More than just another statue, Zapata dedication brings countries and communities together

Have you noticed the bronze statue in Plaza Centenario, the pocket park at the corner of 12th Avenue and Lake Street? The statue of General Emiliano Zapata, a hero to many Mexicans and a leader who fought for rights for peasants in the Mexican Revolution, was a gift to Minneapolis from the Mexican state of Morelos and installed here in 2013. Amid much fanfare, it finally became official. Latinos Unidos por la Cultura y el Arte (LUCA) hosted the unveiling of a dedication on the statue at last Sunday’s Open Streets event on Lake Street. Spectators participated in a celebration of General Emiliano Zapata and of this new community pocket plaza with speeches from the many community and government agencies that worked hard to bring the statue to this spot on Lake Street. Continue Reading

World Cup Street Fair

Raíces Media​ hosted a World Cup Street Fair on Saturday, June 27, at Kix Field in Minneapolis, just off the Greenway, in conjunction with The Sanneh Foundation ​and the Urban Stars Soccer Club.​ World Cup veteran Tony Sanneh and The Sanneh Foundation hosted a free soccer clinic for kids at the event. The Sanneh Foundation, based in St. Paul, offers many free camps and clinics in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Tony Sanneh leads a skill-building soccer clinic with a group of kids. Continue Reading

Humans of May Day

Minneapolis celebrated another May Day on Sunday, May 3, with  a parade and celebration at Powerderhorn Park by The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater.  I interviewed people along the way in the style of Humans of New York, asking the question, “What does May Day mean to you?” Continue Reading

7th Annual Augsburg Powwow

Augsburg College held its 7th annual traditional powwow on Saturday, March 28 in the Si Melby Gymnasium on campus in Minneapolis. The event was hosted by the Augusburg American Indian Student Association and American Indian Student Services. Continue Reading

The hands that feed us: Workers at the Minnesota State Fair

Every year crowds of people head to the Minnesota State Fair, thinking about the food they’ll eat, the rides they’ll take and the people they’ll watch. But how often do we notice the people who make this whole thing happen? From the people who make and serve us the food, to the ride operators, to the folks who clean up after us — who’s working behind the scenes at the fair? This photo essay is just a start in telling the story of the many people who work behind the scenes to give us the Minnesota State Fair. Continue Reading

Minneapolis Taco Tour draws a crowd to Lake Street

East Lake Street hosted the Taco Tour, an event highlighting  the flavors of Latino food on Saturday, June 28. Fifteen restaurants along Lake Street — from Gorditas el Gordo near 35W to El Norteño, close to the Mississippi — participated in the event. Diana Flores, Event Production Manager, said, “We expected around 900 participants, but we got 2,500.”Taco Tour participants received two free taco tickets to specific restaurants, and they could walk, take a (bilingual) tour-guided bike ride, or hop on a school bus to collect their tacos. Taco Tour diners filled school buses at the K-Mart parking lot starting at 11 am, and the buses circulated up and down East Lake Street, making stops at the 15 restaurants on the route until 5 pm.The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) and the City of Minneapolis sponsored the Taco Tour as a way to celebrate the Latino district and its restaurants. Event organizers were overwhelmed by the response to the event. Continue Reading

Visitation Monastery of Minneapolis: Women’s retreat

I’ve been working on documenting the nuns at the Visitation Monastery of Minneapolis, a project I hope to continue for some time. I’ve known them for something like 18 years, so it’s been fun to photograph them and their lives. They live in two houses in North Minneapolis, praying for their neighbors and the world, offering hospitality and love to the people who come to their door. These photos are from the arts and crafts portion of their annual women’s retreat for neighbors and friends, held at Ascension Church. Continue Reading

Seward Winter Frolic: Photo gallery

This past weekend was the Seward Winter Frolic, and if you weren’t able to make it out for the festivities we have some photos from the weekend. Thanks to Seward-based photographer Jennifer Larson for the great images!The Seward Gateway Sculpture  project was organized by Articulture. Read more about the project: Seward Gateway Sculpture Project: One Piece at a Time.This article is reposted from TCDP media partner My Broadsheet. Check out the links below for other recent My Broadsheet stories:Translating Legend & Lore Into Books for ChildrenMeet Precision Grind’s New Owner – Karl JuhnkeAbout Jennifer LarsonJennifer Larson, a graphic designer and photographer, is based in Seward. She’s been making (at least) one new photo a day in 2013 and posting them on her blog.If you like My Broadsheet, help us spread the word and tell your neighbors and friends. Continue Reading