In partnership with local institutions and organizations, we organize events, projects, and programs that emphasize the value in exploring our many cultures, religions, and ways of life.

Join Us at an Upcoming Event

5th Grade Essay Winners Honored

Date: June 4, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Wellesley Town Hall

5th Grade Essay Winners Honored

Winners of the 2019 World of Wellesley and Wellesley Public Schools 5th Grade Essay Contest will be honored at the start of the June 4th School Committee meeting. Join us in celebrating these elementary students and their winning essays on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Learn more about this annual essay contest.

Race Amity Day

Date: June 9, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Needham History Center & Museum

Race Amity Day

Come celebrate Race Amity Day, a celebration of diversity and mutual understanding. This wonderful FREE family event includes poetry, music, storytelling, and more—children of all ages are welcome!

Why Race Amity? Race relations in America will not substantially improve unless the public discourse on race moves beyond the blame-grievance-rejection framework to one that recognizes and celebrates our ability to overcome racial prejudice through association, amity and collaboration. While the tradition of racial oppression was unfolding, a parallel tradition, largely hidden and poorly understood, was demonstrating some of the most positive qualities to be found in American history. This “other tradition” of close collaboration, amity and love has served as the moral and spiritual counterweight to the dominant tradition of racism that occupies so much of our national history.

Co-hosted annually with the Needham Diversity Initiative and Needham Human Rights Committee.

Film Screening & Discussion: The Doctrine of Discovery

Date: June 18, 2019

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room

Film Screening & Discussion: The Doctrine of Discovery

Join us for a community viewing and discussion of Sheldon Wolfchild and Steven Newcomb’s film ‘The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code.”

This film sheds light on how documents written during the fifteenth century influenced doctrines of “ultimate dominion” that are used against native nations to this day. The film is 60 minutes long. FREE and open to the public.

In partnership with Wellesley Free Library.

A Mridangam Recital by Inesh Vytheswaran

Date: July 13, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Wellesley High School

A Mridangam Recital by Inesh Vytheswaran

The Mridangam is one of the oldest Indian percussion instruments, that originated at least 2,000 years ago.  It is an art form that is passed on through generations from teacher to student (called Gurukula system).  It is expected that a student, discovers and learns by experience, which is very unique to this ancient art form. At this performance, Inesh will first have a short pure Carnatic concert. The second half will showcase how this instrument has been and could be adapted to world music like the Doumbec, Kathak & Tap dancing, Violin trio and so on. His recital will include performances  by Roopa Mahadevan, Anjna Swaminathan, Ashwini Vytheswaran, Jorge Villanueva, Kiyoshi Hayashi & team, and Anjali Nath and Ian Berg.

Light refreshments will be served during the break and dinner to follow after the concert.

Wellesley Community Gathering

Date: August 25, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Warren Park and Playground

Wellesley Community Gathering

This FREE event brings the entire Wellesley community together for fun, music, games and refreshments. All children and families who reside in or attend school in Wellesley are invited to join us. Meet new friends before the school year begins!

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Support Indigenous Peoples Day

World of Wellesley, together with other community members, invite you to participate in a community signature drive. Your signature would support a resolution being created and accepted, by the Wellesley Board of Selectman, for Wellesley to honor Indigenous Peoples Day and no longer recognizes Columbus Day, on the second Monday of October.

We as people who reside, work, and engage in Wellesley acknowledge this town is located on the traditional territory of the Massachusett People. Learn more about Native Land.

2018 Program Book

See our full calendar of events for the year along with notes about World of Wellesley from institutions across the town. Thanks to our sponsors for making this book possible and supporting all of our work!

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