Friday, August 22, 2014

Accepting Applications: Apply to be a 2015 Bush Fellow

It's a big question, but if you've got a big idea, consider sharing it with the world, starting with the Bush Foundation! The Bush Fellowship is accepting applications for its next round of funding to support innovative and inspired changemakers across Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Read on for more details and ready your world-changing idea for its initial debut!

Are You Ready to be a Bush Fellow?

A Bush Fellowship is both a recognition of extraordinary achievement and a bet on extraordinary potential. 

The Fellowship is distinctive in its flexibility, allowing Fellows to articulate what they need to become a better leader - whether through a self-designed  learning experience or an academic program. It provides them with the resources and support to make it happen.

Now is the time to act if you want to be a 2015 Bush Fellow or if you know of someone who'd be a great candidate. The application deadline is September 11 at noon Central.

Learn more at

We invest in great IDEAS and
the PEOPLE who power them.

Bush Foundation | 101 Fifth Street East, Suite 2400 | Saint Paul | MN | 55101

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You're Invited: Twin Cities Women's Choir Fall Open Rehearsals

Got a song in your heart and just need to sing it? Join the Twin Cities Women's Choir at their Fall Open Rehearsals for a chance to belt out some beautiful tunes. TCWC is a non-audition choir, so all you've got to do is show up and sing!

We're preparing to kick off our 18th season, which means it's time for open rehearsals!
If you're wondering about singing with the women of TCWC, come to an open rehearsal, where you audition us. Try it out and see how you like it!

Wednesday, August 27 and September 3
Calvary Lutheran Church, 3901 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis

Remeber, we are non-auditioned. All you have to do is show up! See you soon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You're Invited | CAAL PowerTalk: What's Culture Got to Do With Power?

The Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) invites members of the diverse ethnic groups in the Asian Minnesotan population to explore issues of culture and power. The second in the series of CAAL PowerTalks, What's Culture Got to Do With Power? will feature the stories and insights of Yvonne Cheung Ho and David Mura. Register today or spread the word about this exciting series that is connecting emerging and experienced leaders!

CAAL PowerTalk: What's Culture Got to Do With Power?

Culture is an important aspect of leadership. As Asian Americans, we count culture among one of our inherited assets; but, culture is also created within our cities, companies, and neighborhoods. So,what's culture got to do with power? And, how does culture help create equity?
Join the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) for our second CAAL PowerTalk on Thursday, August 28 from 8AM - 10AM where we feature Yvonne Cheung Ho and David Mura. They will share their stories and thoughts about what culture has to do with power and equity.
CAAL PowerTalks is a series that connects emerging and experienced leaders, and begins to explore how we can build unity to advance our collective well-being. 
RSVP by August 22, 2014. Breakfast included in event.
David Mura

David Mura
Writer, Performer, Teacher
David Mura is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, fiction writer, critic, playwright and performance artist.  A Sansei or third generation Japanese American, Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was listed in the New York Times Notable Books of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity.  His other works include the novel, Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire, and four books of poetry, including most recently The Last Incantations.   He has received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, won the National Poetry contest, and received fellowships from the NEA, the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award.  Mura has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series, The Language of Life and the PBS series Alive TV.  He helped co-found the Asian American Renaissance, a Minnesota based community arts organization.  He has taught at the Stonecoast MFA program, the U. of Minnesota, the U. of Oregon, Macalester, Hamline, St. Olaf and VONA, a conference for writers of color.
Yvonne Cheung Ho

President & CEO-retired, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA)

Yvonne Cheung Ho is the immediate past President and CEO of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), where she served for 21 years. Through her leadership, MEDA increased its programming and financial capacity by becoming: the host of the federally funded Procurement Technical Assistance Center in Minnesota, the operator of the Department of Commerce-Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, the operator of the MBDA Federal Procurement Center in Washington D.C., and a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
Yvonne has served on numerous boards, including the Minneapolis Foundation, GREATER MSP, North Memorial Healthcare, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, The Children’s Theatre, Junior Achievement Upper Midwest, and the GREAT Neighborhood! Development Corporation. Governor Dayton also appointed Yvonne to the Task Force on Small Business Capital AccessYvonne now serves on the Commission on Judicial Selection, and is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable.
Yvonne has received numerous recognitions, including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota, the 2012 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership from St. Mary’s University, and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Career Achievement Award.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Yvonne immigrated to the United States in 1972 where she received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.

About CAAL PowerTalks 
From July through October, CAAL will host monthly PowerTalks with leaders to facilitate networking, and to create space for emerging and experienced leaders from across sectors, generations, and diverse ethnic groups in the Asian Minnesotan population to explore what it means to build unity and cohesion to advance the shared priorities of the population. On November 15, 2014 CAAL will host the Asian American Leaders Forum, where all leaders will be invited back to help us shape the future.
Future Events:
  • Late September: 3rd CAAL PowerTalk,
  • October 27: 4th CAAL PowerTalk,
  • November 15, 8AM - 1PM: Asian American Leaders Forum

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

You're Invited | The Arts: The Lifeblood of Culture

Torch Community invites you to their annual Arts event "The Arts: The Lifeblood of Culture." Featuring Jeff Prauer of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, you'll hear about the impact of the arts on our economy and community while sitting inside the beautiful Cowles Center space. Register today to learn how the arts serve as the lifeblood of our culture!

The Arts: The Lifeblood of Culture

Tuesday, August 26th

5:30-8:00 PM

The Cowles Center

Learn how the arts serve as the lifeblood of our culture and community through a thought-provoking discussion. Jeff Prauer, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, will talk to us about his experience and the impact of the arts, both in terms of economy and cohesion. Gain perspective by exploring ways to get involved and support the arts, regardless of skill or background. The event space has been provided by James Sewell Ballet at The Cowles Center. Discover how arts connect us to the community and meet new friends along the way.

Tweet or Facebook us with #ARTSLifeblood hashtag for pre-event excitement.
Event Details


The Cowles Center, James Sewell Ballet
528 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN



5:30 Networking
6:00 Program
7:30 Networking



$10  Early
(Ends August 19)
$15  Regular Price
$20  At The Door

Program Info


Jeff Prauer

Executive Director of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council



The Arts: The Lifeblood of Culture

Learn about the vibrancy of the arts in our community and how it connects us to our culture.



Corporate Sponsors

Wells Fargo, Thrivent Financial, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Community Sponsors
Hennepin Theatre Trust, The Walker Arts Center, Zenon Dance

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Monday, August 18, 2014

To return

Copyright: panupong1982 / 123RF Stock Photo 

"We change not to "get better" but to return to who we were all along." 
-Sheryl Paul
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