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“In Like a Lion” East Side Neighborhood Improvement Campaign

Jane Prince
Jane Prince

The Metropolitan State University community is invited participate in a new campaign, championed by Saint Paul Council member Jane Prince, Ward 7, which aims to gather input on what you would like to see in vacant lots and building near the Saint Paul Metropolitan State campus.

The “In Like a Lion” campaign uses the Hoodstarter platform to gather ideas and support from those that are most directly impacted by what happens on those properties. Please visit the website msp.hoodstarter.com and create a login (very simple: add your name and create a password) and browse the five properties on the East Side. Propose your own ideas, and vote for ideas proposed by others.

The campaign lasts until Monday, Feb. 5, so make sure your voice is heard.

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.

Aug. 13: 7th Street LIVE

Metropolitan State University takes pride in its diverse and thriving neighborhood and will again participate in the 7th Street LIVE festival.

7th Street LIVE is a neighborhood cultural art and musical festival to support and engage community, local artists and local businesses. The event is a demonstration of the richness of the East Side community. Festival-goers can sample foods from local international restaurants, learn about resources to help start business, sign their kids up for sports programs. Metropolitan State will sponsor a booth at the festival.

This year’s festival program features Maria Isa, The International Reggae All-Stars, Not Guilty Band, a Battle of the DJs, Battle of the Bands, and dance performances.

The festival will be noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at 895 E. 7th Street, Saint Paul. (East 7th Street between Minnehaha and Forest)

Help the Lower Phalen Creek Project

Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus is located near many important urban natural areas that provide beauty, pleasure and recreation for the people on the East Side.

1460137388684The Lower Phalen Creek Project group seeks input from university students and employees who use or are interested in frequenting Swede Hollow Park, Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary or other East Side or Lowertown natural spaces near the university’s campus on Dayton’s Bluff.

The survey results will be used to inform planning efforts to create greater connectivity and spaces that are natural, sustainable and accessible by multiple modes of transportation, in addition to protecting existing routes, parks and green spaces from being fragmented or excessive development.

The Lower Phalen Creek Project is a partnership of SaintPaul’s East Side and Lowertown neighborhoods, founded in 1997, with athree-part mission to redevelop the neighborhood’s assets, create green spaces and promote ecological health.

Specifically, the partnership seeks to:

  • Complete the redevelopment of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary as an ecological, cultural and educational resource and vibrant community asset.
  • Create and promote use of new trail and green space connections that link Saint Paul’s East Side to Lowertown and the Mississippi River and fill key local gaps in the regional trail system.
  • Improve the water quality and ecological health of our communities through rain
    gardens and other sustainability initiatives.

Access the survey to provide your input. Learn more about the Lower Phalen Project Group.

May 17: Listening Session on Transit Access and Equity

Hundreds of Metropolitan State students, faculty and staff rely on public transportation, as do many of our East Side neighbors. Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, in partnership with Student Senate and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, is bringing everyone together to identify transit-related issues and inform a strategy for improvements on the East Side of Saint Paul.

Be a part of the conversation and attend the Listening Session on Transit Access and Equity at 5–6 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, Student Center Room 101, Saint Paul Campus.

For more information, contact Dezmond Juan, lead community organizer, Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, at dezmond@daytonsbluff.org.