Letter from the Executive Director
Dear MOI Community,
September has been quite the whirlwind as we settle into our new home, but this week alone may go down as the most exciting in the history of our organization. On Tuesday, September 25, we celebrated the grand opening of the Writers’ Room at South High School. All day, groups of students came into the room to engage in creative writing activities, and we even got a special visit from Minneapolis superintendent Ed Graff.
On Wednesday, we had our Open House at our new headquarters in Minneapolis, and the mayor declared September 26 “Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute Day” in celebration. Visitors to the Open House had a chance to see our brand-new writing lab and oceanographic storefront—and got to witness the painting of a sea-themed mural on the outside of our building.
A proclamation from the mayor is great, but nothing beats seeing our young authors delight in the new spaces we have built for them with the generous support of our community. Thank you!
Here’s to a great year,
Porthole into Programming!
We're back! MOI Programs are up and running starting October 1, and we need all hands on deck. Come in for a 90-minute volunteer orientation, and then jump right in with our creative writing and academic support programs!
October 1: After-School Homework Help starts, running every Monday-Thursday from 3-6pm.
October 10: We host our first Storytelling & Bookmaking field trip of 2nd-4th grade students in our new space.
October 16: We head into the classroom at South High for our 4th year of the Young Authors' Book Project with South High 9th and 10th graders.
In the News
September 26, 2018 was officially named "Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute Day" by the city of Minneapolis.
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The South High Writers' Room is off to a great start after our grand opening on September 25! The Room has already begun to run drop-in writing help for students working on class assignments and college entrance essays. The next week will kick off our inaugural programming, beginning with the One-Act Club, a group of students committed to writing, directing, and performing a series of one-act plays set to premiere in spring 2019. Soon to come are get togethers for a new novel writing club and South's established literary magazine, The Maze. Here is just a bit of brilliance that came out of the room this week through a poetry activity:
Buried under this humble world before
My soul grew roots full of roses and thorns
This vibe of mine felt sugar and salty,
and I felt free at last.