Putting the Spotlight on Diverse Cultural Experiences in MSP

MAKE IT. MSP has been working to expand the MSP Cultural Spotlights series and is excited to announce the launch of a newly refreshed digital resource!

We all want to feel supported and connected within our communities, especially when moving to a new neighborhood or city. Getting connected with each other is a critical way to build and sustain community, and this tool was created to make it easier for folks to find community-based amenities that were culturally relevant.

The MSP Cultural Spotlights is a resourceful tool that shares some of the best culturally relevant spaces, places and amenities across the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region (MSP) with a focus on those owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We want folks to be empowered to create new connections in spaces that have celebrated and elevated diverse cultures, and continue to do so in our communities. 

The businesses, spaces and places featured in this resource come directly from diverse communities across MSP. Contributions were gathered through MIMSP social media channels, newsletters and submissions from people across the region who shared their favorite amenities here. As this resource grows, we will continue to gather more information from our communities. 

Check out snapshots of the categories featured in the new digital MSP Cultural Spotlights, or click on the button below to explore the full resource.

Food & Drink

Oftentimes, our earliest memory of community is built around the kitchen table. Food is a powerful way to connect with those around us and to celebrate long-held cultural traditions. These sections feature a variety of local restaurants, food trucks and grocers that are specific to the cultures that are represented in MSP.

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

Namaste Café

Trickster Tacos

Artists & Creatives

The arts are one of the easiest ways to engage with our own culture, as well as others. Whether it’s traditional arts like painting and dancing, or even podcasting, our communities have a vibrant art and culture scene. This section features artful ways to entertain and connect, whether you’re by yourself or with others.

Amalia Moreno-Damgaard

Andre M. Carrington

Erika Lee

Business & Retail

BIPOC retailers are vital parts of our local communities, as their products and services ignite innovation across our local economy. Be it books, boutiques, or boxed goods, these business owners represent the MSP region’s spirit of entrepreneurship. This section connects you with a variety of businesses that are focused on the different cultures found around MSP.

Black Garnet Books

Glam Curves Plus Size Boutique

Limitless Fitness

Self-Care & Wellness

It’s important that we take care of ourselves both mentally and physically. That may look different for folks across multiple cultural backgrounds. This section highlights resources that help keep us healthy and meet people at any point of their health journey.

Black Onyx Wax Studio

612 Jungle

The Connect Hair Studio

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