Photos by Angie Zapata, A Little Starlette Photography

The Twin Cities are a known center of fashion, music, food, and beer. But it’s really the people behind the restaurants, breweries, bands, and trends who have shaped that culture here. These are the citizens of I AM MPLS! And I AM ST. PAUL! who will celebrate this December at a pair of collaborative homegrown fashion and variety shows.

Over the last five years I AM MPLS! has brought together Minneapolitans in a unique setting “to celebrate and connect passionate folks in hopes of creating new relationships and build a strong, collaborative community,” says founder and producer of I AM MPLS! and I AM KINDNESS, Sarah Edwards.

Each year Minneapolis’s event has been bigger and brighter than the last. Geographical proximity and shared economic destiny require the kind of collaboration I AM! aims to foster. “So, it’s about time St. Paul got its own I AM! event,” as Carrissa Glarner, the lead producer of I AM ST. PAUL, sees it.

“The goal is to bring together as many people as possible and support and celebrate the artistic diversity that makes up the city. We want to create an event that brings together these diverse groups of people, showing them how we can work together and collaborate to create something new and unique.”

To that end, St. Paul will step out and show off its own local color on December 12, at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall. “I AM ST. PAUL! is a collaborative variety and fashion show put together for the locals, by the locals, to celebrate the city’s locals,” says Glarner, in a recent release.

That means featuring St. Paul residents and business owners (including The Growler’s own Joe Alton). These are “people who have inspired us in one way or another,” says Glarner. “Everyone who’s part of the I AM ST. PAUL! and I AM MPLS! collaboration has one thing in common—their appreciation for the Twin Cities atmosphere.“

“We want to bring together locals to show that if we support each other it will only enhance the success of the entire city and its industries,” she says. “[Craft beer culture] is a huge inspiration to us in that way—they support and help each other out.”

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