Dear Friends of Saint Paul Almanac,
Thank you for helping make Saint Paul Almanac such a lively community of writers, editors, readers, filmmakers, audio makers, and neighbors – youth to elders sharing generations of stories about lives in our times.
Our annual Saint Paul Almanac Collection is one of the best ways we share those stories, and right now, we are asking you to help us publish our twelfth annual 2019 Saint Paul Almanac.
Thirty Community Editors are already hard at work selecting stories, poems, remembrances, photos, and visual art that will become a chronicle of Saint Paul history and Saint Paul dreams. Here’s how that all works:
- We invite everyone and anyone to submit work for consideration – from neighbors with a good story to tell, to experienced writers who want to be part of Saint Paul Almanac.
- We put out a call for Community Editors from every corner of the city – and we especially encourage high school students to get their first taste of publishing.
- We add 5 experienced editors to that mix – and we provide workshops and mentoring to make sure our next generation has the knowledge, tools, and self-confidence they need to make a difference.
What makes us even more unique is the fact that each of those writers and editors gets paid.
In real terms, that’s our way of saying that free expression has value. Artists’ time and creative intelligence have value. Voices that speak for equity are the cornerstone of our values.
We have a $20,000 goal to make it all happen – and we already have a $10,000 match!
Your support today means we’ll get $1 in addition to every $1 you contribute.
Please help us raise that final $10,000 – let the community know we’re in this together.
Your friendship and support make all the difference to so many Saint Paul artists and readers. We hope you’ll pick up a copy of the Almanac when it hits the shops next spring – and we wish you a joyful season of reading!
Kimberly Nightingale, Executive Director
Saint Paul Almanac Board
Metric Giles, Board Chair
Stephanie Wright, Co-Vice Chair
Justin Holt, Co-Vice Chair
Stewart Stone, Secretary
Leon Daisy, Co-Treasurer
Carla Knight, Co-Treasurer
Marion Gómez, Director
Adam Luebke, Director
Michael Kiesow Moore, Director
Deb Runyon, Director
Linda White, Director
With all this going on…. It’s a great time to support Saint Paul Almanac!
Rondo Beyond the Pavement
This partnership with Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) and the High School for the Recording Arts documents the stories of a neighborhood torn apart by the I-94 corridor. Youth learned filmmaking skills from SPNN’s Emmy-winning Bianca Rhodes, and production skills from Frogtown Radio audio artist Katharine DeCelle. If you missed the packed-house screening on November 3, stay tuned to saintpaulalmanac.org for more chances to see this amazing film.
Youth artist Jevrye Morris commented, “Learning about what happened in the Rondo Community while interviewing those who witnessed their homes being destroyed was heartbreaking. It was astounding the resilience they showed. It lit a fire in me.”
View a clip now at https://rondobeyondthepavement.org
Storymobile brings people-powered storytelling to the streets of Saint Paul. This year, Rondo Beyond the Pavement, a year long series of dinner-table interviews by Saint Paul youth with Rondo Neighborhood families, is just one of the projects that Saint Paul Almanac’s Storymobile helped document and archive. Powered by its own electric bike, this bright red mobile recording studio travels around town to block parties, family reunions, arts festivals, the State Fair, and all sorts of other places where people have stories to tell… and people always have stories to tell!
Check it out: saintpaulalmanac.org/projects/storymobile/
Poetry in the Park in the Dark
Coming soon to a park near you… this book of poetry will come to glowing light in custom-designed rocks that use solar power to turn on instantly as a person walks toward them. The rocks were designed by six youth from Imhotep Science Academy. The logo for Poetry in the Park in the Dark was designed by JXTALab youth apprentices. And the poetry itself comes to you compliments of Saint Paul writers. Funded as a featured project of the Knight Foundation Saint Paul Arts Challenge, Poetry in the Park in the Dark will premiere at Frogtown Farm in 2019, and will then tour to parks all over town.
Keep an eye out for dates and locations: saintpaulalmanac.org
New projects pop up at the speed of artists’ imaginations.
Be a part of this great community! Support Saint Paul Almanac today!