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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.

April 9: Multicultural Health Expo features healthy fun

The Metropolitan State community is invited to a Multicultural Health Expo, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., April 9, in the Great Hall, New Main, Saint Paul Campus. This event features fun activities for the whole family and free services, including:

  • Sleep/stress management workshop
  • Zumba
  • Tai Chi
  • Massages
  • Health screenings
  • HIV testing
  • Raffle prizes

Healthy foods from around the world are also provided. For more information, contact the Student Parent Center at 651-793-1568 or student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu.

Sponsored by the Student Parent Center, Student Senate and Inter Faculty Organization.

Representing the underrepresented: Multicultural Affairs

Being a college student from any community can be stressful—it takes a lot of work to stay on top of education, career and personal responsibilities. For some students from historically underrepresented communities, those challenges can be unique.

That’s where Santos Martinez, Multicultural Affairs director, BernaDette Suwareh, African American student success coordinator, and Renee Beaulieu-Banks, student success specialist, come in. Multicultural Affairs offers services to help eliminate barriers that may hinder or prevent underrepresented students from achieving academic success in their endeavors.

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