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Due to the social distancing necessary during this coronavirus period, we are now focused on things to do and exhibits and courses you can access online.  As we mentioned in a recent email, many of the events on the regular calendar have been cancelled or postponed and many venues are now closed.  We urge you to take care of yourself and to do what may be necessary to assure that vulnerable populations are safe and retain access to medical care.  (See items below in red.) The purpose of this calendar is to give information about events of multicultural and interfaith interest, as well as a listing for exhibits and special events.  You have the ability to see "month-at-a-glance" for both current and future months through our new Google calendar, by clicking on the link above. Exhibits and special events will continue to be publicized by email, in order to maintain a legible calendar, so please sign up (see box on right sidebar) to receive our monthly emails. Cultural Crossroads updates: See http://culturalcrossroadskc.wordpress.com to read all of our postings and to follow our blog. Also see the Publications tab on our website to read our Statements of position on various current issues.   NEWS AND GENERAL INFORMATION Check the Resources and Building Community tabs on our website (www.culturalcrossroads-kc.org) for information about ongoing events in the Greater KC area and ways you can get involved in our community.  We are constantly adding information to both pages, so check back often.   Also, email us at culturalcrossroads@hotmail.com if you represent a group which should be listed on the Resources or Building Community pages.
The Truman Library is closed for renovations, for approximately one year; check www.trumanlibrary.org for special events elsewhere in the meantime. For your planning purposes, please note that the website for the Strawberry Hill Museum states that they accept Cash or Check Only. Library information: Remember to visit the Human Spirit collection of multicultural and multifaith materials at the Plaza Branch Library.  This collection, created by Cultural Crossroads with advice from the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council and multiculturalists is an excellent resource for teachers and the general public.  We all benefit from learning about each other! Local libraries are sources of art exhibits.   Check the website of your neighborhood library to see what’s showing. See the Resources tab on our website for the websites of local library systems. Our libraries are excellent resources and we are fortunate in KC Metro to have a wealth of library systems and branches -- check your local library for free classes on computer literacy, foreign languages, bilingual programs and English as a second language.  Libraries also host numerous art exhibits, listing them on a daily basis, so check the website of your local library for information.  The Kansas City Library System now offers passport applications at the Westport, I.H. Ruiz, and Trails West branches.   You can also call the KC Library Dial-A-Story Line (816.701.3456 or visit kclibrary.org/kids any time -- day or night – to hear a story suitable for all ages!) The Kansas City, Kansas Library System now has a new program called “ECommunity” which is an entertainment and information portal available to all.   Go to http://ecommunity.kckpl.org for information. CURRENT  EXHIBITS OF A MULTICULTURAL NATURE Online Exhibits  Black Archives of Mid-America: http://www.blackarchives.org/gallery  Kemper Museum: https://www.kemperart.org/permanent-collection  National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/exhibits Truman Library: https://www.trumanlibrary.org/online-collections.htm  World War I Museum: https://www.theworldwar.org/explore/online-collections-database https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-world-war-i-museum  Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: https://art.nelson-atkins.org/collections  SPECIAL LINKS WITH THINGS TO DO AND LEARN ONLINE SUBSCRIPTIONS: https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free- subscriptions/ COURSES: https://www.wjtv.com/health/coronavirus/scholastic-releases-free-daily-courses-for-kids- stuck-home-amid-coronavirus-school-closures/ VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS AND TOURS https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRk u_w/mobilebasic https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual- tours FREE INTERNATIONAL RADIO STATIONS https://tunein.com/radio http://radio.garden/visit/milan/J3Bamiy2 These are just a few examples of how you can reach out online.  Explore for yourself and find more sites! Always be sure and remember: we care about your health and the health of our entire community.  In that light, we share a couple of our favorite quotations designed to focus on hope and humor: “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandlaf, “and do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”  (Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Rings) “Your grandparents were called to war.  You’re being called to sit on your couch. You can do this.” (anonymous FB meme)
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