Emergence Festival 2021

As we emerged tentatively from our COVID cocoons last summer, we asked What kind of world do we want to see— and create? Visitors found inspiration at our Emergence Festival at Lake Como in July, discovering pop-up stations along the walking path, all hosted by local nonprofit and community groups. These practical idealists are showing how we can use this moment to work for racial and economic justice, resilient communities, balanced ecosystems, and a healthy climate. Learn more using the links and directory below, then bring these ideas to your household, workplace, neighborhood. Find your own niche!

Directory of participating groups


Festival map


Station location list


Photos: Transition Town ASAP's butterfly-powered info booth... Bubbles with the Victoria Theater Arts Center... Frogtown Green offered ecosystem quiz questions and free trees... St. Paul 350 shared clean-energy action strategies... A local trio under the trees... BrightSide Produce, improving fresh food access... MN Interfaith Power & Light builds relationships for climate action... The U of M's Bee Squad shared fun lessons on pollinators... Zero Waste St. Paul had practical recycling tips... St. Anthony Park UCC, linking hands and hearts... St. Paul's UCC, with ribbons celebrating a Sacred Circle for the climate... Nonviolent Peaceforce is a global network with local projects... the St. Paul Federation of Educators gathered signatures for Solar on Schools... Capitol Region Watershed District brought its multi-armed Water Protector sculpture... Composting bike trailer thanks to Eureka Recycling.