Stronger Together


Event is  Saturday, September 19, 2020

The first annual Stronger Together, a multi-community cultural event, is about exploring surface, shallow and deep cultures that we each bring to our communities. How we are the same? How we are different? How does that makes us stronger?

Due to social distancing requirements, the event activities are either online, or discover on your own, for this first time event.  


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Displays and Activities

Please visit downtown Arlington to interact with the following displays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

People of Our Communities- a display of portraits of people from Stilly Valley with their inspiring messages.  Displayed at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Avenue.

Kindness Tree- Visit the Kindness Tree and write (on provided ribbon) how to make your community   (your family, your neighborhood, your town, your country, your world) a better place.  Tie your ribbon onto the Kindness Tree. Located at City Hall Plaza, 238 N Olympic Avenue.

Outdoor Art Exhibit- View art pieces created to signify “building unity and kindness” by local artists, community members, and Village Community Services. Located on the fence along the Centennial Trail at Third Street.

Children’s Activity Bags – pick up a free activity bag with cultural activities and art supplies, including: Multicultural Crayons and Band-Aids, family tree activity, bookmarks, origami activity, Stronger Together Notebooks, Lunar New Year envelopes, Stillaguamish Tribe nature activity booklet and water bottles, and more.
Distributed at Arlington Library, Sept 16-19, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. until supplies are out.

Online Activity Schedule 

9:00 a.m. Live Online Book Reading
Dr. Chrys Sweeting, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent, will read The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler. This lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young people.

9:00 a.m.  Bystander Intervention Training 
When we witness harassment, how do we react to or interact with the event and our own emotions following the witnessed event. We will explore the 5 Ds of Bystander Training and scenarios when we might use them.  Facilitated by Will Nelson, Director of Equity and Student Success, Arlington Public Schools

9:30 a.m. Native American Story Facebook Live:
Chris Boser will be reading Eagle Boy: A Pacific Northwest Tale. The gorgeous illustrations and tales of adventures will thrill
children, while also instructing them about individualism and

10:00 a.m. Learn about your Library 
Zoom:  OR YouTube:
Everything you need to know for school, work and fun. Learn how to access free music, movies, e-book, audiobooks, apps, classes, and events from the comfort of your home.

10:30 a.m. Live Online Book Reading
Ray Rehaume, Stillaguamish Tribe Cultural Resource Specialist, will read Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave: A True Story of Fatherhood and Native American Heritage by Anthony Falcon. This children’s book offers a multilayered celebration of resilience, ancestry, and bravery.
K Bluehorse will read Fry Bread. Nominated for Goodreads' Best Children's book. Fry Bread radiates with Native American pride, the sharing of traditions and the love of family.

11:00 a.m. Live Online Book Reading
Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert will read Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child. This playful story is brought to life by brilliant dreamscapes, dogs celebrating at a powwow with traditional song and dance. A tale for all ages.

11:00 a.m.   Race: The Power of an Illusion - The Difference Between Us Zoom:
It is still popular to believe in innate racial traits rather than look elsewhere to explain group differences. We all know the myths and stereotypes - but are they true on a biological level? If not, why do we continue to believe them? Race may not be biological, but it is still a powerful social idea with real consequences for people's lives. Preview the documentary Race-the Power of an illusion at

Facilitated by Will Nelson, Director of Equity and Student Success, Arlington Public Schools

11:30 a.m. Book Reading   Facebook Live:
 Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin will read an inspiring story.

12:00 p.m.  Gaelic Language Introduction for Children 
Zoom:  OR YouTube:
Traditional Irish Gaelic children's songs, these songs are easy to learn. Caera will go over pronunciation and translation. 

1:00 p.m. Appreciation Story
Ray Rehaume, Stillaguamish Tribe Cultural Resource Specialist, will tell The Appreciation Story, passed on from a Navajo storyteller.

2:00 p.m. Who is your family?   
Zoom:  or YouTube:
Presented by Stilly Valley Genealogy Society. Walk through the process of starting to create your family tree. For school age children and adults. Link to activity sheet: Family Tree (in English)     Family Tree (in Spanish)

2:00 p.m. LGBTQ Vocabulary Conversation  Zoom: 
Family friendly workshop to learn about LGBTQ+ What do all those letters stand for, and what do those words mean? How are orientations different from gender expressions? 

3:00 p.m.  Gansango Entertainment           Facebook Live:
Want to travel to Africa for the day? You don't need a plane ticket! Join teaching and performing artists from Gansango Music and Dance to hear live drum rhythms from West Africa and learn some fun African dance moves. Presented by Arlington Library.

Other programs

Sept 19 Friendship Walk- Funds raised through registration fees go to fund Voices of the Village, a performance ensemble affiliated with Arlington-based Village Community Services, a non-profit organization that supports individuals living with disabilities. Register for the Friendship Walk and walk on your own July through September 19, fee is $27.50. Registration ends Sept 19 at 10 p.m. Register at

Suddenly Dragons- an Arlington Art Adventure-  Go on the hunt for dragons displayed at Centennial Trail near Legion Park. “Dragons are a gateway between the natural world and our imagination,” said artist Monica Bretherton, “That’s obviously a significant relationship, because we have been creating art about them for at least ten thousand years.”

How to be an Antiracist Family: A Three Part Online Series
Presented by Kenesha Lewin of Lewin Education and Consulting.
Saturday, October 3, 10, 17, at 10:00-11:30 a.m. Registration information will be available closer to the event date at

Upcoming Stronger Together Classes antiracism Classes
Sept. 3, 12:00-1:30 p.m. or 4:30-6:00 The Story We Tell, which uncovers the roots of the race concept
Sept. 10, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Book Study Waking Up White by Debby Irving
Sept. 17, 4-5:00 p.m. Conversations- what is race?


Explore on your own online

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving For grades 4-8. Presented by National Museum of the American Indian

Pacific NW History & Culture- Why do the foods we eat matter?  For grades 9-12. Presented by National Museum of the American Indian

Art Exhibit- Abstractions of Black Citizenship

Art Exhibit- Reimagining the Future through the Past
“Engaging with forms of their ancestors is one way artists from marginalized communities find empowerment and envision new trajectories,” Tara Tamaribuchi

Recommended Reads for Stronger Together From Sno-Isle Libraries, for all ages.

Ellis Island Virtual Tour  This interactive virtual tour is a combination of images and historical information. Created by the Heritage Documentation Programs.

Stronger Together Event Committee:

Event Presented by: City of Arlington, Arlington Public Schools, Stillaguamish Tribe, and Sno-Isle Libraries.
Support provided by Stronger Together Planning Committee:
Arlington Public Schools, Lakewood School District, Darrington School District, City of Arlington, Town of Darrington, Sno-Isle Libraries, Stilly Valley Health Connections, Downtown Arlington Business Association, Snohomish County Executive Office, Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, Stillaguamish Tribe, Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, Stillaguamish Valley Pioneers

Contact Information:

Will Nelson
Director of Equity and Student Success
Arlington Public Schools