Immigrant Heritage Week 2011

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Photo by Steve Bonilla

Immigrant Heritage Week is April 11–17 this year, and the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs is joining forces with StoryCorps in a project to give immigrants an opportunity to tell their stories. The festivities will also include the announcement of the winners of the American Dreamer Awards, “created to celebrate the significant accomplishments and contributions made by an individual or organization to better the lives of immigrants and immigrant communities in New York City,” according to the mayor’s office website.

In addition, a survey of immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners is being taken in an effort to improve services.

In the past, Immigrant Heritage Week has included a wide array of activities at sites across the city. There doesn’t seem to be a calendar of events this year—budget cuts? Insufficient attendance in previous years? There is, at least, an event called “The Culture of Joy & Resilience” at 2 pm Saturday, April 16, at the St. George Library on Staten Island. It’s the kickoff of a project that will tour libraries across the borough, bringing “a series of four exhibit panels, each profiling a community-based folk art expression, to rotate among several neighborhood library branches.”

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