Stronger Together


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?

Stay tuned for 2022 event information!

Call for Proposals for Cultural Entertainment for Stronger Together Event Sept 2022

The Stronger Together event committee is seeking entertainment acts for a community event on Saturday, September 17.  

The City of Arlington has hosted the Stronger Together event the last two years, in modified versions of the original event concept, due to the pandemic.   This year, the Stronger Together committee is eager to bring people together at Legion Park for learning and experiencing equity and diversity. 

The event is a collaboration with the Arlington, Darrington and Stanwood school districts, City of Arlington, Town of Darrington, Stillaguamish Tribe, Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, Sno-Isle Libraries, Stilly Valley Health Connections and other organizations and volunteers, with a goal of “building unity through community.” 

We are seeking cultural entertainment to perform on the stage at Legion Park and are offering this opportunity to our community members to share their stories with song, music, or dance.  Performances will likely be 1-hour sets and will be compensated. 

The committee will review applications.   Deadline to apply is April 30, 2022. 
To apply, visit:
For more information about Stronger Together, visit: 



Saturday, May 15, 9:45 a.m. 
Opening Ceremony in Lakewood

Location: Lakewood High School, 17023 11th Ave. NE and on Facebook Live “Stronger Together Stilly Valley.”
Stephanie Ironheart and Ray Rehaume will present and teach the Native American “Hello Song” at opening of Stronger Together event.

Saturday, 10:00-10:15 a.m. 
Lakewood High School Music

View on Facebook live "Stronger Together Stilly Valley."
Location: outside at the High School, 17023 11th Avenue NE, Arlington.
Live performance by award winning Lakewood High School Jazz Band “11th Avenue,” directed by Mrs. Katy Trapp.

Saturday,   10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
Socrates Café 

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 819 5690 0660 Passcode: 343830

Virtual, family-friendly event,
Socrates Café is a group activity where participants thoughtfully discuss an open-ended philosophical question. The goal is to stimulate inquiry and curiosity as you share your ideas and listen to different perspectives. We will explore an interesting topic related to the human experience through open and compassionate dialogue. No prerequisites or preparation is required. Open to all ages.

Saturday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ vocabulary 

Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 815 3973 5995 Passcode: 046213

Virtual, family-friendly event.
What do all of those letters stand for, and what do those words mean? How are orientations different from genders? This workshop will present a safe and family-friendly space to learn more about gay, lesbian, trans*, and other similar people in our community. Questions are welcome, but please keep it respectful and family-friendly. Open to all ages.

 Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 Interactive Native Blanket Weaving
Location: Gazebo at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Avenue, Arlington

Ray Rehaume of the Stillaguamish Tribe invites you to experience the art of blanket weaving and how weaving together can unite a community.


Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m
Totem Pole Journey Exhibit
The House of Tears Carvers present the Red Road to DC Totem Pole Journey to Protect Sacred Sites.  The totem will be on display in the parking lot at Legion Park in downtown Arlington.  A blessing ceremony at 1p.m.

Sunday, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Cultural Storytime with Tamra Miyamoto

View on Facebook Live  “Stronger Together Stilly Valley”
or view on demand at
Activity sheet.
Join us for a Family Storytime! Miss Tamra from the Darrington Library will share songs, rhymes, and stories. Have a scarf or a piece of cloth to wave around for our scarf song. The words to the rhymes and songs are in the activity sheet, as well as links to the books shared in our catalog.

Sunday, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Gansango Entertainment

View on Facebook Live   “Stronger Together Stilly Valley”
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.

Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremony in Darrington
Location: Dugout Canoe Display, across from the U.S Forest Service on Emens Avenue. Darrington
Stephanie Ironheart of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe and Ray Rehaume of the Stillaguamish Tribe will perform an Appreciation Ceremony to close the Stronger Together event in both Lushootseed and English.



Stronger Together, Connecting Communities, a tour of the Stilly Valley, Arlington/Darrington
We have a curated list of historical places along the river’s route between Darrington and Arlington for you to visit on your own.

People of Our Communities Display
Saturday through Sunday
Location: Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave, downtown Arlington
A display of portraits of people from Stilly Valley with their inspiring messages.

World Ancestry Map: In Arlington and Darrington
Saturday and Sunday, 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave, Arlington
Darrington Library/City Hall, 1005 Cascade Street, Darrington
Where are your ancestors from?  Come to Legion Park and mark your ancestors from around the world on our large map on the stage.  Members of Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society will be available to talk to you about how to map your family tree and how we are all connected.   

Dugout Canoe Display
View anytime, outdoor permanent display.
Location: across from the U.S Forest Service on Emens Avenue. Darrington

A unique display of history awaits you at the Nels Bruseth Memorial Garden. The dugout canoes that are displayed were used at the Texas Pond Cedar Bolt Camp.  There will also be a knockabout canoe and ocean-going canoes on display. Provided by the Sabaliali Canoe Family. 

Cultural Storytime with Stephanie Ironheart, 
Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
View Anytime, On Demand Video (approx 30 minutes)
 “The Maiden of Deception Pass Guardian of her Samish People” by the Samish Indian Nation. 


Recorded Storytime with our Community Leaders (view anytime at links below)


Own Voices book displays
View anytime leading up to the event and during the event
Lakewood Library: 3411 169th Place NE, Arlington
Darrington Library: 1005 Cascade Street, Darrington

Own Voices is a popular movement that allows people to see themselves in the media they read and watch, and others to learn about life experiences they might've not had. Stop in to the Darrington and Lakewood/Smokey Point Libraries to explore displays and pick something out!
Search for more online with the hashtag #ownvoices!
Link to list:

Haiku to Celebrate Diversity, Contest
In honor of Arlington’s Stronger Together, Arlington Arts Council is offering cash prizes for the best haiku poem that celebrates diversity. Haiku are short poems of three lines, the first line of five syllables, the second has seven syllables and the third line has five. Haiku are nature based with a surprise ending. AAC is offering a $50 cash prize in two categories: up to 12 years old and over 12 years old. Entries are due by May 10th.  Message your haiku to or email . The haiku poems may be displayed during Stronger Together event May 15 and 16, and a winners will be painted on the side of a building somewhere in Arlington.

Here’s an example:

Each leaf is different
And yet they are all the same
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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:

Kerri Helgeson 
Director of Equity and Student Well-Being
Arlington Public Schools

Sarah Lopez
Community Engagement Director
City of Arlington


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.