Beyond Words Bash 2018

Angelique Kidjo

Join us for an evening with three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and human rights activist Angélique Kidjo to celebrate literacy and support literacy learners.

At the literacy council, we know the impact of literacy goes beyond words. From success in school and finding a job to supporting your family and fully contributing to your community, literacy opens the door to a better future. On April 19, Angélique's captivating performance style - a dynamic blend of storytelling and music - will remind us of all that literacy makes possible.

Tickets are sold out. Contact Sarah Caflisch at 651-251-9087 to be added to the waiting list.

All event proceeds support the Minnesota Literacy Council. For additional information, please email Sarah Caflisch at


Program | Tickets | Venue and parking information | Sponsorship opportunities |​ Angélique's bio | Beyond Words sponsors



In addition to Angélique's remarks and music, the evening also includes cocktails, live music by Joel Shapira, dinner by Chowgirls Killer Catering, a short program emceed by KARE 11’s Rena Sarigianopoulos and a live auction.

The evening will end with a dynamic performance by Duniya Drum & Dance and a drawing for a handmade necklace by Shimmering Carbon Studio. All Beyond Words guests are automatically entered into the drawing, but you must be present to win.

5 - 6 p.m.  |  VIP reception

6 - 6:30 p.m.  |  Registration and live music

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  |  Dinner and program



Tickets for our inaugural Beyond Words Bash are sold out, but you can contact Sarah Caflisch at 651-251-9087 to be added to the waiting list. You can also send your regrets by purchasing an Only Words Unticket for $75. To show our appreciation, we'll send you a copy of Angélique's book!

Ticket options include:

  • Beyond Words individual ticket  | $75
    • Includes dinner and entertainment for one guest
  • Beyond Words table | $600
    • Includes dinner and entertainment for eight guests
  • Above and Beyond VIP ticket | $150
    • Includes VIP reception, premier seating, dinner and entertainment for one guest
  • Above and Beyond VIP table | $1,200
    • Includes VIP reception, premier seating, dinner and entertainment for eight guests


Venue and parking information

Solar Arts Building
711 15th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

The Solar Arts Building was recently renovated using only the most eco-friendly materials and equipment, but still retains all the charm and grandeur of its 100-year history. In addition to street parking, event parking is available in the lots indicated below.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! To find the opportunity that's right for your company, download our sponsor sheet or contact Susan Godon for more information:


Angélique's bio

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, activist, and humanitarian, Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today. A creative force with 13 albums to her name, TIME  has called her “Africa’s premier diva.” With the strength of her voice, the power of her words and the intensity of her performance, Angélique creates music that not only transcends language, it connects the entire world.

One of The Guardian's 100 most inspiring women in the world, she was the first woman on Forbes’s list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and OXFAM campaigner, Angélique speaks out for human rights and female empowerment through op-eds for CNN and The New York Times.

Kidjo’s career began in the West African country of Benin, where she performed with her mother’s theater troupe at age six. However, when the Communist takeover of Benin threatened her artistic expression, she fled to France, and later, New York City.

Her memoir, Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music, embodies Angélique’s vibrant personality with “a dramatic soulful mix of text, photos and song lyrics.” With a forward by Desmond Tutu and an introduction from Alicia Keys, Publishers Weekly called the book “a beautifully told tale of courage and determination, revealing an expansive life that proves ‘music has no color, no language, no boundaries.’”

Angélique’s music is a cross-pollination of the West African music of Benin and elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America. She has sold out Carnegie Hall, topped the Billboard charts, and collaborated with Alicia Keys, Bono and Philip Glass. “I work with everyone who believes that music is the tool of peace,” says Angelique.

She won the Grammy for Best World Music Album two years in a row in 2015 and 2016 with “Eve,” a tribute to African women, and with “Sings,” a blend of the exciting rhythmic sounds from her native land and Western classical traditions. In 2017, Angélique brought her reimagining of The Talking Heads’ seminal album, Remain in Light, to concert halls and festivals across the globe with a U.S. festival debut at Bonnaroo. She will record her version of the album with superstar producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay Z, Beyoncé).

In 2007, she founded the Batonga Foundation to provide secondary education for girls across Africa and empower the female leaders of tomorrow. Celebrating her exceptional courage in standing up to injustice and improving the world through art, Angélique was awarded the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos and the 2016 Amnesty International “Ambassador of Conscience Award.” 


Beyond Words sponsors

The following companies are proud sponsors of our first annual Beyond Words Bash:


Gold Sponsors

Anderson Family Foundation

Affiance Financial logo

GED Testing Service logo





Silver Sponsors

Reell logoThrivent Financial logo


Bronze Sponsors

Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting logoBridgwater Bank logo






Fredrikson and Byron logo



Arlington Hills Lutheran Church logo


Gardner and Gardner Communications logoModus Engagement Logo