Category Archives: Events

June 2: ‘Magia Salvaje’ to screen at Film Space

The Open Screen Film Series presents the Columbian film “Magia Salvaje” in cooperation with Integración Cultural Colombiana en Minnesota, the International School of Minnesota, Global Minnesota, and Metropolitan State University.

The free screening will be at 7 p.m., June 2, at Film Space auditorium, Founders Hall, Saint Paul Campus. Representatives from Integración Cultural Colombiana en Minnesota will discuss with the audience  the award-winning success and cultural impact of “Magia Salvaje.”

Experience the amazing creatures and landscapes of Colombia through a new lens. Colombia “Magia Salvaje” is an ambitious documentary that explores the country’s natural wonders and unique biodiversity. Through stunning cinematography, the film takes to the audience to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, to the Island of Malpelo, follows the tracks of the Lost City in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and accompanies a condor’s flight in El Cocuy. A tribute to the beauty of Colombia, “Magia Salvaje” covers 85 locations and 20 ecosystems. It’s a must-see for adventure seekers and lovers of this natural paradise.

For more information about Film Space, click here.

May 26: “No Blood of Mine” free screening and Q&A with writer, director Wesley Ellenwood

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Watch a free film screening of the neo-noir mystery No Blood of Mine followed by a discussion with writer and director Wesley Ellenwood and cast member Larry Yazzie (Meskwaki Nation of Central Iowa).

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, May 26
Location: Film Space, Founders Hall
Free parking for this event is available in Metropolitan State University’s ramp.

Synopsis: The story follows Victoria, a young businesswoman, who accepts a loan from a North Dakota gangster. When her Williston business fails, she flees under the cover of darkness back to her hometown of Duluth, Minn. After a reunion with her wealthy biological father, he meets an untimely demise. An investigation follows, led by the clever Detective Rennie Dupree (played by Larry Yazzie) and his rookie partner Officer Mark Sorenson. Victoria must decide between joining the gangster or face incriminating evidence linking her to the murder.

No Blood of Mine was shot entirely on location in Duluth, Minnesota. More than 75 percent of the cast and crew are from Duluth or the Twin Cities.

This screening is part of an Ordway community engagement series, Oyate Okodakiciyapi: a unique celebration of Native music and dance, guided by Community Coordinator Christal Moose (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) and an advisory council of Native and Indigenous community leaders. For the full list of happenings, including performances, exhibitions, conversations, and workshops, click here to visit The Ordway’s website.

The event is presented by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with Open Screen Film Series at Film Space, Metropolitan State University. “Open Screen Film Series” is funded in part through a Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

May 31: Resume and job search workshop

Are you currently looking for a new job? Do you need professional advice to spruce up your resume? “Who you gonna call?” Ok, no need to answer that last question. But if you answered any, or all, of the previous two questions with an emphatic ‘YES!’ then Career Center is here to help.

Metropolitan State University’s Career Center is hosting a Resume and Job Search Workshop on the Saint Paul campus.

This event is just in time for graduating seniors and students who are preparing to embark on a job search, or for students who are looking for a professional advice to spruce up their resumes.

The workshop is a great way to learn about the current “best practices” in resume development, and some of the most effective ways to go about looking for a job with a special emphasis on networking. You will leave with a specific action plan and hopefully, renewed energy.

WHEN:   4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 31
WHERE: Metropolitan State Saint Paul Campus, Science Building, SEC 115
FOR WHOM:  All majors, all minors, grad students and alumni
QUESTIONS: Contact Career Center at 651.793.1528


May 16: Library Game Nights continue through summer

The Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center on Saint Paul campus will continue Game Nights through summer.

Game Night features classic and modern video game consoles and games, board games, food and music. The event is free and open to students, staff, faculty, and the public. Snacks are provided.

Game nights are from 4 to 7 p.m., each third Tuesday of the month  at the first-floor lounge of the library.

May 11-13: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center grand opening

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.

May 17: Career Opportunities in Commercial Real Estate

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The Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative (CREDC) connects motivated students to prospective internships, networking events, informational interviews and job shadows. From 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, at Metropolitan State’s Student Center, Room 101, on the Saint Paul Campus, representatives from the CREDC will present great career opportunities and details about careers in development, capital markets, lending, management, brokerage, city planning, and economic development.  Learn more about CREDC services at:



Wear business casual attire.  Arrive early.  Bring your questions.

Register TODAY because space is limited.
To register, CLICK HERE or visit
and select “Yes” under “Will you be attending?” 
To learn more about career development resources for Metro students, click here for the Career Center website, or visit us in Founders Hall, room 110. Don’t forget to ask about connecting with employers on Handshake.
If you have questions about this event, contact the Career Center at 651.793.1528 or
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June 24-25: Volunteer at Twin Cities Pride

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Join the Women’s and LGBTQ Student Resource Center in representing Metropolitan State University and Lavender Bridge, the LGBTQ student organization, at this year’s Twin Cities Pride Festival. The festival will be Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.
Volunteers are need to be present at the booth for  two-hour shifts. The resource center encourages first-time attendees to volunteer and experience the diversity, culture, information, festivities, and community that Twin Cities Pride engenders.  Past volunteers are also welcome to continue the tradition of representing Metropolitan State in the community. Be a part of a Twin Cities tradition of celebrating diversity, fostering inclusion, inspiring education, and creating awareness about issues that impact the LGBTQIA+ community.
Learn more about Twin Cities Pride, here:
Sign up for volunteer shifts using this link:
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June 3: Art in the Hollow

ArtInTheHollow2017FlyerFriends of Swede Hollow presents the annual Art in the Hollow 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 3,  at Swede Hollow Park, located just north of Metropolitan State’s Saint Paul Campus. 

This annual performing and visual arts festival will feature acts such as Mariachi Estrella, American Indian Magnet School Dances, Marilyn McGriff on Swedish Nicckelharpa and many more culturally-diverse performances as well as displays and sales of local artists’ work, arts activities, and a sculpture contest with cash prizes.  Art in the Hollow is a free, family-friendly event and a great way to enjoy a spring day in a beautiful urban park.

Artists and performers: There’s still time for artists to sign-up to participate ($15 fee) and for all kinds of musicians and performers to take the stage. Volunteers will help with set-up between 8am-10am.  To sign up or for more information, go to

Major support for this event is provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment, the McNeely Foundation, and private donors. To donate or pursue sponsorships, contact Karin DuPaul at or call 651-776-0550

May 16: East Side Volunteer Fair to connect community with volunteer opportunities

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at the East Side Volunteer Fair. The free event will be noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at 463 Maria Avenue in Saint Paul. The volunteer fair is hosted by East Side Elders, a nonprofit organization that serves seniors in the community. 400dpiLogo_2017_331x200.png

Attendees will enjoy free snacks and beverages, enter to win door prizes, and will meet with representatives from community organizations that serve the East Side of Saint Paul.

“This event is geared toward people who are looking for daytime volunteer opportunities. We are hoping that the event will attract retirees, stay at home parents, those who work from home, students with flexible schedules, and other community members,” said Kala Hotakainen, East Side Elders Volunteer coordinator.

Community organizations that will be in attendance include the Arlington Hills Community Center, East Side Lions Club, the Karen Organization of Minnesota, and the East Side Arts Council. Nonprofits are invited to apply for a free table at the event by contacting the organizers at