Staff & Artists
Communications & Marketing | started w/JXTA: 2014
2012’s FLOW was Adjoa’s first encounter with JXTA and she became a supporter of the organization ever since. “JXTA serves as a beacon of hope, transformation and renaissance and those traits are what kept me returning to it, ” she says. Through meaningful communicative snapshots, Adjoa loves finding new ways to convey the spirit of JXTA’s creative atmosphere. In her free time, Adjoa re-imagines urban life by examining urban policy and the functionality of an environmental city through her own writing-intensive endeavor, The IYE Project.
Development & Strategy | started w/JXTA: 2014
Betsy’s role in non-profit management centers on one foundational focus: building healthy individuals and communities through the arts. Her current work with JXTA encompasses strategic planning to increase the organization’s visibility and capacity development, while helping to employ more young artists on the Northside. Along with running her consulting practice, Table Fort, and dedicating generous amounts of energy to projects that cover food systems, health and technology, Betsy is also working on her home studio while drumming up ideas of her next travel adventure.
Environmental Design Studio Instructor | started w/JXTA: 2014
Adjunct professor and artist Coal Dorius, was first introduced to JXTA through the U of M ongoing service learning collaboration, Remix/Streetlife while pursuing her M.L.A. Coal’s thesis focused on the relationships between urban planning and cultural imprints, and how they influenced the history, equity and growth of North Minneapolis. She continues to explore placemaking opportunities in Minneapolis city policy. “My intent has always been to be as creative and purposeful as possible and I feel like that is right in line with JXTA – teaching apprentices to look for opportunities and help build an infrastructure to encourage an exchange of ideas in everyday life.”
Evaluation and Youth Development Fellow | started w/JXTA: 2014
Grace’s role as a New Sector Research in Social Enterprise Fellow is based upon helping create the infrastructure of JXTA’s new Pathways to Careers and Colleges initiative. Since her move to the Twin Cities, Grace is eager to become involved in volunteer opportunities with the public library system as well as financial empowerment projects in the area. “Community development projects are all about empowering a community or a population,” she says. “That is an amazing thing to be a part of.”
Samuel Babatunde Ero-Phillips
Environmental Design Studio Instructor | started w/JXTA: 2007
B.S. Architecture – University of Minnesota | M.Arch – University of Illinois | Fulbright Fellow, Nigeria
“I love being an architect for many reasons but mainly because design is such a valuable tool to express solutions creatively,” says Sam Ero-Phillips. An architect and educator, he brings his passion for problem-solving to the Environmental Design Studio at Juxtaposition where he works with students on projects that connect directly to the surrounding community. When he’s not at Juxtaposition, you might just find him in Nigeria lecturing at the University of Lagos where he’s also working on a PhD in sustainable development.
Sales JXTALabs | started w/JXTA: 2014
As a mentor, writer, reader and explorer, Jared funnels the energy of his combined experiences – working in Minneapolis Public Schools AVID program, creating an enrichment program for homeless youth and families which he continues to run, board president of a South Minneapolis housing co-op – into his current efforts in youth work. “JXTA allows me to combine my passion for youth development and education in my role,” he says, “while also tapping into my affinity for social enterprise and innovation.”
Visual Art Literacy Training & Public Art Studio Instructor | started w/JXTA: 2008
What do building community and an artist’s studio practice have to do with one another? Ask Caroline Kent. At JXTA, she has found an environment where she can be an artist, an educator and an agent of change in her community. Recipient of a Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists, her arts activities extend across the Twin Cities with teaching appointments at St. Paul College and Bethel University, and directing the artist-driven exhibition space, The Bindery Projects.
Office & Facilities | started w/JXTA: 2010
M.F.A. Acting and Directing – Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Theater is Justin Kirkeberg’s first love; a passion that has afforded him opportunities to work throughout the United States and internationally. On returning to the Twin Cities following periods of living in New Orleans, New York, and Chicago, Justin wanted to find a way to make a living and make a difference in the community where he grew up. He felt a natural affinity with JXTA and has been playing a role in advancing the organization’s work with his diverse organizational support skills ever since.
Youth Engagement & Apprentice Human Resources | started w/JXTA: 2013
13+ years of experience working with Minneapolis-based community organizations | founding member of S.P.E.A.C. (Sustainable Progress through Engaging Active Citizens) community organizing and neighborhood leadership training.
Shelley Martin is passionate about building community. Attending community events even tops her list of extra-curriculars. “I am excited to learn from and build more community inside of the arts,” says Martin. “Juxtaposition Arts is a great place to do that.” A longtime admirer of the organization’s community-focused work, Martin brings more than a decade of experience in managing and developing youth programs, community organizing, and education to Juxtaposition in the role of youth engagement coordinator.
Tactical Urbanism & Community Engagement | started w/JXTA: 2013
For Kristen, JXTA is a place where love of learning and love of art-making come together. Incorporating her backgrounds in youth development, urban design and program development into her role at JXTA, Kristen sees the intersection of design and entrepreneurship as a boost to a youth artist’s impact in their immediate environments. “It is a wonderful thing,” Kristen says, “to be a part of a team of young people, artists, designers and leaders who ask big questions and look at the world with a sense of possibility and a desire to create.”
Visual Art Literacy Training | JXTA Alum – started teaching w/JXTA: 2010
Drew Peterson began working with Juxtaposition Arts as a 16 year old participant in a summer mural project! He says that summer experience had a tremendous impact on his decision to become a working artist. In thinking about his work today as both a practicing artist and teaching artist Drew says, “What I enjoy most about my work at JXTA is seeing young people make their own discoveries and gain a sense of understanding and accomplishment. Engaging with young people and the JXTA community helps me escape the individualist mentality that a studio practice can develop. Its meaningful. It feeds my soul.”
Graphic Design Lab Instructor | started w/JXTA: 2014
Kenneth joins JXTA with over a decade of experience working for Fortune 1000 companies in New York as well as smaller, locally owned businesses and nonprofits. He was lead to this current role by referral, and he maintains the guiding principles of instilling a sense of belief in the possibilities that life has to offer youth. “I love seeing young artists struggle, learn, and experience the joy of breakthroughs that come with creative growth.” In his down time, Kenneth is a competitive volleyball player, coach, and a huge classic and genre film enthusiast.
Textile & Screenprinting Lab Instructor | started w/JXTA: 2011
Educator, artist, Girl Scout (yes, Girl Scout!), Lindsay Splichal embraces her role teaching young people how to make art and think like artists. Working at JXTA has reinforced her belief that making art can change lives and confirmed that empowering youth through arts training is her destiny. When not making art, Lindsay is most likely talking about it or experiencing it.
Contemporary Art Studio Instructor | started w/JXTA: 2004
“A work […] generates its own discourse. At a minimum, if affects its own discourse, At a maximum, within artistic practice, it demands the receiver to take a critical position within the material world.” -Michael Asher
A practicing artist with an arts residency and gallery shows to his credit, one of the things Nate Young likes most about his work is the passion and motivation he observes in the young people he meets at JXTA. He’s motivated by the fact that he’s able to provide high-quality arts education to youth who are committed and engaged. In addition to his work at JXTA, Nate runs The Bindery Project artist space and plays a pretty mean game of ping pong.