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Celebration of Unity

Celebration of Unity

Each January, the City of Chandler holds a series of events to honor our community's heritage and diversity, along with the spirit, ideals, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights movement.  

Click here for a 15th Anniversary Celebration of Unity event flyer!

This year's 2015 events Celebration of Unity events include:

Ongoing - 2015 Creative Expression Competition

The Creative Expression Competition is open to any K-12 student living or attending school in Chandler. All students were encouraged to submit an entry in one of the following categories: writing, visual art or performance.  

This year's theme is: Connecting Communities for Peace and Prosperity

Announcing the 2015 Creative Expression Competition Winners!!!

2015 Visual Art Winners (PDF)
2015 Writing Winners (PDF)
2015 Performance Art Winners (PDF)

All first place winners will be notified on January 26 of the award presentation at a February City Council meeting.  All other winners will receive their awards directly through their school mid-February.  If you would like your entries back or have any questions, please contact  

Saturday, January 10, 2015 
The Road to Freedom
Chandler Center for the Arts - 7 p.m.

The Road to Freedom will feature both African American and Caucasian Freedom Riders as part of a multi-media panel discussion. The riders will tell their breathtaking personal accounts of how they fought for civil rights by riding busses in the segregated south during the early 1960s. These brave pioneers faced vile displays of hate in addition to verbal and physical abuse while fighting for equality. Come hear guest speakers Carol Ruth Silver and Claude Liggins tell compelling stories of their struggle for the very freedoms we enjoy today.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 480-897-0588.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Alpin Hong
Chandler Center for the Arts - 7:30 p.m. 

Alpin Hong is a creative force unmatched in his youthful vivacity and boundless energy. His astonishing ability to connect with people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds distinguishes him and shapes his evolving performance style. With a passion for arts education, Hong incorporates a week-long residency for students in the communities in which he performs. Hong’s uniquely humorous and visionary approach to arts education has resulted in artistic residencies from coast-to-coast. The McGraw-Hill Companies honored him with the Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach. His tireless pursuit to find, inspire, and collaborate with talents in every community results in unforgettable presentations that both expand worlds and hit close to home. 
Tickets can be purchased at by calling 480-782-2680.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Chandler Multicultural Festival - 20th Anniversary
22 S. Delaware St. - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chandler’s 20th Annual Multicultural Festival is a FREE event that highlights the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, storytelling children’s area and more.

Visit the Multicultural Festival website for additional event information.

Sunday, January 18, 2015
African Children's Choir
Chandler Center for the Arts - 3 p.m. 

The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, aged 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land. The children melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles and delightful African tunes, accompanied by ethnic instrumentation. 

The program features well-loved children’s songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes. Nearly every performance is concluded with a thunderous standing ovation. A marvelous by-product of the concert is the inspiration the music brings to virtually every listener. In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and wonderfully entertaining.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 480-782-2680. 
Also, look out for Then They Came for Us..., a revolutionary exhibit exploring 3 distinct events; the Holocaust, the treatment of Black people in Europe, and the domestic struggle for Civil Rights. Opening Late January to Late February at the Downtown Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St.  

If you would like more information on any of these events, please call 480-782-2214. Chandler's Celebration of Unity events are hosted by the City of Chandler Diversity OfficeChandler Human Relations Commission, and the Celebration of Unity Planning Committee. 
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