About Mary Anne:

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Mary Anne Quiroz was born in Manila, Philippines and is passionate about arts and culture. At the age of six, Mary Anne expressed her interest for dance in ballet and Polynesian dance in various dance schools in the Philippines. Her grandmother, Lola Esther, taught her traditional Filipino dances. After immigrating to the United States in 1989, Mary Anne became involved in community work as a youth organizer and found her passion for arts advocacy and community engagement.

She lives in the Battle Creek neighborhood with her husband of over twenty years, Sergio, and their four children.

Mary Anne:

  • Grew up on the Eastside and attended St Paul Public Schools

  • Graduated from Johnson High School

  • Went to the University of Minnesota and got a degree in Family Social Science and Spanish

  • Cofounded Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli in 2006

  • Opened the Indigenous Roots Cultural Center in 2015