Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts

Give to the MAX! Post-Barebones reflection and Upcoming Lantern FREE Workshops

Barebones Annual Halloween Extravaganza, “Decomposed/Recomposed,” shows were a magical community experience, even with the performance site at the Greenway covered with snow for the last show on Halloween! More than 5000 people saw the show and 220 staff and volunteers were involved. The Semilla Studio and St. Paul’s Church were vibrant and pulsing with all […]

New Co-Directors and Giant Puppets: An Exciting New Chapter for Semilla!

Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts is very excited to announce our new Executive Co-Directors, Sofía Padilla and Heather Hinrichsen. Sofía is a Mexican theater artist, director, puppet designer, teaching artist and puppeteer. Heather is a Spanish-speaking bilingual educator, teaching artist and stained glass artist from Minnesota, who first learned to make mosaics with […]

Southside Semilla Celebration!

Sunday, June 25, 4-7 pm Kick off summer 2023 with a BANG! It was a long winter, and a long time of isolation during the pandemic. The Semilla Center is holding a celebration of life in our Southside neighborhood, and a chance to plant beauty in the community. Come and make art that can become […]

A New Year Full of Light

The pictures in this message are from the “Be the Light” Solstice event that Semilla put on at the Westwood Nature Westwood Hills Nature Center. It was in the middle of our bitter cold spell, but look at these wonderful creations of light, shape and color made by artists Alison Heimstead, Duane Tougas, Mary Jo […]

Seeding a New Community

When I inserted the picture above, Google stated that it was “a close up of some art work”! Of course, that depends how you look at it. We see the beautiful handiwork of Mya, one of our Young Leaders this summer. Mya is 14 years old, quiet, maybe a bit shy. But her artwork shows […]

Blooming Together!

This summer, Semilla has been focusing on creating peace through beauty on and around Bloomington Avenue South in Midtown Phillips neighborhood, our home. Last summer, our theme was “Together/Juntos,” as coming together again after being separated from the pandemic was thrilling. This year, we take that theme a step further with “Blooming Together” and hope […]

Peace Lantern Procession

Dear Phillips Neighbors, All Who Came to Semilla’s Art Parties last Summer, and Everyone Else Who Digs Lanterns, Music and Peace! Please join us! Join Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts in partnership with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for a lantern procession, community singing, live musical performances and dreamy video projection on Friday, Dec. […]

Back to normal?

No, better than that! You’re probably tired of hearing “Will we ever get back to normal?”  We are too!  The last 20 months have been challenging to all of us.  But it’s also given us at the Semilla Center a chance to rethink our role in the community, and re-imagine new ways of transforming through […]

Semilla Center’s May Art Party scheduled for today will be RESCHEDULED

Due to a rain forecast, TO THURSDAY, MAY 6 at 5:30pm. It will be outside of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 2742 15th Ave. S. Here are some example lanterns made by teaching artist Orren that we will be making at the party. Music by Martin Dosh. Free art, tamales and cookies. Come and hang […]

A Party Invitation and Call for Artists, Party Hosts, and Musicians

We had a hard year last year, in many, many ways. Covid-19, economic hardship, violence, addiction, police brutality, social unrest, and homelessness have all increased the neighborhood’s fear and isolation. One good thing that came out of the emergency of the uprising last year was getting to know new neighbors and looking out for one […]