Now in its 8th year, the annual DreamWeek events calendar is a multi-day summit & celebration embracing ideas and dreams for the common good. This year’s theme is DreamWeek 2020: A Collective Vision. DreamWeek 2020 is the largest yet with over 220+ events hosted by over 190 partners including film screenings, panel discussions, art exhibits, symposiums, galas, mixers, music and theatrical performances, health and wellness events, and so much more! These events foster the exchange of ideas on universal issues such as women’s rights, immigration rights, educational equity and LGBTQ rights to name a few. DreamWeek reveals the genius in all of us and we participate in an open forum where real-world issues are discussed in a well-balanced manner, with the understanding that the truest voices will always prevail.
DreamWeek kicks off with an Opening Ceremony, Friday January 10 at the Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Museum of Western Art. The keynote speaker is Paul Rusesabagina. The motion picture Hotel Rwanda is based on his actions during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. The Opening ceremony will also feature Mayor Ron Nirenberg, DreamWeek Founder Shokare Nakpodia and San Antonio Poet Laurate Octavio Quintanilla. Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014). His poetry, fiction, translations, and photography have appeared, or are forthcoming, in journals such as Salamander, RHINO, Alaska Quarterly Review, Pilgrimage, Green Mountains Review, Southwestern American Literature, The Texas Observer, Existere: A Journal of Art & Literature. Start time is 7:30 AM.
Also, this year will be the continuation of the DreamHour Speaker Series. The DreamHour Speaker Series sponsored by the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts features 21 migrants from around the world sharing the story of their journey to the United States. This Speaker Series will feature the creative voices of Tania Kayumova (Ukraine), Ramon Vasquez (Native American), Sichan Siv (Cambodia), Sarwat Husain (Pakistan), Elisa Chan (Taiwan), Julya Jara (Latvia) and Charles Nwankwo (Nigeria) among many others. Each hour-long showcase is designed to focus on Immigration and “A Collective Vision”. Other key events include Dreamweek Celebration of Middle Eastern and North African Women’s Excellence! This celebration will highlight the diverse ways in which women from across the MENA region are challenging stereotypes and making their mark in the U.S. There is a special guest appearance by Erika Prosper Nirenberg. Other notable events include the 10th Annual African American Advisory Committee Mother and Daughter Tea hosted by the Girl Scouts of South West Texas and The Mississippi Freedom Riders hosted by Designer Glitz & Glamour Salon and Spa. Hear firsthand accounts of The Mississippi Freedom Riders as they detail their lives as teenaged and young adult Civil Rights Activist. Freedom Riders were Civil Rights Activist who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States to challenge the unequitable Jim Crow segregation laws. The violent beatings, imprisonment and murders their actions provoked drew attention the disregard of the federal law outlawing these discriminatory practices.
In addition to these events, there is a film screening of Stolen Education. The Las Palmas Branch Library and the YWCA Olga Madrid Center are hosting Dr. Enrique Alemán, Jr. He is the producer and writer of the documentary Stolen Education. The film exposes how Mexican-American farmworker school children were discriminated against in Texas schools in the 1950s. The film echoes themes in 1954 Breakthrough Supreme court case Brown v. Board of Education, with politics, racism, oppression, and the denial of equitable education.
DreamWeek 2020 culminates with our FUNdraiser the annual Mayor’s Ball. It is a showcase of talent, with food, fun and surprises. This year’s ball is Saturday, January 25, 7:00 PM at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.
DreamWeek is presented by DreamVoice a Complete Count partner for the 2020 Census. Please make sure you are counted in the 2020 Census. No intrusive questions. Your information is protected by the privacy act. You can complete the information online or via the phone.
For more information about DreamWeek 2020 and to find the events that are right for you, visit our website at www.Dreamweek.org.