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Herzlich Willkommen beim Germanic-American Institute!

Welcome to the Germanic-American Institute. We are a Minnesota non-profit whose mission is to foster appreciation and understanding of the culture, language, arts, and ongoing history of the German speaking peoples through public educational and cultural programs.

The GAI is a co-founder and authorizer of the Twin Cities German Immersion School, a public charter located in St.Paul, serving children in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Our deepest thanks to the following foundations for their financial support of the GAI for 2015-2016:


Liederkranz: The GAI’s New Seasonal Community Choir

Rehearsals are held Tuesdays, May 17, 24, 31, and June 7.
Times: 7-9pm in the GAI Ballroom
This choir's first performance will be at Deutsche Tage on Sunday, June 12.

Start your summer singing by joining the GAI's new seasonal choir, Liederkranz! We welcome conductor Dr. John Hoffacker, renown local vocal conductor for Chorus Polaris, as leader of this new mixed choir. All singers are welcome, from beginners to native speakers, from children to seniors. Everyone will learn to sing beautifully in German and have the opportunity to perform. While other choirs have ongoing rehearsals, Liederkranz's goal is to have shorter rehearsal time frames so that busy professionals and families can participate, perform, and rehearse on a seasonal basis. 

Interested in joining? All singers are required to schedule and attend a new singer meeting with Dr. Hoffacker. This meeting is for each new choir member to meet the choir director and to discuss which part/vocal range would be most comfortable for the singer. These meetings will be 10 minutes each and can be scheduled as an individual or as a family. 
Please note: Children in third grade and up may participate in the choir but must attend rehearsals and performances with a parent/adult.

New singer meetings will be held Tuesday, May 10 between 7pm and 9pm as well as from 6pm-7pm before rehearsal on May 17. To schedule a meeting time, contact the GAI office here or by call 651.222.7027.

Our Spring Culture Series Continues!

Film Screening: Oma & Bella

Thursday, May 5 at 7pm
Free and Open to the Public
Screening in German with English Subtitles

It’s time for a movie night at the GAI! We will be screening Oma & Bella, a heartwarming documentary about two elderly Jewish women in Berlin who share an incredible friendship. Oma & Bella is an intimate glimpse into the world of Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz, two friends who live together in Berlin. Having survived the Holocaust and then stayed in Germany after the war, it is through the food they cook together that they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other, and answer questions of heritage, memory, and identity.

The screening will begin at 7pm in the GAI Ballroom. Run time is 1 hour 16 minutes. Guests are welcome and admission is free.

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