LSS and the Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls began integrating programming in October 2022. Joining forces has allowed LSS to strengthen existing relationships in the community, working towards the goal of making Sioux Falls and South Dakota a welcoming community for individuals and families from all backgrounds.
"Since October, we've successfully integrated our interpreting and translating services as well as our workforce development program," said Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen, LSS President and CEO. "We've become more efficient, which allows us to do more outreach through the MCC and gain a better understanding of the needs of the community."
One of the major ways the MCC connects with the community is through its annual Festival of Cultures, which is a free, family-friendly day of live entertainment, food trucks, education, and kid's activities. This June will mark the first Festival of Cultures since the MCC's transition to LSS.
"The Festival of Cultures was created to recognize and celebrate the rich cultural diversity that continues to grow in our city. LSS is excited to be a part of that, and grateful for the partnerships that help make the event as wide-reaching and engaging as possible," said Kiesow-Knudsen.
This year, LSS is partnering with Levitt at the Falls to provide a centralized space for people to learn, celebrate and share.
The 26th Annual Festival of Cultures presented by First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard will take place on Saturday, June 10 in downtown Sioux Falls. Patrons will enjoy live ethnic music, dance, and art while learning how to make traditional food and crafts. Activities take place between 10 am-3 pm in the south parking lot of Levitt at the Falls, and the event will cap off with a Levitt concert by Chilean artist Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna at 6:30 pm.
"There's a really wonderful lineup this year, and so many activities. It's a great event for families," said Kiesow-Knudsen. "We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the day with us!"
For more information on this year's Festival of Cultures, including a schedule of events, visit Festival.LssSD.org.
LSS responds to changing needs in South Dakota communities. Our mission: Inspired by God's love, we care for, support and strengthen individuals, families, and communities and believe in the vision that all people in South Dakota will be healthy, safe, and accepted. LSS is one of the largest private non-profit human service agencies in South Dakota serving people of all ages, faiths, races, and economic statuses with professional, confidential, and affordable services statewide.