Congratulations to Asian Human Services and MIRA (Middle Eastern Immigrant and Refugee Alliance) on being selected to receive a grant through the City’s Neighborhood Access Program (NAP). The NAP was created to support arts and cultural activities in all neighborhoods with a focus on those that have traditionally not received funding through DCASE’s Cultural Grants Program. The West Ridge community will now receive funding!
Asian Human Services, in collaboration with Silk Road Rising, will host EPIC Empathic Playwriting Intensive Course residencies for immigrants and refugees as part of their English language classes. Students will create original short plays or monologues which will be read by professional actors and culminate in a professionally produced video. Several West Ridge residents participated in a similar collaboration with Silk Road Rising in 2019 to produce the West Ridge Story Festival.
MIRA will host a two-day Middle Eastern Cultural Festival in late summer 2023. The event will celebrate music, dancing, poetry, food and crafts with contributions by Iraqi, Syrian, Afghan, and other Middle Eastern West Ridge Community members.