Coming Together Application 2019
Application to Be Selected as the Spotlight Culture for 2019
Submission Deadline May 9, 2018

Coming Together in Skokie & Niles Township is a community partnership program including Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove and Niles. The purpose of the project is to promote literacy, cross-cultural awareness and community-building in our diverse villages.

Every year we highlight a specific culture from the local community with a series of literary, cultural and educational events coordinated over the course of six weeks. A central component of the program is to promote literacy via an adult fiction work that provides historical and/or cultural insight. The adult text is supplemented by books appropriate for teenagers, children and families.

To date, Coming Together has featured India, the Philippines, Assyrians, Greece, Korea, Voices of Race, the Latino & Hispanic cultures and Chinese Culture..

Definition of Roles and Expectations

If selected for next year’s project, the chosen culture’s representatives must fulfill the minimum requirements below:
• Project coordinator(s) must attend monthly meetings of the Coming Together coordinating committee, made up of representatives from the participating agencies
• Act as a liaison between the coordinating committee and your community
• Work with your community to develop a cultural kick-off event
• Identify members of your community who will attend every book discussion
• Assist the coordinating committee in identifying speakers and presenters for programs
• Promote events and programs to your community

The Coming Together Coordinating Committee will be responsible for the following:
• Making selected texts available through the library and schools
• Developing promotional materials including a booklet, short video, website, social media presence and press release
• Coordinating site logistics for events
• Making arrangements for an author visit for the selected text(s)
• Providing support to the project leader(s)
Please note that Coming Together participants and presenters volunteer their time. The planning committee is able to reimburse minor expenses for food, supplies, etc.

Timeline

Events will begin approximately the last weekend in January and continue for approximately six weeks following. The program includes visits by selected authors.

Key deadlines will include:

Late May - Finalize book selections
October 1 - Finalize all dates and locations for events
November 15 - Finalize content for booklet
Mid-January - Press Release and Conference

Application Questionnaire
Please answer all of the following questions to be considered for selection as next year’s Coming Together culture. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information:
Project Coordinator Name
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Organizational Affiliation (if any)
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Address
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Phone
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Email
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Organizational Contacts and Networks:
Please describe your role in the community you are applying on behalf of. Please name any other individuals from your cultural group who would be interested in coordinating plans for next year’s celebration of your culture, and their title or affiliation, if appropriate.
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Please list any local organizations that would assist you in supporting this project.
Name of Organization
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Contact person
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Phone Number
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Email
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Name of Organization
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Contact Person
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Phone Number
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Email
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Opening Ceremony Programming
The coordinating committee will help you produce the opening ceremony event by providing the facility and stage management assistance. We look to the cultural group’s project coordinators to provide the master of ceremonies, performers and presenters, and to invite key community leaders (for example, Consul General representative). Past opening ceremonies have included activities including song, dance, music, cultural skits, costume shows, short films/travelogs about the culture and more. Please share any ideas you have for the opening ceremonies.
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Other Programming
Please describe several cultural or educational programs you would coordinate to support the project. Popular programs in the past have included dance and/or musical performances, games nights, historical lectures and cooking demonstrations. Include information such as program titles and descriptions, the intended audience (adults, children or families), and the names/titles of suggested presenters.
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Selected Literary Texts
The libraries and schools will work with the cultural group to select an adult fiction book that will be the key component of Coming Together. We welcome any suggestions you have for specific books. Criteria to consider: a) text must provide historical and/or cultural insight to someone unfamiliar with your community; b) Book should be of an easily readable length and available in paperback; c) The selected book must have a living author who is able to travel to Skokie and give an author talk.
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They will also select an appropriate book for middle school readers and one for elementary age children. We welcome any specific suggestions you have for book titles.
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Outreach and Promotion
Please describe how you will encourage your community to participate in Coming Together events. If available, please include the names of specific media outlets that serve your community and their contact information.
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