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Although there are probably people who still think of the Twin Cities as 99 percent Scandinavian, we've been an ethnic mosaic since the days of the Native/white mixed-race fur traders and merchants who first owned land here. Our earliest diversity was European--Germans, Eastern Europeans, and Irish made as big a contribution here as the Swedes and Norwegians. The foundations of our Jewish, Arab, African-American and Asian communities were laid in the 19th century, and in the 20th we welcomed  immigrants from around the world, particularly refugees from war: Vietnamese, Hmong, Cambodians, Ethiopians, Oromo, Eritreans, Somalis, Liberians. Mexicans and other Latin Americans are bringing new energy to our neighborhoods, to retail and the professions, as are West Africans, Indians, Pakistanis, and many others.

Features

Lars Christiansen, Friendly Streets director, and organizer Darius Gray at a temporary parklet

Friendly Streets: Bottom-Up St. Paul Project Changes the Way People Look at Their City

The Friendly Streets Initiative, which grew out of a group of volunteers working with various neighborhood organizations to make biking and walking safer in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood, is now changing communities throughout MSP.

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River Balcony Prototyping Festival, with Craft Beer Overlook, Previews "St. Paul's High Line"

Music, art, craft beer: Earlier this month, MSP'ers enjoyed a tantalizing glimpse of the (possible) future for a 1.5-mile stretch of St. Paul riverfront during the River Balcony Prototyping Festival.

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Practitioners and Partners: Artspace Evolves Breaking Ground Into "Idea Lab" That Celebrates Artists

Artspace’s annual Breaking Ground event evolves this year from one dynamic evening of speakers and performances to an immersive, two-day “idea lab” on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Dancers from PAI Arts & Culture Center

So Artists Can Celebrate Themselves: Artspace's Remarkable Work with Cultural Communities

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in NY to Honolulu, HI, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.

Minnesota Fringe Festival

August Arts: A Few of Our Favorite Things

Not-to-miss Fringe shows, a neighborhood happy hour, beer and bikes…a few of our favorite things for August arts and culture.    
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