Building, supporting, and cultivating opportunities for Indigenous peoples and communities of color through cultural arts and activism.

Our Work:

Wellness through Arts & Culture




Programming focused on youth leadership and development skills through culturally relevant academic and community opportunities and partnerships. 



Workshops focused on wellness, exploring traditional wellness and healing from womb wellness, plant and medicine knowledge, and breath.



Workshops focused on decolonized learning, ancestral knowledge, Tonalpohualli, Huehuetlahtolli, 20 Ancestral Advices, philosophy, and history.



Community gatherings focused on promoting, informing, and catalyzing social change through traditional arts, artist residencies, and community events.


2017 Impact

Together, with our esteemed supporters and allies, Indigenous Roots made a historical impact on the East Side and greater Saint Paul community by collectively coming together and sharing our passion for arts and culture with community from all four directions. 

From May to December, over 5,250 community members and artists accessed, engaged with, and utilized the cultural arts center.

Despite the barriers, conflicts and lack of resources to open the cultural arts center, together we showed the community that with hard work, collective mind set/structure and people power; we can make anything happen! We are honored to share this space and time called life with you. Check out what we all accomplished together in 2017!


Artwork by Ernesto Ybarra 

Artwork by Ernesto Ybarra 

8 shows exhibiting 151 artists, visual and performative

  • Grand Opening exhibit: prospeccion Emmanuel Sierra

  • For Directions

  • St. Paul SLIM

  • An Evening with Oscar Lopez: Puerto Rican Artists

  • Youth Photography: New Lens

  • Salon Mexico: 10 artists from Mexico

  • Aratti Artworks: Tomas Araya Biagetti

  • Art of Resistance: Honor the Earth

Incredible events that took place at the Cultural Art Center include:

  • Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center Grand Opening - May

  • Native Youth Dance Clinic - June

  • Summer Solstice Celebration - June

  • STOP LINE 3 Artbuild - July 

  • An Evening with Oscar Lopez - August

  • Chilean Multicultural Festival - September

  • Puerto Rican Relief Gathering & Supply Drive - OCtober

  • Haitian Cultural Festival - OCtober

  • Saint Paul ArtCrawl - October

  • Dia de los Muertos - Novemer

  • Clash of the Underground - DeCember

  • Operation CACAO - December

Photo taken during Grand Opening Ceremony by Laichee Yang

Artist Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsayshaman during her Shaman Warrior performance at the Saint Paul Spring Art Crawl. 

Artist Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsayshaman during her Shaman Warrior performance at the Saint Paul Spring Art Crawl. 

Other events & workshops we hosted outside of the Cultural Arts Center include:

  • Mexica New Year - March (Johnson High School/ Minneapolis American Indian Center)

  • Saint Paul Spring Art Crawl - April (East Side Enterprise Center)

  • Northern Spark - June (Minneapolis)

  • Neighbors Meet Neighbors - July (East Side Freedom Library)

  • We the People - August (Minnesota Museum of Art)

  • Festival Intercultural - November (Guadalajara, Mexico)


Thank you to our 2017 community partners! 

    • Cypher Side

    • Bomba Karaya Guey

    •  Minnesota alliance for puerto rico (MAC4PR)

    • MN Haitian Cultural Center

    • AfoutayI dance, music and company

    • Good space murals

    • Honor the Earth

    • American Indian Family Center

    • Ain Dah Yung

    • Oyate Hotanin

    • Dayton's Bluff Community Council

    • All My Relations

    • Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)

    • Hmong Breakers leadership council

    • Ten Thousand Things

    • Girl Scouts

    • irreducible grace foundation

    • Affirmative art

    • Slow Roll

    • Funny Asian Women's Kollective (FAWK)

    • Saint Paul ArtCrawl

    • Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing

    • jiu jóvenes indígenas urbanos en la zmg (Mexico)

    • Puerto Ricans in Minnesota (PRIM)

    • In progress

    • MN350: building a climate movement in mn

    • Chile Sin Fronteras

    • ordway Center for the performing arts

    • house of dance

    • Roosevelt high school

    • rADAZNS

    Photo taken during Grand Opening Ceremony by Laichee Yang

    We work hard, we play hard! Looking forward to building more community power together. See you all in 2018!

    Peace and Love,

    Mary Anne & Sergio Quiroz, Co-Directors