Welcoming Week 2021
Welcoming immigrants and connecting communities.
A national initiative, Welcoming Week builds common ground in Philadelphia’s communities. It encourages dialogue and forges relationships between immigrants, refugees, and U.S.-born citizens.
As a Welcoming City, Philadelphia has shown its commitment to this national cause for over five years by coordinating events and programming. This year, the Office of Immigrant Affairs and its partners are curating events that touch on the national theme of “Belonging Begins with Us.”
Join us for a second-dose vaccine clinic and resource fair for families and students. The free event will feature giveaways (including cash prizes and backpacks filled with school supplies), a Unity Cup pop-up soccer clinic, and more.
Join government leaders, immigrant advocates, and legal service providers for a Zoom roundtable. Speakers will discuss the Universal Representation model that provides legal services to people facing immigration detention or deportation.
Registration details are forthcoming.
Celebrate the work of the late artist Chen Lok Lee at the opening reception for this posthumous art exhibit. The exhibit will be on display through the end of 2021. Due to COVID-19, masks and an RSVP are required.
Our region expects to resettle nearly four times as many refugees next year than we did last year. This virtual event will teach landlords and property owners how they can provide affordable, sustainable, and inclusive housing to refugees.
As part of the Mexican Independence celebrations, the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia, the Mexican Cultural Center and the UPenn Museum are proud topresent an in-person tour in Spanish of the "Mexico and Central America" Gallery of the UPenn Museum. The tour will be guided by Mexican writer Carlos José Pérez Sámano at 10:30AM on September 18th.
Transportation and light snacks will be provided!
To attend this free event register now by visiting: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQKYdpFVBOeAAj06Bsl3gXkSPNNylUhsuub3jKs3ZRA9ziQw/viewform
This year’s Lantern Parade will honor both the long-time Festival tradition of celebrating our Asian cultures, traditions, family togetherness, but also will be held to raise our voices against anti-Asian bias and violence and need for healing and wellness for all of Philadelphia's communities amidst the many challenges and forms of violence. The parade will begin at 10th & Vine Street Plaza and travel through Chinatown - to honor our 26 years of Festivals - but will also reach the ICE office to advocate for family reunification and an end to deportations.
4:30 pm Lantern making for families at 10th & Vine Street Plaza
6pm Lantern Parade (gathering, performances and speakers)
6:40 pm Parade leaves Plaza and marches to ICE (8th and Cherry)
7:30 pm final speakers and performances at 10th & Vine Street Plaza