Sunday, April 30, 2023

[Minnesota Rising Dispatch] April 2023

[#mnrising Dispatch] April 2023

With Mercury currently retrograde, annual snowfall records broken across the state, and an unprecedented four straight days of 80+ temps, April has signaled transitions of all sorts. As we prepare for American Indian Month in Minnesota and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month nationally, and mark three years since the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, may we recognize the ways our histories intersect and act to categorically impact how our destinies are bound up together. See this month's Dispatch for opportunities to connect, celebrate, and catalyze our communities throughout the month of May. 

2024-2025 Initiators Fellowship

The Initiators Fellowship is designed for idea and early-stage entrepreneurs in Greater Minnesota eager to tackle a social or environmental challenge while pursuing leadership growth. All ventures must have a home in the Initiators Fellowship’s 53-county and six native nations region. This program offers Fellows wrap-around support and guidance in their enterprise and leadership journey via individual support and a collective cohort format. The 2024-2025 Initiators Fellowship application will open on May 1 and close at noon on June 15. [Read more.]

AAPI Generations Conference

Theater Mu will host the AAPI Generations Conference May 19-21 at Park Square Theatre in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month along with Theatre Mu’s 30th anniversary. The event will include guests of honor David Henry Hwang, Amy Hill, and Mu co-founding artistic director Rick Shiomi. The opening plenary will feature University of Minnesota professor and Asian American theatre historian Dr. Josephine Lee discussing with Hwang, Hill, and Shiomi their experiences and the changes they’ve seen in Asian American theatre. Highlights of the weekend include a performance by TaikoArts Midwest and the New Eyes play-reading festival, Mu’s longest running tradition. [Learn more.]

2023-2024 Policy Fellows

The Policy Fellows program is one of the country’s most respected public affairs leadership experiences for emerging and mid-career professionals. Each year, approximately 35 leaders from government, business/industry, and nonprofit organizations from around the state are selected through a competitive application process. During the nine-month program Fellows from the Twin Cities area and across greater Minnesota come together as a cohort once a month and travel together to Washington, DC, for a multi-day study trip. The application for the 2023-2024 cohort is now open until Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm CDT. [Apply online.]

Doors Open Minneapolis

Doors Open Minneapolis, produced by Rethos, is your chance to explore the buildings that tell our city’s story. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis will give you a FREE behind-the-scenes look at 100 exciting venues. Caretakers at these sites will be providing unique experiences that illustrate why these venues, and the people and businesses that work in them, are such marvels. Avoid lines and pre-register! It’s free and will save you time at the event. [Read more.]

News from the Network

Updates and events with our esteemed partners and collaborators!

Nominate a Young Changemaker in Social Entrepreneurship
Social Enterprise Impact Showcase
Deadline: May 4

TC-BEN Presents "I Luv Game Night!"
Friday, May 5
6:30pm - 10:30pm

Learning from Place: Hmong St. Paul
Minnesota Humanities Center
Saturday, May 6
8:30am - 1:00pm

Founders Day 2023 & MVP Challenge Demo Day
Wednesday, May 10
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Carlson School

Entrepreneurs' Rally XI
Thursday, May 11
7:30am - 6:00pm
JW Marriott

St. Paul – Headscarf Story Circle: The Gift
Minnesota Humanities Center
Saturday, May 13
9:00am - 12:00pm

Minneapolis Fed
Doors Open
May 13 - 14
10:00pm - 5:00pm

Green Card Voices 11th Annual Gala: Becoming Neighbors 
Thursday, May 18
6:00pm - 9:00pm
International Institute of Minnesota

DEI: Transforming Social Media to Build Inclusive Digital Communities
Social Media Breakfast - Minneapolis/St. Paul
Friday, May 19
8:00am - 10:00am

Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) Annual Event
Wednesday, May 24
3:30pm - 7:30pm 
Shoreview Community Center

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month Festival
Edina Asian American Alliance (EAAA)
Saturday, May 27
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Rosland Park Edina

Sweet Success
YWCA St. Paul
Wednesday, May 31
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Allianz Field Stadium Club

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