Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Diversity Celebration

The Diversity Celebration features a wide array of local and international music, eclectic dancing, delectable food, and imaginative crafts. Appalachian students, faculty, staff, K-12 schools, and members of the local community are all invited to join us in this celebration of cultures through art and entertainment.

The Diversity Celebration supports and enhances Appalachian State University's mission of "accepting the responsibility to be actively involved in addressing the educational, economic, cultural, and societal needs of the changing region, state, nation, and world," by providing a venue where diverse perspectives, cultures and values are accepted, appreciated and celebrated.


  • A Sign of the Times
    Apr 4
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    Plemmons Student Union (Cascades)
    Free event

    Led by Composer/Director, Tyrone Jefferson, A Sign of the Times’ ensembles perform music from the African Diaspora, including Latin, Jazz, Classic Rhythm & Blues and Funk.

  • Entropy Dance Crew
    Apr 4
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    Plemmons Student Union (Linville Falls)
    Free event

    Entropy Dance Crew was started in 2010 by a group of dancers who felt it was necessary to create a safe and unified space to create, share and express themselves. We strive to become better artists, teammates, and members of a diverse family.

  • Alma de Candela
    Apr 4
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    Plemmons Student Union (Cascades)
    Free event

    Alma de Candela (Soul of Fire) is a Latin music experience not to miss! For dancers and non-dancers, Latinos and non-Latinos; an Alma de Candela concert is a sight to behold, full of rhythmic sounds, bright costumes, brass, percussion, and dancing.

  • Dollar Brothers & High Country Cloggers
    Apr 4
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    Plemmons Student Union (Crossroads)
    Free event

    The High Country Cloggers, NC Clogging Champions, are teamed up with The Dollar Brothers for a high energy, family oriented bluegrass stage show.

  • Liontracks Reggae Band
    Apr 4
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    Plemmons Student Union (Cascades)
    Free event

    Liontracks Reggae Band brings roots reggae to every performance while the audience is encouraged to participate rather than just spectate. Fans are engaged by band leader/lead vocalist, Kevin “Khebo” Pauling, with the band’s signature phrase: “We make the music… and you make the noise!”

  • Grandfather Mountain Highlanders Pipe Band
    Apr 4
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    Plemmons Student Union (Solarium)
    Free event

    The Grandfather Mountain Highlanders Pipe Band, host band for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, focuses on developing young players and recruiting top players from a wide geographic area with the goal of being a top competition band.

2017 Exhibitor and Performer Registration

Diversity Celebration is pleased to invite involvement of all kinds for this years event! We are asking that campus and community partners assist us with Dances, Structured Dialogue, Presentations, and more!

Diversity Celebration Volunteer Registration 2017

Volunteer on Tuesday, April 4 and participate in Diversity Celebration at Appalachian! Please sign up by Wednesday, March 22nd. Volunteers will be notified in late March about their volunteer assignments.


We wish to extend our sincere thanks for our 2016 Diversity Celebration donors:

Individual Donors

  • Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Billings
  • Mr. John Michael Blackburn
  • Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Burwell
  • Dr. Kathleen T. Brinko and Mr. Jon S. Kwaitkowski
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marshall Cheves, Jr.
  • Dayton Cole
  • Nicole and Alan Crees
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael Dale
  • Hank Foreman and John Baynor
  • Ms. Susan H. King
  • Mrs. Terri L. Lockwood
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael W. Mayfield
  • Dr. Geraldine A. Miller
  • Ms. Cindy Wallace and Mr. Allen Moseley
  • Susan and Bruce Pettyjohn
  • Ms. Traci Diane Royster
  • Mr. and Mrs. David Taylor
  • Ms. Elisabeth Old Wall
  • Mrs. Shari L. Williamson
  • Dr. James E. Young and Dr. Carol Marchel

A special thank you to Lowe's Foods for the donation of bushels of apples for the Unity Festival.

This program is funded in part by the Watauga County Arts Council and Grassroots Funds of the North Carolina Arts Council.