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The Phoenix Rises Again!

3.20b1 V41#1DSC_0389BY PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL

What do we look for when the sunset sky/stirs up the crows?  John Richard

The 2nd issue of “The Phoenix of Phillips”, our neighborhood’s own literary magazine, will be an insert in the February issue of The Alley. But you can get a preview copy and hear some of the writers at its Coming-Out-Party, Thursday, January 28 at 7 pm at the Midtown Global Market.  Writers young and old will read their work; there will be live music and activities for children, as well as group poem and photography activities.

The Phoenix of Phillips is a part of the Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 2742 15th Ave S.  Over the past nine years, Semilla (seed in Spanish) has taught over 2000 people mosaics, murals, photography, drama, creative writing and other art forms.  Professional artists, working with community residents, have installed 22 murals and over 50 other public art place holders.  In 2016, partners will include Andersen United School (Go Phoenixes!), Roosevelt High School, St. Paul’s Home (low income senior housing) and the Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center.

At the January opening, you will also be able to see the youth photography project of St. Paul’s Semilla Center.  Youth photographers from ages 7 to 18 have created a beautiful documentary of “My Beautiful Community”.  You will also hear about Semilla’s April National Poetry Month Event:  “Word-Image-Power” which will connect literary and visual artists in a series of hands-on activities, open mics and exhibitions

The next issue of The Phoenix of Phillips will be out in June, 2016, on the theme of “This is My Story”.  Information on submission and other activities of the Semilla Center can be obtained by e-mail at stpaulscreate@gmail.com or calling 612-724-2862.

These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  Additional funding through a partnership with Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, Inc.

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