Mission: To build, support, and cultivate opportunities for Indigenous peoples and communities of color through the arts and activism.
About the Organization: Founded by Sergio Cenoch Quiroz and his wife, Mary Anne, Indigenous Roots began its work in 2007 as a dance and drum community circle known as Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli and has since evolved to meet Indigenous communities' growing need to reconnect with ancestral knowledge systems. Based in St. Paul, the organization offers programming designed to enhance wellness through the arts and culture, including classes in song, instrument, language, and philosophy. In May 2017, it opened the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, an incubator and co-working space for artists and organizations dedicated to supporting opportunities for Indigenous peoples and communities of color.
Current Programs: The organization's programming is designed to promote holistic well-being through Indigenous arts, culture, and tradition. Programs include Zipaktli, which helps build youth leadership and development skills through culturally relevant opportunities and partnerships; Malinali, wellness workshops focused on exploring traditional wellness and healing methods; Koatl, workshops focused on decolonized learning and ancestral knowledge, philosophy, and history; and Kiahuitl, community gatherings aimed at promoting, informing, and catalyzing social change through traditional arts, artist residencies, and public events.
A community-based center for Native-Indigenous/POC communities, the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center provides affordable convening space, an art gallery, and organizational support for artists and arts organizations. Partner organizations include Conferencia Alianza Latinx, Cypher Side Dance School, the International Indigenous Youth Council – Twin Cities Chapter, and Mama Sin Verüenza.
Funding: Indigenous Roots is funded by individuals, foundations, and program and service fees.