FlintHills International Children's Festival 2017
June 3rd - June 4th, 2017 Rice Park, Downtown Saint Paul, MN
Volunteers help needed. Please sign up here.
India Association of Minnesota, along with SILC, is participating in the FlintHills International Children's Festival, presented by Ordway during the Family Weekend on June 3 - 4th from 10 am to 5 pm. During the Family Weekend, downtown Saint Paul comes to life! The parks around the Ordway are filled with free arts activities, arts exhibitions, and, of course, performances.
Join us on June 3rd and 4th to experience arts and culture from various parts of the world.
General Public Hours
June 3rd and 4th - 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Rice Park, Downtown Saint Paul,
109 W 4th St, St. Paul, MN 55102
Connect Asia 2017
Connect Asia 2017, IAM’s annual event organized in Partnership with Best Buy was a roaring success story of great networking, encouraging mentors, a powerful speech by the keynote speaker Asheesh Saksena, Chief Strategic Growth Officer, Best Buy, as well as an enthralling panel discussion about diversity within the corporate climate and culture. The event was sold-out with over 220 people and represented by more than 50 corporate and non-profit organizations.
Connect Asia, a unique platform organized by IAM, aims to bring together Corporate Employee Resource Groups and Asian Organizations under one umbrella to promote Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity in Corporate leadership.
Held at the sprawling Best Buy Corporate Campus on Penn Avenue, Richfield, Connect Asia 2017 also celebrates the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. This year, our overarching theme was “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together” – a quote by the famous American entrepreneur Malcom Forbes. The event kicked off with a Social Hour, followed by the Keynote Speech, Panel Discussion, a fascinating story-telling skit by the renowned artist Zaraawar Mistry and Dinner.
Thank you for your immense support and coming together for our Peace Vigil on March 4th, 2017.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed in an disheartening incident on Feb 22, 2017, shot in a sad display of hate. Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot were wounded in the incident that took place in Olathe, Kansas. Ian took gunshots in a very brave and compassionate attempt to protect Srinivas and Alok.
In Gandhiji's words strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. By coming together with strong will , we witnessed over 200 people join us to raise awareness against hate and show our solidarity in support of justice and tolerance towards people of all diversities. We were reminded today by all of our community coming together that we are one community, one race - the human race and we will all support each other. We want to spread the light of love and acceptance across all our differences today.
Connect India 2017
Presented by India Association of Minnesota (IAM) in partnership with Dr. Dash Foundation, Connect India 2017, the first signature IAM event of the year, got off to a great start to a full house on Saturday, February 11th at DoubleTree Hotel Park Place, St. Louis Park.
Over 40 non-profit Organizations attended the event that included 250 community leaders and 30 dignitaries including state senators, legislators and mayors. Among the notables included MN Attorney general Lori Swanson and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
The evening started with the social hour followed by elevator-style community introductions where each organization got the opportunity to introduce and share their respective work with the rest of the room. This was followed by a video recap of Dr. Dash Foundation about the various cultural, educational and charities that the Foundation has helped over the years.
IAM 2017 President Sree Kamojala addressed the gathering with a stunning announcement about 2017 being the year in which the much-anticipated India Heritage Center would see the light of day – a core committee spear-headed by IAM is already in place.
The keynote speakers were next and gave rousing speeches about the need of the hour – amidst the negative rhetoric, how we as Minnesotans have always welcomed one and all and stand tall against any kind of discrimination and hate. Speaker after speaker, including AG Lori Swanson, assured and empowered the crowd about the we in us all!
IAM Lifetime Achievement Award
IAM Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 was presented to to MR. MUKTHAR THAKUR in gratitude and deep appreication of his devotion, loyalty and dedicated service to the community
The award was presented at a glittering ceremony on February 11th at DoubleTree at Park Place, St. Louis Park in front of a full house comprising various regional non-profit organizations, dignitaries including state senators and legislators, city mayors including Chris Coleman and Attorney General Lori Swanson who came fresh from the success of challenging and winning in the courts against the latest immigration ban along with the state of Washington.
Highlights of the festival
- Food: Enjoy delicious cuisines from eight Twin Cities Indian restaurants
- Cultural: Two of the biggest Indian Classical dance groups based in Minnesota perform at IndiaFest for the first time at this year’s event. Immerse yourself in colorful Classical, Semi-Classical, Bollywood and regional solo and group performances
- Exhibits: Visit booths with decoration, traditions, and culture from various regions of India, showcasing the diversity of India
- Activities: Fun activities for adults and kids. Enjoy henna or face painting, kite flying, chess, cricket, or learn some skills in yoga and meditation
- Bazaar: Shop for traditional Indian clothing and accessories
- Raffle Drawing: Giveaways from Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and many others
- Student Scholarships: Five student scholarships to be given at the event
India Association of Minnesota (IAM), established in 1973, is a non-profit organization, chartered to build strong and cohesive community of Asian Indians.
Perform at Indiafest : http://iamn.org/en/participants/perform
Volunteer at Indiaest : http://iamn.org/en/participants/volunteer