Saint Paul Almanac is a literary-centered arts organization. We share stories across cultures and cultivate dialogue to promote understanding, relationships, and collaborative action.
STORYTELLING: We connect people to one another through sharing stories.
MENTORING: We support authentic intergenerational and intercultural learning between youth, elders, emerging and established artists and writers.
EQUITY: We facilitate opportunities for the voices of diverse people to be heard and to shape the communities in which we live.
IMPACT: We infuse the arts into lives and life into the arts as a catalyst for building more productive, connected and informed, just and livable communities.
WORK: We recognize artists as workers and we build ladders of opportunity for artists, including paying for the contributions of local writers and artists.
A world of equitable communities made strong through literature and the arts.
Practices and Principles
- Recognizing and mobilizing community assets
- Connecting across cultures
- Facilitating collaborative action
- Continuously learning and improving
- Being accountable
(Practices and Principles adopted from Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up by Paul Schmitz)
Publishing and Exhibition
- We publish the annual Saint Paul Almanac compendium and travel guide filled with stories, poems, and artwork related to the city. Three-time award-winning—now in its ninth edition.
- We organize the annual contest for visual artists whose work appears in the Almanac. Exhibits through September at AZ Gallery and Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar.
- We publish a weekly blog of art happenings in Saint Paul: This Week in Saint Paul: TWISP.
- We publish chapbooks and trade paperbacks (Ramsey County Corrections, Vision Loss Resource Center) for organizations to celebrate their work.
- We launched Storymobile in June 2014. Residents write, film, and speak their stories with help from professional writers: archived at SPPL.
- We host “Almanac Literary Festival” in partnership with Cracked Walnut. Almanac authors read their work.
- We host the monthly Lowertown Reading Jam Series.
- Community editor project—21 diverse community editors choose what goes into the Almanac and learn writing and publishing skills.
- Writing workshops in schools, jails, libraries, and other local organizations.
- Collaborative Development Partnership with Juxtaposition Arts and Givens Foundation for African American Literature. Three youth apprentices learn and practice nonprofit development work in all three organizations—two-year project.