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Nelson Cultural Center Grand Öpening Celebration

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 11:00am to 9:00pm

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Celebrate the Grand Öpening of the Nelson Cultural Center (NCC) at the American Swedish Institute on Saturday, June 30! The party will feature the first public looks at the new building and outdoor spaces, special international musical guests, craft demonstrations, family activities, and an exhibit by world-renowned tapestry artist Helena Hernmarck, not to mention a mouth-watering selection of food and beverages.

A full day of activities is planned, all of which are free and open to the public. Enjoy food from ASI’s new café, a korvkiosk (hot dog stand), ice cream bar, and meatballs on a stick. Families will enjoy a jumpy castle, storytime, and other kid-friendly activities. FOCI Minnesota Center for Glass Arts will demonstrate Swedish glassblowing, and a handful of other artists will also present their craft. Test your own artistic skill by making a decorative wire hook in our new studio classroom. Gustavus Adolphus College joins in the celebration as well—you can stop by and see their new office suite. You can also learn about the Nelson Cultural Center’s green roof, geothermal system, and other sustainable aspects of the building.

Various Nordic musicians, ASI groups, and the McGuire and Orpen Jazz Duo from Gustavus will perform during the day. ASI’s addition is designed to establish a more accessible, welcoming presence in the Phillips West neighborhood of Minneapolis, and to celebrate this, KetzalCoatlicue, a neighborhood group joined by the desire to learn, share and live the tradition of Mexican Aztec dance, will join us for a performance as well.

At 7 p.m., international artists Yggdrasil and Eivør Duo, both based in the Faroe Islands, will perform. Yggdrasil, led by composer and pianist Kristian Blak, comes to ASI as a “world music band.” The ensemble has varied musical backgrounds, mainly in jazz, but also in ethnic, folk, rock and classical music. Eivør Duo is comprised of Faroese singer/songwriter Eivør Pálsdóttir and bassist Mikael Blak. Pálsdóttir has a distinct voice and a wide range of musical interests, including rock, jazz, folk, pop, and European classical.

We’re pleased be partnering with Eureka Recycling, Minnesota’s only non-profit with a mission to demonstrate that waste is preventable. Together, we are working towards zero-waste at the Grand Öpening. Thanks to sponsors Wells Fargo, Lucid Brewing, Vinocopia, Thousand Hills, and the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council.

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