San Antonio cultural and city mainstays come together to celebrate DreamWeek, a twelve-day summit taking place Friday, January 9 through Tuesday, January 20, 2015, promoting an exchange of ideas on diversity, tolerance and equality.
The San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio Public Library, Café Commerce, Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio Children’s Museum, Carver Community Cultural Center, Artpace, University of Texas San Antonio, Trinity University and more will participate in the 3rd Annual DreamWeek summit hosting art exhibits, mixers, readings, lectures and film screenings.
Expanding on the success of previous years and in conjunction with one of the country’s largest MLK marches, DreamWeek will bolster San Antonio’s status as a culturally diverse and growing metropolitan. The summit will revolve around the following themes: City, Health, Youth, Environment, Technology, Education, Arts, Spirit, Justice, Business, Sports and Cuisine. Each event will inspire and motivate the community to action in creating a more tolerant and enlightened society.
The San Antonio Museum of Art will host events for DreamWeek including the Dream Art Party on January 9th at 6 p.m., and Artfit, a gallery talk on fitness in the visual arts followed by exercises and a run down the river. There will also be a full-day Educator Workshop: Community Voices in Gallery Spaces, about Martin Luther King’s message of diversity and tolerance as interpreted in many aspects of the museum’s collection.
DreamWeek will also offer several opportunities for San Antonio Youth to participate in workshops and sports events. The San Antonio Children’s Museum will host Dream Catcher, working with local creative writers and visual artists to create Native American inspired dream catchers, and write poetry based on the theme: “our dreams”. Students at various local schools will craft the dream-catchers from re-used materials and decorate them with their dream poems. St. Philip’s College will host the City Year Youth Empowerment Summit on Saturday, January 17th holdin activities all day activities and workshops focusing on the academic areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).
On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19th San Antonio and the MLK Jr. Commission host the MLK March. The 2.75 mile march is expected to attract well over 150,000 marchers this year, making it one of the largest in the country.
“This is promising to be the largest DreamWeek summit to date, which is a measure of the communities support for the events and activities being promoted. There has never been a better time in our nation to reflect and discuss the many areas of conflict due to race, ethnicity, gender and class,” says DreamWeek President Shokare Nakpodia, “We may not find all of the answers but our goal is to provide an environment that allows for a healthy exchange of ideas and dialogue on these issues.”
DreamWeek 2015 will kick off Friday, January 9th with an Opening Ceremony Breakfast at The Briscoe Western Art Museum located at 210 W. Market Street. Other featured events include:
Baby G.R.E.G Kids and SIDS 5K Walk/Run at McAllister Park
Blue Star Mixer: An Evening with Richard Hunt at Blue Star Complex
The Police, our Community, and the Future at Second Baptist Church Sports Complex
DreamWeek Presentation Luncheon Honoring Wounded Warriors
I Have A Dream Jam Session - The Soul Spot Featuring JJ Lopez at Tucker’s Kozy Korner
SAGE Taste the Dream Gala at the Institute of Texan Cultures
MLK Commission: Citywide Interfaith Service at Temple Beth-El
San Antonio MLK March Expected to attract well over 150,000 marchers
San Antonio 2015 Close-Out Mixer at The Southwest School of Art
For a full list of calendar events please visit www.dreamweek.org.
DreamWeek provides an environment for a global exchange of ideas through a series of keynote speaking engagements, mixers, workshops and celebrations that will foster discussions centered on universal issues. The summit will revolve around the following themes: City, Health, Youth, Environment, Technology, Education, Arts, Spirit, Justice, Business, Sports and Cuisine. Each event will inspire and motivate the community to action in creating a more tolerant and enlightened society.
As the world trends toward a more integrated landscape, there is a growing need for a vehicle to promote tolerance, interaction and the exchange of ideas. Within this groundswell of emerging voices are ideas that may have a profound effect on the way we see our tomorrow, today. The power lies not in the activity of a rally or a mantra, but in the interactions that lead to a greater knowledge of issues that touch our lives.
DreamWeek is organized by DreamVoice, LLC, a non-profit organization founded in 2011. It is a collection of civic-minded individuals who are committed to ‘Advancing the Voice’ of MLK Jr. and empowering those who seek to participate in dialogue addressing key issues impacting their community.