16-day DreamWeek slated down­town

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Metro - By Vin­cent T. Davis STAFF WRITER

Prepa­ra­tions are well un­der­way for San An­to­nio’s sev­enth an­nual DreamWeek, fea­tur­ing 16 days of panel dis­cus­sions, sym­po­siums and other gath­er­ings to foster a free ex­change of ideas.

More than 150 events are planned in and around down­town.

“What Makes Us Hu­man?” is the theme of the sum­mit and is de­signed to in­spire con­ver­sa­tion and bring unique ideas, peo­ple and a di­ver­sity of voices to the fore­front of a city­wide au­di­ence.

DreamWeek 2019 is sched­uled to be­gin Jan. 11 with an open­ing break­fast cer­e­mony. On Jan. 18, the DreamWeek Awards Lun­cheon will fea­ture Crys­tal Miller, an eye­wit­ness of the Columbine High School shoot­ing, who will share her jour­ney from vic­tim to vic­tor.

The sum­mit will con­clude Jan. 26 with the In­au­gu­ral DreamVoice Mayor’s Ball, a gala fea­tur­ing en­ter­tain­ers and per­for­mance artists cho­sen by the DreamVoice team and May- or Ron Niren­berg.

Shokare Nakpo­dia founded DreamWeek in 2012 as an en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple could talk, de­bate and lis­ten to dif­fer­ent ideas with­out vi­o­lence. The sum­mit’s events lead up to San An­to­nio’s Martin Luther King Jr. March, which has been con­sid­ered one of the largest pro­ces­sions in the na­tion, on March 21.

At this point, ap­pli­ca­tions to host events are be­ing ac­cepted only for on­line.

In­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in DreamWeek 2019 can ap­ply on­line at dreamweek.org/part­ner. Ap­pli­ca­tions must be submitted by Dec. 19.

Of­fi­cial part­ners have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain their or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mis­sion and be­come lead­ers in con­flict res­o­lu­tion and hu­man rights ad­vo­cacy, or­ga­niz­ers said.

Vol­un­teers also are needed for a wide va­ri­ety of tasks, from tak­ing pho­to­graphs to doc­u­ment events to co­or­di­nat­ing lo­gis­tics to help­ing with reg­is­tra­tions and setting up events. Go to dreamweek.org/vol­un­teer to sign up.

Billy Calzada / Staff file photo

Ge­n­e­sis Moreno, mid­dle, dis­cusses mi­croag­gres­sions with oth­ers at­tend­ing a DreamWeek work­shop in 2017.

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