Just as the seasons change and we roll into fall, Stepping Stones Museum for Children will be giving families a taste of endless summer and the chance to explore cultures south of the border when it hosts the inaugural Sabor Together event on Sunday, September 23. The colorful festival, which was conceived and planned in partnership with the museum’s volunteer-led Global Connections Initiative Committee, will showcase our region’s rich and diverse Latino culture and welcome all members of our community to the award-winning children’s museum in an inclusive, representative and responsive manner. More than 1,200 people are expected to celebrate the traditions of our local Latin American communities through food, music, and the arts.
A variety of food trucks and vendors serving tastings of authentic Latin American fare will spice things up in the museum’s outdoor Celebration Courtyard. Chefs will be on hand to demonstrate how to prepare some traditional Latin dishes with healthier ingredients and cooking methods.
Live entertainment by a Venezuelan music and dance group, an Argentinian group, musical performers from Intempo, a dance group from Studio Arte and a Peruvian children’s group are among the attractions sure to heat things up inside. Fashion shows, demonstrations, storytelling and other activities will all feature a Latin flare.
“Our local area is vibrant, historic and culturally rich, and we want to provide children and families living here with the opportunity to experience the magnificence of the world beyond our region,” said Robert Townes, Director of Community Advocacy at Stepping Stones. “A person’s ability to respect and embrace diversity, appreciate different cultures and be knowledgeable about the history of different parts of the world helps cultivate their global competency and helps shape their future success.”
Throughout the museum, bilingual volunteers will be on hand to help visitors experience the exhibits in multiple languages. The festival will take place from noon – 5:00 pm and offer reduced admission: Only $5/adults, $1/child with advanced registration or $5/attendee at the door. For September 23 only, the museum’s hours of operation will be noon to 5:00 pm.
Corporate sponsorships of all levels for Sabor Together are available. Providing important support for this inaugural event are Campbell’s Healthy Communities Initiative and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency’s Community Arts and Cultural Sponsorship Program.
“Stepping Stones is working to increase our connection to the diverse communities in our region with this more inclusive, welcoming and representative approach,” explained Townes. “We know that exposure to the world’s diverse cultures and customs provides priceless educational opportunities for our children. Therefore, we invite everyone to join us to experience the Sabor or flavor of the amazing Latin American culture.”
Stepping Stones has been honored twice for its diverse, multicultural programming. In 2011, the museum’s Multimedia Global Connections Initiative, of which Around the World is a component, won a prestigious Promising Practice Award from the MetLife Foundation and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM). In 2013, the museum was lauded by the MetLife Foundation and ACM with the Promising Practice Replication Award.