What happens when you put 18,000 socially conscious, active youth and their supporters under one roof? The students of Main Street School of Performing Arts (MSSPA) will soon find out.
They’ve been asked to play an important role energizing and engaging the crowd at the highly anticipated We Day Minnesota event on Oct. 8 at the Xcel Energy Center. Only the third such event in the U.S., and the first in the Midwest, We Day is part of a global movement recognizing and celebrating a young generation’s commitment to local and global causes.
An educational event celebrating a movement of young people leading local and global change, We Day is tied to the yearlong We Act program, which offers curricular resources, campaigns and materials to help turn the day’s inspiration into sustained activation. We Day is part of a family of organizations, including Free The Children and Me to We, that has a shared goal: to empower a generation to shift the world from ‘me’ to ‘we’—through how we act, how we give, the choices we make on what to buy and what to wear, the media we consume and the experiences with which we choose to engage. More info: www.weday.com
In preparation for the event, We Day officials will meet with MSSPA students and faculty at the Hopkins Arts Center on October 7 from 8:30 – 10:30 am for “boot camp” training to get them fully-versed in their role; cueing the audience to action, while energizing and engaged the crowd.
"Being invited to play such a significant role in the We Day event is valued recognition of the special quality of our students and the unique nature of our school, “ said MSSPA Director of Outreach and Development, Robert Thompson. “MSSPA students are consistently engaged in social issues. They have been active in the Feed Our Starving Children program, and this year the school’s focus is on hunger— locally and globally. We will continue our work with Feed my Starving Children as well as engage in programs to support local food shelves. We Day is the perfect kick-off to our activities this year."
The star-studded event will offer an array of popular artists, community leaders, and public officials. In addition to the Grammy®-nominated multi-platinum artists the Jonas Brothers and Carly Rae Jepsen, world-renowned actor and inspirational humanitarian Mia Farrow, Governor Mark Dayton, Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius, and many, many others will be on hand.
We Day Minnesota and the We Act program is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance at the event and state-wide, thanks to the generous support of sponsors General Mills, Phillips Family Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation, Bremer Bank and Carlson Family Foundation. See a full list of sponsors here.
We Day Minnesota will take place on October 8, at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul. The program begins at 9:00am. It is anticipated more than 18,000 students—and their supporters—from around the region will be on hand for the festivities. For more information visit the We Day Minnesota website page.
About Main Street School of the Performing Arts: Established in 2003, Main Street School is a tuition-free, four-year charter high school conveniently located in the heart of downtown Hopkins, and serving students from across the Twin Cities metro area. A place of inspiration and imagination, Main Street School offers students an arts-centered education, wrapped in a challenging academic curriculum. MSSPA is proud to have the University of St. Thomas as their Charter School Authorizer.
MSSPA VISION: Through the creation and performance of theatre, music, and dance, learners will establish their unique personal signature. Rigorous academics and collaboration with professional artists will prepare learners for higher education and lifelong engagement in the arts.
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