Friday, December 31, 2021

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] December 2021


[#mnrising Dispatch] December 2021

And the end of one of the longest years in recent memory draws upon us. 2021 was full, and brought us individually and collectively: hardship and happiness, loss and gifts, frustration and clarity, stubbornness and growth. As you reflect on how much has shifted in your own world and all around us, may you find peace, health, and hope in the coming year. To that end, we'll share these resources and others in this month's Dispatch for you and yours to take good care and keep connected:Wishing you each every good thing in 2022!

Apply to VoCul School Chef Training

Don't miss your chance to be a part of VoCul, a 14-week specialized paid vocational training program with a farm-to-school focus that teaches the foundational techniques and skills necessary for a successful culinary career. The VoCul School Chef Training (VoCul for short) is a program of The Good Acre, a nonprofit food hub. If you are 18+ and interested in joining the ranks of skilled culinary professionals working in area public schools and other food service kitchens across the Twin Cities, consider applying to join the next cohort which starts at the end of February 2022. Apply by January 7th, 2022. [Learn more.]

Just Tech Fellowship

The Social Science Research Council seeks applicants for the inaugural cohort of its Just Tech Fellowship. The Just Tech Fellowship supports and mobilizes diverse and cross-sector cohorts of researchers and practitioners to imagine and create more just, equitable, and representative technological futures. Fellows will identify and challenge injustices emerging from new technologies, and identify solutions that advance social, political, and economic rights. Fellows receive two-year awards of $100,000 per year, robust supplementary funding packages to subsidize additional expenses, and seed funding to work on collaborative projects with other Just Tech Fellows. Expression of Interest due January 2. [Learn more.]

Art Shanty Projects 2022

Art Shanty Projects is a four-weekend winter art festival on a frozen lake in the Twin Cities. Artists create temporary structures and interactive, engaging art experiences and performances, turning a barren, frozen lake into a vibrant, colorful winter village. Art Shanty Projects will be back on the ice of Bde Unma / Lake Harriet on weekends from January 15 - February 6, 10am - 4pm. All projects are open-air. Audio describers and ASL interpreters will be onsite every festival day from noon to at least 3 p.m., and kicksleds are available to borrow for those who need them for transportation and accessibility. [Read more.]

The Wild Gift Fellowship

Wild Gift selects a group of environmental entrepreneurs for a fellowship rooted in wilderness-based programs that develop leadership and business skills while building a lifelong support network. Fellows receive a: guided 3-week deep wilderness backpacking trek (in Idaho or Utah); 10-week virtual fellowship (weekly 2-hour sessions) with business and leadership workshops designed to support venture and fellow development; virtual and/or in-person celebration with Wild Gift donors and our broader network; lifetime membership in the vibrant Wild Gift network that includes alumni, mentors, and supporters​ The 2022 spring fellowship application is now open. The deadline is January 15 at 5pm PST. [Learn more.] 

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times (Session 1 of 4)
Minnesota Humanities Center
Thursday, January 6
4:00pm - 5:30pm |

The Time Is Now to Put Minnesota Children First: A Conversation in Rochester
Rochester Diversity Council and Rochester Community Initiative
Tuesday, January 11
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Minnesota Grantmakers 2022 - Statewide and Twin Cities
MN Council of Nonprofits
Thursday, January 13
10:00am - 1:30pm

Racism 101
Thursday, January 13
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Sip N Tip
That's Their Dream
Thursday, January 13
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Park Tavern

History Revealed: We Are Meant to Rise
More Than A Single Story
Thursday, January 13
7:00pm - 9:00pm
East Side Freedom Library

Redistricting and Racial Equity Impacts Workshop
YWCA Minneapolis
Thursday, January 20
11:30am - 12:15pm

The Great Northern Festival: Learning From Place Bdote
Sunday, January 30
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] November 2021

[#mnrising Dispatch] November 2021

Daylight Saving Time ended this month, having us "fall back" to Standard Time. The twice annual clock adjustments are one issue upon which our split legislature could come to bipartisan agreement during the most recent legisltaive session. As daylight continues to diminish while we count down the days to the Winter Solstice in Minnesota, may you and yours find light and warmth in opportunities for connection, honored traditions, and celebrating recent and upcoming holidays including Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hmong New Year, and more!

Culture Bearers Fellowship

The McKnight Foundation and the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center of St. Paul have partnered to launch the first-ever McKnight Artist Fellowship for culture bearers. The McKnight Culture Bearers Fellowship will support three culture bearers who practice sacred and healing lifeways and share cultural art practices across generations. Fellows will receive a $25,000 unrestricted award and public recognition in support of their cultural practice. Additionally, fellows receive: Professional development support, including a stipend to honor mentors/teachers; Participate in a network of culture bearers in Minnesota Access; to Indigenous Roots facilities and resources; Honored and recognized at gathering ceremony. [Learn more.]

Archiving Sacred Spaces Fellowship

The George Floyd Global Memorial (GFGM) is offering a new Archiving Sacred Spaces Fellowship. This advanced fellowship is a one-year, full-time position in Minneapolis with a salary of $52,000 to begin on January 1, 2022 and end December 31, 2022.The goals of the program include advancing the skills of an individual for an on-going or potential career in library science, supporting the preservation work at the George Floyd Global Memorial, and with the support of the Executive Director, research and writing an article on the intersection of archiving and the sacred for publication. Apply by December 10. [Learn more.]

Submit an idea to RSDP

The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) advance the environmental, economic and social sustainability of Greater Minnesota through authentic community-University partnerships that co-create innovative solutions and fulfill the University's land-grant mission. Do you have an idea to improve sustainability in your community? The statewide project application period takes place from January 1 to February 14 each year. Ideas can be submitted any time, but many funding decisions for the year are made following this statewide application period. Start the conversation by reaching out to the Executive Director in your region, or by submitting an Idea Brief online. [Learn more.]

Lead for Minnesota Fellowship

The Lead For Minnesota Fellowship is a launching pad for a lifelong commitment to public service in a community that Fellows call home. Great candidates want to serve the community, or communities, that helped make them who they are. This begins with a one-year AmeriCorps Service term where Fellows are placed within a local organization (e.g. nonprofit, government, service-minded organization) to serve in a full-time, paid position addressing critical community challenges. During the Fellowship, all Fellows receive five weeks of leadership and community-building training. [Read more.] 

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

2021 Rural Minnesota Equity Summit
UMN Extension
Wednesday, December 1
7:30am - 1:00pm

Enterprise Rising Conference 2021
December 1 - 2

MN Humanities Center Event Center Open House
Thursday, December 2
11:30am - 2:00pm

Panel Discussion + Networking
Board Repair
Thursday, December 2
4:00pm - 6:00pm

St. Cloud – Write on Race
MN Humanities Center
Thursday, December 2
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Person of the Year Celebration
Twin Cities Business
Monday, December 6
5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Gift of Culture – Minnesota’s Cultural Destinations
MN Humanities Center
Tuesday, December 7
7:00pm - 8:00pm

From Othering to Belonging
Institute for Nonprofit Practice
Wednesday, December 8
11:00am - 12:30pm

Disability Justice Film Series: Vision Portraits
Wednesday, December 8
Coffman Memorial Union

PowerTalk: When We Fight, We Win!
Thursday December 9
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Black Girls Tea - Wellness, Self-care, & Justice for Black Women & Girls
Saturday, December 11
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Ramsey County Maker Teen Activity
Ramsey County 4-H
Wednesday, December 15
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Maplewood Library
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Sunday, October 31, 2021

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] October 2021

[#mnrising Dispatch] October 2021

A palpable change is in the air as we transition into the month of November and anticipate Election Day 2021, All Saints' Day, El Día de Los Muertos, Veterans Day, and the conclusion of Daylight Saving Time over the coming weeks. These dates of remembrance urge us to reflect and honor the past even as time changes and the chance to elect new decision-makers call us to move forward toward the future we want to create. Early voting concludes November 1 and Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Learn more at the Secretary of State's website about casting your ballot this week for municipal and school board elections across the state of Minnesota. #GOTV

Sip N Tip Financial BINGO with LOCUS

LOCUS is partnering with That's Their Dream and Social Wise Media during 2021 Minnesota Global Entrepreneurship Week for a Sip N Tip event. Sip N Tip is an opportunity to network and meet other like-minded individuals. The goal with Sip N Tip is to foster a collaborative, social environment to teach and discuss how to implement all things pertaining to financial literacy. Please join on November 11th, 2021 from 6-8pm at Punch Bowl Social for Financial BINGO with prizes! [Read more.]


Global Entrepreneurship Week is coming to Minnesota! Global Entrepreneurship Week is a collection of tens of thousands of activities, competitions, and events aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a company. This November 8-14, GEW 2021 will rally almost every nation in the world to empower their entrepreneurs and encourage their citizens to become starters - finding new and better ways of doing things. SocialWise Media is coordinating a week of events tailored for startups and small businesses in Minnesota this year. [Learn more.]

Give To The Max Day 2021

The Great Minnesota Give Together is just around the corner, with early giving starting on November 1st! Give to the Max is a statewide outpouring of support for thousands of nonprofits and schools across Minnesota. This year's Giving Holiday is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, but you don’t have to wait to support the causes that mean the most to you. Early Giving begins November 1, so search for your favorite nonprofits and schools and make a gift! [Learn more.]

Writing for Social Change

Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute announced their latest children’s book writing competition: Writing for Social Change. The contest will be for a 300-word children’s picture book for reading ages 4 to 8. Manuscript submissions can be fiction or non-fiction. The contest is open to Minnesota residents of African American heritage that are 18 years of age and over. Submissions must be received by Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000, 10 copies of their published book, and will be honored during the annual PPGJLI community celebration. [Learn more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Women's Leadership Conference 2021
YWCA Mankato
November 2 - 4

Asian American Leadership Summit
NAAAP Minnesota
November 3 - 4
11:00am - 1:30pm

NAAAP Virtual Career Fair
Thursday, November 4
2:00pm - 5:00pm EST

Equity Summit IV: Strategy. Action. Change.
Saint Paul Area Chamber
Tuesday, November 9
7:30am - 2:00pm

Racism and the Economy: Focus on Financial Services
Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota
Tuesday, November 16
11:00am - 1:00pm

Inside the Pandemic: A Candid Conversation with Dr. Michael Osterholm & Andy Slavitt
Thursday, November 18
11:30am - 12:30pm

TwentyPho Hour PlayFest 2021
Theater Mu
Saturday, November 20

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] September 2021

[#mnrising Dispatch] September 2021

This month’s Solstice and the Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival call our attention to earth’s seasonal transitions, reminding us that even as we acknowledge that the bright long days of summer have passed and anticipate the cold dark period leading us toward year's end in the northern hemisphere, our job as always is to be here now. In the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, see the YWCA Minneapolis' list of Hispanic and Latino/a/x/e Businesses and Organizations to Support and the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs' (MCLA) efforts to highlight Latino Minnesotan leaders, stories, and issues. ¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Latina 2021!

Springboard for the Arts Opening Celebration

You're invited to celebrate the opening of Springboard for the Arts' new space in St. Paul! Join in to experience public art installations, the community hall, outdoor green space and rain garden, and artist-led activities! This opening celebration will have two components – tune in on Friday, October 1, 3-4pm Central, for a virtual celebration, or join in person at 262 University Avenue West in St. Paul for a celebration on Saturday, October 2, 1-5pm. [Learn more.]

Apply now: Pro bono Research for Organizations Serving Culturally Specific Communities

Wilder Research is inviting applications from culturally specific organizations to provide pro bono research and evaluation. This work will support culturally specific organizations’ needs by providing useful, actionable research and evaluation services at no cost. Does your organization need research and evaluation assistance to inform your work? Apply by October 15, 2021. [Apply online.]

Virtual Board Recruitment Fair

Calling All Black, Indigenous, & People of Color! Add your perspectives and talents to strengthen nonprofit organizations in Minnesota. Come meet over 100 organizations with board of director openings face-to-face. Board Repair will provide the virtual platform, the organizations, and info to help you prepare – all you need to do is chat with orgs that pique your interest to see if you both want to pursue a relationship. [Read more.]

It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race

Join YWCA Minneapolis at the 19th Annual It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race to hear from writer, speaker and internet yeller Ijeoma Oluo (Eee-joh-mah Oh-lou-oh). She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, “So You Want to Talk About Race,” and most recently, “Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America.” She was named to the 2021 TIME 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. This year's virtual event takes place on Thursday, October 28. [Register online.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Mid-Autumn Mini Film Festival
The SEAD Project
Friday, October 1
7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Northrup King Building

People's Movement Assembly – Reimagining Public Safety as Asian Americans
Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice
Saturday, October 2
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Regional Economic Conditions: Frontline Workers' Perspectives
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Thursday, October 7
9:00am - 9:30am

CEO Chat: Tonya Allen
MN Council on Foundations
Thursday, October 7
10:00am - 11:00am

St. Cloud – Write on Race
Minnesota Humanities Center
Thursday, October 7
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Cultural Education Forum: The Art and Traditions of Días de Muertos
Saturday, October 9
9:30am - 11:30am

Spotlight Series: The Military and the Role of Citizen Soldier Thursday, October 14
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Online & Northrop

Conversations on Aging Well
AARP + Pollen
Tuesday, October 19

StPL Wellness Market
Tuesday, October 19
12:00pm - 6:00pm
Treasure Island Center

Learning from Place: Días de Muertos on Lake Street
Saturday, October 23
9:00am - 12:00pm

The Strength and Curse of Community Organizing
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, October 27
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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