Signs of seasonal shift abound: the start of the academic calendar year, temperatures of late dropping to fall-like weather, and the final days of the Great Minnesota Get Together. We’re reminded again that time is more cyclical than linear and and that the invitation awaits us to delve another layer deeper into our own growth and evolution. Check out the opportunities in this month’s Dispatch for ways to connect, reflect, and learn. And may you enjoy these remaining days of summer sunshine!
MSP Welcome Week: September 12-18
As part of MSP Welcome Week's second annual event series, a variety of partners will welcome thousands of people – newcomers, MSP lifers, and everyone in between – to our region through a series of events, meetups, and social campaigns. Here's how you can get involved in this year's celebration of new neighbors: -Attend an event or meetup: Browse the line-up of events taking place at a wide range of venues and watch for more events and details in the upcoming weeks! -Welcome someone new to town: Invite a new neighbor, family member, or coworker and share your experience using #MSPWelcome for a chance to win prizes. -Spread the word: How can Make It. MSP. reach more newcomers? YOU! Help us spread the word by promoting MSP Welcome Week across your networks. [Learn more.]
Wilder's Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) is a community leadership program for high school students to strengthen self-awareness, develop cross-cultural leadership skills, and to put skills learned into action in a multicultural and global community. In YLI, learning happens through active engagement, listening and doing, reflection, a mixture of small and large group activities, storytelling and peer mentoring. Attend the September 12 YLI Fall Open House to learn more and apply online by September 15. [Learn more.]
2019 Facing Race Awards
The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations invite you to celebrate the 13th annual Facing Race Awards, honoring Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas and Tuleah Palmer, two individuals courageously working to eliminate racism and its effects in Minnesota. The event will take place at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront hotel on Thursday, September 19 and will include a special performance by ShapeShift. This year's keynote speaker is Ruth Buffalo, whose election in 2018 made history as she became the first Native American woman elected to North Dakota’s legislature, overcoming an opponent who had passed a voter ID law that made it harder for Native Americans to vote. Register today to hear Ruth’s perspective on reclaiming the power of our stories and important role they play in equity work. [Learn more.]
Courthouse Murals - Call for Artists
Ramsey County Historical Society, on behalf of Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul, is issuing the following call for artists to create new artwork that celebrates the people and progress of Saint Paul. There are expected to be four pieces of art created and artists will be paid $3,000 per piece. Artists/Artist-led teams are hereby invited to submit qualifications to be considered as finalists for the creation of new art to add to the St. Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Courthouse council chambers. With this public art opportunity, RCHS seeks to diversify the voices engaged in the community’s public art presence. [Learn more.]
Our transition to a new month also means preparing for several new Minnesota state laws that go into effect on August 1. Learn more about the new laws passed during the 2019 state legislative session and visit the Department of Public Safety's website to equip yourself regarding the hands-free driving law. In like manner, it's never too early to start getting your taste buds ready for the Great Minnesota Get Together's new vendors and food offerings!
And knowing that the transition to autumn follows shortly after these key dates, take inspiration that summer is still presently in full swing. "In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance." -Jeanette Winterson. Stay cool, friends!
Mu Gala 2019
Theater Mu’s mission is to produce great performances born of arts, equity, and justice from the heart of the Asian American experience.You’re invited to Mu Gala 2019 (the biggest party of the year!) on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Mixed Blood Theatre to welcome new Artistic Director Lily Tung Crystal to the Mu Family, celebrate this season’s accomplishments, and take pride in the wealth of talent, people, and art in our community. Party highlights include mouth-watering Lao food from Soul Lao food truck, gourmet cotton candy from Spinning Wylde, Asian Art Silent Auction and, a special gala performance of the highly anticipated romantic comedy HOT ASIAN DOCTOR HUSBAND, the final production of Mu's 2018/19 season. [Learn more.]
Accepting RISE Fellowship Applications
New Sector's RISE Fellowship is a year-long premier professional development program designed for emerging leaders with up to 5 years of professional work experience. New Sector matches Fellows into full-time employment at one of our social impact partner host-sites, while also providing monthly professional development training, mentorship, and individual career coaching to support their long-term careers in the social sector. Fellows can also apply to gain access to New Sector's professional development if they are in existing social impact jobs. Apply by August 30th! [Read more.]
BIPOC Consultant Directory
After years of requests for BIPOC consultants focused on a wide variety of specialties, Nexus Community Partners decided to compile a directory so the public could easily find who they were looking for. This directory includes focus areas including Art and Social Change, Cross-Sector Partnership, Development, Leadership, Marketing, and many, many more. As it stands currently, the directory includes a large number of consultants, but they are always looking to add to the list! More information on how to submit your name is on their website. Next time your organization is searching for a consultant to bring in or to simply look at this amazing community resource, be sure and check it out! [Learn more.]
Mia Art of Inclusion Fellowship
The Art of Inclusion Fellowship is a year-long opportunity designed to strengthen the leadership pathway within art museums for identified populations who have been historically underrepresented: people of color and indigenous people. Art of Inclusion Fellows will join an operational division: Curatorial; Learning Innovation; or Media and Technology to gain deeper knowledge and valuable experience. Experience in the arts, museums, or academia is not required, and a fellow's academic background is not limited to art or a specific major. Deadline for applications: Friday, August 16. [Read more.]
This month’s solstice marked the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, with Ramadan, Juneteenth and Pride celebrations recognizing how far we’ve come and yet to go in terms of ensuring equity, safety, and beloved community for all Minnesotans. Summertime is the local season for festivals, parades, (and road construction, to be sure) and coming out together to share common space and experiences: take advantage of the time and intersections to cultivate and steward the social connections that create better health for each of us as individuals and for all of us together as a vibrant and interconnected community. Wishing you and yours warmth and a deep sense of belonging to this land of 10,000 lakes and to one another!
Apply for RaiseMN Campaign Institute
Applications are now open for the next RaiseMN Campaign Institute cohort, which will begin in September! The Institute, now in its third year, is a year-long cohort offering expert fundraising coaching and peer learning to small- and medium-sized nonprofits working to build their fundraising strategy and infrastructure. Through the Institute, nonprofits work to build their overall capacity for fundraising where they have the most need—anything from thanking donors, to choosing a database, to learning how to do an in-person ask—building sustainable fundraising based on their specific needs. The deadline for application and all supporting materials is Friday, July 12 at 5:00pm. [Read more.]
Accepting 2020 Citizens League Board Nominations
The Citizens League is a member-supported nonpartisan nonprofit organization that champions the role of all Minnesotans to govern for the common good and promote democracy. The Citizens League is governed by a volunteer board of directors, people with different backgrounds and ideologies who guide and direct the organization's work. The nomination period is now open for the 2020-2022 board term! Any current member of the Citizens League is eligible to be nominated for the Board of Directors. Nominations may be made either by another member of the Citizens League or by self-nomination. Submit your nomination by July 12! [Read more.]
Recruiting Cow Tipping Press Fellows
Are you—or do you know—someone who loves learning across cultural differences, is passionate about making the world a more equitable place, and isn’t afraid to get their hands a little dirty in the process? Applications to the second year of the mold-breaking, full-time, fully paid Cow Tipping Fellowship are now live. In the vein of AmeriCorps or New Sector, Cow Tipping Press will pair you with host organizations and coach you through a direct service experience this year’s Fellows have described as “beautiful and humbling” and “a huge learning curve—which is exactly what I wanted.” Apply by Monday, July 15! [Read more.]
Apply for YMCA Mankato Women's Leadership Program
Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 cohort of the YWCA Mankato - Elizabeth Kearney Women's Leadership (EKWL) program. The EKWL program, which is entering its 13th year, is a 10-month, gender-specific leadership development program for any woman that wants to invest in herself and her development. It runs from September 2019 until June 2020 and focuses on strength-based leadership, the creation of strong bonds between women leaders within the cohort, and skill building. Payment plans and partial scholarships are available. [Read more.]