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To commemorate 100 years since Latvia declared its independence the
Kalamazoo Latvian Association is celebrating at Western Michigan University.
The weekend has received support from the Ministry of Culture of Latvia.



Saturday, March 24

At the Richmond Center for Visual Arts at WMU – Room 2008

  • 12:00 Registration
  • 12:30 Introduction
  • 12:45 – Mark Svede – Latvia Lately: Recent Contemporary Art and Its Institutions
  • 1:45 break
  • 2:00 – Linda Treija –Generations of Latvian Artists in North America:  Similarities and Differences
  • 3:00 break
  • 3:15 – Kārlis Vērdiņš – Queer and Transgender Representation in Latvian Émigré Literary Culture
  • 4:30 Lectures conclude

At the Kalamazoo Latvian Center – 100 Cherry Hill St.

  • 6:00 Cocktail hour
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • 7:30 Concert – Juris Ķeniņš, cello and Gunta Laukmane, piano


Sunday, March 25

At the Richmond Center for Visual Arts at WMU – Room 2008

  • 1:00 Juris Ķeniņš – You Probably Know a Latvian Musician
  • 2:15 break
  • 2:30 Pre-concert talk

At the Dalton Center – Recital Hall

  • 3:00 Concert – WMU University Chorale and University Symphony Orchestra



Signs for Those Seeking Light –at the Richmond Center – Rita Grendze’s art exhibition of Latvian tablecloth designs made from pages of books hangs in the atrium

Treasures of Latvia – at the Richmond Center – 15 Latvian companies working in the U.S. and 5 other “treasures” from  Latvia

Sharing our Stories: The Baltic Diaspora at Home in Canada – at the Kalamazoo Latvian Center – oral histories of Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Baltic German seniors on what it means to be Baltic, and the experience of migration and settlement




3 ways to pay for March 24 dinner and concert

  1. Pay online with credit card at Event Payment Page
  2. Mail in check payable to the Kalamazoo Latvian Association – Print Form
  3. Cash, check or charge at the door (preregistration is preferred)

Mail check to:

Kalamazoo Latvian Association
100 Cherry Hill St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49006



Maps to WMU and Kalamazoo Latvian Center



Parking for visitors to Western Michigan University is available for free on weekends in the Parking Ramp, but only in the W sections. They will ticket you for expired meters or parking in other areas.


From the second floor of the parking ramp there is a bridge that will take you right into the Richmond Center and it goes through to Dalton Center.



Kalamazoo Latvian Center

100 Cherryhill St
Kalamazoo, Mi 49006





This event was made possible by a generous grant from the Ministry of Culture from Latvia and the cooperation of the College of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University and the Kalamazoo Latvian Association.