About

Mission

The mission of the Saint Paul Almanac is to share stories and foster dialogue that creates understanding, learning, new relationships, and collaborative action among our city’s diverse individuals, families, and neighborhoods.

Values

STORYTELLING: We connect people to the place they live through stories about the past, present, and future of its many neighborhoods, families, and individuals.

MENTORING: We support grassroots intergenerational learning between youth, artists, and writers.

EQUITY: We create opportunities for voices of diverse people to be heard and to shape their communities. 

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

WORK: We value and pay for the contributions of local artists and writers.

Vision

A world of communities made strong through the arts by diverse people understanding and
celebrating their differences and commonalities.

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 eighth edition.
  • We organize 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.
  • We publish chapbooks and trade paperbacks (Ramsey County Corrections, Vision Loss Resource Center) for organizations to celebrate their work.
  • We launched Storymobile 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.
  • We host the weekly Soul Sounds Open Mic at Golden Thyme Coffee Shop.

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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