Learn more about city-supported events celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month and Juneteenth.
This year the city’s Human Relations Fund and Office of Arts and Culture have provided support to several organizations hosting events and celebrations that recognize Immigrant Heritage Month and Juneteenth. All events are free and open to the public.
Immigrant Heritage Month events and celebrations honor the immigrants who have shaped the city for generations. These events celebrate the successful integration of immigrants into the civic, economic and cultural life of the Boulder community. Events celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month include:
- Saturday, June 3 from 12 to 6 p.m. - Sol Jam
- Where: Stories on Stage (2400 28th St Suite 103, Boulder, CO)
- Details: La Vecindad Inc. presents a classic Hip-Hop "battle" produced by Mi Chantli. Hip-Hop is rooted in African/African American/Latin and street cultures. Special celebrity guest judge, BBoy Icey Ives, member of the legendary Rock Force Crew, will vote on the Hip-Hop “battle.” Local immigrant artists will have art for sale and local ethnic food trucks will be present.
- Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. - UndocuAmerica & The ReMINDers
- Where: The Dairy Arts Center (2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO)
- Details: Motus Theater presents a special performance featuring powerful autobiographical monologues from DACAmented leaders with special musical responses from the internationally acclaimed and regionally loved duo, The ReMINDers.
- Saturday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Tastes, Sounds and Resilience
- Where: Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO)
- Details: Luna Cultura will host interactive activities for families who identify as Latina, Mexican-American, Mexican, Spanish-speaking, mestizo, indigenous and/or Afro-descendant, to share stories; learn from others; exchange experiences; explore aspects of oral tradition and the writing of narratives and poems; and to celebrate the origins and contributions of migrant communities in the culture, the economy, and in all areas of life in the City of Boulder. Activities include a wellness and resilience session, culinary experiences, music, writing workshop, art and artivism and storytelling of traditions.
- Saturday, June 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. - Immigrant Heritage Month Cultural Performances
- Where: The Boulder Dance Coalition (6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO)
- Details: Haula Community Organization presents an event which features performances including storytelling of the “lost boys” of Sudan, music and traditional dance. The event will also offer drama and visual arts.
For additional information and to register for events, visit the Immigrant Heritage Month Program page.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an important part of American history as it commemorates the official end of slavery on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth celebration events honor and raise awareness of the independence this holiday represents for African Americans.
- Saturday, June 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. - Juneteenth Poetry Open Mic
- Where: The Gallery @ Bus Stop Apartments (4895 Broadway, Boulder, CO)
- Details: From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. To honor this occasion, OUT Boulder County is uplifting Black and queer voices through poetry, art, food, and community.
For additional information and to register for this event, visit the Juneteenth Program page.
The Human Relations Fund supports community-initiated activities that focus on or raise awareness of civil rights, human rights, or equity issues and problems in Boulder; facilitate interaction, understanding, collaboration and civic participation among diverse communities; or enable communities that experience marginalization to celebrate events significant to them while providing learning opportunities to the general population.
The Human Relations Fund is accepting applications for future events through Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. Learn more and find application information on the city’s website.