CLUES recognizes donors and volunteers

May 2, 2018

On April 25, CLUES hosted GRATITUDe, our first ever donor and volunteer appreciation event. The event was an opportunity for us to thank our dedicated volunteers and donors, whose contributions help us achieve our mission and strengthen our organization.

The evening featured remarks from CLUES’ president Ruby Lee, updates from program staff and participants, opportunities for networking and mingling, delicious food from the Cafe Racer food truck, and a chance to browse the artwork of talented local Latino artists.

The evening was also an opportunity for us to announce our new Individual Giving Program. This program allows those who donate to CLUES to receive special benefits, including a one-time donor gift, discounted Gala Latina ticket and an invitation to next year’s Donor and Volunteer Appreciation event! Learn more about the program here.

Thank you again to all who give of their time and resources to support CLUES. We couldn’t do all we do without you!

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View beautiful photos of GRATITUDe from photographer Jorge Amerigo.

Meet the Artists of GRATITUDe


Jessica Lopez Lyman, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary performance artist and Chicana feminist scholar interested in how People of Color create alternative spaces to heal and imagine new worlds. She is a member of Electric Machete Studios, a Chicanx/Latinx/Indigenous art collective on St. Paul’s West Side.

For our event, Jessica and her assistant brought a unique paleta-inspired, mobile screen printing cart and taught guests how to create their very own silkscreen posters!




Ricardo Bennett-Guzmán is an experimental media artist, photographer and filmmaker. Born and raised in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, his work questions and challenges the political, cultural and economic dimensions of globalization.

Leading up to the event, Ricardo conducted a month-long photography workshop with three participants of our youth mentorship program: Heidi Oropeza, Christina Neubauer and Guadalupe Rodriguez. At GRATITUDe, Ricardo and the students created an engaging, reflective exhibit of the photos they took during the workshop. View their photos here.




Tomás Aratti is an architect from Chile who has embarked on an adventure to follow his passion as a painter and illustrator. He is currently a resident artist at the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center across the street from CLUES in East St. Paul. His art speaks, in a very personal matter, of the relationship between mankind and mother nature.

Tomas exhibited some of his beautiful paintings at our event, the first time he’s shown his work outside of his home country!




Raul was born and raised in Mexico and has resided in Minneapolis since 1998. Pablo was born in Uruguay and has lived in the Minnesota/Wisconsin area since 1988. Together, they co-host LatinoAltROCK!, a multi-genre, high energy, KFAI radio show that celebrates cultural diversity and expression.

Raul, Pablo, and special guest Elizabeth Carey DJ’d our event, providing energetic music all evening long!


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