St. Paul’s East Side continues its grassroots growth by celebrating the opening of its new Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center this week. A collective of local artists and organizations dedicated to building community through arts and activism, the center focuses on the rapidly blossoming cultural scene in the area, particularly in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood. Doors open Thursday with a gathering and blessing of community elders. Friday’s events include openings of an exhibition of abstract paintings by Emmanuel Sierra, and “For Directions,” a collaboration between Indigenous Roots and All My Relations Gallery. On Saturday, groups such as Native Pride Dancers, Ina Yukka, Wash your Dome, and Alma Andina will bring exuberant performances honoring life on the East Side.