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The Russian Cultural Center "Russian Soul" is committed to preserving and promoting rich and diverse ethnic Russian cultural and artistic heritage through research, presentation, and outreach programs. It also serves as a liaison between the Russian-speaking community and the broader community of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The Russian Cultural Center "Russian Soul" is unique in its dedication to research and share Russian folk culture, arts and crafts. Our members conducts lectures, presentations, and workshops on various subjects, including history, literature, weaving, toy- and doll-making, and cuisine.
We are sponsors of the Russian group at the Festival of Nations, artists on the roster of COMPAS and Young Audiences of Minnesota, recipients of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and Minnesota State Art Board grants, and collaborators with many cultural and educational organizations in Minnesota.
The folk ensemble, Belozer’e, has been steadily gaining popularity, with bookings set a year ahead. Fourteen original programs present a wide spectrum of Russian folk songs and dances--from rare 19th century wedding and fortune-telling traditions to modern folklore.
Children’s dance and game studio, Rodnik, creates a safe and fun environment for children ages 5 to 10, who learn the basics of the folk dance steps and language through games. Our little artists perform at the Festival of Nations’ Refugee Day and many other events, showing their artistic skills to thousands of people.
Russian Soul has been granted the 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the Federal government as of 2009.