A new project unveiled by Mayor Ethan Berkowitz at a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday celebrates Anchorage’s diversity. 

The “Eyes Closed” project seeks to promote cross-cultural understanding by telling the stories of Anchorage’s underserved children.

The project consists of 16 colorful 4-by-8-inch panels, each with a story and portrait of a child in Anchorage. They’ll stay in public places around the city for at least a year.

There’s also a short film that will premiere at November’s First Friday.

The ribbon cutting kicked off Anchorage’s Welcoming Week, which is an annual nationwide event raising awareness about the benefits of welcoming immigrants and refugees.

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