Community Calendar – December 2023

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Ongoing
Waite House Middle School Programming
Join our Middle School Programming! We will be offering tutoring services and craft making workshops. We will be doing tab bracelet’s, candles, piñatas, plastic earrings and other projects. Drop-off transportation is provided within 1 mile-radius of Waite House. Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30pm-6:30pm. For more info, email: Kaycm@pillsburyunited.org. Waite House, 2323 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For info, see: puc-mn.org/waite-house.

Ongoing
Reading tutors needed for AIMS
Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit that mobilizes communities to provide students with proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level. Community-based volunteers are trained to use our accessible curriculum while building a one-on-one relationship with their student(s). We work exclusively with students of elementary age, kindergarten through 5th grade. We are presently serving students of the American Indian Youth Enrichment program, an after-school initiative hosted between 3:30-4:30pm Mondays and Wednesdays in the American Indian Magnet School in Dayton’s Bluff, Saint Paul. If you would like to be a tutor contact: kalju.maegi@readingpartners.org or lara.posner@readingpartners.org.

Ongoing
Call for Native Artists
Native American artists, performers, and culture bearers looking for opportunities to exhibit, enhance, or share their artistic talents and cultural knowledge are invited to apply to the Cultural Programs offered through THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® at the Crazy Horse Memorial in S.D. Applications for the 2024 season are coming soon. Programs include: Artist in Residence, Gift from Mother Earth Art Show and Sale, Talking Circle Speaker Series, Living Treasures Indian Arts Cultural Exchange, and Daily Cultural Performances. For info, see: https://crazyhorsememorial.org/the-museums/cultural-programs-opportunities or call 605-673-4681, ext. 286.

Thru Dec 31
We Are Still Here Art Show
“We Are Still Here” features Native artists from across Turtle Island, “We Are Still Here” brings to the fore the life, histories and politics of what it means to be Indigenous in the 21st Century. Artists featured in this year’s show include Jennifer Adams, Armond Antonio, Tamara Aupaumut, Racquel Banaszak, Aiyana Beaulieu, Carly Bordeau, Jamie Z Brown, Awanigiizhik Bruce, Shaun Chosa, Robert DesJarlait, Kent Estey, Gidinatiy Hartman, Madeline Hernandez, Rayshele Kamke, Chanti Manon-Ferguson, Niki Pico, Abby Sunde. Tammy Villegas, and Sam Zimmerman. “We Are Still Here” Opening Reception 6-8pm. For info, see: http://www.friedliartsgallery.com.

Thru Jan 13
Aabijijiwan Ukeyat yanalleh Exhibit
Aabijijiwan Ukeyat yanalleh is a collaborative exhibition from artists Karen Goulet (Ojibwe) and Monique Verdin (Houma). Karen and Monique are sisters of the same river, connected by the planetary lifeforce known as the Misi-ziibi (Big River, Ojibwe) near the headwaters in the north and remembered as Misha sipokni (Older than Time, Chata) in the coastal territories of the southern Delta. All My Relations Arts, 1414 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://nacdi.org/events/aabijijiwan-ukeyat-yanalleh-opening-reception.

Thru Jan 14­
In Our Hands: Native Photography, 1890 to Now
Enter into the vivid worlds of Native photography, as framed by generations of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Native American photographers themselves. Presenting over 150 photographs of, by, and for Indigenous people, “In Our Hands” welcomes all to see through the lens held by Native photographers. Organized by a council of primarily Native artists, scholars, and knowledge sharers, in partnership with Mia curators, this sweeping exhibition traces the intersecting histories of photography and diverse Indigenous cultures from the Rio Grande to the Arctic Circle. Beautiful, complex, and surprising, these artworks celebrate the legacy of groundbreaking photographers and their influence on the medium today. General Admission $20; Contributor Member+ Free (additional tickets $16); Youth 17 and under Free. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://new.artsmia.org/exhibition/in-our-hands-native-photography-1890-to-now.

Thru March ‘24
The Lyrical Artwork of Jim Denomie
The Minneapolis Institute of Art will survey Jim Denomie’s expansive artistic career in The Lyrical Artwork of Jim Denomie. This exhibition surveys the artist’s singular vision and signature style over the second half of the artist’s career, from 2007 to 2022. Jim Denomie (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe, 1955–2022) drew inspiration from lived experiences, pop culture, Anishinaabe traditions, and American histories to tell compelling narratives that depict his experiences of being Native in America. The exhibition examines Denomie’s creative process, tracing his ability to transform inspiration into monumental artworks. Free. MIA, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis. For more info, see: https://new.artsmia.org/exhibition/the-lyrical-artwork-of-jim-denomie.

Thru Oct 2025
Reframing Our Stories
Witness the resilience and strength of Minnesota’s Native communities through stories reframed by their own words, experiences, and perspectives. From a decades-old box of photographs simply labeled “Indians,” came the idea for a powerful new exhibit. Inside the box were dozens of pictures of Native community members, organizations, activities, and events that are relevant today. Now in the hands of Indigenous community members, those photos have new meaning. As part of the Our Home: Native Minnesota exhibit, Reframing Our Stories showcases the strength and resilience of Native people and inspires audiences to learn about the past, present, and future of these communities. Native community members get in free. Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul. For info, see:  https://www.mnhs.org/historycenter/activities/museum/our-home/reframing-our-stories.

Thru Dec 17
A Christmas in Ochopee by Montana Cypress
New Native Theatre presents A Christmas in Ochopee by Montana Cypress (Miccosukee), directed by Julia Rosa Sosa. Ever wanted to spend Christmas in the Everglades? Join us for this rollicking comedy this winter! Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are all pay-what-you-can and are available using QR code. Red Eye Theater, 2213 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis. For info, see: www.newnativetheatre.org or boxoffice@newnativetheatre.org.

Dec 6
Alison Hiltner and Prerna
Join AMRA as we welcome artists/curators/installers Alison Hiltner and Prerna for a visionary workshop on gallery design and installation. Bring images, videos, or drawings to share a specific installation challenge you have with your practice, and Alison Hiltner and Prerna will share their problem-solving processes with you. Get hands-on experience in gallery design & installation and learn what it takes to turn a blank wall into a visually appealing exhibition space. All are welcome. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. 6-8 pm. All My Relations Arts, NACDI, 1414 E Franklin Ave, #1, Minneapolis. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/expanding-the-blank-wall-tickets-769718397447

Dec 7
Community Vaccine Clinic
There is still time to get a Covid-19 shot. 4pm to 7pm. Pre-registration is encouraged, call 612-724-0023. Little Earth Gym, 2501 Cedar Ave, Mpls.

Dec 7
Reading and Celebration with Erin Marie Lynch
Join us for a reading and conversation with Erin Marie Lynch and Halee Kirkwood to celebrate Erin’s debut collection, Removal Acts. Drawing its title from the 1863 Federal Act that banished the Dakota people from their homelands, this remarkable debut collection reckons with the present-day repercussions of historical violence. Through an array of brief lyrics, visual forms, chronologies, and sequences, these virtuosic poems trace a path through the labyrinth of distances and absences haunting the American colonial experiment. Erin Marie Lynch is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the U of Southern California. 7 – 9pm. Birchbark Bizhiw, 1629 Hennepin Ave, #275, Minneapolis. For info, see: https://birchbarkbooks.com/pages/events.

Dec 7
Mary Kunesh and Jaspar Lepak
Sue Scott’s Island of Discarded Women: Joining Sue for this show is special guest Mary Kunesh, a Minnesota State Senator who is a champion of racial and gender justice. The first indigenous woman to serve in the Minnesota Senate, Mary is the chief author of the Equal Rights Amendment bill, working tirelessly to enshrine the ERA in our State Constitution. Her legislative focus on Native American issues, education achievement and economic security is influenced by her personal experience as a once struggling single mom with 3 kids and 25 years as an educator. Joining this show as the musical guest is Jaspar Lepak a folk/Americana songwriter. Dinner and cocktail seating and service begins 1 hour before showtimes. 7:30 – 9pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Crooners Main Stage, 6161 Hwy 65 NE, Mpls. For info, see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sue-scotts-island-of-discarded-women-with-mary-kunesh-and-jaspar-lepak-tickets-742580477197.

Dec 7, 14, 21, 28
Gigibaaga’adowewin
Join the Fond du Lac Language Program and FDLTCC for baaga’adowewin (traditional stick lacrosse) on Thursdays this winter from 5pm to 8pm in the FDLTCC Gym, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, 2101 14th St, Cloquet, MN. For info, see: https://fdltcc.edu or email taylor.warnes@fdltcc.edu.

Dec 7, Jan 4
Recovery Is Happening
We are a sustainable grassroots Wellbriety Movement that provides culturally based healing for the next seven generations of Indigenous people. 7 – 8pm. We meet at the Recovery Is Happening Rochester Community Center, 25 16th St NE, Rochester, MN. For info, see: https://recoveryishappening.org/event/wellbriety-movement-meeting/2023-12-07.

Dec 8, 9
Indigenous Intergenerational Winter Holiday Market
Blue Hummingbird Woman, Native Youth Arts Collective and Indigenous Roots are cohosting this holiday market event. Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, 788 E 7th St, St Paul. For info, see: https://indigenous-roots.org.

Dec 8, 9, 15, 16
Holiday Craft Kick Off
Home crafters will be selling their goods. Come by for xmas gifts and to support local artists and makers. 10am to 4pm each day. Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Building (front room), 1308 E Franklin Ave, Mpls. For info, call Jacque at 612-747-5247.

Dec 9
North Star Voices: Endurance and Identity
Alexandera Houchin is an Ojibwe woman who has won numerous cross-country national bike tours including becoming the first woman to win the Tour Divide, which is the country’s most grueling, off-pavement, self-supported cycling race that straddles the continental divide. Join Alexandera as she discusses her hopes to increase representation of Indigenous people in all spaces, including in parks and on trails everywhere. You’ll hear her share her story as an unexpected athlete, her drive for shattering barriers and becoming a young biking champion. 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul. Free, but RSVP requested to reserve seating, at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-star-voices-endurance-and-identity-tickets-732376025407.

Dec 11 (deadline)
Minnesota Humanities Center Funding
The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) is extending the current grant opportunities deadline to December 11 for the following grant lines: $8 million in Cultural Heritage for humanities organizations & individuals, to create programming and educational opportunities; $750,000 in Capacity building for small non-profit humanities organizations, to assist with grant writing and fundraising; $2.2 million in Children’s museums for children’s museums to provide education, outreach, and programming; and $300,000 in Civics organizations and programs to provide and conduct civics education programs to youth. For info, see: www.mnhum.org or contact Laura Adams, at: laura.adams@ mnhum.org.

Dec 12
Native American Storytelling with Hope Flanagan
Join us for an enchanting evening of Native American storytelling as Seneca Elder Hope Flanagan shares her captivating tales and wisdom. Immerse yourself in rich cultural heritage as Hope weaves tales passed down through generations. Through her captivating stories, she will transport you to a world filled with ancient wisdom, legends, and traditions. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the power of storytelling firsthand. 6am – 7pm, Friedli Gallery and Studio, 943 7th St, West St Paul. For info, see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-american-storytelling-with-seneca-elder-hope-flanagan-tickets-759089756897. If you can not join us in person, join on Zoom at: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86537238741?pwd=GeyF8SzcQL4MiCndmb4wiLPHfkokxM.

Jan 6
American Indians & the American Dream
History Forum In-Person: American Indians & the American Dream presents Kasey Keeler. In her groundbreaking history of the urbanization and suburbanization of Native communities in Minnesota, Kasey Keeler shows how American Indians have navigated the intersection of federal Indian policy and federal housing policy to access homeownership, particularly in the suburbs. From the Homestead Act of 1862 to the housing bubble of the early 2000s and today’s Wall of Forgotten Natives, Keeler offers new ways to think about histories of place and placemaking for American Indians here in Minnesota and highlights the contradictions and limits of the ever-alluring “American Dream.” Keeler (Tuolumne Me-Wuk and Potawatomi) is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a joint appointment in the Department of Civil Society & Community Studies and the American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program. She is author of American Indians and the American Dream: Policies, Place, and Property in Minnesota. She received her PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. 10am and 2pm. $16. MHS, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul. For info, see: https://cart.mnhs.org/86745/86752.

Jan 7
Okizi (To Heal) Call for Artists
All My Relations Arts invites artists to participate in the group exhibition, Okizi (To Heal). All American Indian artists are welcome to apply. All works must be original and can be 2D, 3D, video, or performance. Okizi (To Heal) is a partner exhibition with the American Swedish Institute in response to their upcoming traveling exhibition, Arctic Highways: Unbound Indigenous People. A common theme of these dual exhibitions as the meeting of two Indigenous peoples is the healing impacts of cultural revitalization. While efforts were made to separate Native peoples from their spirituality, language, and cultural knowledge and traditions, Okizi (To Heal) will highlight the revitalization efforts that reconnect this generation and future generations to our language, land, and culture as a means of healing from historical and generational trauma. Deadline is Jan 7, 2024. For info, see: https://allmyrelationsarts.org/opportunities/calls/okizi-to-heal-call-for-artists.

Jan 19 (deadline)
ArtsHERE: New Grant Initiative
ArtsHERE: A New Grant Initiative from National Endowment for the Arts is now Accepting Statements of Interest. These grants range from $65,000 to $130,000 and support projects focused on equity, community engagement, and increasing arts access. 501(c3) organizations and federally recognized tribes just need to submit a simple statement of interest by Jan.19, 2024. ArtsHERE supports organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to equity within their practices and programming and have undertaken consistent engagement with underserved groups/communities. Grants are for specific projects that will strengthen the organization’s capacity to sustain meaningful community engagement and increase arts participation for underserved groups/communities. To learn more, see: ArtsHERE.org.