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Statement From the Executive Director

Reflecting on 2022, Healing, and Continuing to Build 

Dear Community,


As the bitter cold bears down on Minnesota, we bring the light of culture and community to sustain us. The holiday season is a time to honor our cultural heritage, ancestors, and future. 


As we reflect on 2022, we are grateful to everyone who joined our Health Hub classes, participated in Moving from Race to Culture cohorts, experienced our Rites of Passage, got vaccinated through our community outreach, transformed their health through our Culture Wells, and shared with us at community events about Rondo or Lake Street. We exist as an extension of all of you, our community. 


Cultural self-study, memory healing, and community building are ongoing, and we are grateful to be with you on the journey. As you consider your year-end giving, please remember the Cultural Wellness Center. We invite you to give to Dreamland on 38th, our capital campaign to build the future home for our work, or to the Cultural Wellness Center more generally.


In mid-January, we will unveil an interview between Don Shelby and Anthony Taylor, where they reflect on the history and revitalization of the South Minneapolis Black cultural district. In the meantime, please enjoy this preview of what’s to come. 



Elder Atum

Atum Azzahir│ Executive Director

Cultural Wellness Center

The Cultural Wellness Center and Pohlad Family Foundation’s

The Cultural Wellness Center & Pohlad Family Foundation are launching an Initiative ( Black Legacy & Leadership Enrichment Initiative) to Recognize and Support Black Community Members who are Advocates, Activists, Leaders, Healers, Artists, and Agents of Change.

Each initiate/recipient (7 people) will receive $55,000 in unrestricted funds for one year which can be used to refresh and recover.

⏳️Submissions closed at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on January 30, 2023.

Visit the following website for more information:

Cultural Wellness Center

Community Health

The Health Institute helps residents interact more knowledgeably with biomedical practitioners, provides referrals, assists in bridging cultural traditions, and provides quality assurance and accreditation for cultural health practices. We serve our community through classes, coaching, consulting, and certifications for people, for families, for communities, and for organizations and institutions.

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Cultural Solutions

The Invisible College provides consultation and educational services on the impact of culture on health as well as ways to interface with the constituent cultures of the community.  The students of the college will learn how to make use of the continuum of medicine in their choices of healing.

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About the Center

Claiming African Systems of Thought

The Cultural Wellness Center is a transformative space that incubates culturally-based solutions to real world problems. Our work at the Cultural Wellness Center is to move from race to culture. By engaging the generative practice of moving from race to culture, one engages the transformative process of being and becoming oneself through the lens of culture. The knowledge produced from this process creates the space for one to heal themselves and build community.

Our Process



Through the stories of our elders and our heritage, we can learn the lessons necessary for a modern life.



The observation of ones-self, and the collective, we can determine the faltering points in our health.



Transform your preconceptions, your understandings, and yourself.



Through these lessons we can learn to contribute to the greater health of the collective.

Community Health Club

The Cultural Wellness Center is a transformative space that engages the process of a healthy lifestyle.

The Invisible College

The Cultural Wellness Center provides cultural immersion experiences for public health and social science researchers who want to strengthen their ability to conduct research alongside cultural communities. We call this cultural approach to knowledge production our Invisible University.

Dreamland on 38th

Dreamland Café Reimagined: The vision is to create a flexible, supportive work space for African-American entrepreneurs to start and expand small businesses focused on the intersection of food and heritage— and to offer a dynamic space to host community gatherings and events.

Culturally Based Economic Development

The Cultural Wellness Center is one of the original partners of the Midtown Global Market, an initiative that gives new and emerging entrepreneurs, many of them low income and recent immigrants, a prime location and support to build a business and a future.

Our Partners

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Office : 612-721-5745

The Cultural Wellness Center
2025 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404