Virtual Exhibit Hall
Welcome to our Virtual Exhibit Hall! Though we are unable to gather at Staring Lake Park for our PeopleFest! Party as we have done in the past, we hope you enjoy these virtual booths and learning from your neighbors. Just as one could move from table to table in person at the party, we hope you are able to spend time browsing what each exhibit has to offer! A special thank you to our partners who worked so hard to prepare engaging and informative exhibits.
- Celebrating Differences Children's Story Video Library
- City of Eden Prairie Complete Count Committee
- Eden Prairie Chinese Association
- Eden Prairie Human Rights & Diversity Commission
- Eden Prairie Schools' Family School Program
- EP Blue Birds (AKA EP Autism Awareness Club)
- Hennepin County Library
- Interfaith Circle of Eden Prairie
- Pakistan American Society of Minnesota
- We Are Eden Prairie Podcast
The Celebrating Differences Children's Story Video Library was created specifically for families with young children in Eden Prairie in honor of PeopleFest! 2020. The collection features residents and Eden Prairie Schools staff reading a children’s story or folktale that either has cultural significance for them or supports the spirit of PeopleFest!
Curated by Parent Educator Stephanie Hendrickson, we hope this collection inspires positive self-identity and dialogue that embraces our a sense of curiosity toward others.
The video library is a jumping off point and compliments the live parent discussion scheduled for Thursday, August 13 at 2:00 (more details available on the main PeopleFest! page).
- All Are Welcome
- Antiracist Baby
- Bee-bim Bop!
- Dhegdheer: A Scary Somali Folktale
- It's Okay To Be Different
- Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía Una Llamita
- My Friend and I
- Princess Hair and Cool Cuts
- Shades of People
- Snack Time Around the World
- The Day You Begin
- To Market! To Market!
- Whoever You Are
Pacer Center PACER Center's mission is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and provide family programs.
EmbraceRace “As US racial divisions and inequities grow sharper and more painful, the work of envisioning and creating systems of authentic racial inclusion and belonging in the United States remains work in progress. We believe that reversing the trend must begin in our homes, schools, and communities with our children’s hearts and minds.”
EmbraceRace Children’s Books Resource Page
How Kids Learn About Race (video and related resources) “ On this episode of Talking Race & Kids, we take a close look at the childhood landscape of racial learning. Beyond what we say to them explicitly, what other factors shape what our children learn about race? How do differences in racial and class identities shape the ways children learn and are taught about race? Maggie and Erin share their research then Andrew and Melissa of EmbraceRace take questions and comments from the EmbraceRace community”
Choosing “good” picture books featuring diverse (BIPOC) characters (video, action guide, and additional resources) “If you're a parent who understands the importance of seeking out picture books that feature Black and Indigenous People and People of Color (BIPOC) -- offering children, as Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop phrased it, “mirrors and windows” to the world -- it can still be challenging to know how to choose a good book from among what’s increasingly available on the “diverse books” market. Watch this conversation with the founders of Diverse BookFinder. They give their practical advice about how you can move beyond simply avoiding stereotypical portrayals to find great picture books featuring BIPOC your child is likely to enjoy.”
Resources for Parents: Uplifting Youth Through Healthy Communication About Race (American Psychological Association)
Raising Bilingual Children from Linguistic Society of America
Teaching Children Cultural and Racial Pride “In this video, AAP Pediatrician Edith Bracho-Sanchez, MD offers important advice to parents about the importance of teaching children to honor differences in others, and to celebrate the way in which we all contribute to American society.”
The HOPE Speaks Project is a Twin Cities based non-profit organization working to normalize conversations about race and racism through a family-centered approach that develops racial literacy in order to build an antiracist community.
India Association of MN (IAM) “A non-profit organization that has straddled over four decades of community service since its inception in 1973, India Association of Minnesota (IAM) aims to build a strong and cohesive community of over 50,000-strong Asian Indians in the state of Minnesota. Through its three-prong mission of Culture, Charity and Connections, IAM seeks to build bridges of understanding between the Asian Indians and the society at large within the state and the country, connect Minnesota with India through events that promote cultural understanding and heritage, provide charitable hand to causes here and in India, all the while functioning as the umbrella organization to the multitude of regional organizations in the state.”
The 2020 Census is underway. Data collected in the census will inform the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities each year for the next 10 years for things like health care, food assistance, and infrastructure. It’s important that we all respond to shape the future of our communities.
The census is now closed.
The City of Eden Prairie Complete Count Committee invites you to learn more about the 2020 Census explore your questions about this important survey.
- WHAT IS THE DECENNIAL CENSUS?
- EXPLORE MORE ABOUT CENSUS 2020
- HOW CAN I RESPOND?
- WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ME?
- WHAT INFORMATION WILL BE REQUESTED?
- WHAT INFORMATION WILL NOT BE REQUESTED?
- WILL MY INFORMATION BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee.
Complete your Census here: https://2020census.gov/en.html
Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:
• Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
• Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
• Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.
Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.
The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
Did you know? Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission Trivia
The Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission is a group of resident volunteers that are appointed by Eden Prairie City Council to act in an advisory capacity to the City on matters of diversity, civil and human rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Did You Know? EPHRDC Trivia will let you compete against family and friends as you test your knowledge about the EP Human Rights and Diversity Commission and Eden Prairie. By opening in Google Slides and launching the PowerPoint into presentation mode, you can navigate through the game by clicking on a point value on the point board to find your question. When you’re ready to see the answer, click the arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen. And then click the arrow in the bottom left corner to return to the board. And don’t miss the Just for Kids questions- specifically designed for our youngest competitors.
Want to learn more about the Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission? Contact Megan Yerks, Staff Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org or (952)949-8394.
Life Journeys is a group of writers living in Eden Prairie and from across the world. An original magazine was published in February of 2020 with stories by a group of women who were participating in Community Education's Family School for English Language Learners program. The original PDF is available here.
As part of PeopleFest! 2020, the Life Journeys group decided to develop a blog to share their personal stories with the community. Writers touch on themes of family, tradition, and the changes in life that have come about since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. They offer both their memories and their opinions on life, change, and the unexpected. The stories teach us about the traditions, values, and memories of each writer, and encourage us in their honesty to reflect on our own experiences in these unexpected times.
Hello, PeopleFest! Participants!
Before you embark on our five-minute journey into the world of neurodiversity, here is a little introduction about us, EP Blue Birds.
Founded in September 2017, the Eden Prairie Autism Awareness Club (aka EP Blue Birds) is dedicated to breaking the negative stereotypes surrounding students with ASD. Unfortunately, the word 'autistic' is commonly associated with the words 'retarded' and 'stupid' within our society. Due to this negative connotation, many people tend to use autism as an insult to hurt others without realizing the hurt it does to affected individuals.
EP Blue Birds strongly believes that spreading awareness by educating our peers is the key to tackle this societal problem. By organizing fundraisers, discussions, and speakers, we believe that student involvement in learning about autism is the first step towards a more accepting society.
For this year’s PeopleFest!, we have made a video describing exactly what autism is. Hopefully, in the end, you will be able to see how our beautiful world is filled with amazing, neurodiverse individuals!
If you would like more information about autism and/or our organization, please check out our website (www.epbluebirds.org)!
A Message from the Eden Prairie Library Staff:
Staff at the Eden Prairie Library are going to miss the opportunity for our community to come together in one place to celebrate each other and our cultures. Most of all we’re going to miss sampling the food from different cultures and learning about the flavors and spices and history of each other’s food.
In place of that, we thought we would share some electronic versions of cookbooks that celebrate food from countries around the world. These books, from the Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks series offer history, maps, geography, and best of all recipes for families to come together to create and taste the food that make up the cultures in our community.
We selected thirteen books in this series that are freely available online from eBooks Minnesota that you should be able to access fairly easily with your computer. Then the cooking and the sharing and the tasting are all up to you. We hope you’ll try one or two recipes in celebration of you and your neighbors in Eden Prairie. The Eden Prairie Library staff can’t wait to see you in person again and hear about your cooking experience!
- How to Access Ebooks
- African Cuisine
- Central/South American Cuisine
- Asian Cuisine
- European Cuisine
- Middle Eastern Cuisine
Biblioboard is the company that provides the Ebook Minnesota collection. You will be prompted to create a profile (account) with a username, which is your email address, and a password. Once you’ve created your profile (account) you can use the link to the book that we’ve provided, or you can use the search box on the Biblioboard page to find the title of the book. There are more books in the Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbook series that you can explore. Plus, EBooks Minnesota has thousands of other books free for you to use
Cooking the East African Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Bertha Vining Montgomery, Constance Nabwire. c2001
Discover the significance of the two main meals eaten daily in several East African countries.
Cooking the North African Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Mary Winget, Habib Chalbi. c2003
A stopping point on the spice trade route between Europe and the Far East, North African cooks adopted many spices into their cuisine offering tasty dishes such as couscous, falafel, and hummus.
Cooking the Southern African Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Kari Cornell, Peter Thomas. c2005
The various cultures from native Africans, and European and Asian settlers have combined to make eating in Southern Africa a delightful adventure.
Cooking the Central American Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Alison Behnke. c2005
The seven countries of Central America share many culinary traditions, while offering their own unique specialty dishes.
Cooking the South American Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Helga Parnell. c2002
With twelve independent countries, the Falkland Islands, and French Guiana, the many cultures of South America feature a variety of dishes.
Cooking the Chinese Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Ling Yu. c2002
Discover the importance that culture, landscape, and tradition play in Chinese cooking.
Cooking the Indian Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Vijay Madavan. c2002
Sweet, hot, and savory, spices are so important to Indian cooking, they are often prepared in special ways, reflecting the varied influences on Indian culture.
Cooking the Indonesian Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Kari Cornell, Merry Anwar. c2004
With staples such as rice, saté, and gado-gado salad, Indonesian menus feature tropical fruits and vegetables grown throughout the islands and savory spices such as cumin and turmeric.
Cooking the Korean Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Okwha Chung, Judy Monroe. c2002
Often highly seasoned, Korean dishes such as cold cucumber soup, san jok (grilled beef and vegetable skewers), and ho bak jon (zucchini pancakes) are unique and appealing.
Cooking the Vietnamese Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Chi Nguyen, Judy Monroe. c2002
Vietnam's warm climate allows for an abundance of rice, fresh fruits, and vegetables that are the mainstays of Vietnamese meals.
Cooking the Mediterranean Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Alison Behnke. c2005
Each of the more than 15 countries in the area around the Mediterranean Sea offer their own unique dishes and traditions, resulting in a varied and delightful cuisine.
Cooking the Norwegian Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Sylvia Munsen. c2002
Although Norway is a modern, technologically advanced country, its people, holidays, and dishes are deeply rooted in the past and reflect the cycles of nature.
Cooking the Middle Eastern Way: Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks. Alison Behnke. c2005
The long, intricate history and vibrant modern culture brings some shared cuisine by many countries in the region, but each nation also has its own specialties, leading to a diverse and interesting blend of dishes.
In the Interfaith Circle, we come together with our neighbors to learn and grow in harmony and peace. We celebrate our diversity, learn about the faith traditions in which we are each grounded, and serve the greater community through collective action.
The Space Between Us: Physically Distanced but Spiritually United, which has a run time of 6 minutes and 30 seconds was produced by Interfaith Circle of Eden Prairie. Shehla Mushtaq, Jeff Strate, Sarah Steichen Stiles served as co-producers. Jeff Strate also served as the director, editor, narrator.
A Note From the Director:
Interfaith Circle of Eden Prairie provides opportunities via events, programs and seminars for people of any ethnicity, culture, race or religion to share their perspectives and traditions with others. Our video attempts to blend a few representative examples from Circle programs and celebrations with some of the issues of concern to our faith communities. We have also attempted to have the video reflect the tone of the new world we now live in and the resonance of the people and natural settings of where we live.
PASofMN (پاس) is an ambitious initiative focused on providing a platform bringing Minnesotans of Pakistani Origin and broader Minnesotans together. This is the platform to engage and cherish our roots, collaborate, and make a difference in our local communities.
Explore Pakistan from the comfort of your home with the following videos:
An Introduction to Pakistani Food
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xdya8eym9nM (by Mark Weins)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQDom2gxiVc (By The Food Ranger)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSnzzVrSrqw (by the Lazy Nomad)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFVka8zM_84 (Ali Ahmed)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzLWdNfNj-4 (Climbing K2 Mountain)
To learn more, join the Virtual Pakistan Independence Day Celebration on August 14th at 5:00 PM. More information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/287423939183373
Every person has a story. Our stories connect us to one another, to our community, to our world.
A couple of years back, Cedar Ridge Elementary teachers Katy Anderson and Mike Isaacson tasked their students with creating an episode for a podcast called “We Are Eden Prairie.” Students worked in teams of two to conduct, edit, and publish interviews with people who live or work in Eden Prairie. They also spent time reflected on what they learned from hearing their stories.
“We Are Eden Prairie” is a project-based learning experience built on the belief that our stories are powerful, unique, and ultimately connect us. Yet due to a variety of circumstances, these stories often go untold. This educational journey elevated some of those voices. By practicing a genuine interest and curiosity in differences, and finding greater connections within them, we are building global citizens who value the gifts that each individual contributes to our world.
We hope you enjoy these sample episodes from “We Are Eden Prairie.”
Hmong Cultural Center Museum and Research Library, St Paul, MN: https://www.hmongcc.org/
The Somali Museum of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN: http://www.somalimuseum.org/
American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN: https://www.asimn.org/
Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, Minneapolis, MN: https://www.maahmg.org/home
The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, MN: https://tmora.org/
Hoċokata Ti: Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s (SMSC) Cultural Center, Shakopee, MN: https://shakopeedakota.org/culture/hocokatati/
Eden Prairie Historical Society, Eden Prairie, MN: http://www.edenprairiehistory.org/
India Association of Minnesota: IndiaFest, Virtual celebration with events July 4 - August 15
Why Treaties Matter, Virtual Exhibit: http://treatiesmatter.org/exhibit/
Minneapolis Institute of Art: When Home Won’t Let You Stay, Virtual Exhibit: https://new.artsmia.org/when-home-wont-let-you-stay-art-and-migration/
The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project Online Exhibition, Virtual Exhibit: https://trettertransoralhistory.umn.edu/
Islamic Resource Group: Tracks in the Snow, Virtual Exhibit: http://irgmn.org/exhibit-virtual-museum/
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: Chinese Garden: https://arb.dl.umn.edu/content/chinese-garden-2
Normandale Community College: Japanese Garden: https://www.normandale.edu/community/japanese-garden
The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in MN: https://www.tpt.org/the-ada-at-25-disability-rights-in-mn/
TPT Series: Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota: https://www.tptoriginals.org/series/muslim-sheroes-of-minnesota/
TPT Collection: MN’s Black Pioneers: https://www.tptoriginals.org/projects/mn-black-pioneers/