Cultural Centers as Places Where Hearts Can Meet
This TRUE Tuesday offering will explore historical, contemporary and imagined cultural interpretive centers in Minnesota as a resource for enhancing and preserving culture within and among groups.
Mark Ritchie, President of Global Minnesota and Kevin Lindsey, CEO of the Minnesota Humanities, will reflect on the use of cultural centers by Minnesota’s 19th century immigrants as a strategy for cultural celebration and preservation, those institutions today, and some of the new kinds of cultural centers being created by Minnesota’s newest immigrants.
Wayne Dupuis, environmental program manager for the Fond du Lac Reservation & Rick Smith, Red Cliff Ojibwe and Elder in Residence at University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus, will share their ideas for an indigenous cultural center in the vicinity of Spirit Island. Bought back by the Fond du Lac Band ten years ago, Spirit Island was the sixth stopping place in the migration of the Anishinaabe people from the northeastern part of the continent.
Join other equity advocates in conversation about how cultural centers can help us both preserve ways of knowing and understanding and learn about one another.
The TRUE Partnership is an informal alliance of organizations working to create a learning community for rural Minnesota social justice champions and equity advocates. Minnesota Multifaith Network (MnMN) is a partner organization, along with Minnesota Council on Foundations, Minnesota Humanities Center, U of M Extension Center for Community Vitality, Region Five Development Commission, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Northspan, St. James Uniting Cultures, 100 Rural Women, Independent Community Members, and Blandin Foundation.