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New public art at Bde Maka Ska

New public art at Bde Maka Ska

Photo by BRUCE SILCOX The city of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) announce the dedication of a new gathering space and public artwork at Bde Maka Ska on June 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Festivities will include music, comments from descendants and artists, refreshments and activities for the whole family. The artwork [...]

MayDay, HOTB: What will we build together?

MayDay, HOTB: What will we build together?

By CORRIE ZOLL, HOTB EX. DIRECTOR   Photo by Tesha M. ChristensenA record number of people attended the 45th annual MayDay parade and celebration on Sunday, May 5, enjoying beautiful weather while celebrating organizer Sandy Spieler’s last year. A lot has happened over the past six months. HOBT experienced many of the same [...]

MayDay 1974-2019: Tree of Life reflections

MayDay 1974-2019: Tree of Life reflections

Photo by Susan GustThe 2019 Tree of Life team stands under the ToL on the stage of HOBT. What keeps crew members there for decades are the same feelings and experiences that make MayDay a cherished event. By CAROL AND DAN NEUMAN, CARETAKERS OF THE TREE OF LIFE Performing the Tree of Life (ToL) at the Mayday Ceremony is an honor and a [...]

Hennepin County’s first African American commissioner Angela Conley is a lifelong Southside resident with innovative ideas on how to bring more diverse voices into government.

Hennepin County’s first African American commissioner Angela Conley is a lifelong Southside resident with innovative ideas on how to bring more diverse voices into government.

By Tesha M. Christensen Photo courtesy of Chris JuhnAngela Conley (center) is Hennepin County’s first African American commissioner, and she’s staffed her office with other women of color who are working on racial equity issues. On the left is Policy Director Cacje Henderson and on the right is District Outreach and Scheduler Cheniqua [...]

To end all violence

To end all violence

Photo by Monica NillsonKalpulli KetzalCoatlicue dancers at the first Indigenous Women’s March held on May 11. Over 200 people participated in support of ending violence. Native community gathers for first Indigenous Women’s March on May 11 By CAMILLE GAGE 2018 was a challenging year for the Native community, but also a time when [...]

WE ARE 2065

WE ARE 2065

South Minneapolis painter Joanna Hallstrom explores how the United States will be 54% People of Color by 2065 in portraits of 16 local students PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOANNA HALLSTROMAshre, 9, (at left) and Diane, 7, talk about their experiences of school, family and growing up. These hundreds of hours of audio were then cut down to about 20 minutes [...]

Meet Diane Amgamarca-Ortiz

Meet Diane Amgamarca-Ortiz

By Tesha M. Christensen Diane Seven-year-old Diane Amgamarca-Ortiz can make friends with anyone.  She’s in second grade at Risen in Christ Catholic Church (1120 E. 37th St.), and takes the bus over to Banyan Community after school. At Banyan, she works on homework, plays in the gym, and “chills out.” Diane is one of 16 South [...]

East Lake Savers closes

East Lake Savers closes

  By Tesha M. Christensen After 27 years, the Savers on East Lake St. shut its doors for the last time on April 3, 2019. The closure came as a surprise to staff members, shoppers and building owner, Wellington Management, Inc. “We are disappointed with their departure,” said Wellington Management Executive Vice President [...]

Heart of May Day

Heart of May Day

People – gathering in workshops, conversation, rehearsals, and celebration HOBT/MayDay artist and staff member, Ramon Cordis and those quoted helped collect these testimonies. May Day Workshop 2019, by Bruce Silcox 36 Parades later (for me), I keep participating because it is so much fun work! My favorite aspect of the entire MayDay [...]

MayDay 1974-2019: Everyone’s an artist, and creator of the future using ceremony and ritual for peace, justice and equality

MayDay 1974-2019: Everyone’s an artist, and creator of the future using ceremony and ritual for peace, justice and equality

  Dan Newman and Laurie Witzkowski-Denise Mayotte By DAN NEUMAN Dear MayDay People, Forty-four years ago a bunch of community activists and artists created a parade and a ceremony to welcome spring and the ending of a war. A few hundred people joyously marched from Phillip’s to Powderhorn and rallied on the shore of the [...]

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