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“Together We Grow” is a vibrant view and a soulful experience made of ceramic and glass mosaic enhanced with painted interludes on an oft graffiti-“marked” but nondescript stucco wall at Bloomington Avenue and Lake Street’s northwest corner.
In any language–“Together We Grow” (Eng.), “Ensemble Nous Grandissons” (Fr.), “Wir Gemeinsam Wachsen” (Ger.), “Sammen Vi Vokser” (Nor.); “Wadajir Baan Ku Kornaa” (So.), “Juntos Crecemos” (Sp.)–it encompasses the creative energy of 300 people making their “mark” –each knowing “your footprints are the path and nothing else,” and creating a new reality for the most neighborhood in the state while clearly stating to all others the that dynamic power of art emboldens the steps of individuals and to unifies the steps of a community.
It is a highlight of the four year-old Semilla (seed) Project of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (15th Av and 28th St.) and the inauguration of “Phillips Avenue of the Arts” which is a rebranding-of-the-community initiative and expose’ of arts linking community groups, business and residents together visually.
The mural was dedicated Saturday, October 26th, heralding the work of many school children–including from the Autism Spectrum Program at Andersen Community School–senior citizens, families and block clubs who learned mosaic techniques and created the 1400 square foot mural on the La Mexicana building.
Patrick Cabello Hansel, co-pastor of St. Paul’s says, “Phillips Community is blessed with incredible diversity and talented, courageous people. Giving people tools to create beautiful art together also empowers them to work together to build community.”
Semilla Project has completed 19 murals —from garage murals done with neighbors to combat graffiti, to two large scale mosaic murals on Andersen School and placed over 30 mosaic flower planters throughout the community.
By Antonio Machado (26 July 1875 – 22 February 1939)
Everything goes and everything stays
but our fate is to pass
to pass making a path as we go,
paths over the sea,
I never pursued glory,
or to leave on the memory
of the men,this my song:
I love the subtle worlds,
weightless and gentle
like soap bubbles.
I like to see them paint themselves on sun and crimson,
fly under a blue sky
shudder suddenly, and break…
I never pursued glory.
Traveler , your footprints are the path, and nothing else.
Traveler, there is no path. A path is made by walking.
A path is made by walking,
and in looking back one sees
the trodden road that never
will be set foot on again.
Traveler, there is no path, but wakes on the sea…
Some time ago on that place
where today the woods dress in brambles
the voice of a poet was heard shouting
¨Traveler, there is no path. A path is made by walking”.
Blow by blow, verse by verse…
The poet died far from home
and is covered by the dust of a neighboring country.
As he went away, he could be heard crying,
“Traveler, there is no path. A path is made by walking”.
Blow by blow, verse by verse…
When the robin can no longer sing,
when the poet is a pilgrim,
when praying is no more of use.
Traveler, there is no path. A path is made by walking.
Blow by blow, verse by verse (Bis, x3)
Read more at http://lyricstranslate.com/en/caminante-no-hay-camino-wanderer-there-not-path.html
THE ARTISTS: of the “Together We Grow” Mural. Read by the author at the Mural Dedication Saturday Oct. 26
By Patrick Cabello Hansel
Jesse’s hat is near as old as the street itself,
and Greta’s pants have more paint than pant to them.
Claudia’s had her daily dose of mate,
and Vicky has on every piece of clothing she owns.
They’re all on the wall today, and tomorrow
will be joined, maybe by Lizete, or Sandy,
or Blanca or Leon or Ron or Kestrel or
Fatima or Rafael or Marcela
or any one of a cast of thousands, seen and unseen.
They are making a wall shine.
They are making a street sing
Behind each tile is a story, broken
and cemented one to another: a journey
across the desert, a land stolen and chopped
into squares, a child who cannot speak
but can touch the sky with her dream.
Behind each stone, a fingertip.
Behind each fingertip, a prayer.
Walls hold people in and weather out.
Walls divide us from them, good
from evil, home from journey,
life from a life lived fully.
Go ahead. Touch a piece of
broken blue. See yourself
in the cracked mirror. Underline
your tongue with a word of “ah!”
This wall is your wall.
This wall is my wall.
This wall was made for you and me.
Alley Collaborated News
The Minnesota NFL football team opposes the Washington D.C. football team on November 7th..
The American Indian Movement says the term “Redskins” should not be used in connection with that game being played in a public facility, said movement national director Clyde Bellecourt. “We’re saying that the ‘r’ word is no different than the ‘n’ word,” he said. Seeing derogatory logos and hearing vicious taunts from fans “has a tremendous psychological effect on our children,” Bellecourt said. “Would they have a mascot here called Little Black Sambo? Oh, no.”
Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune wrote in 1992 “The Washington Redskins are the only big time professional sports team whose name is an unequivocal racial slur. After all, how would we react if the team was named the Washington Negroes? Or the Washington Jews? It is more than just a racial reference, it is a racial epithet.”
The Metropolitan Sports Authority has heard concerns about the team’s name in the past, and the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union issued a statement calling for the Vikings, the media and the authority to refer to the team as “Washington.”
By Sara Jean Barrett, ND
As the manager of Running Wolf Fitness Center I always want the Alley readers to get to know the wonderful people who come and volunteer their time and talent with our clients at Running Wolf. So this month I asked Dr Sara Jean Barrett, N.D to share her wisdom with you all. Dr Barrett is Naturopathic Physician and a regular presenter on health topics at Running Wolf Fitness Center and anyone who attends her sessions always wants to come again!- Connie Norman-Running Wolf Fitness Center Manager
Here is an excerpt from Dr. Sara Barrett’s blog: (used with her permission)
Fall is officially here! To gear up for the cooler weather let’s review some things you can do to make sure your immune system is going strong.
- Exercise: Once cold weather hits it can be tempting to hibernate on the couch. Make sure to keep up your exercise routine. Even doing a little yoga every morning alters your gene expression and helps keep you healthy!
- Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates: With cooler weather often comes carbohydrate cravings. Try to avoid consuming refined sugar and carbohydrates as much as possible. Sugar slows the action of your immune system. Instead when you need some carbohydrate comfort look to winter squash and whole grains which give you necessary nutrients to keep your body strong.
- Probiotics/fermented foods: One of our best defenses against getting sick is having a thriving flora living in our GI. If you enjoy fermented foods like kombucha, miso, tempeh, sauerkraut etc. eat up! If you aren’t into fermented foods make sure you are taking a probiotic supplement.
- Medicinal mushrooms: Maitake, shiitake, reishi, cordyceps the list goes on. All of these mushrooms are great at boosting your immune system. You can buy them dried at co-ops and add them to almost any dish. Sometimes I even find them fresh at farmer’s markets.
- Vitamin D3: Here in MN we must take vitamin D throughout the winter because with such little sunlight exposure we won’t make much on our own. A good source is cod liver oil. If you would rather not relive those childhood memories then pick up a supplement but make sure it contains all the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E & K).
By Sue Hunter Weir
Last month’s story was about a mystery marker that city staff found in one of the city landfills. They brought it to the cemetery thinking that’s where it belongs. It turns out that it did not belong to anyone who is (or was) buried in Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. The name on the stone was Mrs. F. Eaton. An unnamed baby was also listed on the marker. Two readers solved the mystery. Mrs. Eaton was Edith Dafoe Eaton, born in Canada around 1866. Her husband, Frederick F. Eaton was born in Maine in 1865. Edith and Frederick were married in Minneapolis in 1892. The baby’s birthdate (he was a boy) and death date are the same, March 12, 1893. Edith died one week later. She and the baby are buried in Crystal Lake Cemetery. Frederick remarried in 1895. He and his second wife had two daughters—their oldest daughter was named Edith. Thanks, and congratulations, to Lu and Phil for having solved our mystery. Our next step is to contact Crystal Lake to see whether Edith’s grave is marked.
Our other follow-up story is about the first screening of a film in the cemetery. The Spanish-language version of Dracula was originally scheduled to begin around 7:30 on October 2, 2013. Around 7:15, halfway through the cartoons and trailers, it began to rain lightly. Around 7:30 the wind came up and lightning and thunder rolled in. Since sitting under a flagpole and tall trees during a lightning storm is never a good idea, we postponed the feature film until the following week. Somewhere between 200 and 230 people attended the second showing. We had perfect weather and a great time. Think about it as going to a drive-in movie without the fuss and bother of a car. Taco Taxi, one of our great local businesses, was on hand with one of their food trucks. Keep an eye out for announcements about future screenings when the cemetery reopens in the spring.
Above: Gravestone of Seymour Fillmore “Died in Service” and buried in Memphis. Right: Monument honoring 189 members of the 9th Minnesota Voluntary Infantry who died in or from Civil War injuries and were buried in Tennessee.
By Sue Hunter Weir
Seymour Fillmore has a marker in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery even though he is not buried there. Mr. Fillmore was a private, a wagoner, in Company B of the 9th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted on August 21, 1862, three days after the Dakota Conflict began. His company spent the next several months in Minnesota, engaging in battles with the Dakota at Acton and Hutchinson.
In the fall of 1863, soldiers in the 9th were furloughed for ten days and had the opportunity to spend some time with their families. For Seymour Fillmore, it was likely the last time that he saw them.
He had been married less than a year when he enlisted. He and Annie Sully were married on 4 November 1861; the following year their only child, also named Annie, was born. She was four months old when her father enlisted and less than a year and a-half old when his regiment went South.
On October 8, 1863, Company B boarded the steamer Chippewa Falls and headed to Winona. At Winona, they boarded a train for Missouri. That winter the conditions were deplorable. The men were wet and sick much of the time. In May 1864, they left for Guntown, Tennessee, where in June they experienced a disastrous defeat. Eight officers and 355 enlisted men were killed, wounded or lost.
Sarah Larsson, SACM, Outreach Director
A new museum celebrating Somali culture and art has just opened on Lake Street.
The world’s only Somali Cultural History Museum used to be in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. In the last 20 years of war in Somalia, that museum’s contents have been scattered across East Africa and the world. Now this community-led project offers hope to the large Somali diaspora.
On the block between 15th Avenue and Bloomington Avenue on East Lake St, in a basement office suite, a group of Minnesotans has been working for months to fill rooms with camel bells, goatskin water jugs, and ancient wooden writing tablets. It is the first time a collection of Somali cultural artifacts has been assembled outside of Somalia, and it is a new gem of the Twin Cities’ cultural landscape.
The Somali Museum was founded by Osman Ali, a local entrepreneur. When Ali traveled to visit his family in 2009, he saw a change happening in Somalia.
“Everybody is moving into the cities now, and the culture is disappearing,” explains Ali. Instead of traditional handmade crafts, Ali saw most homes full of imported plastic goods. “I realized that in America, it an even bigger challenge,” he continued.
Spirit on Lake opened and celebrated the region’s first housing (46 units) built to serve older members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community and the new home of Quatrefoil Library, one of the few libraries in the country specializing in materials for GLBT patrons.
Spirit on Lake began due to the inspiration of GLBT Generations and the United Church of Christ congregation Spirit of the Lakes Church which had purchased and remodeled the Grossman Chevrolet auto body shop for a worship sanctuary, education center and meeting place.
The church decided to use the property to serve the broader GLBT community; GLBT Generations was delving into issues of aging for the first openly out generation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender elders. That originating focus made this project unique in the Upper Midwest. The drastic fluctuations in the housing market resulted in abandoning the original plans of a co-op housing ownership as many of the original enlistees lost their house equities.