About Welcoming Week

SEPTEMBER 14 - 23, 2018

During this annual series of events, communities bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity to build strong connections across the community and affirm the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans. 


It’s a time of immense challenges for our country and the communities we serve. We are becoming polarized, and too many Americans have been uprooted by the sense that they no longer belong.  The values we stand for and the people we serve face grave threats. 


At the same time, many people are standing up for their neighbors and a affirming that our country is a place for everyone, weaving together new and long-time residents so that we can all be part of the fabric of our shared future. 


To change the rhetoric, to shape the immigrant experience, to a affirm our values and live up to them as a nation – this is an enormous task and will take all of us, working together. But never have we been such a powerful movement. 


Welcomers are leading the way in communities across the country, and our movement is 40 million strong and growing. Celebrate Welcoming Week, and show the world how your community welcomes everyone, including immigrants and refugees. 


Together, we can make every community the kind of place where diverse people from around the world feel valued and want to put down roots. Together, we can build a nation of neighbors. 

Calendar of Events

Please check with individual venues regarding business hours.

September 1 - 30

DIFFERENT ROOTS, COMMON DREAMS

All day

RED RIVER THEATRES, 11 South Main Street, Concord

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September 1 - 30

DIFFERENT ROOTS, COMMON DREAMS

Since 2012, photographer Becky Field has been documenting the lives of immigrants and refugees in New Hampshire, a state known for low cultural diversity. Her work celebrates the contributions to our communities from new Americans, and shows that, while we may have different cultural backgrounds, we all have similar dreams for safe homes, secure jobs, and bright futures for our children.

All day

RED RIVER THEATRES, 11 South Main Street, Concord

September 4 - 30

CHILDVOICE

All day

CONCORD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 45 Green Street, Concord

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September 4 - 30

CHILDVOICE

Since 2006, when New Hampshire resident Conrad Mandsager was instilled with the vision "to restore the voices of children silenced by war," ChildVoice has empowered men, women, and children - once rejected and abused - and transformed them into individuals of strength, hope, and dignity. These personal journeys of courage and faith have been captured in verse, photo and video by visitors to ChildVoice's Lukome Center in northern Uganda.

This exhibit features the work from three photographers. Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Mary Chind-Willie, Dr. Larry Lindell, and Dr. Neil Mandsager. Their photos document the work ChildVoice does to empower war-affected girls in Uganda, South Sudan, and Nigeria. 

All day

CONCORD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 45 Green Street, Concord

September 14 - 23

AFRICAN STYLE WORLDWIDE

All day

LILISE DESIGNER RESALE, 113 Storrs Street, Concord

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September 14 - 23

AFRICAN STYLE WORLDWIDE

Stop into Lilise Designer Resale to view - and shop - Emelyne’s African Style Worldwide collection of clothing and accessories. Made with Kitenge, a fabric popular in Africa known for its bright colors and patterns, Emelyne’s clothing features traditional African styles, as well as modern, American styles. 


Emelyne Adios is a model and a fashion designer. Originally from Burundi, Emelyne moved to New Hampshire in 2014, when she was 23 years old. She had fallen in love with the Kitenge material during her first fashion runway show. After that, she began sending Kitenge material to friends outside of Africa so they could experience the beautiful, bright patterns as well. Emelyne had made up her mind that she would always do her best wherever she went to share her culture, especially the Kitenge, so when she moved to the United States, she learned how to sew so she could make her own clothes with Kitenge material that her sister sends. She makes clothing in the traditional African style, but also in a modern, American style, along with jewelry and accessories. 

All day

LILISE DESIGNER RESALE, 113 Storrs Street, Concord

September 14 - 23

WHIMSICAL CONCORD

All day

CONCORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 49 South Main Street, Concord

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September 14 - 23

WHIMSICAL CONCORD

Saad Hindal was a professional artist and designer in Iraq. He was ruined financially in 2006 when forced to ransom his eldest son from kidnappers in the chaos after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Fleeing to Syria and then Egypt with his wife, two sons and two daughters, Saad continued to paint, decorating coffee shop walls and businesses with his mural art. In 2009, the Hindal family came to N.H. with help from another Iraqi family that had immigrated and settled håere. Since relocating, the Hindal family has more than adjusted to life in the Capital City, they have become active members of the local scene. For Saad, the embrace of Concord has been complete, as symbolized in his colorful and whimsical portraits of the city. These paintings feature the buildings and landmarks of Concord as tiny but complete worlds, each populated by familiar people and familiar creatures. Notable are the city’s omnipresent household cats that Saad sees on most window ledges in his walks and that appear, sometimes hidden, in many of his works. At this writing, Saad had sold 40 of his portraits of Concord, mostly to local people and businesses that share his bright vision of the place we all call home.

All day

CONCORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 49 South Main Street, Concord

September 16

KEEPING FAITH: Sisters of the Story by Rohina Malik

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

CAPITOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 44 South Main Street, Concord

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September 16

KEEPING FAITH: Sisters of the Story by Rohina Malik

Rohina Malik, a Muslim woman and storyteller, returns to Concord with a NEW 70 minute production that demonstrates the peace and commonalities between us all. Three women: a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian each share 3 stories from their faith journey to help us come together around our commonalities and decide who we are going to be as a community and as a nation and how we are going to allow our story to be told.


TICKETS: $10 - Purchase via phone (603-225-1111) or at https://ccanh.com/series/upcomingevents or at the box office.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

CAPITOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 44 South Main Street, Concord

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