Welcome to the Urban Village Cultivating Connection, Collaboration, & Kinship Learn More Connection. Collaboration. Kinship. The Urban Village is a Karen community space designed to cultivate connection, collaboration, and kinship both inside and outside its walls - both inside and outside the Karen Community. Our Family Academy Model works to enhance home-to-classroom engagement through the empowerment of parents and the support of students. At the Urban Village, we believe that the road to opportunity and achievement can be difficult to travel alone. We believe, it takes a village. Upcoming Events A community conversation with St. Paul Mayor, Melvin Carter. On July 23rd, The Urban Village will play host to a community conversation with Mayor Melvin Carter. This is an effort from community leadership to share comments, questions, and concerns with the Mayor as well as some education of Karen history and culture. Karen Martyrs Day Celebration (Friday, August 9th) Join us at The Urban Village for a kick off celebration of Martyrs day! Food, friends, art, and a special musical guest lineup! Karen Martyrs Day Celebration (Saturday, August 10th) 9am - Come visit The Urban Village booth @ Hazel Park for the Martyrs day festivities. 5pm - Karen Art Exhibition @ The Urban Village Karen Martyrs Day Celebration (Sunday, August 11th) ALL DAY - Visit the Karen Art Exhibition @ The Urban Village! 1pm - Saw Kennedy's art class for kids @ Hazel Park via The Urban Village booth! The Urban Village Who we are. What we do. The Urban Village is a Karen community space on the east side of Saint Paul, Minnesota. We're a launch pad for Karen students, artists, leaders, entrepreneurs, dreams, businesses, movements, and community projects. Our vision is big but our strategy is simple... Be a village. From watering hole to watering seeds The building of 1082 Arcade Street was once used to serve its neighbors alcohol, now, it just serves its neighbors. The Urban Village is a gathering space for individuals, groups, entrepreneurs, organizers, ideas, movements, and dreams with the intention of not only being space, but fertile soil for seeds of hope to grow. As The Urban Village expands, so does it’s capacity to not only provide space, but to share resources, create connections, and cultivate new opportunities for and within the Karen community. Our village is a bar repurposed - where the source of connection is reimagined - offering a sense of community that is redefined. Our Story - "The Power of Kinship" Our liberation is bound up with one another, so let us work together. Village Values Add a short description and overview on what the values are. Kinship Kinship When we begin to identify with someone else, it no longer becomes a question if their humanity is worth fighting for, we never stop fighting for our own. Sharing Sharing We believe in the power of sharing resources, time, ideas, and support. We hope that what you receive will be reflective of what you give. Come give. Come receive. Mutual Learning Mutual Learning Student or teacher. Mentor or mentee. We believe that we all have lessons to learn and something to teach. No one has the corner in this village. We learn alongside one another. Inclusion Inclusion No matter your background, your religion, your skin color, your gender identity, your ability, your sexual orientation, your education, your family history, or your personal story. You, are welcome in our village. Resilience Resilience We honor the resilience of the Karen people, who have known grit and perseverance in the face of great trials and injustice. So then, at The Urban Village we will be gritty, we will persevere, we will adapt, we will get flexible, and we will pass it on. Solidarity Solidarity We believe that justice is holistic and that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere”. Therefore, as this organization hopes to work for justice, equality, and opportunity for the Karen people, it will always stand in solidarity with other marginalized people groups and other causes for justice. Always. Contact Us Do you have questions about the Urban Village? Contact us today. We would love to hear from you, and help with any questions you may have. - The Urban Village 1082 Arcade Street St. Paul MN 55106 612.987.3203 Name Please enter your name. Email Please enter a valid email. Your Message Please enter a message. Send Message failed. Please try again. Thanks for your message! We’ll be in touch soon.