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Category: Semilla Center

Healing art in times of trauma

We need each other more than ever! Dear friends of the Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts, Like other organizations, we have suspended all in-person activities until further notice. We want our artists, volunteers and participants in our programs to be safe and healthy.   We hope that our event “Art for All” will take […]

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Feast your eyes on this!

And your ears on this! Our Youth Photography Project is up at The Egg and I Restaurant 2828 Lyndale Ave S. in Minneapolis!  We got the word a few days ago, and put together a retrospective of youth photos from the past 12 years, including new ones from Summer 2019.  “Phillips: God’s Backyard” will be […]

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Protect the earth

Bless its people On December 15, over a hundred people walked in windchills below zero, proclaiming “We Come Bearing Peace”.  It was our annual posada procession with our mother church, St. Paul’s.  Posada is the ancient Mexican tradition of walking with Mary and Joseph, seeking shelter.  We said: “we will keep opening doors, for all […]

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We Will Keep Walking!

“We Come Bearing Peace”  December 15, 4 pm Tuesday, December 10 was International Human Rights Day.  Together with people of diverse cultures and religions, we brought the Posada to the Immigration Court in Bloomington, MN.  We even brought the big puppets of María y José (Mary and Joseph) to walk with us as the sun […]

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We come bearing peace

 “Pedimos posada/we ask for shelter” A procession, a prayer, a cry through the streets of our city. Sunday, December 15, 4:00 pm.  We walk through the streets of our city, with Mary and Joseph for all who seek shelter. We will keep walking! We will keep opening the door! We will not let fear and […]

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This is the day!

 (What Are You Waiting For?) It’s been really cold in Minneapolis this week—January-style cold not even halfway through November. Fortunately, our arts and healing program can take place indoors, year-round. This week, our Artistic Director Luísa worked with participants and staff from the Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center on a panel they began this summer.  Our […]

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It may be fall… but it’s planting time!

Just a Few Days until Give to the Max DAY, seed planters!  You can be a planter of hope and beauty in the neighborhood, by supporting us on Give to the Max Day, November 14. Here’s some incentives to get you going: $25: One of our prize youth photographs $50 One youth photograph and one […]

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Harvesting seeds that others planted

Help Us Keep Seeding Hope and Beauty! Look at these photos from our Young Leader Program, going back to 2010.  Where are these young women now? One is a sophomore at St. Olaf College.  Some have married and started families.  Some work full time jobs.  And one is on our board of directors! We know […]

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Lighting up for Peace

We were blessed by so many artists at our September 21 celebration of International Peace Day: lantern makers, musicians, projection artists, youth photographers, puppeteers and chalk artists.  But perhaps the biggest artist of all was Light itself.  What is it about light shining in the darkness that so stirs our souls? We walked through the […]

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We Practice Peace

Peace is something we long for, whether it be inner peace, peace in our neighborhood, or world peace. And peace is something that often seems scarce. This has been a challenging year for our neighborhood and our world. Locally, the opioid and homelessness crises have spiked; globally, we have seen terrible persecution of migrants and […]

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