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 Kevin Winge, Development Director, at 612-588-1148 or kevin.winge [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

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. Construction of the new lot began in April 2019, and the skate-able plaza will be open to the public in late Summer 2019. The skate-able plaza will allow youth, artists, and community members to gather around creativity, innovation, health, and culture. Check out a concept design of the plaza below.

Skate-Able Art Plaza Update: April 2019

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 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. Now, the week of April 15, 2019, the snow has melted, and installation has begun. Stay tuned for more updates as we make progress.

Concept image: seen from above.

On April 29 and 30, 2019 (pending weather conditions), Bronx-based graffiti artists Tats Cru will be on campus to paint a custom mural to serve as a backdrop to the skate-able art plaza. The design will be informed by nominations of heroes and sheroes from our local community members. Stay tuned for more information about Tats Cru’s visit!

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