Moving Forward

I haven’t introduced myself properly. My name is Bart Buch and I’ve joined the team at Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts as the new Interim Executive Director. I took over in this position during a pandemic, civil unrest, amended summer programs, and a huge relational transition for the organization. The founders of the Semilla Center and brilliant artistic duo, Patrick and Luisa Cabello Hansel retired in June. I apologize for the delay in introductions but I first wanted to make sure the Semilla team was on a safe plateau amidst all the changes and challenges. And we are for now. We’ve looked back at 2020 enough so let’s look forward. We are very much looking forward to a new year and new developments!!


In 2021, the Semilla Center will create safe outdoor and online arts experiences with neighborhood residents to keep peace, hope, beauty and connection alive during the pandemic and after. Here’s how we’ll accomplish that.

Community Art:

  • -Teaching lantern making and hosting lantern events throughout the year.
  • -Exploring new kinds of projects in our mosaic program, training in new artists.
  • -Continuing our neighborhood literary journal, The Phoenix of Phillips, 7th and 8th editions.

Youth Development:

Training neighborhood youth in our Young Leaders program to use art for positive social change and to plant seeds of hope in our community. We will also redesign the program with youth voices directing the way and using principles of Creative Youth Development.



Continuing our gardening program in our Peace Garden at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and at Shalom Community Garden.


Working with neighbors, artists, youth, board members, and partnering organizations on the Semilla Center’s transition, to develop a new Organizational Strategic Plan.


Strengthening Capacity:

Renovating our art studio to accommodate the creation of many art forms. The Semilla Center will also receive its 501c3 non-profit status in 2021.


We are very grateful to have received support this past year from organizations and folks below that will help us step into next year more prepared to keep peace, hope, beauty and connection alive as we ride out the pandemic and continue our social evolution together. Please feel free to contact me at about anything related to the Semilla Center. Look for more ways to get involved in the coming months.

  • Semilla Center’s Artists
  • Semilla Center’s Board of Directors
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • Minnesota Center for the Humanities
  • Minnesota State Arts Board
  • Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
  • East Phillips Improvement Coalition
  • Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association
  • Give to the Max Donors
  • Individual Donors
  • Volunteers

If you are looking forward to 2021 at the Semilla Center as much as we are, we ask that you donate. If you are unable to donate at this time, please let one neighbor or friend know about the Semilla Center and encourage them to join our mailing list.

Thank you for helping us continue to plant seeds of power and hope!

Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!

Bart Buch



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