One World Day

Join the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation in celebrating all world cultures. The day begins with a Parade of Flags, followed by opening ceremonies and a naturalization ceremony for new citizens of the United States, and food, music and dance in each of our Gardens. Also look for performances on stage at the Centennial Peace Plaza.

Cleveland Cultural Gardens Fed thank City Council

Sheila Murphy Crawford, President of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, thanked Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilman Kevin Conwell, Jeff Johnson and TJ Dow and the other members of City Council for their support of the 70th annual One World Day in August 2015.  She was joined by One World Day committee members Svetlana Stolyarova, Richard Crepage, Tom Turkaly, Johnny Wu, Angela Shute Woodson, Ken Kovach and Dan Hanson.

 

Press Release – Cleveland Cultural Gardens 70th annual One World Day

For Immediate Release

August 6, 2015

Cleveland, OH – Since 1945 the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) has celebrated One World Day exemplifying the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.”

August 23, 2015 will be the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and it will be special as it will also be the official kickoff, with the City of Cleveland, of the Centennial Year of the Gardens. The first Garden was established in 1916 so the CCGF, City of Cleveland and the community will have a year-long celebration of this local treasure.

The history and growth of the Cultural Gardens is a mirror of the history and growth of Cleveland. The early gardens were predominantly European (Italian, German, Polish, Hungarian, Irish, etc.). As world events (Fall of Soviet Union, etc.) occurred, new Gardens emerged. As people from other areas came to Cleveland, interest in gardens for their heritage grew and new and proposed gardens focus on the Middle East, Asia and Africa. There is renewed interest and effort to complete African American and Native American Gardens. Soon there will be 35 or so gardens representing many of the diverse nationalities that make Cleveland home.

The annual One World Day celebrates Cleveland’s history and ethnic diversity with a variety of family-friendly activities including:

  • Parade of Flags (featuring colorful costumes of dozens of nationalities)
  • Naturalization Ceremony (a moving welcome to new citizen from 2 dozen nations)
  • Trolley Tours (See all the Gardens in one day)
  • Cultural performances (dozens of diverse ethnic performances)
  • Ethnic Food (Traditional foods in many gardens, food trucks and special ethnic vendors)
  • Passport Program (kids, of all ages, can get a passport and do activities in the gardens)
  • 80 page One World Day booklet (History, map and info of the Gardens and more)

About the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and One World Day

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens consist of 29 nationality gardens along East Blvd and MLK Blvd with several more in the planning and development stages. One World Day on August 23 is the official annual celebration of the Gardens. 11AM-8:30 PM. Free admission and free parking.

Contact:

Cleveland Cultural Gardens President Sheila Murphy Crawford     sheilacrawford99@gmail.com

One World Day Committee Co-Chairs:

Dr. Richard Crepage               rich.crepage@gmail.com        440-812-1370 cell

Svetlana Stolyarova                realtorsvetlana@msn.com      216-548-4663 cell

One World Day Producers Johnny Wu                              johnny@mdifilm.com               216-539-4634 office

Ken Kovach                             iccneo@gmail.com                  216-952-9501 cell

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For more information on this release contact Dan Hanson at dan@clevelandpeople.com or Debbie Hanson at 216-406-6594 cell.