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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.

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:  https://www.tcpride.org/
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 www.artinthehollow.org

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 karindupaul@comcast.net or call 651-776-0550

April 29: Community Garden Kick-Off Event

Kick off the gardening season noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 29 with the Inver Hills–Metro State Community Garden and Orchard, at Inver Hills Community College, 2500 80th St E, Inver Grove Heights.

There will be gardeners of all ages marking plots and starting to plant seeds.

Volunteers Needed

Looking for a great cause in which to donate your time?  Volunteer with the Boys Totem Town Community Garden Event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 20 at the Boys Totem Town, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, 398 Totem Rd, Saint Paul.

Help youths plant vegetables and fruit trees, and learn about environment, sustainability, and “green” healthy practices for the future. The event is open to community members and families.  Prepare for the weather with hats, sunscreen and water.  For more details, contact August Hoffman at:  august.hoffman@metrostate.edu.

 

Campus Security Reminders

At Metropolitan State University, it is essential to be informed and aware of how to stay safe while on campus.  Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  1.  Call for escorts or walk with others, choose well-lit and direct areas at night and remain alert; walk confidently and purposefully.
  2. Park in the Ramp and if you notice any suspicious behaviors on or around campus, or are a victim of a crime, please immediately notify safety staff or call 911.
  3. If confronted, make firm but non-challenging statements of your interests. If you believe you are in jeopardy, leave for somewhere safe.

Below are contact phone numbers for campus safety officers:

Main campus Safety Cell:            651.775.0444
Safety Desk:                                651.793.1717
Library Safety Cell:                       651.775.0715
Ramp Safety Cell:                       651.368.4297
Ramp Safety Desk:                      651.793.1730
Student Center Safety Cell:            651.775.6724

If you have any questions or concerns related to an incident or other safety interests, please contact the Safety Office.

Come see the puppet show!

tuckerMetropolitan State’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship and the Dayton’s Bluff Branch of the Saint Paul Public Library invite you to attend The Driveway Tour Puppet Show performance of Tucker’s Robot. This family-friendly puppet show is about a boy named Tucker, his time-traveling robot and his friend Todd. Other activities include face painting, ladder ball, pillow case races, water balloon toss and more!

This event is Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at the community labyrinth outside the Library and Learning Center, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul. The performance starts at 7 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets. For more information contact Katherine Gerwig, library services, at katherine.gerwig@metrostate.edu or 651-793-1634.

Registration open for ninth annual Jerry Cotton Memorial Golf Tournament

This September marks the ninth annual Jerry Cotton Memorial Golf Tournament at the Emerald Green Golf Course in Hastings, Minn. Every year, this golf tournament helps raise money for the Jerry Cotton Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship. Since 2009, 12 Metropolitan State students from the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice have received this scholarship.

The golf tournament is Sunday, Sept. 13 and is open to all Metropolitan State faculty, staff and students, as well as the public. The schedule of events for the tournament is as follows: Continue reading Registration open for ninth annual Jerry Cotton Memorial Golf Tournament