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Celebration of Unity 

Each January, the City of Chandler holds a series of events to honor our community's heritage and diversity, along with the spirit, ideals, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights movement.

​We would like to invite you to become a part of Chandler’s Annual Celebration of Unity events scheduled for the month of January. As a joint collaboration between Chandler International Film Festival, Chandler Men of Action, East Valley Jewish Community Center, Chandler Center for the Arts, Friends of the Library, Human Relations Commission and the City of Chandler, we are proud to present an extensive variety of community events in which more than 10,000 people participate annually.

The 18th Annual Creative Expression Competition

The Creative Expression Competition is open to all students living or attending school in Chandler. Students are encouraged to enter the competition in written or visual art. This gives our Chandler students an opportunity to express themselves and share their talent with the City. First Place Winners will be invited to a February City Council meeting to receive their recognition. Second and Third place winners will have their awards dropped off at their school during the month of February. 

All winners will be displayed at the Jan. 13 Multicultural Festival.

The theme is: Leadership & Diplomacy - showcasing youth leadership and citizen diplomacy efforts to achieve peace

They Risked Their Lives
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
6 p.m.  |  Lobby Opens at 4:30 p.m.
Chandler Center for the Arts

Reflect. Feel. Learn.  An authentic WWII Rail Car will be on-site to view and experience from the inside from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In the lobby of the Center you can visit three photography exhibits:

"They Risked Their Lives" An Extraordinary Exhibit created by the Polin Museum, Warsaw titled,
"Poles Who Saved Jews"  The phenomenon of Polish rescuers, presented by stories, faces, and motivations, as well as the historical context, circumstances and the scale of the help given.

Jan Karski's Exhibition Produced by the Polish History Museum in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and the Jan Karski Educational Foundation.

Dramatic Theatrical Performance The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery

This one man play, tells the story of Captain Witold Pilecki, Auschwitz Prisoner No. 4859 - Special Guest, Award Winning Actor, Marek Probosz. The Polish Underground’s daring undercover mission at Auschwitz was one of the best-kept secrets of World War II. Polish Army officer Witold Pilecki volunteered for this “mission impossible” to get himself arrested and sent to Auschwitz to smuggle out intelligence and build resistance among the prisoners.Tickets available at Chandler Center for the Arts!  

Chandler Multicultural and Film Festival  FREE EVENT!
Saturday, January 13, 2018
4 to 9 p.m.
Downtown Library Courtyard (Downtown Stage)

This year’s 23rd annual Chandler Multicultural Festival has teamed up with the Chandler International Film Festival to bring you a collaborative and eclectic weekend of international films, cultural performances, food and beverage vendors, and fun for the family. As the Multicultural Festival comes to an end at approx. 7:10 p.m. on January 13, the Chandler International Film Festival will then take over and present a series of short films out on the lawn for festival goers to enjoy. Films will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as you join us for an amazing evening!  This entire evening is FREE to the public. Cultural art and food vendors will have items for sale.

The Chandler International Film Festival will be held January 12th-15th at the San Marcos Hotel in 
downtown Chandler, they will be showing over 100 films from around the globe. The event includes a red carpet opening night event, filmmakers workshops, after parties, and of course the many films that are coming to Chandler from all over the world. More information on how to purchase tickets available at

View additional details on the Multicultural Festival, including performance and film schedule.

One: Candlelight Vigil for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  FREE EVENT!
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Free event
to 7 p.m.Downtown Library Courtyard (Downtown Stage)

This year we celebrate Unity in Chandler as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his efforts to bring people together and unite many cultures in our nation. This event will take place on Sunday, January 14th at the Downtown Chandler stage on the lawn of the Chandler Public Library. The event will include a variety of local faith leaders, a short MLK documentary, the candlelight ceremony, and performances by local musicians. Please join us as we celebrate unity in Chandler!

If you would like more information on any of these events, please call 480-782-2214. Chandler's Celebration of Unity events are hosted by the City of Chandler Diversity OfficeChandler Human Relations Commission, and the Celebration of Unity Planning Committee. 
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