Ethnic Diversity & Culture
Celebrating Acre Diversity
On June 9, CBA joined our community friends and partners for a wonderful celebration unveiling the Acre's newest public art project – a mural covering on the steps of the newly renovated North Common amphitheater. This wonderful community mural depicts the word "Welcome" in a multitude of languages, representative of the Acre's proud and diverse neighborhood.
The unveiling was the highlight of “In the Acre”, the signature neighborhood event for the COOL (Cultural Organization of Lowell) 2012 Discover Lowell series, celebrating and featuring all the richness this diverse keystone neighborhood has to offer.
In 2011 CBA joined with ACTION (Acre Coalition To Improve Our Neighborhood) and other community partners – the City of Lowell, Western Avenue Studios and Youth Build - to revitalize the amphitheater, located across from the Transfiguration Church.
Chinese New Year and Cambodian New Year Celebrations
Each year, CBA celebrates the Chinese New Year in February with traditional food, customs and a Chinese Lion Dance, and a community-wide Cambodian New Year in April. In collaboration with the National Park Service, Light of Cambodian Children, Casey Family Services, Lowell Alliance, Lowell Community Health Center and the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA). the Cambodian New Year celebration features cultural activities, a blessing from the Buddhist monk, singing and dancing.
Annual National Park Tour
For the past two summers, CBA has partnered with the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) and the Lowell National Historical Park to plan a boat tour for Khmer members of CBA. In learning the story of Lowell, members have ridden the LNHP trolley, visited the weaving room at the Boott Mill and the mill girls exhibit at the Mogan Cultural Center. One of the goals of the program is to educate our immigrant members about Lowell's rich history of immigrants, who have overcome hardships and obstacles to become successful members of the community. CBA is also working to create a program for Latino members,