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Welcoming Salt Lake Week 2020 

Welcoming Salt Lake is an annual celebration bringing together people and local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and highlight the role communities play in ensuring everyone feels welcome.
All of Welcoming Salt Lake 2020 events will be held virtually. 
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Welcoming Salt Lake Week Events

New American Artists: Poetry, Visual Art, Dance, and Sculpture

September 12-20

New American artists in Utah celebrate their immigrant and refugee backgrounds via poetry, visual art, dance, and sculpture. Sponsored by Utah Arts and Museums, Utah Humanities, and Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office for New Americans.

Follow along on the UH Book Festival Facebook page and the UH Book Festival Instagram page.


Emerald Hills Institute Virtual Photo Exhibit: What I Brought in My Luggage

September 12-20

People’s lives in Turkey changed dramatically after the failed coup attempt on July 15th, 2016. The objects displayed in this exhibition are the relics of these lost lives, representing the yearning for a homeland that is abruptly and arbitrarily denied to them simply because of their association with a social group.  

View Virtual Photo Exhibit


Community Stories Interviews: Finding Home in the Salt Lake Valley

September 12-20

Learn the stories of two different refugee families and how they are finding home in the Salt Lake valley.

Read Stories


The Infiltrators Screening

September 12 - October 16

A documentary film telling the story of how undocumented teenage immigrants intentionally let themselves be caught and put into one of America's for-profit detention centers, with a bold plan to get other detainees (and themselves) out.

Follow the link and use the Promo Code: LHC2020.

View Film


Voices of Refugee Youth: Speeches from the Utah Refugee Education & Training Center

September 12-20

Learn about different experiences refugee youth have had as they came to the United States and adjusted to their new life by listening to their stories that were prepared in conjunction with an 8 week public speaking class through the Utah Department of Workforce Services/Division of Refugee Services.

View Speeches

"Human Rights" by Sifa Mwangaza

"How Difficult it is to Move to America as a Refugee" by Pramisha Sapkota

"Being a Refugee in America" by Sara Ramazani

"The Struggle of My Life" by Aluet Ngor

"Starting a Business as a Refugee" by Srijana Sharma


Storytime for Toddlers

September 14-18, daily at 10:30 am

Join us for Storytime featuring great stories to help children learn about welcoming and including all people.

Storytime will be streamed at 10:30 am via Facebook Live.

Bilingual English/Spanish Storytime,  September 14 at 10:30 am

Join us for a bilingual storytime in Spanish & English featuring folktales from South America! Great for families with young children.

¡Únase a nosotros para una hora de cuentos bilingüe en español e inglés con leyendas de Sudamérica! Ideal para familia con niños pequeños.

Join Storytime for Toddlers via Facebook Live



September 14, 7-9 pm

Utah State University is excited to host Roberto Lovato, author of Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas. Join us for a reading and Q&A via Zoom facilitated by Dr. Eric Morales.

Register Here


Tales & Tunes

September 15-20

Enjoy multicultural stories and music by Annie and Dan Eastmond (Harvest Home), that express the value of welcoming all and working together to create home.

View Tales & Tunes


Hostile Terrain

September 15, 7-9 pm

Participatory art project via Zoom. The exhibition is composed of ~3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

Register Here


CCX Anniversary of the Mexican Independence

September 16, 8 pm

The Consul of Mexico in Salt Lake City, Jose V. Borjon, has the honor to invite you to the commemoration of the 210th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico. 

Join via Facebook Live @ConsulMexSLC or @Excellenceinthecommunity, or watch the broadcast via the


Tea Demonstration with Mika from the Honey TeaHive

September 16-20

Mika Lee from Honey TeaHive shares how tea has played a role in her home. She discusses briefly about the history of tea, types of tea, and how to brew the perfect cup in your own home.

The demonstration will be posted to the Salt Lake County Library Facebook page on September 16 at 7:30 am and will be available on that page thereafter.

View Demonstration


Spice Kitchen Cooking Class

September 18, 6-8 pm  

Join Ashikat Kitchen for a fun live cooking class where you will learn to make a traditional Iraqi dish called Tepsi.

Register Here


Welcoming Salt Lake
2001 S State St  S1-300
PO Box 144575
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Phone: (385) 468-4861