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Join ISM as We Celebrate Global Cultures at International Day

After a two-year reprieve due to the pandemic, International Day is back at The International School of Minnesota! ISM marks International Day 2022 on October 1 with a free, family-friendly event that’s open to the public. 

ISM’s campus will transform into a multi-cultural experience highlighting international cuisine, cultural performances, educational opportunities, and interactive activities galore. All ages are invited. Drop in anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Due to capacity limits, make sure to register in advance here.

“ISM is Minnesota’s most diverse private school. International Day is a wonderful opportunity for the local community to come and learn about the plentiful multi-cultural offerings ISM provides for students and their families,” said Prima Sisinni, Alumni Coordinator and Event Specialist.

 “The day brings our values to life. We seek to provide students a global education while supporting our commitment to academic excellence and leadership for a changing world.” 

ISM has celebrated International Day for over 20 years, but this year’s format is brand new. 

Performances from Around the Globe

The Leila C. Saad Performing Arts Center will host a vibrant blend of talented performers who will dazzle audiences with vocal, instrumental, and dance numbers. Among them are two dance performers who are ISM parents and an ISM teacher who is showcasing her operatic vocal prowess. The following artists are featured on the Performing Arts Center main stage:

  • Choro Borealis representing Brazil

  • Viktoriya Kantor representing Ukraine

  • Duniya Drum and Dance representing West Africa

  • Ariel Wilberg representing Norway

  • Dabke Dancers representing Lebanon

  • Yev Music representing Ukraine

  • Taiko Arts Midwest representing Japan

  • THE STUDIO - Ballroom Dance Club representing The United States and Argentina

  • Hudson Irish Dance Group representing Ireland

Delicious Cross-Cultural Culinary Delights

In addition to the Performing Arts Center, all floors throughout ISM’s campus will be filled with the colors and tastes of various countries. 

Make sure to check out the Dining Hall, where ISM’s Executive Chef Ted Norris and his culinary team will bring authentic flavors from around the world to Eden Prairie. 

Try a diverse sampling of foods from Brazil, Lebanon, Ukraine, and the Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Offerings include Brazilian Pao de Queijo, Lebanese Shish Taouk, Ukrainian Cabbage Rolls, and Dakota Fry Bread!

Your Passport to the World

Dive into language, literature, art, science, and history from around the world with interactive activities. 

As you visit each interactive station, learn, create and fill up an International Day Passport for the chance to win prizes. The more you explore, the more stamps you will receive in your passport.

Stop by the new ISM Art Studio which features a number of  art projects representing a different culture. And don’t miss the pottery wheels. Lend an ear and voice at the interactive language stations as you explore non-English languages from various corners of the world.

“We welcome everyone to enjoy International Day 2022 at ISM. It’s a day to celebrate the unique qualities each of us brings to ISM’s campus, our community and the world,” said Sisinni.

Register for the event here!

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