Celebrate Minnesota Mosaic’s® 18th year by exploring the creative, resourceful and entrepreneurial spirit of people from across Minnesota — from learning about the history of Northwest Airlines to investigating Minnesota’s criminal history. Join us for local author and celebrity appearances, musical tributes, and arts and crafts.
History of Brewing in MN*
Delve into Minnesota’s rich and long beer scene history with the Minnesota Historical Society, explore the innovators and home brewers that spurred a new generation of breweries, and learn the basics of beer brewing.
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6:30–8 p.m.
Minnesota author Sarah Stonich will be here to discuss her book,
Vacationland, a novel in stories, all of which revolve around characters connected somehow to Naledi, a fading lakeside vacation getaway in Northern Minnesota.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7–8 p.m.
Polish Paper Cutting*
Learn paper cutting techniques and designs to create your own paper cut art much like Wycinanki, paper-cut designs that have been used to beautifully decorate the interior of Polish homes since the early 19th century. Presented by ArtStart. Registration required.
Monday, Feb. 24, 6–8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16, 6–8 p.m.
Jazz From 1920 to 2013
Hear songs by Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker performed by the David Birrow Group and explore the history of jazz tunes from 1920 to today without missing a single decade. Presented in partnership with the Inver Grove Heights Senior Center located at the VMCC.
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7–8 p.m.
8055 Barbara Avenue
Inver Grove Heights
Metal Work of Latin America*
Learn repousse’ — a Spanish metalworking technique that uses hammering to form pliable metal into shapes — and create a beautiful silver foiled picture frame to take home. Presented by ArtStart. Registration required.
Thursday, March 6, 6–8 p.m.
Inside the Criminal Mind
Daniel Craft, forensic trainer and former FBI agent, will take an up-close look at how criminals think and why they do what they do and talk about his 31-year career as an agent.
Monday, March 10, 6–7 p.m.
Minnesota in the 1970s*
The 1970s were more than big hair, mirror balls and leisure suits. These fascinating years bridged the chasm between the tumultuous 1960s and the conservatism of the 1980s. Let the Minnesota Historical Society take you into the fascinating 1970s in Minnesota. Presented in partnership with the Inver Grove Heights Senior Center located at the VMCC.
Wednesday, March 12, 7–8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 1, 7–8 p.m.
8055 Barbara Ave.
Inver Grove Heights
Tropics Steel Drum Band*
Enjoy Reggae, Calypso, Steel Drum, Soca, Ska, Latin, Dance Hall Style and other music genres performed by authentic Caribbean instrumentalists at this upbeat musical presentation.
Tuesday, April 8, 7–8 p.m.
Café Accordion Orchestra*
Tap your toes at this eclectic mix of French Musette, vintage swing, Latin and European folk music styles from the 5-piece Café Accordion Orchestra.
Wednesday, April 9, 7–8 p.m.
Award-winning Twin Cities cake artist, known as much for her delicious and diverse flavor menu as for her sugar artistry, discusses her books Evil Cake Overlord, The Spirited Baker, and Sweet Corn Spectacular.
Wednesday, April 23, 7–8 p.m.
*Programs are sponsored by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Check the calendar of events or pick up a brochure at any library location to see upcoming Minnesota Mosaic® programs.