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Friday, May 25, 2018

Abenaki Nation Partners With City of Burlington

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Items given to State of Vermont in 2011: soapstone pipe, fur tobacco pouch, peace wampum belt - CHIEF DON STEVENS
  • Chief Don Stevens
  • Items given to State of Vermont in 2011: soapstone pipe, fur tobacco pouch, peace wampum belt
In early May, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger's office announced a new partnership with the Vermont Abenaki Alliance. The collaboration grew out of controversial discussions over the "Everyone Loves a Parade!" mural on Church Street, which not everyone loves.

(If you haven't been keeping up: Calling the artwork racist, Albert Petrarca vandalized the mural's identification plaque in October 2017. Since then, community members and City Council representatives have been debating whether to replace or alter the mural to depict a more accurate history of Burlington.)

The focus of the City and Abenaki Alliance collaboration will be public events and education about native people and history. The release notes a July 7 event on Church Street and, in the future, a permanent exhibition at the Burlington International Airport.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Sudanese Community Rallies to Send Kids to Camp Rock Point

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 10:51 AM

From left: Deacon Stan Baker, Rev. Sherry Osborn, Bishop Thomas Ely, Chol Dhoor - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • From left: Deacon Stan Baker, Rev. Sherry Osborn, Bishop Thomas Ely, Chol Dhoor
This summer might bring a new experience for fourth graders Nyankoor Anyang and Rosa Kuku. Along with their teammates from Chittenden County's Nile Bright Stars Academy soccer team, the students hope to spend a week at Rock Point Camp in Burlington. The entire local Sudanese community is rallying behind them.

Last Saturday, the Sudanese Foundation of Vermont and the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington  organized a fundraiser dinner so that kids from the Sudanese community can attend Rock Point Camp, which is run by the Episcopal Diocese.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Generator to Present Big Thinkers in 'Reckless Ideas' Series

Posted By on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Josh Bongard - VERMONT COMPLEX SYSTEMS CENTER
  • Vermont Complex Systems Center
  • Josh Bongard
The Generator Maker Space in Burlington's South End is launching a new speaker series that follows the previous Big Maker Series.

"Reckless Ideas" is the brainchild of Generator director Chris Thompson and Juniper Lovato, outreach director for the Vermont Complex Systems Center. That part of the University of Vermont's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences deals with trans-disciplinary ideas.

"I met Juniper a few months ago when she was just getting ready to move to Vermont with her husband, Laurent [Hébert-Dufresne]," Thompson writes in an email. "We were talking over coffee at Muddy Waters about all the incredible people doing intriguing, original work around Burlington who she had to meet. Within about half an hour, we had decided that we had to collaborate on a speaker series as an excuse to bring them together."

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Tibetan Musician Fosters Cultural Connection Among Youth

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 1:44 PM

Migmar Tsering (far left) and his students. - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Migmar Tsering (far left) and his students.
Some music instructors might feel disappointed if their students were to stop playing after a few years. But Migmar Tsering doesn't feel that way.

Just over a year ago, the Tibetan man started a music school, Rolyang Lobling, at King Street Center in Burlington to teach local Tibetan youth how to play the dramyin — a traditional Himalayan lute. Through music, he hopes to inculcate a sense of Tibetan identity and camaraderie among his students.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Parent University Students Attend Class at City Hall

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 2:52 PM

Parent University students with Mayor Miro Weinberger at the City Hall - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Parent University students with Mayor Miro Weinberger at the City Hall
Parent University students had a special tour of  Burlington City Hall yesterday, where they met Mayor Miro Weinberger and representatives from city departments.  The trip followed a workshop on local government that Phet Keomanyvanh, from the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO), had conducted in April for the students.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Burlington High School's International Club Spreads a Welcoming Message

Posted By on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM

L to R: Urmila Chhetri, Abinash Rai, Zeynup Barut, Radhika Tamang, Susan Blethen, Zaharaa Khudaier, Odreille Kamikazi, Shahed Khudaier - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • L to R: Urmila Chhetri, Abinash Rai, Zeynup Barut, Radhika Tamang, Susan Blethen, Zaharaa Khudaier, Odreille Kamikazi, Shahed Khudaier
Four months after Burlington High School's International Club's peace project took off, the students are scaling up to bring their message to the masses.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Young Writers Project Wins Grant to Promote Islamic Art and Culture

Posted By on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 2:02 PM

Muslim Girls Making Change slam poets - COURTESY OF YOUNG WRITERS PROJECT
  • Courtesy of Young Writers Project
  • Muslim Girls Making Change slam poets
For the first time, the Young Writers Project will receive a grant from the New York City-based Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. YWP is one of 11 organizations nationwide receiving the grants, which are funded by DDFIA's Building Bridges Program and designed to foster understanding of and reduce bias against Muslims across the U.S.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

New Parent University Cycle Offers Volunteer Opportunities in Schools

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 2:03 PM

Parent University program coordinator Ali Dieng  (far left) briefing Gita Dhakal, Chacha and Janine Ndagijimana - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Parent University program coordinator Ali Dieng (far left) briefing Gita Dhakal, Chacha and Janine Ndagijimana
Gertrude Moundouti believes in giving back to the community and making an impact. Last Friday, the Congolese  woman attended the kick-off for a new session of Parent University at the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler in order to share her experience as a graduate of the program.

"Someone asked me to come, and I came and I learned," said Moundouti in an interview before the event. The 2016 graduate learned that she could approach other members of the school community for help, depending on the situation. She also learned to make fruit popsicles.

"[Previously], for me, it was just the teacher," Moundouti  said. "Now, I want other parents to learn, too, to be part of the community and be able to help their kids with school." To show support for the new participants, she'll be on hand to interpret for parents who speak Lingala or French.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ideas Take Center Stage at ArtsRiot This Fall

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Brian Murphy - SADIE WILIAMS
  • Sadie Wiliams
  • Brian Murphy
On Tuesday night, Champlain College professor and poet Brian Murphy took to the stage of ArtsRiot  to address about 15 attendees. The Pine Street venue is known for packing the house for touring musical performances, but the smaller turnout for Murphy suggests fewer people appreciate the club's other cultural offerings. They should.

Murphy was the first speaker in the fall season of the Vermont Humanities Council's Ideas on Tap series, which started in spring 2015. VHC collaborates with the Humanities Center at the University of Vermont to produce the events. The aim is to deepen conversations about the environment, society or history, pairing a scholarly lens with good food and beer. Not to mention, it's free.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

South Burlington School Censors Book About Opiate Addiction

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 12:25 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF KATE MESSNER AND BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
  • Photo courtesy of Kate Messner and Bloomsbury Publishing
Children's book author Kate Messner should have been celebrating the day her latest book, The Seventh Wish, was released June 7. Instead, she was saddened and bewildered to learn that her reading to fourth and fifth graders at South Burlington's Chamberlin Elementary  School had been abruptly canceled the night before due to its subject matter: heroin addiction.

What's worse, Messner reported, the school returned all 20 copies of the book it had previously purchased from Burlington's Phoenix Books for its school library.

“I’m shocked. I didn’t expect this," said Messner, who's written more than two dozen other books for children and teens, none of which has ever generated controversy. "I’m not that author who writes books that get censored. It’s just stunning to me. It’s a sad, strange place to be.”

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