Monday, March 8, 2010

Colors of Minnesota: A Celebration of Diversity through the Arts

Tonight I'm styling a fashion show for TORCH, the young patrons group of the Minnesota Opera, at International Market Square. The event receive write-ups in both Secrets of the City and City Pages.

Secrets of the Day » Monday, Mar. 8th

Colors of Minnesota: A Celebration of Diversity through the Arts »

Secret This Monday, the International Market Square will be a-buzz with stylish and diverse Twin Citizens mixing, mingling and networking, all set to the backdrop of interactive activities and an extravagant fashion show. Helmed by TORCH, a young professionals' group focused on social networking and the arts, this fun event will bring together numerous local community groups, creative-types, professionals and their peers The fashion segment is styled by Secrets contributor and local fashion maven, Jahna Peloquin, and will include designs and conceptual couture pieces from the Minnesota Opera's costume department as well as looks from high end local boutiques OPM and Elsworth Mens. Also on the roster are "engagement stations" where attendees connect with each other and the event's diversity partners over yoga instruction, henna painting, writing exercises, collective painting, fashion styling, makeup artist demos and more. In addition, there will be keynote speakers who will address arts and diversity including renowned photographer, Wing Young Huie; art curator, fashion designer and director, Emma Berg; and YWCA Racial Justice and Public Policy Director, Anita Patel. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available as well. Doors open at 5:30pm, with program at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more info visit
5:30 PM Monday at International Market Square

Here's City Pages' writeup:

Colors of Minnesota: Celebrating Diversity Through the Arts
Jessica Armbruster
Diversity in the Minnesota art scene will be explored and celebrated at this event, which is pretty diverse in offerings itself. Opening remarks will feature a talk with artist Wing Young Huie, who has won awards for his photography of Lake Street and whose extensive upcoming project along University Avenue promises to be exciting. Local fashion designer Emma Berg and racial justice and public policy director for the YWCA Anita Patel will also discuss their work and diversity in our state. Throughout the night, guests can partake in henna painting, haiku performances, and music by MN Opera. There will also be a fashion show featuring local boutiques and designers, yoga demonstrations, food, and a cash bar. To register, visit

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