Tuesday, January 31, 2023

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] January 2023

[#mnrising Dispatch] January 2023

Happy Gregorian Calendar New Year and Happy Lunar New Year of the Water Rabbit! The rabbit more than any other of the Chinese zodiac animals symbolizes luck, and has been described as waiting for an opportune moment and then leaping into action. Recognizing the disconnection, trauma, and grief our communities are experiencing with police-involved and community shootings locally and nationwide, may we see this as opportune moment to take action. In this month's Dispatch, find opportunities to connect with local community, uplift Black and Native voices and language, and grieve and laugh with Asian artists. Where possible, with support, find a way to turn your anguish to action.

2023 Move for America Fellowship Program

The Move for America Fellowship Program is a paid, immersive learning experience for emerging leaders to move across America's cultural, political, and geographic fault lines to live, learn, and serve. Fellows will serve in community-based organizations, build relationships, and learn about their host town. They will participate in professional development sessions, peer mentorship, and complete a capstone project designed to build the skills and habits to bridge divides through youth engagement. [Apply online.]

Audition Prep 101

Join Theater Mu artistic director Lily Tung Crystal and local artists Katie Bradley and Wesley Mouri as they offer insider knowledge, tips, and tricks about auditioning. This a la carte workshop series begins with a seminar discussing topics such as finding audition materials, seeking out audition opportunities, and how to present yourself in front of a panel of auditors. Next, sign up for one-on-one coaching sessions to hone your audition monologues and song selections. Finally, the series concludes with the opportunity to show off what you’ve learned by participating in a mock audition, after which you will receive feedback to help you in the future. Classes are made for BIPOC artists 16 years or older. [Learn more.]

Advocacy Accelerator Weekend

Calling for anyone who wants to make Minnesota better! Come together on February 18 and 19 with your community to advocate, activate and learn how to change laws and policies. Join the Center for Victims of Torture and partners at two sessions at Rondo Community Library to discuss strategies focused on the Minnesota legislature, building community power, and taking care of ourselves/each other during the process. ALL ARE WELCOME. No money, experience or education required. Open to the public, no-cost, with lunch and snacks provided. [Register online.]

Serving in Local Elected Office: A Citizens League Report

Throughout the summer and fall of 2022, the Citizens League sought out the voices and perspectives of those who have been asked to serve, those currently serving, and those running for local office (city council and mayor) in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis- Saint Paul) 7-County Metro area. This report is also offered as encouragement for those who would consider running for office at the local level, especially those who may initially say what could I bring to that role? Or even think that’s not for me. Perhaps it will be, someday. [Read the Report.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

The Great Northern Festival
January 25 - February 5

2023 St. Paul Winter Carnival
January 26 - February 5

Thursday, Feb 2
Augsburg University

Space for Grief: A Song Circle for Asian + Mixed Bodies
Friday, February 3
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Springboard for the Arts

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival
February 4 - February 5

Dakota and Ojibwe Languages Symposium
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council 
February 9 - 10
Grand Casino Mille Lacs

Capitol Pathways Social
Citizens League
Friday, February 10
4:00pm - 5:00pm
North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

Latine Hxstory and the Xican@ Pop-Up Book Movement
MN Humanities Center
Saturday, February 11
9:00am - 3:30pm

24th Annual Cherish the Children Traditional Powwow
Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center
February 11 - 12
Johnson Senior High School

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Peoples March
Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition
Tuesday, February 14
11:00am - 2:00pm
East Phillips Community and Cultural Center

Centering Voices of Color in Dismantling White Supremacy
YWCA Minneapolis
Thursday, February 16
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virtual (Zoom) 

Feeding Our Souls: The Essence of Black Joy
MN Humanities Center
Thursday, February 16
6:00pm - 8:00pm CST

The FAWK Intentional Hot Mess Show
Friday, February 24
9:30pm - 11:00pm

Race Against Racism 2K/5K
YWCA Minneapolis
Saturday, February 26
8:00am - 1:00pm
Minneapolis Sports Center

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