Three years ago, the City of Midland declared October Cultural Awareness Month in Midland. The Cultural Awareness Committee (CAC) has since worked with several partners to promote cultural awareness events in the month of October.

This year's theme is: Empowering Women, Past & Present. The CAC is proud to promote the following events for 2015:

September 20, 2015 1:00 PM

Creative 360’s “International Day of Peace Celebration”. A video prepared by Creative 360 will highlight three people from our community whose mothers were Japanese and married American servicemen during World War II.

September 26, 2015 6:30 PM

Mid-Autumn Festival is coming. The Tri-City Chinese Association annual Mid-Autumn Festival will be held at Northeast Middle School Cafeteria in the evening of September 26th. Mooncakes and light refreshments will be provided. There will be interactive games for adults and kids.

October 1, 2015

The Collage Dance Collective’s stated mission is simple: to inspire the growth of ballet. The Collective will do exactly that as they visit two Midland schools on this date to explain the art of ballet to young elementary aged students.

October 3, 2015 3:00 PM

The Collage Dance Collective showcases their exquisite skill with a free performance at the acclaimed Temple Theater in Saginaw.

October 10, 2015 7:00 PM & October 11, 2015 2:30 PM

LUNAFEST Short Films by, for, about Women. Filled with stores of reflection and whimsy, hope and humor, grace and perseverance. These selected films will make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings, compel discussion and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Ticketing and more information available through the Midland Center for the Arts.

October 13, 2015 7:00 PM

Midland writer Carol Sanford participates in People Poems, People Stories at Creative 360.

October 15, 2015 7:00 PM

Join us at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library as a discussion takes place regarding Jhumpa Lahiri’s award-winning novel, “The Lowland”, about coming of age in India.

October 20-30, 2015 During Regular Library Operating Hours

A display of art celebrating empowered women will be on display in the mezzanine section of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.

October 24, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Please attend the 11th dance drama BUDDHA.  There will be dances in classical Odissi style, story of Buddha, authentic costumes and props from India. The event is free and will take place at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Auditorium.

October 29, 2015 6:30 PM

Each year the CAC hosts a contest for area students to creatively capture our Cultural Awareness Month theme.  This year, area students are encouraged to creatively address the theme “Empowering Women Past and Present.”  Entrees can take any creative form – essay, poem, visual art, music, video – as long as it addresses the theme.  Top entries will be recognized at a Reception on this date in the Grace A. Dow Library’s mezzanine. (Additional rules are on the CAC Facebook site.)

November 1, 2015 2:00 PM

Midland native and New York Times critically acclaimed author, Katherine Heiny joins us at the Grace A. Dow Library for a closer look at herself and her characters from her outstanding book, “Single, Carefree, Mellow.” A product of both Midland and Dow High Schools, Katherine has received nearly universal acclaim for her extraordinary writing technique and characters who embody empowered women.

November 9, 2015 7:30 PM

Creative 360 serves as the venue for “The Other Woman”, a simultaneously staged reading (all across the country) of a full-length, one-act play adapted from five essays appearing in the bestselling anthology The Other Woman. It will feature the talents of Debbie Lake, Susie Polito, Carol Rumba, Cathie Stewart and Trena Winans. There is adult content (and a cash bar).