MOI at Open Streets
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

MOI at Open Streets

Swim (walk, bike, or roll!) by our booth at Open Streets on Lake & Minnehaha. Find our crew at the intersection of East Lake Street and 19th Avenue.

MOI’s crew will be selling our young authors’ newest publications, Indigenous Originated: Walking in Two Worlds and Like a Forest Growing, along with other oceanographer merch! We will also have information on MOI programs and how you can get involved with MOI helping empower the youth in our community.

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To the Moon and Back
Jul
24
4:30 PM16:30

To the Moon and Back

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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing through creative writing!

Using informational writing, students will learn about and discuss the Apollo moon landing. Then, students will write an imaginative how-to guide for somebody besides a human who wants to travel to the moon.

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Tall Tales: Stories on Stilts
Jul
26
8:30 PM20:30

Tall Tales: Stories on Stilts

Join our crew for an evening of folktale performances by youth on stilts! The Phillips Project and MOI worked with youth from the Collaborative Village Initiative, Waite House, and Little earth for six weeks reading and adapting folktales, learning to dance on stilts, and practicing storytelling.

Following the students' performances, stay and enjoy Lego Movie 2, brought to you by Minneapolis Parks and Rec. Movies in the Parks.

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Family Literacy Festival
Jul
27
3:00 PM15:00

Family Literacy Festival

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Join MOI’s crew for a FREE afternoon full of fun literacy activities and games for the whole family! Starting at 3 pm, the newest food truck to hit the streets of the Twin Cities - Twisted Chicken - will be serving food for you to purchase and enjoy.

At 5 pm, local author Stephanie Watson will lead students, parents, and crew in a writing activity and she will read from her latest children’s book Best Friends in the Universe.

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MOI at Open Streets
Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

MOI at Open Streets

Swim (walk, bike, or roll!) by our booth at Open Streets on Franklin Avenue. MOI’s crew will be selling our young authors’ newest publications, Indigenous Originated: Walking in Two Worlds and Like a Forest Growing, along with other oceanographer merch! We will also have information on MOI programs and how you can get involved with MOI helping empower the youth in our community.

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How to Make a Zine
Jul
10
4:30 PM16:30

How to Make a Zine

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Make your voice heard! Students will learn the basics of making zines—mini magazines focused on a certain cause or topic. All participants will leave with a handmade zine and the skills to create more on their own.

This workshop is FREE for students 7 - 17 years old.

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Writing Workshop
Jun
19
4:30 PM16:30

Writing Workshop

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Explore exciting characters and invent your own in this hands-on workshop with teaching artist Ellie Garran. Students will work with Play-Doh, create original characters, and work with peers to write and perform scenes together. Ages 7–17.

Teaching artist bio:
Ellie is a writer, editor and teacher from Melbourne, Australia. They have published stories and poems in Australia and the US and are currently an MFA candidate in poetry and a creative writing instructor at the University of Minnesota. They have also worked as an actor and a musician.

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Indeed We Can!
Jun
19
3:00 PM15:00

Indeed We Can!

Support MOI and the young authors of the Twin Cities by stoping by Indeed Brewing Company with a couple of your friends or co-workers on June 19th!

Enjoy your favorite local refreshments and pizza from Vito Lucco’s food truck. Net proceeds from the evening go to MOI and supporting our 100% free programming that helps students think creatively, write effectively, and achieve academically. “Sea” you there sailors!

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Plant-a-Poem Writing Workshop
Jun
12
4:30 PM16:30

Plant-a-Poem Writing Workshop

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In this workshop, we will use flowers and other plants to explore poetry and descriptive writing. Students will work individually and in groups to make observations, decorate planters, and write (and plant!) poems on wildflower seed paper.

FREE for all students age 7–17. Questions? Email ellen@moi-msp.org.

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"Indigenous Originated" Reading and Release Party
May
15
4:30 PM16:30

"Indigenous Originated" Reading and Release Party

The students of the All Nations program at South High School worked hard the last six months writing, editing, and publishing their anthology Indigenous Originated: Walking in Two Worlds with a forward by Minneapolis artist Tall Paul. Please join us in celebrating our students’ accomplishments at our release party on May 15th at Moon Palace Books. Enjoy food provided by Moon Palace and insightful words from our young authors as they present their art to the world.

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Writing New Worlds: A Multilingual Poetry Workshop
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Writing New Worlds: A Multilingual Poetry Workshop

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Part two, of a new and beautiful writing and recording workshop. Didn’t make it to part one of the workshop? No problem! You can still join in the fun.

This FREE poetry workshop aims to empower multilingual students to unleash the power of their unique voice and perspective. Students will learn to write, perform, and record poetry in two languages—English and their home language—during this two part workshop. Part one will focus on writing, and in part two students will have the opportunity to record their poetry. This workshop is designed for students in 2nd through 12th grade. Bilingual volunteers who speak Amharic አማርኛ and Somali will be available to help students.

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Writing New Worlds: A Multilingual Poetry Workshop
Mar
22
4:00 PM16:00

Writing New Worlds: A Multilingual Poetry Workshop

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A new and beautiful two part poetry workshop to remember!

This FREE poetry workshop aims to empower multilingual students to unleash the power of their unique voice and perspective. Students will learn to write, perform, and record poetry in two languages—English and their home language—during this two part workshop. Part one will focus on writing, and in part two students will have the opportunity to record their poetry; the date of part two of the workshop is to be determined. This workshop is designed for students in 2nd through 12th grade. Bilingual volunteers will be available to help all students.

Are you fluent in Amharic አማርኛ, Arabic العَرَبِيَّة , Oromo, Somali, or Tigrinya ትግርኛ? Are you interested in volunteering with MOI and helping students write in their home language(s)? Sign up today by filling out our volunteer interest form. $50 stipends are available for multilingual volunteers.

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Trivia for Cheaters 2019
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Trivia for Cheaters 2019

Ready your crew for a trivia night like no other!

In this one-of-a-kind fundraiser, teams raise money before the event to build their trivia cheat banks. The more money you raise, the more cheats you can use against other teams on the night of the event. The competition is fierce, but it's all in good fun. You know what they say—keep your friends close and your anemones closer.

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Volunteer Orientation
Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Orientation

Join us for our volunteer orientation to get your sea legs for working with Twin Cities students on creative writing and tutoring. Come and learn about our five programs, which take place in and out of schools, and leave with next steps for getting involved.

If this date doesn't work out for you, check out our volunteer calendar for more dates and times: http://bit.ly/2uDhWZG

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Feb
10
12:00 PM12:00

Smallest Museum St. Paul Reception!

Meet the Awkward Skunkshark, who lives on both land and water! Learn more at the reception.

Meet the Awkward Skunkshark, who lives on both land and water! Learn more at the reception.

Join Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute for our Smallest Museum St. Paul reception! The Smallest Museum St. Paul is a 3ft x 2ft micro museum, housed in a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside Workhorse Coffee Bar in St Paul, Minnesota—right across the street from MOI. This February, MOI will be featuring some of our students' art as part of our Lost Ocean of Minnesota exhibit in the museum. The exhibit opens February 5th, but our official artists' reception will be on February 10th!

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Volunteer Orientation
Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Orientation

Join us for our volunteer orientation to get your sea legs for working with Twin Cities students on creative writing and tutoring. Come and learn about our five programs, which take place in and out of schools, and leave with next steps for getting involved.

If this date doesn't work out for you, check out our volunteer calendar for more dates and times: http://bit.ly/2uDhWZG

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Volunteer Orientation
Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Orientation

Join us for our volunteer orientation to get your sea legs for working with Twin Cities students on creative writing and tutoring. Come and learn about our five programs, which take place in and out of schools, and leave with next steps for getting involved.

If this date doesn't work out for you, check out our volunteer calendar for more dates and times: http://bit.ly/2uDhWZG

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Volunteer Orientation
Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Volunteer Orientation

Join us for our volunteer orientation to get your sea legs for working with Twin Cities students on creative writing and tutoring. Come and learn about our five programs, which take place in and out of schools, and leave with next steps for getting involved.

If this date doesn't work out for you, check out our volunteer calendar for more dates and times: http://bit.ly/2uDhWZG

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Volunteer Orientation
Jan
16
5:30 PM17:30

Volunteer Orientation

Join us for our volunteer orientation to get your sea legs for working with Twin Cities students on creative writing and tutoring. Come and learn about our five programs, which take place in and out of schools, and leave with next steps for getting involved.

If this date doesn't work out for you, check out our volunteer calendar for more dates and times: http://bit.ly/2uDhWZG

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