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Happenings at St. Paul Cultural Village

Months ago, we never would have imagined the doors to our marketplace not yet being open as of April 2013. This is beyond our control. However, we’re glad for some activities that have taken place over the last several months, and we’d like to share some of these here:

1. Since November 2012, a group of Karen refugee ladies (from Myanmar) have been gathering one morning each week with a small team of licensed counselors. They’ve been using our meeting space, even as it went through a transformation to what it looks like now. We’re blessed that they’ve been with us for nearly six months, and we’re happy that our space has fit their needs so well.

2. We hosted a Christmas event on December 20th, also in our meeting space, and another night of food and fun on Valentine’s Day. We were a nice mix of cultures: Bhutanese, Karen, and American. Here’s a 3-minute video from that evening:

And here are a few pictures:

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3. The last week of March 2013 a college group from Redding, California helped run a day camp at St. Paul Cultural Village. They were a fantastic group. The camp was attended by Bhutanese and Karen refugees, and included games, art, storytelling, and more. This is one of the photos they took, but it doesn’t include everyone who was there:

Photo: A fantastic college group from Redding, California helped run a day camp at St. Paul Cultural Village the last week of March. The camp was attended by Bhutanese and Karen refugees, and included games, art, storytelling, and more.

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Our vision hasn’t played out according to our plans, or according to our timing, but we’re grateful for the people we’ve met along the way, for the people who have been impacted in some way by this project, and for the people who have impacted us.

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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Cultural Diversity In Our Neighborhood

The city of St. Paul is home to many people from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. St. Paul Cultural Village is a place where cultures can come together, and differences are celebrated. The following chart, taken from data available in a NY Times demographics project, represents the population surrounding St. Paul Cultural Village within roughly a 12 block radius:

Area Location # of People % White % Black % Hispanic % Asian % Other
Directly north 4,992 38% 10% 11% 35% 5%
Northeast 5,471 25% 15% 8% 45% 7%
Directly south 2,226 37% 23% 17% 12% 12%
Further south 2,240 19% 40% 4% 34% 4%
Southwest 2,897 24% 16% 14% 45% 2%
East 2,474 39% 29% 15% 13% 4%
TOTAL 20,300 6,173 (30%) 3,908 (19%) 2,230 (11%) 6,862 (34%) 1,147 (6%) 

We are located at 230 Front Avenue, three blocks west of Rice Street, and five blocks east of Western Street. We’re roughly halfway between I-94 to the south, and Highway 36 to the north; and also roughly halfway between University Avenue to the south, and Larpenteur Avenue to the north.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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