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From Welcoming
To Cooperation

TRC's first annual symposium on March 15, 2024,  will assemble our accumulated lessons and knowledge about creating a cross-cultural community by harnessing the power and energy of creating music. Throughout this session, participants will learn, discuss, and share ideas that build on TRC's own experiences to produce a relationship-building toolkit. This toolkit will be created as the discussions happen so that participants will receive it at the end of the session.

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Event Program

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March 15, 2024

This event will run from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM at UW YMCA (Room 304) in Tacoma. A light breakfast and lunch will be included in the ticket price.


During this time, participants will learn about Tacoma Refugee Choir's journey to creating a welcoming community, our "choir family." As we continue to learn how to intentionally create a cross-cultural and multicultural community through the arts, we are codifying our learnings in the hopes of sharing and benefiting like-minded partners in this work. We will engage in smaller conversations and group work to co-create a "toolkit" that will assist participants with practices that will enhance a spirit of welcoming and engender belonging. 

If you work in the space of arts programming, nonprofit, community-building, mental health research, public health, any kind of institutional decision-making, or if you just love what TRC does, we think you will find this event very informative and inspiring. You can register with the button above or by clicking here.


Event Schedule

8:30-9:00                    Check-In

9:00-9:05                    Welcome

9:05-9:25                    Director's Address

9:30-9:40                    What is Welcoming?

9:40-10:2                    Group discussions on Welcoming

10:20-10:35                Break

10:40-11:00                Keynote Address by Gadine Niyotwizeye-Boutin

11:00-11:30                The Role of Arts and Arts-based Organizations

11:30-12:00                Group discussions on Arts and Cooperation

12:00-12:45                Lunch

12:50-1:30                  Group discussions on leadership and outreach

1:30-2:15                    Panel - Actions to Build an Inclusive, Welcoming Space

2:15-2:30                    Thank you and Goodbye

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Keynote Speaker

Gadine Boutin is Member Coordinator of Tacoma Refugee Choir, and the team member responsible for inspiring, uplifting, and connecting Choir members to our mission and to each other. Gadine's remarks will focus on how she took on this unique challenge and the lessons that TRC have codified along the way.

Contact Us

For any questions about the event or registration, please contact Jefferson Mok via email or call (253) 528-4948

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