A Letter from the President
It is May. In addition, to warmer weather, it also means that we’ll be gathering soon to celebrate the 2021 AKCHO Award recipients. 2020 was a year unlike any we had experienced. I have to congratulate all of you. You embraced the challenges the year presented. You were resourceful. You learned new skills. You tackled projects that it was always hard to find time for. You reached out to the community to help others through unknown times. While you might have physically shut your doors to the public, you continued following your mission. Congratulations to everyone for as the old saying goes turning lemons into lemonade.
Let’s look at May more nationally. May is a month recognizing multiple heritages. It is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Haitian Heritage Month, and Jewish American Heritage Month. The list might not be complete. However, awareness of heritage months can remind and perhaps push us to evaluate our efforts in sharing the diverse stories and perspectives of those in our community. Heritage months might provide opportunities to connect with those individuals and groups within our community. It can also be a time to of reflection. Have we reached out to collect their stories? Does our collection include their stories? Do we or have we publicly shared their stories? After thinking about our effectiveness at telling the stories of our diverse community, let’s make the appropriate plans to go from thought to action.
I know many of you are busy planning virtual programs. To assist in helping your organization reach a larger audience, AKCHO would like to include your programs on its events calendar. Please complete the Event Submission Form, so that your events are included on the AKCHO calendar. Everyone has access to the calendar. Therefore, if you are looking for something to do, check out the events calendar on our website.
Remember AKCHO is your organization, please share your thoughts and needs via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to seeing you at the AKCHO Awards Celebration on May 25 at 5:30 pm.
Take care and be well,
To see the rest of the Heritage Advisor click here.