Saint Paul Almanac is a literary-centered arts organization. We share stories across cultures and cultivate dialogue to promote understanding, relationships, and collaborative action.
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.
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 filled with stories, poems, and artwork related to the city. Three-time award-winning—now in its tenth edition.
- We organize an annual exhibit for visual artists whose works appear in the Almanac at AZ Gallery and Black Dog Lowertown.
- 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 and Storymobile 2.0 in June 2016. Residents write, film, and speak their stories with help from professional writers and filmmakers: archived at Minnesota Reflections, part of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
- In June 2016 we completed the Minnesota Regenerative Publishing Project, a year-long planning process with African American press Papyrus Publishing and the Minnesota Humanities Center on how to consistently publish and distribute the stories of Minnesota African descent leaders, writers and community knowledge on a consistent basis.
- Our new 2017 project, Impressions, will publish poetry combined with art on the Green Line and on buses.
- We host our Almanac Literary Festival in partnership with Cracked Walnut. Almanac authors read their work.
- We host the Lowertown Reading Jam Series at Black Dog Lowertown. Our new series begins in October 2016.
- Community editor project—20 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.