Where are some of your must-visit art spots in Saint Paul?
Can Can Wonderland is something we're really fortunate to have. Their business model of being a B Corporation and bringing attention to the vibrancy of the arts through miniature golf. It’s probably the most successful B Corp I've ever seen where—their revenue really pays for a lot of the nonprofit work they do. Being able to engage all different groups in the arts is really something Saint Paul can be proud of.
Indigenous Roots is one of my new favorite places in Saint Paul. The East Side is super fortunate, but I know people are coming from all over the Twin Cities to experience everything this place has. It's got a gallery space and a bodega in the back where a lot of different dance groups work. It's super multicultural and really welcoming all the time. It's got that eight to eighty vibe where there are children and elders all in the space together.
Another place is In Progress in the North End. It’s a really small little organization, but they do mostly media arts and work with really diverse youth. They have an open door policy—young people have access to enter and can use all their equipment. It’s really about young people finding their voices and being able to share their stories through media arts.
XiaArt is in Little Mekong. It's a store, but I love that it’s local Hmong artists and you can actually buy the art. Dreamland Arts is one of the most under the radar places. It’s 40 seats, so it's intimate. Zaraawar Misty, who owns the place, does this one man show that is just brilliant. I really appreciate the work Penumbra does—it’s really high quality and they've also been renting out the theater to smaller groups for projects.
You know who is really great—FAWK, Funny Asian Women Kollective. They’ve been doing a cabaret series. It's Naomi Ko, May Lee-Yang, and Saymoukda Vongsay—they do it at Indigenous Roots. It’s great performance art that is really fresh and gets you outside of what traditional theater and performance is—it's comedy, it's spoken word, all of that.