The Ordway launches free new series with a dialogue about homelessness in Minnesota

“At the Intersection” will explore intersection of performing arts with cultures, communities, professions and organizations in Minnesota and around the world


October 4, 2022

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Oct. 3, 2022) — The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts today launched At the Intersection, a free series of conversations and events exploring the intersection of performing arts with cultures, communities, professions and organizations in Minnesota and around the world. The new series will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 20, with a housing justice-focused event featuring the zAmya Theater Project.

“The performing arts does not just happen on stages – it’s an art form that touches so many different issues and has the power to help guide difficult conversations and inspire innovation,” said Ordway Director of Arts Learning and Community Engagement Maia Maiden, who leads At the Intersection. “This brand-new series will connect the arts with what is happening in the broader community to hopefully encourage greater understanding and new ideas.”

During the Oct. 20 kick-off event, Dorothy Day residents and clients, along with the zAmya Theater Project, will facilitate a creative dialogue about homelessness and invite attendees to meet the challenge to change. This event will be hosted at the Ordway and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

We believe that the arts should be accessible and welcoming to all – which is why we present community-centered programs throughout the year that engage children and adults,” said Ordway President and CEO Chris Harrington. “At the Intersection is an exciting new extension of our community programming, one that will bring artists, community members and business leaders together to learn from each other.”

Future At the Intersection events will be announced in the coming weeks. More information about the series and other Ordway community programs is available at


The Ordway is the arts epicenter of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and one of the leading nonprofit performing arts centers in the country. Founded on the belief that performing arts should be wide-ranging and accessible to all, the Ordway is home to a variety of performances that encompass the finest in Broadway musicals, concerts, dance and vocal artists. The Ordway serves thousands of children each year through its education programs and presents the annual Flint Hills Family Festival. Known as the most comfortable place to catch a show in Minnesota, the Ordway includes a magnificent 1,900-seat Music Theater, a state-of-the-art 1,100-seat Concert Hall and spacious lobbies. The Ordway is a proud member of the Arts Partnership, a collaboration comprising the Ordway, Minnesota Opera, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Schubert Club. The Ordway aims to reflect the communities it serves and address barriers to ensure everyone can experience the power of the performing arts.


zAmya Theater Project uses the powerful combination of lived experience and artistic expression to build a community that works for housing justice. They create and perform theater that motivates and empowers people to end homelessness, break through stereotypes and restore dignity.


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