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Celebrating Diversity with The East Side Arts Council, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Abdi Isaaq

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SAINT PAUL, MN—The East Side Arts Council is a community arts organization that collaborates with neighbors, artists, and local organizations to preserve, improve, and celebrate the neighborhoods where they live and work.

They are committed to fostering the community's creativity and strength to improve the characteristic of life for East Side residents by providing various arts and cultural experiences for families and individuals.

In a mission to celebrate diversity, This community takes place on the east side, which was once the first stop for immigrants in the Twin Cities. It's a place full of history, creativity, and change. The East Side offers rich cultural assets, including Hmong, Italian, African, and Latino families living side by side.

The area is vast and ever-changing. From Phalen Lake to Dayton's Bluff above the Mississippi River, from regions around Interstate 35E and Swede Hollow to McKnight Road on the eastern outskirts of St. Paul, it includes more than 100,000, people and encompasses several distinct and unique neighborhoods.

The East Side Arts Council was established in 1989. It started from a grassroots resident's concern of social and economic problems to rejuvenating eastern St. Paul and recovering Phalen Park. Later in 1991, ESAC is finally a nonprofit organization, and opened an office on Payne Avenue, called home, for almost ten years.

A review but local artist once said, "The East Side Arts Council is a great outlet for artists. They have wonderful resources for people in the Saint Paul area and provide excellent opportunities for all ages to express themselves through artistic expression. They have provided me personally with multiple opportunities to display my art. As a local artist myself, their help getting my work on the market has been motivating. In times like these, art is some, if the first budgeting to go. It is wonderful to have the ESAC to make sure that it is still appreciated and encouraged."

If you are interested in knowing more about this organization, you can visit their website on https://www.eastsideartscouncil.org/.

There are so many ways to get involved with this organization. You can pick one and see which best suits your skill and personality at this link.

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