Dayton’s Bluff Community Council is promoting the grand opening of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center. This is a three day event starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 11 with blessings from the community elders. The cultural center is the idea of Co-Executive Directors Mary Anne Quiroz and Sergio Quiroz.
According to their website, Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center is
“a collective of artists and organizations dedicated to building, supporting and cultivating opportunities for indigenous peoples and communities of color through cultural arts and activism.”
It grew as an extension of their dance and community circle called Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, which means Warriors of the First Cactus Flower in the Nahuatl language; and which both Mary Anne and Sergio Quiroz are teachers of.
Aiyana Sol Machado, the founder of Bomba Karaya Guey, a Puerto Rican dance group, stated that this cultural center is the first of its kind in Saint Paul. Machado feels that this cultural center is a space to incubate and co-create with other groups like Afoutayi Dance, Music & Arts Company – a company that promotes Haitian dance and folklore – Sicangu Rosebud Reservation – a Native American tribe from South Dakota, among others.
The grand opening of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center is a three day event starting on Thursday, May 11 with details as follows:
- Thursday, May 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. — An evening of sharing and listening with community elders; stories, poems, and words of wisdom.
- Friday, May 12, 6 to 8 p.m. — Prospección exhibit opening Mexican artist Emmanuel Sierra
- Saturday, May 13, noon to 4 p.m. – Cultural Youth Community performances
– 1 to 6 p.m. – East Side Get Down – Breakdance Battle
– 6 to midnight – Local and national artists, DJ Dance Music & Jam with Alma Andina
- More information about the event and the group can be found here.