Exciting Things Coming to the Corner of Emerson and West Broadway

In 2017, as winter ice and snow thawed, bricks began falling off of our building at the corner of Broadway and Emerson. The City inspector gave us two options: 1) repair the building or 2) tear it down. After talking with JXTA youth, artists, neighbors, and advisors we made a huge decision: It’s time to clear space for the future.

And that’s exactly what we’re doing.

On May 31, 2018, we launched the largest initiative in our history – a $14 million capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art facility at our current location.

 

To be successful, we will need everyone’s support. To learn how you can assist us in this ambitious undertaking or to make a donation, contact Takara Henegar, Development Manager, at 612-588-1148 or takara [dot] henegar [at] juxtaposition [dot] org.

A new building for the future of JXTA

The new building will engage and employ even more young artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power.

This campaign will continue JXTA’s longstanding commitment to our neighborhood and in the equitable development of North Minneapolis and the West Broadway commercial corridor. In doing so, we will help build the cultural, financial, and social capital of North Minneapolis.

The $14 million will pay for the demolition of existing buildings (already completed) and the construction of a new building, the purchase of equipment and furnishings, programmatic expansion, and a reserve fund. This will be a four-year campaign that concludes on May 31, 2022.

The McKnight Foundation has made a lead gift of $1.3 million to the campaign. An additional $300,000 in donations brings our total to $1.6 million secured. JXTA’s funding will come from a variety of sources including: foundations, corporations, individuals, events, and government funding.

 

 


Making Moves: A New Skate-able Art Plaza for the Northside

Dreaming and planning takes time, and we all know that West Broadway deserves more public space designed with youth and community in mind. With support from the Super Bowl Host Committee, planning for the installation of a skate-able art plaza in the empty lot in partnership with City of Skate and the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition began in the Summer of 2018. The skate-able plaza will allow youth, artists, and community members to gather around creativity, innovation, health, and culture.

Preparation began Summer of 2018 following the demolition of 1100-1104 West Broadway in Spring 2018: the site was prepped for the plaza and a new external wall was built along the side of 1106 West Broadway. In the meantime, in collaboration with our partners City of Skate and with input and an Action Grant from Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, the design for the plaza evolved to better match our budget, meet the needs of skaters, and handle rainwater onsite. The permitting process with the City of Minneapolis was completed and bids for installation were collected in the winter of 2018–2019, and on April 15, 2019, installation began. After approximately four weeks of construction, the plaza was completed in May 2019.

Check out time-lapse photos of the installation and construction process here.

Concept image: seen from above.

 

From April 29 through May 2, Bronx-based graffiti artists Tats Cru worked on a custom mural to serve as a backdrop to the skate-able art plaza. The design was informed by nominations of heroes and sheroes from our local community members. The mural is now finished and brings color and vibrancy to our corner on Emerson and Broadway!

Bronx-based graffiti artists Tats Cru began work painting the mural on Monday, April 29, 2019.

 

Bronx-based graffiti artists Tats Cru finished painting the custom mural in May 2019. Photo by Justin Sengly.

 

Work on the forthcoming skate-able art plaza began on April 15, 2019! Check out a time-lapse video of construction here, and read about our stormwater treatment on the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization blog.

 

The skate-able art plaza under construction on May 16, 2019.

 

On Saturday, June 15, 2019, we celebrated and blessed the new skate-able art plaza with our community. Photo by Justin Sengly.

 

View more photos of the unveiling event on Flickr.

 

Thank you to our partners in the skate-able art plaza installation process:

Relocation information:

JXTA Labs are now located around the corner at 1808 Emerson:  Textiles and Screen Printing, Graphic Design, Environmental Design, and Tactical Urbanism Labs are housed here.

The Gallery and main building are located at 2007 Emerson. VALT and Contemporary Art Lab continue to work from 1108 West Broadway Avenue.

 

Stay Tuned

As we continue to move forward in this process, you can follow along here at juxtapositionarts.org/about/jxtacampus and follow #JXTAxCOS on instagram and Twitter.

Thank you to the McKnight Foundation.
McKnight Foundation