About

Mission

Saint Paul Almanac is a literary-centered arts organization. We share stories across cultures and cultivate dialogue to promote understanding, relationships, and collaborative action. 

Values

STORYTELLING: We connect people to one another through sharing stories. 

MENTORING: We support authentic intergenerational and intercultural learning between youth, elders, emerging and established artists and writers. 

EQUITY: We facilitate opportunities for the voices of diverse people to be heard and to shape the communities in which we live. 

IMPACT: We infuse the arts into lives and life into the arts as a catalyst for building more productive, connected and informed, just and livable communities. 

WORK: We recognize artists as workers and we build ladders of opportunity for artists, including paying for the contributions of local writers and artists. 

Vision

A world of equitable communities made strong through literature and the arts.

Practices and Principles

  1. Recognizing and mobilizing community assets
  2. Connecting across cultures
  3. Facilitating collaborative action
  4. Continuously learning and improving
  5. Being accountable

(Practices and Principles adopted from Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up by Paul Schmitz)

Publishing and Exhibition

  • We publish the annual Saint Paul Almanac compendium and travel guide filled with stories, poems, and artwork related to the city. Three-time award-winning—now in its ninth edition.
  • We organize the annual contest for visual artists whose work appears in the Almanac. Exhibits through September at AZ Gallery and Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar. 
  • We publish a weekly blog of art happenings in Saint Paul: This Week in Saint Paul: TWISP.
  • We publish chapbooks and trade paperbacks (Ramsey County Corrections, Vision Loss Resource Center) for organizations to celebrate their work.
  • We launched Storymobile in June 2014. Residents write, film, and speak their stories with help from professional writers: archived at SPPL.

Performance

  • We host “Almanac Literary Festival” in partnership with Cracked Walnut. Almanac authors read their work.
  • We host the monthly Lowertown Reading Jam Series.

Education

  • Community editor project21 diverse community editors choose what goes into the Almanac and learn writing and publishing skills.
  • Writing workshops in schools, jails, libraries, and other local organizations.
  • Collaborative Development Partnership with Juxtaposition Arts and Givens Foundation for African American Literature. Three youth apprentices learn and practice nonprofit development work in all three organizations—two-year project.
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