~ 5th Annual ~
Common Ground on the Border
& Santa Cruz Valley Border Issues Fair

Friday - Saturday, January 12-13, 2018



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Downloadable brochure coming soon!

About Common Ground on the Border


Common Ground on the Border & Border Issues Fair is a two-day event, featuring classes in art, music and a variety of lectures. The US-Mexico Borderlands have always been a beautiful mix of culture, language, cuisine, economies and people. It has also been a place of struggle, high and low temperatures, a fragile environment, and the push and pull of immigration. Common Ground on the Border is a unique gathering where the deep artistic and cultural roots of the Borderlands are lifted up and conversation is created that bring us across borders and move us to common ground.

Common Ground on the Border is presented in cooperation and partnership with Common Ground on the Hill. For the past 23 years, Common Ground on the Hill has gathered in Westminster, Maryland, and other locations as a multicultural community of musicians, artists, writers, lecturers, actors, and dancers, sharing skills with students of all ages and with one another. In this way, we believe that we all can improve ourselves, our communities and our world as we meet, share and celebrate our arts and cultures on "common ground."

This year we are combining two popular events - Common Ground on the Border and the 14th Annual Santa Cruz Valley Border Issues Fair and Concert - giving space for people to participate in the entire experience or just parts of it. On Friday and Saturday afternoons, we will have music, art, writing and dance classes in our Common Ground on the Border program. On Saturday morning, we will be presenting the 14th Annual Santa Cruz Valley Border Issues Fair with stimulating national and international scholars and activists sharing their perspectives on our current border and immigration crisis. In addition, there will be excursions to the border and into the desert on Friday morning. And, of course, each evening there will be a dynamic concert.

We are delighted to offer this 5th edition of Common Ground on the Border. Our planning team has energetically approached the work of stabilizing and growing this very important gathering. We hope to see you in January!

If you would like to view the Common Ground on the Hill catalog/brochure, please send us an email and we will send it to you via email:  wmichael@mcdaniel.edu



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