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Connecting Community: Podcast, Virtual Createch, and CVP

April 27, 2020

Our youth, interns, and staff are itching to continue to create and connect with the community. While we may not be able to be together physically,we are finding ways to connect in other ways. 

SPNN’s youth are talking with artists about what life looks like during a pandemic. We did our first podcast April 17 with Desdamona, a Twin Cities poet, spoken word artist, educator, and MC. SPNN Right Track Workers, Caleem and Amerior, worked with the youth team to write up questions for the interview and D, alongside Michael, conducted the interview.  She talked about what it’s like being an artist and educator during this time. You can listen to the podcast on SoundCloud, and Internet Archive. It will be on Apple Podcasts as well. This past weekend we interviewed May Lee-Yang. You can find that podcast also on SoundCloud, Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Internet Archive. We have more podcasts on the way, stay tuned. 

Creating a new podcast is not the only thing our youth team has been working on. While we would all prefer to be in the same space co-creating, that doesn’t mean we can’t still create. Our St. Paul Right Track Workers and Interns have been working hard to create short video tutorials on everything from making a poster design to an animated flip book to learning the basics of photography. We plan to share these with the community to help spur creation at home. We will be posting the videos on our website as they get done.

The SPNN Programs team is asking for each of you to share your thoughts and creativity with the community. We are asking folks to submit a short video to our community video project. This video can be as long or short as you want, it can answer one of our prompts or your own. It can be heavily edited or just you talking. The choice is yours on what you want to share. We encourage you to use what you have, a laptop, ipad, or phone to shoot. There are free and low cost programs for editing-email us at for help identifying what is right for you. If you need pointers on using your iPhone or Samsung phone check out this video done by our student worker Tara. If you are looking for inspiration check out this video the Programs team created. The point is, it important, now more than ever, to connect to the wider community. This is our way to do that. 

SPNN is continuing on with our Artist Talk series made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The next artists talk will be with Leya Hale on May 17, 2020 from 2PM-4PM via Zoom. You can register for her talk here