May 2112:30 pm – 3:30 pm
May 2110 am – 1 pm
The time when syrener–that is, lilacs–bloom is as much beloved in Sweden as in Minnesota. It tends to happen a little later in Sweden–late May or early June.
Jag tycker att doften av syren är världens ljuvligaste. I think the scent of lilacs is the sweetest scent in the world.
I had such a wonderful time at ASI that I became a member! Thank you for the excellent programming you bring to our Twin Cities community!— ASI Member
I had such a wonderful time at ASI that I became a member! Thank you for the excellent programming you bring to our Twin Cities community!
A trip to Minneapolis isn't complete without a visit to ASI— CNN
A trip to Minneapolis isn't complete without a visit to ASI
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ASI’s campus is located in the Phillips West neighborhood, one of the most culturally diverse yet economically challenged areas in Minnesota with approximately 40% of families living below the federal poverty level. ASI is deeply invested in contributing to a vibrant, healthy, and interconnected Phillips West community and provides access to arts and cultural-identity curricula through neighborhood partnerships and collaborations, including four long-term partnerships with the Minneapolis Public School District.
Learn about the impact of ASI’s donor-supported fund that provides short-term stimulus money to initiatives that nurture diverse, vibrant relationships and promote collective wellbeing.
This long-standing partnership with Wellstone High School offers students an opportunity to share their families’ immigration stories with Swedish-American elders through an arts-integrated curriculum.
Learn more about the Pippi Project, ASI’s annual partnership with Anderson and Bancroft Elementary Schools that uses Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking to teach children the power of storytelling.
ASI provides access to arts and cultural-identity curricula after-school programs in partnership with the Minneapolis Public School District.
“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.”
Since 2007, ASI and Wellstone International High School have partnered on Story Swap, a special program that invites immigrant or refugee students to learn about immigration to the United States and share their own experiences with descendants of Scandinavian immigrants. The exchange pairs students with ASI elders to swap stories on immigration, music, craft, and food traditions across cultures.
Story Swap reaches across cultural boundaries to uplift the many ways that all of us can maintain our own unique cultural identities and expand our appreciation of others’. In the Story Swap program, the experience of exchanging immigrant stories creates cross–generational relationships rooted in respect, sympathy, and understanding.
Launched in 2007, the Pippi Project is an annual partnership between ASI and the Minneapolis Public School District. Over six weeks, students from Anderson and Bancroft Elementary Schools learn about the power of storytelling as they craft characters and plotlines for their very own story, using Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstockings as a guide.
ASI partners with Minneapolis Community Education to provide after-school experiences for our community schools. These experiences uplift Scandinavian folk arts and cultures and offer hands-on arts, craft, and language activities.
Through this collaboration, ASI supports a number of curriculum units and offers after-school handcraft enrichment classes for K–3 students.
After-school handcraft enrichment programs offer elementary-age students from Whittier Elementary School a safe environment and an opportunity to make something beautiful and useful with their hands.
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