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Monarch Festival 2010

In 2009 and 2010 the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, Danza Mexica Cuauhtémoc, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Nokomis Naturescape Volunteers collaborated to organize The Monarch Migration Celebration, which brought together an intergenerational, multicultural constituency to mark the beginning of the monarchs’ 2000-mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico. The monarch butterfly is a symbol of rebirth and transformation, and a confirmation that the souls of departed ancestors have returned to Mexico each fall. Cultural education components included indigenous storytelling focused on monarchs and traditional dancing by Danza Mexica Cuauhtémoc of Minnesota. Environmental education was focused on hands-on activities lead by Monarchs in the Classroom staff and naturalists from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and included activities such as monarch tagging and monarch release, and insect safaris in the Nokomis Naturescape. Local artists led creative projects for youth such as making Monarch Mandalas. Stewardship information and activities were lead by volunteers from the Nokomis Naturescape and the Wild Ones. The festival is increasingly successful - more than 5,000 people attended the 2010 festival - and the partner organizations plan to continue the work long term.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Nokomis East Neighborhood Association / Danza Mexica Cuauhtémoc
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988