Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts


About us


We believe that our work is multiplied when we partner with other groups in the community and the region. Synergies and creative sparks expand. We have intentionally sought to take our work “on the road” to create art and create community. We have a special focus on bringing quality arts learning and arts creating to populations that do not often receive such blessing.

We have taken our programs “on the road” to senior centers, school autism programs and the Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center. Where possible, our youth artists partner with those who are physically unable to do certain tasks. We are working with Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (affiliated with the University of Minnesota) to develop culturally appropriate ways to utilize arts to help people heal from trauma. This will include trauma that is often overlooked—for example, the ongoing trauma of undocumented immigrants.

Building Community

Where Semilla Has Been

  • Waite House
  • Banyan Foundation
  • In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater
  • St. Paul’s Home Senior Apartments
  • 14th-15th-Bloomington Ave. Block Club
  • Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association
  • East Side Neighborhood Services Youth Department
  • The Welcome Center, Austin, MN
  • Our Saviour’s Housing
  • Lake Street Council
  • Roosevelt High School: 6 art crawls, residency in poetry, 2 residencies in mosaic
  • Andersen K-8 School
  • Andersen After School Program
  • Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center
  • La Amistad
  • Shalom Community Garden
  • Peaceful Patch Community Garden
  • Stone’s Throw Urban Farm
  • Midtown Global Market
  • 17th Ave. Block Club
  • 10th – 11th Ave. Block Club
  • Normandale Housing—Transitional Housing
  • Mercado Central
  • Augsburg College Nursing Program
  • St. Olaf College: Alumni Day of Service, Interim Class
  • Luther Seminary Multicultural Immersion
  • Semana Culture Camp
  • Division of Indian Work
  • Phillips Neighborhood Clinic
  • Young Dance
  • Midtown Greenway


  • Open Streets, Lake Street
  • Midtown Phillips
  • Austin Arts Festival
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran, Minneapolis
  • Redeemer Lutheran, Minneapolis
  • Gethsemane Lutheran, Hopkins
  • Normandale Lutheran, Bloomington
  • Edina Community Lutheran, Edina
  • St. Barnabas Lutheran, Plymouth
  • Faith Lutheran, Coon Rapids
  • Transfiguration Lutheran, Bloomington
Building Community

How Many Locations

  • Banyan
  • Waite
  • 15th Ave.
  • 17thAve.
  • Andersen
  • Andersen autism & ASP
  • Mercado Central
  • Normandale House
  • Greenway
  • Global Market
  • Our Saviour’s Housing
  • Stone’s Throw
  • Shalom Garden
  • Community Emergency Services
  • MSAC
  • La Amistad
  • Gethsemane, Hopkins
  • Redeemer, N. Mpls.
  • Holy Trinity, S. Mpls.
  • Mpls. Area Synod
  • St. Olaf College Interim
  • Luther Seminary Interim
  • Youth Works
  • Transfiguration, Bloomington
  • Advent, Maple Grove
  • Edina Community Lutheran
  • (Faith, Coon Rapids)
  • (Diamond Lake, S. Mpls)


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