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About Our Destination Series

The VCAC created the Destination Series in 2016 to immerse southern Kalamazoo county in another culture through arts, tradition, storytelling, and food, increasing global awareness and understanding. Our audiences have "visited" Ukraine, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, rural America, Scandinavia, and most recently Venezuela.

A variety of art exhibits, cooking demonstrations, hands-on crafts, games, literary works, authentic meals, live music, and panel discussions have infused the community with knowledge and a deeper appreciation for these cultures.

Our next Destination, planned for the Fall of 2022 will be the fascinating country of Japan. We hope you can join us on this next journey! In the meantime, click below to learn about our most recent Destination Program, Venezuela.

Destination Venezuela: Culture Amidst Crises

Located in northern South America, Venezuela has a rich culture and long history. Despite its abundant oil reserves, Venezuela is in crisis. Many factors have precipitated a massive migration of nearly five million of its 30 million residents. In this Destination Program, the VCAC shares Venezuela's culture surrounding Venezuela's crises and the United States.

We are grateful to Natalya Critchley and her husband, Claudio Mendoza for their tireless support in developing and executing Destination Venezuela. Claudio expresses his love and hopes for the future of his homeland in Mangled Hopes

Destination Venezuelan


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The Venezuelan Tragedy:

Panel Discussion

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An Evening of Venezuelan

and American Poetry

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Destination Venezuela is dedicated to the people of Venezuela. Wherever you may be, we stand with you.

Destination Venezuela Summary Video

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