Spring Grove Area School District hosts a FREE annual Diversity Festival to showcase and celebrate the diversity represented in our community. The entire community is invited to attend the festival to learn from each other and our differences, to experience an inclusive and welcoming environment, and to help break down barriers in our society.
Each year, a keynote speaker addresses the attendees to share personal experiences, challenges, and success. The District has been honored to host several notable keynote speakers: Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith, President of York College; Mr. Adnan Pasic, VP & Sr. Commercial Loan Officer/Lancaster Market Executive with ACNB Bank; U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Jonathan A. Yuen; Mr. Darrien Davenport, Executive Director of Multicultural Engagement at Gettysburg College.
2022 Diversity Festival
Sponsored by the Spring Grove Area Educational Fund
April 13, 2022 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Spring Grove Area High School
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM:
- Cultural and diversity stations showcasing organizations and members of our community
- Free food samples
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM:
- Keynote Speaker - Dr. Richard White
- Performances by students and local organizations
Volunteers for Cultural and Diversity Stations Needed
Spring Grove Area School District is looking for people and organizations to host stations from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the 2022 Diversity Festival. Join us in our efforts to share and create cultural awareness in order to develop an understanding, respect, and value for all members of our community.
Those hosting a station will engage others in inclusive conversation, may offer cultural food samplings, offer diversity-related materials and information, display cultural/diversity-related items or art, etc. There is no cost to host a station.
If you are interested in hosting a station, please complete the Interest Form by April 1st.
2022 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Richard Antoine White
Inspirational Speaker, Professor, & Principal Tubist
With over two decades of performing on the world’s classical music stages, tubist Richard White has matured into a musician known for his clear sound and stylistic flexibility. Author of the memoir I'm Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream, he began his tuba studies with Ed Goldstein at age twelve at The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts, where he graduated with honors. He then went to the Peabody Conservatory of Music to study with David Fedderly (Principal Tubist, Baltimore Symphony) where he received his Bachelor’s degree. On the advice of Mr. Fedderly, Richard traveled to Indiana University to study with the legendary Professor Daniel Perantoni. He continued his studies there receiving both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees becoming the first African American in the world to receive a DM in Tuba Performance.
For 7 years, Dr. White held the position of Principal Tubist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and from 2011 until today, he is the Principal Tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic in addition to being principal tubist of The Santa Fe Symphony. Richard enjoys teaching at the University of New Mexico, where he is a Professor of tuba/euphonium. Dr. White has performed with the Canadian Brass Quintet, Indiana University Faculty Brass Quintet, New Mexico Symphony Brass Quintet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Sphinx Symphony, Chineke Orchestra, Spoleto Music Festival U.S.A., Music in the Mountains, a summer festival located in beautiful Durango, CO, and many others. Dr. White is an Adams and Conn-Selmer Artist, and performs exclusively on these instruments.
Prior to moving to New Mexico, Dr. White was one of the top freelance musicians in the Indianapolis area, where he recorded with such greats as movie film composer John Williams, Cincinnati Pops conductor Eric Kunzel, and the late great wind ensemble conductor Frederik Fennell. Throughout his musical and educational career development, Dr. White has had a passionate interest in motivational speaking. That dream has recently materialized itself with the launching of the documentary RawTuba. Sharing inspirational thoughts and philosophies that have motivated Dr. White has taken him to Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe, South East Asia, and across the United States of America.
Diversity Festival Videos