Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 18 – 22
April 22, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
1) Red Lake: Sometimes the best way to pass down cultural learning is not through books, lectures or conversation. Sometimes a little action is needed. That’s the case for students at St. Mary’s Mission School in Red Lake who are practicing sprinting, passing, catching as they learn traditional Native American games like lacrosse, longball and shinny. In culmination of their hard work, students will showcase their skills during a public demonstration this Sunday.
“Most of these indigenous games that we do, they are also medicine games with tribal people…The games help build community. They are played to honor people.”
Read the full story and watch a video at the Bemidji Pioneer.
2) Farmington: Students thrive when they feel supported in a variety of ways. Counselors are one source of support often underutilized because of potential perceived stigma surrounding their services. To help students, and by extension the community, one woman at Boeckman Middle School in Farmington took it upon herself to break down existing barriers for students by incorporating confidential visits and greater ease of scheduling.
3) Grand Rapids: After a year of construction, the community-powered renovation of the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center will be on full display. Gypsy jazz violinist Tim Kilphuis and Grand Rapids own Sam Miltich will open the venue with the Itasca Symphony Orchestra backing the duo up. As a cultural, artistic hub for northern Minnesota, community members from around the region are eager to see how the new performance space will add vibrancy to local communities.
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