2017-2018 Diversity Series The Ground We Stand

YVC’s 2017-2018 Diversity Series, The Ground We Stand, continues this spring.

All events are free and open to the public. Please see the complete list of upcoming events below.

Raúl Sánchez: Poet
April 18-19, 2018
YVC’s Diversity Series hosts Sánchez for workshops and poetry readings on both the Yakima and Grandview campuses. On Wednesday, April 18 he will be on the Grandview Campus for a workshop at 2:30pm and a poetry reading and Q & A at 5:30pm. These events will be held in the Workforce Education Center, Building #51, Room 199. The following day, April 19th, he will be on the Yakima Campus for a workshop at 3:15pm in the Hopf Union Building, #9, Activity Area. A poetry reading at Q & A will begin at 6:00pm in the Deccio Higher Education Center, Building #8, Parker Room.

Toma Villa: Painting Artist
April 23-27, 2018
A lecture and Q & A will be held on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11:30am in the Hopf Union Building, #9, Dining Room. Live painting demonstrations will be held Monday, April 23-25, and April 27, 2018 at 11:30am in the Hopf Union Building, #9, Dining Room.

Swil Kanim: Violinist
May 9, 2018
YVC’s Diversity Series presents Violinist Swil Kanim on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 11:30am in the Hopf Union Building, #9, Quiet Lounge and again at 6:00pm in Kendall Hall, Building #12 Auditorium.

Swil Kanim, US Army Veteran, classically trained violinist, native storyteller and actor, is a member of the Lummi Nation. Because of his unique ability to inspire audiences to express themselves honorably, Swil Kanim is a sought-after keynote speaker for conferences, workshops, school assemblies, and rehabilitation centers. He travels extensively throughout the United States, enchanting audiences with his original composition music and native storytelling. His workshops, The Elements of Honor, are attended by people from all walks of life. Swil Kanim’s compositions incorporate classical influences as well as musical interpretations of his journey from depression and despair to spiritual and emotional freedom. The music and stories that emerge from his experiences have been transforming people’s lives for decades. Information provided by: https://www.swilkanim.com/.

Matika Wilbur: Photojournalist
May 10, 2018
Wilbur will present a workshop on Thursday, May 9, 2018 at 12:00pm in the Hopf Union Building, #9, Activity Area and a keynote, reception, and viewing at 5:00pm at the Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave, Yakima, WA 98901.

Matika Wilbur, a visual storyteller from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington, for the past five years has been traveling and photographing Indian Country in pursuit of one goal: To Change the Way We See Native America. Matika began her career in fashion and commercial work in Los Angeles after completing the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography. Though in high demand professionally, Matika realized that she wanted a different path as a photographer: to create portrait art that deeply communicated people’s lives and experiences. She was especially drawn to remarkable personalities from the nation’s indigenous communities, who typically in massive media and the popular consciousness have been grossly neglected or stereotyped. Matika chose to devote herself to photography as a creator and messenger, soon producing multiple acclaimed exhibitions in leading museums and other venues of her striking portraits of Pacific Northwest and other Native peoples. Information provided by: http://www.matikawilbur.com/about/.

For more information: 509.574.4965 / mjimenez@yvcc.edu.