SAVE THE DATES: Join us at our University Avenue site for creative, family-friendly fun in the neighborhood! Each pair of Saturdays will be led by an Artistic Director and feature interactive art and opportunities for creation outdoors on Springboard's green space. Each event runs 1-5pm and is free of charge, all ages welcome.
July 17 & 24 – How we heal
Join Culture Healing Curator and Healing Artist DejaJoelle as she offers opportunities to heal, expand, write, and be with community at Springboard’s green space. (Makeup rain date on July 31 if needed)
August 7 & 14 – How we steward
Artistic Director Aki Shibata and a group of emerging artists lead you in workshops, community painting and performance surrounding environmental justice. (Makeup rain date on August 21 if needed)
August 28 & September 4 – How we build
Arts-US youth engage and lead activities in how we shape and influence the built environment around us with Artistic Director Anthony Galloway. (Makeup rain date on September 11 if needed)
September 18 & September 25 – How we imagine
Save the dates for a closing set of Saturdays at Springboard, with an Artistic Director to be announced! (Makeup rain date on October 9 if needed)
Join us at 262 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55103, for these events!
Your safety is important to us! As we continue to practice care and safety in our communities, these events will be mainly outdoors. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available, and any entrance indoors will require masking. If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask, and if you are feeling unwell, please take care of yourself and others and come to a different date.
Saturdays at Springboard are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Cover image: Creative People Power mural by Discover Dope at Springboard's office and community hall on University Avenue in St. Paul. Photo: Carl Atiya Swanson
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July 17 & 24 – How we heal participating artists!
DejaJoelle, Artistic Director
DejaJoelle is an African Centered - Healing Artist, Choreographer, Director, and Cultural Healing Curator. She believes Dance serves as our connection to ourselves, our communities, and our overall Divinity. DejaJoelle creates intentional spaces for Black, LGBTQ2, and Deaf community to discover their own practices toward Healing using Dance, Body Reclamation, and other Healing practices. As the world experiences collective hurt and grief, DejaJoelle trusts that our greatest act of REVOLUTION and REBELLION against hatred and corruption is Self-Love and Healing. As she refuses to fuel the fire of destruction and heinousness, she instead focuses her Art and energy on properly handling Black people who continue to be mishandled. https://www.instagram.com/dejajoelle/
Kenna Cottman, Afro/Yoga – 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Afro/Yoga is an embodied practice that combines the flow and intentional postures and body positions and structured breathing of yoga with some of the basic ideas in African Diasporic Movement and Dance. We explore questions of self study and cultivate feelings of joy, release, gratitude and connection by practicing moving and breathing together. I'm intentional about holding space for the participants and putting y'all first when it comes to the experience #consent.
Mychal Fisher, The Turndown: Sound Bathing for us by us – 2:15 - 3:00pm
This will be a safe space to chill, rest, and recover all while soaking up sonic vibrations tuned specifically to heal and uplift your mind, body and spirit. Just breathe and be present.
Iman (Umi IMAN) Siferllah-Griffin, Yemaya Flow – 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Yemaya Flow is a guided experience inviting us to give gratitude to the waters within us and the qualities & entities of water available to us. With the intention to nourish our minds, bodies, and Spirits, we will engage in consistent inhale and exhale, intensional stretch & postures, flowing motion of the body, and journaling. Please come prepared with plenty of drinking water, yoga mat, and a journal. AMA GVNIDA.
Khadijah Siferllah-Griffin, Footwork Challenge – 4:15pm - 5:00pm
“The Footwork Challenge” is a footwork based session intended to focus on groove and precision while getting fancy with your feet. The foot work incorporated will be a fusion of her individual movement and influences of various Afro/ Black styles. Come enjoy this fancy footwork work as Khadijah merges the sharing of fun and skill for her healing session, “The Footwork Challenge.”
Having family roots in Chicago, DJ Michel.Be comes from the power of jazz, 1960's and 1970's revolutionary funk, Hip Hop, House and altogether music of the African Diaspora. Michel.Be started DJing professionally at Twin Cities Pride in 2014 and 2015, as the feature DJ for "RARE Productions: Power To The People Stage". Since then, Michel.Be has DJ'ed all across the Twin Cities for community events, private parties, and political fundraisers. Michel. Be continues to evoke spiritual power through music, and create positive dance spaces for Trans, Gender Non-conforming, Queer People of Color.