First-ever Cultural Connect Week set for Nov. 11 to 17

Small Towns

Gladys Godinez, Center for Rural Affairs,, 402.318.3689; Sandy Sypherd, Hastings Multicultural Association,, 402.461.7008; Laura Stutte, YWCA of Adams County,; or Dr. Moses Dogbevia, Hastings College,, 402.461.7466

HASTINGS, NEBRASKA – Community leaders have teamed up to plan a week of events to celebrate the diversity of Hastings and the 10th anniversary of the Hastings Cultural Festival. 

“Cultural Connect Week,” from Nov. 11 to 17, is a joint effort among the Center for Rural Affairs, Hastings Multicultural Association, YWCA of Adams County, and Hastings College. 

“One way to celebrate our small towns is to support cultural festivals in rural communities,” said Gladys Godinez, community organizer with the Center for Rural Affairs. “Festivals teach us something new about our neighbors, strengthen our relationships, and foster community pride by bringing people together from all walks of life.”

Activities are planned for all ages, including a training for those who serve immigrant communities, a PBS showing of Go Luna Go!, folkloric dance performance and classes, an interfaith conversation, a poetry slam, and the Hastings Cultural Festival.

“This week will be intentional in growing the Hastings community in becoming more inclusive and understanding of all of their members,” Godinez said. “In addition to the week of activities, community leaders are starting an inclusion committee to focus on active steps to continue to make Hastings a welcoming and inclusive community.”

The inclusion committee will begin with the Cultural Connect Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 15.

A full list of events are listed below, and can be found online at All events are open to the public.


Schedule of events

Train the Trainer: for service providers to help and support immigrant populations
Monday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to noon
Hastings Public Library, 314 N Denver Ave.
Register by emailing
Hosts: Immigrant Legal Center and Hastings Public Library

Let’s Go Luna! Showing and Activity
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m. pizza, 6 p.m. activity, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. film
Hastings Museum, 1330 N Burlington Ave.
Hosts: NET/PBS and Hastings Museum

Connecting Across Beliefs - Interfaith Conversation by Tri-Faith Initiative
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
YWCA of Adams County, 2525 W 2nd St.
Hosts: First Presbyterian Church Hastings and Nebraska Appleseed

Raices de mi Pueblo Performance
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m.
Central Community College - Hall Student Union, 550 S Technical Blvd.
Hosts: Raices de mi Pueblo and Central Community College

Raices de mi Pueblo Folkloric Dance Class
Thursday, Nov. 14, 4:30 p.m.
Central Community College - Dawson Building - Gymnasium, 550 S Technical Blvd.
Hosts: Raices de mi Pueblo and Central Community College

Cultural Connect Luncheon
Friday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m.
YWCA of Adams County, 2525 W 2nd St.
Hosts: YWCA of Adams County, Hastings Multicultural Association, and Center for Rural Affairs

Cultural Connect Poetry Slam
Saturday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
First Street Brewery, 119 N St. Joseph Ave.
Hosts: First Street Brewery and Nebraska Writers Collective

10th Anniversary of the Hastings Cultural Festival
Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 to 4 p.m.
Hastings College - Kiewit Gymnasium, 715 E. 7th St.
Hosts: Hastings College, Hastings Multicultural Association, and YWCA of Adams County