The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota (CSCC) is a non-profit organization according to 501(c)(3), 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi).

The founding inspiration for the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota was provided by the former Czech President Václav Havel during his visit to Minnesota in 1999. CSCC was legally incorporated in the State of Minnesota in February 2001 and full public operation of CSCC started in November 2002.

The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota does not have a building. Czechs, Slovaks, those with Czech and Slovak heritage and those with no Czech or Slovak heritage who have an interest meet regularly to help educate others about the modern Czech and Slovak Republics.  CSCC creates cultural, educational and relationship opportunities for Minnesotans and citizens of the Czech and Slovak Republics to become active agents of local and global change.

Havel challenged us to focus on building a “civil society” in which we each take practical concrete steps toward realizing the ideals of mutual respect and understanding.  This pursuit takes many forms in today’s highly globalized world, and the CSCC strives to offer innovative programming in areas ranging from political and economic; to social, cultural and educational.

The goals of the CSCC are:

  • To act as a point of contact for people from the Czech and Slovak Republics
  • To be a resource for Minnesotans interested in Central Europe
  • Develop and sponsor symposia, educational courses, literary circles, concerts, exhibits, and theater performances.
  • Maintain a content-rich website that will help strengthen the Czech and Slovak community in Minnesota
  • Partner with embassies, government agencies, the Minnesota International Center, Universities, other Central European groups, and other cultural organizations to bring Czech and Slovak exhibits, artists, performing groups, and speakers to Minnesota
  • Promote business relationships between Minnesota and the Czech and Slovak Republics
  • Facilitate exchange programs for teachers, students, and professionals

Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Who are we? We are native Czechs, Slovaks, those with Czech and Slovak heritage and those with no Czech or Slovak heritage who have created a community in Minnesota. Where are we? We have a corporate address, not a “building” and meet regularly in the Twin Cities Metro to educate others about the Czech Republic and Slovak Republics. Who would we like to reach? All native Czechs, Slovaks, those with Czech and Slovak heritage and those with no Czech or Slovak heritage who are have an interest in our passion throughout the state of Minnesota.