Harmony event rescheduled for April 22 at Peace Church

Harmony

Harmony

**NOTE: Because of winter weather conditions, this event, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 15, was rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at Peace Church in Duluth, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E.**

The College will host an innovative forum on Sunday, April 22 exploring the relationships between art, community and environmental justice and featuring a diverse array of speakers and performers.

The event, called Harmony, will focus on cross-cultural collaborations within and among community organizations. It will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Peace Church in Duluth. The afternoon will include interwoven speakers, performances and reflection from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. followed by a communal meal and informal discussion from 5 to 6 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to actively reflect upon the afternoon's experiences and strengthen their connections, according to event organizer Elyse Carter Vosen.

Speakers include LeAnn Littlewolf and Vern Northrup from American Indian Community Housing Organization; Tony Cuneo and Salaam Witherspoon from Health in All Policies; representatives from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light; Aimee Foster and Ron Gurno from Community Action Duluth's Seeds of Success program; and representatives from the Imagine Duluth 2035 Vision Committee.

Performing artists include singer Ntsang Anye; writer and storyteller Anne Dunn; poet Sandra Gbeintor; singer-songwriters Annie Humphrey and Sara Thomsen, dancer and storyteller Regina Laroche, and hip-hop and spoken word artist Daniel Oluwaseyi Oyinloye.

Carter Vosen, St. Scholastica associate professor in Global, Cultural and Language studies, said one of the main goals of the event is to create a space for community leaders, cultural workers and artists to share ideas about future action and deepen their existing collaborations.

"We also hope to raise attendees' consciousness by allowing them to hear and experience belief systems and values that challenge theirs," Carter Vosen said.

This community event is free and open to the public. For more information, including detailed artist and speaker bios, visit css.edu/harmony.

The event is organized by The College of St. Scholastica's Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum, in partnership with the community organizations engaged in the event, with support from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

The Interreligious Forum promotes respect, understanding, and peace among the diverse spiritual communities of the region through sustained cross-cultural dialogue, shared study, and collaborative projects and events. Its work emerges out of an ongoing 12-year set of relationships and partnerships in the Duluth-Superior community.