
“Salt Lake is more vibrant, diverse and rich because of the talents and ideas that refugees and immigrants bring here,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “Welcoming Week is a great way to find out what we have in common and learn new traditions from our new neighbors.”
The theme for this year’s Welcoming Week is “Welcoming, it’s the Utah way” and will include portrait exhibits, toiletry kit drives, food, music, workshops and a mock refugee camp.
Here is the agenda for Welcoming Week:
- September 1-23 – New Americans of Salt Lake Portrait Exhibit is showing photos of prominent immigrants at two Salt Lake County libraries at 2530 S 500 in Salt Lake City and 8039 S 1825 W in West Jordan
- September 15, 6-10 p.m. – A celebration of Mexican Independence Day with food, music and dancing at Centro Civico Mexicano, 1555 S 600 W, Salt Lake City
- September 17 and 19, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – A drive to collect essential toiletry kits for refugees will be held at Lincoln Elementary, 3700 S 450 E, Salt Lake City
- September 18, 4 p.m. to dusk – New American Food Night at Tuesday Farmers Market will feature international cuisine from Spice Kitchen Incubator entrepreneurs, 300 S 300 W, Salt Lake City
- September 19, 10 a.m., Salt Lake area mayors will hold a press conference to help kick-off Welcoming Week at the Columbus Library, 2530 S 500 E, Salt Lake City
- September 20, 4-6:30 p.m. – Chefs from Nepal and Africa will be sharing take-out meals at the Spice Incubator Kitchen, 2180 S 300 W, South Salt Lake City
- September 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – A private library tour will include stories, songs and crafts at the Salt Lake County Library, 8030 S 1925 W, West Jordan
- September 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. – A U.S. citizenship application workshop will be held to provide legal advice and answer questions for refugees at the Salt Lake Community College, 1575 S. State (foyer on east side of college), Salt Lake City
- September 27, 5-7:30 p.m. – A mock refugee camp will offer visitors first-hand experience from former refugees what it is like to go through resettlement at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main, Salt Lake City
- September 27, 4 p.m. – New Americans of Salt Lake Portrait Exhibit will begin showing photos of prominent immigrants at the Salt Lake City and County Building at 451 S State
- September 29 – New Americans of Salt Lake Portrait Exhibit will begin showing photos of prominent immigrants at Paw Paws, 624 S 300 W, Salt Lake City