History

Juxtaposition Arts emerged in 1995 from the vision, passion and dedication of its three founders. We continue to dream big dreams for the future of JXTA.

Founded in 1995

Juxtaposition Arts founded by DeAnna Cummings, Roger Cummings and Peyton Russell (1995-2006) at 2500 North Washington, Peyton’s studio known as The House of Daskarone.

First Program

1995 Juxtaposition’s Studio Arts Program, was 4 days a week 4 hours a day for 8 weeks. Curriculum consisted of youth being mentored by professional artists to make art, learn art history, exhibit & sell their work.

Visiting Artist

JXTA begins practice of hosting guest visiting artists in 1999 with Guest Artist Lady Pink

JXTA HQ

With the support and leadership of Juxtaposition Arts Founding Board, in 2004, JXTA purchased three buildings at the corner of West Broadway and Emerson and converted the building at 2007 Emerson into the Northsides’ first youth visual art program space, gallery and offices.

Remix/Street Life Collab.

In 2004 JXTA began our Remix/Streetlife collaboration with the U of M College of Design + Department of Landscape. Led by Satoko Muratke, a former CURA intern and future JXTA staff for eight years (2004-2012), Remix/Streetlife began JXTA creative placemaking work in the built and natural environment.

2nd Ave. North Sculpture Park

In 2007, the 2nd Ave. North Sculpture Park was unveiled. Designed and installed in partnership with 4RM+ULA, Mercury Mosaics, and youth apprentices from REMIX.

Enviro Design

St. Satoko Pocket Park created in 2009 by Satoko Muratake and young designers from REMIX. Sculpture by Roger Cummings. Some of the other artists and designers who have been involved with pocket park enhancements and additions include Carrie Christensen, Coal Dorius, Mark O’Brien and Franconia Sculpture Park.

Social Enterprise

JXTA Lab youth art & design training, employment and social enterprise studios launched in 2010. Funding from Minneapolis Achieve STEP-UP supported jobs for 20 youth screenprinters, muralists, and environmental designers.

Bruner Loeb Forum

In the Spring of 2011 JXTA and local and national partners hosted the 2011 Bruner Loeb Forum: Putting Creativity to Work, strong communities through locally rooted art and design. 150 participants from throughout the country attended this innovative, experiential and though provoking two and half day forum.

JXTA Expansion

Rehab and opening of 1108 West Broadway bld. Expanded workspace, community space and artists co op studios. In less then a year 75% of studio space is leased and more then 1,500 diverse people have participated in classes, artist talks, celebrations, rehearsals, performances, and meetings in the new space.

Concept for the Future

Concept by 4RM+ULA designers for JXTA’s Emerson/Broadway future expansion…