Culture Creates Community: Rethinking Cross-Cultural Spaces

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A conversation with EastHUB and Ethnic Heritage Council’s friends and allies about creating cross-cultural spaces and collaborations

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EastHUB, in partnership with the Ethnic Heritage Council, invites all EHC member organizations, friends and collaborators to a community forum "Culture Creates Community: Rethinking Cross-Cultural Spaces and Collaborations"

With the technology and construction boom happening in Seattle and the Eastside, we have recently seen a great influx of people making this area their home. These include immigrants and their families from across the world and the United States. They are workers, students, homemakers, and retirees who all bring with them great cultural and ethnic diversity. There is a very clear need for creating welcoming spaces that enable cross-cultural conversations and programming to bring communities together and cultivate a sense of belonging.

Join conversations with leaders, share your own community needs, experiences, and visions of intercultural and intergenerational dialogue through arts and culture, in order to better connect and amplify the voices of all ethnic groups in the Eastside and Seattle area.


Our special guests will share their experiences in leading local arts and culture nonprofits and generating vibrant collaborations to promote access, representation, and creative placemaking.

Otilia Baraboi, President, Ethnic Heritage Council and Executive Director of the American Romanian Cultural Society

Otilia Baraboi joined the Ethnic Heritage Council Board of Directors in 2019 and has served as Vice President prior to her election as President. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of the American Romanian Cultural Society, established in 2013. Baraboi has been managing the Romanian Film Festival in Seattle organized by ARCS and a community-based school for Romanian heritage students, as well as numerous other cultural and educational events taking place on the Eastside and Seattle area. Baraboi has a Ph.D. in French, with a focus on diaspora and unequal translation politics, and is currently an Affiliate Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages ​​and Literatures at the University of Washington. Before immigrating to Seattle from Romania in 2000, she was a writer, literary journalist and translator.

Valeriy Goloborodko, Honorary Consul of Ukraine, Bellevue WA

Valeriy Goloborodko was born and raised in Ukraine. In 2014 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine appointed Valeriy the Honorary Consul of Ukraine for Washington and Oregon states. Valeriy founded Goel Payment Solutions, a company that provides a full spectrum of electronic payment transferring services, and has functioned as its president and CEO since 2009. He also started the Ukrainian Business Association, which has merged with the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce for which he serves as a board member. Valeriy holds a Master's degree from Shevchenko University in Law and a Management Information Systems Bachelor's degree from International Christian University. He is president of the Pacific Ukrainian Society and a long-time advocate for a cross-cultural center in the Bellevue area

Daniela Ivanova, Artistic Director of the Bulgarian Heritage Center

Dr. Daniela Nyberg is an artistic director at the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle. She holds a Ph.D. degree in ethnochoreology (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), MA in Bulgarian Philology with specialization in folkloristics, MA in Philosophy with Culturologia minor (Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”), and a BA degree in choreography. Daniela taught various disciplines (including philosophy and ethnography) and conducted courses and lectures in several higher institutions. In the States, she teaches Bulgarian language and Bulgarian dance, organizes Bulgarian literature events, writes scientific and other texts, and presents at academic conferences and symposia (


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