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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.

We would like to invite you to become a part of Chandler’s Annual Celebration of Unity events scheduled for the month of January. As a joint collaboration between Chandler Men of Action, East Valley Jewish Community Center, Chandler Center for the Arts, Friends of the Library, Human Relations Commission and the City of Chandler, we are proud to present an extensive variety of community events in which over 10,000 people participate annually.


17th Annual Creative Expression Competition  --- Now accepting entries!
The Creative Expression Competition is open to all students living or attending school in Chandler. Students are encouraged to enter the competition in either of the following categories: Performance, Writing, Visual Art and Video.

First Place Winners will be invited to a February City Council meeting to receive their recognition.  Second and Third place winners will have their awards dropped off at their school during the month of February.

The theme of this year's competition is: We're Going Places - The importance of travel and exchange in achieving peace

Deadline for Entries: Dec. 2, 2016
City of Chandler - Neighborhood Resources - 235 S. Arizona Ave. - Chandler, AZ 85225 (Entries can be mailed or dropped off.)

Email niki.tapia@chandleraz.gov if you have any questions.

Download the official competition flier. (PDF)


Life in a Jar: The Play
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Chandler Center for the Arts – 250 N. Arizona Ave.
6:30 p.m.

The courageous story of Irene Sendler, a Polish Catholic woman who saved Jewish children’s lives during the Holocaust.  Irenasendler.org or evjcc.org
 

22nd Annual Chandler Multicultural Festival
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Chandler Fashion Center Mall – 3111 W. Chandler Blvd.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m  FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Chandler’s 22nd Annual Multicultural Festival is a FREE event that highlights the diversity of our community through cultural music, dance, art and more.  Stop by for two stages of entertainment and performances by our youth Creative Expression Competition winners, with special guests Melrose Poetry Bureau.

For details, visit for the Festival's main site.

  
Drumline Live
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Chandler Center for the Arts – 250 N. Arizona Ave.
8 p.m.

This show-stopping attraction, created by the team behind the hit movie “Drumline” and new television series by the same name, brings the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition to the theatrical stage. 

With riveting rhythms and bold beats, this versatile group of musicians and dancers brings explosive energy and athleticism to the marching band experience.  For tickets visit www.chandlercenter.org.

  
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. 
 
Special Events Hotline 
480-782-2735