Welcoming Week

Salt Lake City has a message for the world:

You are welcome here.

In what may feel like extraordinary times of challenges and polarizing politics, residents of the Capital City are standing up for their neighbors and affirming that our city and country is a place for everyone. Regardless of where you are from or what you look like, you contribute to the vibrant diversity that we value and protect.

It was only a few generations ago that refugees fleeing religious persecution came to the Salt Lake Valley in search of a new life. They built new homes and a community to live as they saw fit, creating opportunity and hope for the future.

That hope is still alive today. Whether you are a long-time resident or a new American, Salt Lake City recognizes your unique ideas, perspectives, and contributions. With over 60,000 refugees living in the State of Utah, and over 34,000 immigrants in Salt Lake City, our communities know that through diversity we thrive economically, socially, and culturally.

More than ever, it is important for our communities to show that they are welcoming to everyone, including refugees and immigrants. To reaffirm our commitment, Salt Lake City will once again participate in Welcoming Week.

Welcoming Week takes place September 15-24, 2017. It serves as an annual celebration to highlight the contributions of immigrants and refugees, and the role communities play in welcoming everyone. Last year alone, over 50,000 people celebrated Welcoming Week across 150 communities. Through a variety of local events, workshops, and film screenings, residents are invited to celebrate, get involved, and meet their neighbors.

Discover below the schedule of events for Welcoming Week in Salt Lake City:

Friday, Sept. 15th

Mayoral Proclamation

11:45 -12:15 PM

City & County Building

451 South State Street

Saturday, Sept. 16th

We Are All DREAMers – March for DACA

12:00 PM

Wallace Bennett Federal Building

125 South State Street

More information

Clay Bull Workshop with Dominic Raimondo

12:00 PM

The Leonardo Museum

209 East 500 South

Sign up by emailing akniskley@theleonardo.org

More information

Tuesday, Sept. 19th

Free Screening – Sonita

6:00 PM

The Leonardo Museum

209 East 500 South

After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music.

More information

Saturday, Sept. 23rd

Writing Workshop with CWC

12:00 PM

The Leonardo Museum

209 East 500 South

More information

Service Fair of local immigrant/refugee service providers

1 – 5 PM

The Leonardo Museum

209 East 500 South

More information

The Resettled – free screening and panel discussion

3:00 PM

The Leonardo Museum

209 East 500 South

More information

All Week Long

Refugee-Immigrant Food Business List

Donation drive at the Sharehouse

Monday, Sept. 18th – 24th

Forced from Home

Doctors Without Borders

9 AM – 5 PM

Outside SLC Main Branch Library

210 East 400 South

More information

Friday, Sept. 22nd – 24th

Spice Kitchen specials ft. at the Salt Bistro

11 AM – 3 PM

The Leonardo Museum

209 East 500 South

More information


Questions? Please contact Rachel.Appel@slcgov.com

To learn more about Welcoming Week, please visit https://www.welcomingamerica.org/

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