I don’t have “failure” in my vocabulary because I see it as opportunities for growth.

Mary Anne Quiroz, cofounder of Indigenous Roots Cultural Center, talks about preserving culture, immigrating to America, including all generations, and purpose and passion.

About the speaker

Mary Anne Quiroz was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 1989. She is an artist organizer and community activator. She is a Co-Founder/Co-Director of Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, a traditional Mexican Aztec dance and drum group that she founded with her husband, Sergio Quiroz in 2006.

Quiroz is also Co-Founder/Co-Director of Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center where she and a collective of artists provide culturally relevant space and programming opportunities that promote and practice holistic well being through indigenous arts, culture and activism. As a passionate advocate ancestral knowledge, Quiroz believes that arts and culture is a vehicle for economic development. With this mindset and the support of various entities, Quiroz was able to contribute to community development by acquiring the purchase of the building that Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center was leasing. Today, Quiroz continues to build community power with and for artists of color, organizers, activators and community members in the Twin Cities.

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