Stronger Together


Future event possibly in May 2021

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?

September 19, 2020 BROCHURE

Displays and Activities from Sept 19, 2020

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.  

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. 

Outdoor Art Exhibit- View art pieces created to signify “building unity and kindness” by local artists, community members, and Village Community Services. 

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.

Online Activity Schedule from Sept 19, 2020

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.

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

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

Learn about your Library 
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.

 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.

 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.

Race: The Power of an Illusion - The Difference Between Us 
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 by Will Nelson, Director of Equity and Student Success, Arlington Public Schools

Book Reading   Facebook Live
 Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin will read an inspiring story.

Gaelic Language Introduction for Children 
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.

Who is your family?
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)

LGBTQ Vocabulary Conversation
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? 

Gansango Entertainment
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.

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