Seeds are growing! Summer rolls on!

Our corn was more than knee high by the 4th of July, and the tomatoes and chiles and beans are doing great as well! With all the rain we’ve been receiving, the weeds are doing well also! But with the hard work of our Farmer Silas, and the help of the Young Leaders, we are keeping pace. Like to pull weeds? Who doesn’t! Stop by and we’ll give you a patch to pull!

Our human seeds are growing as well. We had a wonderful day camp, our Young Leaders program is moving along under Marty Viscosi’s guidance, with Bart Buch leading the youth to develop an original puppet show, and Pr. Patrick teaching a poetry class. Career Day visits will include the Midtown Global Market and MPR, and photography classes start on July 11.

And our Public Art Program is blossoming. We just finished a residency at Courageous HeARTS, and created a new panel for their welcome desk. Pr. Luisa, Sandy Spieler and Angie Barrera are working on pieces with the World Hunger Program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center. We’ll be adding new garbage can mosaics in July, and continuing to work with the Peace Garden with St. Paul’s. And the new studio floor is almost done!

Thanks to a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, we will be able to publish two issues of The Phoenix of Phillips, one this fall on “Hope”, then next spring on “Struggle”. So get those pens and laptops going!

Want to see more? Join us for these July events:

  • July 15, 7 pm: Hip Hop Concert: R2. A creative exploration of race and faith. With AGAPE and Joe Davis.
  • July 20, 11 am to 2 pm: Our Annual Block Party
  • July 21, 11 am to 5 pm: Open Streets Lake Street
  • July 28, 11 am: Youth Xplosion and Summer Graduation

All this takes resources of course, and we are so grateful for our staff, volunteers and supporters. Summer is our busiest time, and we are asking our friends to make a special donation to support our work. You can send a check to: 2742 15th Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55407. Or donate on-line HERE.

Our donation page at GiveMN is facilitated by our fiscal sponsor, St. Paul’s Lutheran. But rest assured, all your donations go directly to the Semilla Center. Gracias!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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