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Peekskill Pageants Attends the "What Matters!" Reception

What Matters! Project Organizer, Lana Yu poses with Arianna Memoli, Miss Cinco de Mayo Peekskill and Shay Nicolaysen, Little Miss Cinco de Mayo Peekskill
What Matters! Project Organizer, Lana Yu poses with Arianna Memoli, Miss Cinco de Mayo Peekskill and Shay Nicolaysen, Little Miss Cinco de Mayo Peekskill
On Saturday, January 11, 2014, Miss Cinco de Mayo Peekskill, Arianna Memoli and Little Miss a Cinco de Mayo Peekskill, Shay Nicolaysen attended the What Matters! Art Reception at the Beanrunner in Peekskill, NY.  The Art Reception was held in honor of a just completed mural of selected words that will be erected in the heart of Peekskill on Main Street in the Spring of 2014. Hundreds of people joined the artist organizer, Lana Yu to share what matters to them.  Ms. Yu hopes that when  the words are shared in a public forum it becomes a way for people to share their thoughts with one another and breakdown barriers of perceived separateness in our diverse world. The mural has the potential to transform the space and make it a nexus of community and connection. Won't you get involved? What matters to you?  For more information on the What Matters! project, please go to www.lanayu.net. Photos of the completed mural can be purchased at the Beanrunner Cafe for $20. Any images! photos or words in the show can be ordered as prints to take home. To order a print, please contact Lana Yu at 914-737-1141.  Many in the community have donated materials for this project. Lana is seeking donations to help fund the erection and installation of the mural. Information for tax deductible donations can also be made on the website, http://whatmatters.lanayu.net/donate/  If you can, please consider a donation.

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Lana Yu January 14, 2014 at 01:01 PM
I'm thrilled the Miss Cinco de Mayo's could be at the What Matters event! This project is all about bringing people of diverse cultures together as we are after all one people. I just wanted to note that any images, photos, or words of what matters at the art show or on the What Matters website are for sale by order to recoup the cost of sharing the show with the public. If you wish to order a print, please contact me at: 914-737-1141. Photos can be seen at: http://whatmatters.lanayu.net/
Lana Yu January 14, 2014 at 01:04 PM
The Making of What Matters This exhibit documents fifteen live events and the making of the mural. Contribute your words and pin them up as part of the show. Bean Runner Cafe Jan 5 – Feb 23, 2014 Artist Reception on Jan 11: 3-6PM 201 South Division St, Peekskill, NY Sun. – Wed. 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Thurs. 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Fri./Sat. 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Luis January 15, 2014 at 07:10 PM
How is having only Mexican Celebrating diversity? You need to include different ethnicities that live in Peekskill. Just even the diversity of the Spanish community isn't represented correctly.
Peekskill Pageants January 23, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Sir, we also have Miss Italia Peekskill and Little Miss Italia Peekskill. They unfortunately, could not make it to the event.
joshua tanner January 23, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Cinco de Mayo is a fake "holiday" trumped up by Corona and other beer makers to sell more beer. People in Mexico are incredulous that this became a big deal in America. All the "diversity" talk is rubbish as well since America is about transcending superficial culture nonsense and discovering higher principles of that make people more common and not fractured up by if they eat burritos or fish and chips. I also dont want people breaking in illegally and then crying about their culture needs. Stay home if thats important. If millions of Americans broke in to Mexico, Ecuador we would never hear the end of it from the people in those countries and the liberals types who seek ways to feel high about themselves even if it means flushing common senses and laws down the potty
Patty Villanova January 24, 2014 at 07:47 AM
Contrary to what Ms. Yu says, we are most certainly not "all one people." In Peekskill alone we have Italians, Irish, Ecuadorian, African, English, Chinese, you name it. And each of these ethnic groups has hundreds if not thousands of sub-groups, tribes or clans. You are perpetrating a myth by claiming that somehow we are all the same, never have been, never will. On the other hand, it is certainly desirable and expected that we behave with civility and mutual respect for one another. Our cultures are very old, our traditions very rich. Let's not forget it.

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