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WE BUILD CULTURALLY INFUSED COMMUNITIES

Global Lounge is at the forefront of thoughtful cultural preservation, education, integration and the promotion of cultural awareness by harnessing the power and beauty of diversity for individual and community development. ♥

As the City of Boise’s 2017-2019 Cultural Ambassador, Global Lounge serves as honorary representatives to the world for the City of Boise and promotes diversity through cultural activities across all genres of creative arts and entertainment, exhibitions, workshops, mentorships and networking.

Global Lounge, a 501(c)(3) non-profit was established in Boise, Idaho in 2006.

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Board and Special-Ops Heros

Dayo Ayodele

Founder and Executive Director

"We have so much to learn from each other, and I love working through the universal language of the arts to find ways to bring people together. Global Lounge is that catalyst . It's the place where we have fun while also celebrating the many paths that have led each of us here."

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Girish Cherussery

Board President

I have witnessed the unexpected friendships and connections that are grown from seeds of interaction and sharing of traditions. That's what it's all about!

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Nikele Wood

Board Vice President

Global Lounge works to foster an inclusive and strongly cohesive community; a place we are all proud to call home.

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Donna Kovaleski

Director Community Outreach and Communication

"Global Lounge creates the space and the means where we can all come together to celebrate the traditions, stories and arts of Idaho's many-cultured people. I support Global Lounge because I love to see the magic that happens when people develop new friendships and discover commonalities. Global Lounge builds bridges across generations and Idaho's diverse cultural communities!"

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Maya Duratovic

Board Member

"Global Lounge gives organizations a platform for sharing their culture which helps our community learn about different ways of life and creates a more tolerant society."

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Bonnie Pfaff

Board Treasurer

"I am honored to work with an organization that spotlights cultural awareness and appreciation for the diversity within our community."

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Marcus Tam

Board Member

"I have lived in many places and feel a strong connection to the people of Idaho. I support Global Lounge because building positive and culturally rich communities is an investment we can enjoy today and for years to come."

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David Lupien

Board Member

"I am thrilled to add my energy to any organization whose goal is to celebrate the beautiful variety of human culture. Global Lounge fulfills a vital role in Idaho, drawing together the surprisingly diverse peoples who have come to call this place their home, and in doing so, have created a rich blend of art, music, dance, craftwork, and cuisine that all Idahoans can be proud to celebrate."

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Mike Burkett

Board Member

I am a big fan of the things Global Lounge does and what the organization brings to Idaho. They bring the community alive with the music, food and fun that truly represents the people who call Idaho home.

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Dr. Waj Nasser

Board Member

"I support Global Lounge because I love our community and want to see people from all manner of backgrounds find their place here. As a physician who treats new Americans from all over the world, I know first hand the importance of supporting and promoting diversity in all its forms."

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Nick Flores

Board Member

"I’m proud to support Global Lounge: the organization plays an important role by celebrating diversity and promoting cohesion within our community.”

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Ceci Salvador-Richardson

Board Member

"Richness and tolerance are gained in a community by welcoming, understanding and including other cultures and traditions. The city becomes more powerful and vibrant. Global Lounge’s efforts, makes all these possible in Boise. That is why I am thrilled to be part of GL."

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Jill Weigel

Cultural Curator

Jill does it all! Marketing, partnerships, cultural curation and so much more. General force of nature in making good things happen and bringing art and people together.

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Joy C. Kopp

Cultural Reporter, Writer, Blogger

Joy Kopp captivates readers with Notas de 35° S, a vibrant essay series about Uruguay, South America, a little-known paradise on the South Atlantic Ocean. In 2017, after a 30-year career in media and communications, she and her husband moved to Punta del Este, Uruguay, where she began writing about the experience of living in a foreign country. Be transported by her words, see through her eyes, as you read about this country’s rich culture and life-ways.

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