News // July 3, 2017
BY: JXTA

In celebration of 22-years of putting creativity to work in North Minneapolis, we are displaying our first-ever Juxtaposition Arts alumni exhibition.

Come check out the awesome talents of creatives and entrepreneurs spanning the classes of 1995 and 2015.

On Thursday, June 29th, 7:30-9pm join us in the Emerson Avenue gallery for refreshments, a stroll through the 7-artist exhibition and a deep-dive into the journeys, struggles and visions of these distinguished JXTA alums. Panelists include multidisciplinary artist Adrienne Doyle, creative entrepreneur Houston White, jewelry designer Kelsey Lee-Karol and musician/composer & scholar Davu Seru.

Alumni Talk:  Thursday, June 29th, 7:30-9pm
Exhibit Dates: May 9th-July 16th, 2017.
Gallery Hours: M-Th, 10am-4:30pm
Location: 2007 Emerson Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55411
For more info: Davu.Seru@juxtaposition.org

 

 

News // July 3, 2017
BY: JXTA

This summer, as you stroll through downtown Minneapolis, be sure to take in the artist displays up as part of Future: Made Here, a project of Hennepin Theater Trust.

Exhibit dates: now through August 30th, 2017
Location: 730 Hennepin Avenue S. ( the northeast corner of 8th Street & Hennepin Avenue) in downtown Minneapolis

JXTA Contemporary/Public Art Lab apprentices designed a new piece for the exhibit, which will be mounted throughout the summer. Here’s what they had to say about their installation, “Contemporary Futures”:

This piece functions as a narrative, centering how we envision and cultivate the futures we want and honoring the Earth. Reflecting on the state of the world we live in, what futures we want to create within it and what we want to leave behind, we explore what it looks like to resist and persist through the toxicity of our current social and political climates and move forward. The mixed media installation was created assemblage style using recycled, second hand and found objects.

The piece was by Contemporary Arts Lab instructors Adrienne Doyle, Tia-Simone Gardner and Jordan Hamilton and apprentices Kayla Baribeau, Imani Gates, Samie Johnson, Ysa Johnson, Nya Jones, Skyler McBurnie, Salem Andersen-Murre, Canaan Ray-Strong, and Savitri Swayze.

Also, be sure to also check out JXTA apprentice Canaan Ray-Strong’s shrine to the ghost of hip hop past present and future. Canaan submitted his piece independently and was selected for the show. Go, Canaan!

Exhibit dates: now through August 30th, 2017
Location: 730 Hennepin Avenue S. ( the northeast corner of 8th Street & Hennepin Avenue) in downtown Minneapolis

Click here for more information on the exhibit.

News // July 3, 2017
BY: JXTA

Get ready for the 12th annual FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl, recently named “Best Art Crawl” in the Twin Cities by City Pages!

Saturday, July 29th, 12-7pm: There will be plenty of fun and creativity stretched across the JXTA campus. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Live aerosol workshop.
  • Make your own button workshop with Graphics Lab.
  • Bring your own shirt and get a limited edition design printed by our Graphics and Textile & Screen Printing Labs.
  • Collaborative drawing and make-your-own-playground workshops with the Visual Arts Literacy Training (VALT) studio.
  • New mural unveiling and gallery exhibit from our Contemporary Art and Public Art labs to kick off Black August.
  • JXTA Staff, Apprentices and Representatives from the Upper Harbor Development and Design Team, City and Park Board will be on-hand to speak directly to the residents of North MPLS. We’ll be sharing information as well as ways to get involved through Workshops, Site Tours, Door Knocking and more.
  • The 1108 W. Broadway Artist Co-operative will host open studios.

Stay tuned for more. Until then, check out theses pics of past celebrations…

News // June 15, 2017
BY: JXTA

We are honored to have exceptional artists devote time and talent to our work of placing art the center of youth and community development. Check out the recent media buzz about three members of our team…

 

Graphics Lab assistant, Bobby Rogers, has received attention from Elle Magazine and Huffington Post for his beautiful new exhibit #BeingBlackandMuslim.

Photo by Bobby Rogers for the series #BeingBlackandMuslim, 2017.

Visual Arts Literacy Training (VALT) assistant, Leslie Barlow, has recently been profiled by local PBS station’s MN Original series!

Leslie Barlow by Twin Cities Public Television’s MN Original, 2016.

JXTA class of 1995 alum and current Communications Manager, Davu Seru, made the cover of the Star Tribune‘s Friday Variety section.

Davu Seru by Renee Schneider for Star Tribune

Also, we’re honored to have had help in spreading the word about our work…

Thanks to Harvard Kennedy School, Pollen, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Art Place America for letting the world know about what we do here in North Minneapolis!

 

 

 

 

News // March 15, 2017
BY: JXTA

Greetings Juxtaposition Arts Alums!

In honor of JXTA’s 22nd anniversary and all of you—the thousands of former JXTA youth who make Juxtaposition Arts such a dynamic place—we are curating our first ever alumni exhibition. The exhibit will open on May 5 during our inaugural fundraiser gala, Move the Crowd, and run through June 15, 2017. Move the Crowd, will host JXTA youth, staff, funders & collectors for a night celebrating 22 years of our work in North Minneapolis. We know that JXTA alums are making big moves in art and design and we want to shine a light on that excellence.

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“We Erode,” by Drew Peterson, JXTA c/o 2001 screen print, water color monotype on Rives BFK 36″x42″ 2014

The salon-style exhibition will be held in the Juxtaposition Arts Main Gallery at 2007 Emerson Avenue North. Please submit work that showcases what you’ve been up to since your involvement with JXTA!

Deadline to SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION: 6pm, April 5, 2017.

Click here for information on how to submit.

News // February 24, 2017
BY: JXTA
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Photo Courtesy Ernesto Oroza, 2013.

April 14th-15th, JXTA will host a talk and workshop with cultural practitioner William Cordova.

 

Event: Public artist talk
Date: Friday, April 14th
Time: 6pm
Location: 1108 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411

The public talk “U can’t take the fly 2 the swatter: or the synthesis of resilience, determination and honor,” will be a special presentation of art works realized in non-profit art residencies during the past 12 years. The Saturday, April 15th workshop with JXTA apprentices, “Strategies: generalized approach to problem solving,” will focus on alternative methods of surviving and maintaining a visual art practice outside the mainstream commercial art world while attaining a critical discourse with community and institutions of higher learning.
Cordova’s work addresses the metaphysics of space and time and how objects change and perception changes when we move around in space.

yawar mallku (meditations on the african and andean diaspora), 2011-2016. Photo courtesy of William Cordova.

More about the artist: William Cordova is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner born in Lima, Peru. Lives and works Lima/Miami/New York City.He received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago,1996 and an MFA from Yale University, 2004.

His work is included in collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Yale Art Gallery, New Haven; Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru; Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, Portugal; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; and La Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba; among others.

Juxtaposition Arts
1108 West Broadway
Minneapolis, Mn 55411

 

News // February 24, 2017
BY: JXTA

Feb. 9-Apr. 13, 2017. Come check out new paintings, collage, drawings and mixed-media works by young artists from the Juxtaposition Arts Contemporary Lab.

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“Untitled” by Ysabella Johnson

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“Untitled,” by Sykler McBurnie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery hours are 10am-4:30pm, Monday-Thursday.

Juxtaposition Arts
2007 Emerson Ave. N
Minneapolis, Mn 55411

News // February 24, 2017
BY: JXTA

At JXTA more client work equals more jobs for talented youth artists. Our five social enterprises service hundreds of customers annually with:

Graphic Design

Surdna Foundation centennial  logo, 2016

JXTA provides design solutions that leave a lasting impression.  Our savvy, vibrant and distinct designs aim to delight our clients and bring a fresh look and feel to their materials.  We create logos, brochures, signs, window clings, and anything that employs creative design to enhance our client’s message.

Environmental Design

Break Dancing Bike Racks designed for North Mpls Hub, 2014

We partner with residents, businesses and local stakeholders to transform vacant lots and spaces between buildings into beautiful “pocket” parks and pedestrian friendly spaces. Our designers craft bike racks, benches for bus stops, planter boxes for corners and other art for public spaces.

Textiles & Screen Printing

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Apprentice Nasra printing a t-shirt design for the performance venue First Avenue, 2017

The Textiles & Screen Printing Lab provides reproduction services via screen-printing, and heat press transfer for custom apparel, primarily items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, tote bags, and jerseys/uniforms.We also print paper invitations, thank-you cards and more.

Murals & Commercial Art

Unison Mural

In-door mural for Unison Comfort Technologies by JXTA artists Jeremiah Bey & Jordan Hamilton, 2014

JXTA murals embody the movement, color and energy of an urban environment.  Our murals range in style and can be found in Minneapolis hot spots like Barrio and the Chambers Hotel.

Research and Urban Planning

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Zine reporting the results of community engagement work around creative traffic calming at Broadway and Emerson Avenues, 2016. Made possible with funds from Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Prevention and the support of West Broadway Coalition.

Our Tactical team combines art and design with urban planning, research, community building and engagement to create needed interventions in public space and talk with people about issues affecting them in that space. We also collaborate with local and national planners, designers, community organizers, artists and engineers.

Hire us for your next project!

You can find out more about our client services here.

Ideas, News // November 8, 2016
BY: JXTA

Our new Reflections series brings Juxtaposition Arts alums together with our current Pathways to Colleges and Careers (PaCC) fellows for conversations on careers and creative aspirations.

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Houston White by Chris McDuffie and Giant Steps

The first guest was local entrepreneur Houston White (JXTA class of 1995), proprietor of H|W Men’s Room, an upscale barbershop, cafe, boutique and community meeting space in the Webber-Camden neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Houston is also the designer of the Black Excellence line of clothing and apparel. With his shop and increasingly visible Black Excellence brand Houston is attempting to spark a resurgence of creative energy and outstanding achievement in the Black community while also supplying others with a sustainable means of employment.

The long-time trendsetter recalled how in his early days at Juxtaposition Arts he benefited from the hard critique he received from his instructors as well as from the competitiveness of his peers: “we were all trying to outdo one another.”

“Nobody can beat me at being me.”

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Houston White with PaCC Fellow Shelique Combs

Returning to JXTA 21 years later, Houston says that his engagement with the PaCC Fellows was as inspiring for him as it might have been for them. The Fellows took particular interest as Houston recalled operating a barbershop from his aunt’s basement and designing and selling t-shirts while a student at North High School. Likewise, they welcomed his wisdom that they prepare themselves for the occasional failure as they pursue their creative futures.

Stay tuned as we continue to reflect!

Ideas, News // November 8, 2016
BY: JXTA

Members of the Singapore-based ArtsWok Collaborative riding our People Powered Carousel. Photo by ArtsWok Collaborative.

Hosting and exchanging ideas with visitors is essential to our making the impact that we envision.

This year we have had the pleasure of hosting guests from places near and far, including members of the Singapore-based ArtsWok Collaborative, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Exchange, a group of artists from Tunisia, and representatives from the Cincinnati-based philanthropic lab People’s Liberty.

All of us on the trip work with young people as one of the communities we develop programs with, and so it’s eye-opening to see the different approaches different organizations take when it comes to youth development. JXTA has a wonderful space located within community, and we very impressed with how entrepreneurial the organization is. From land acquisition and development of buildings as a community investment, to providing tangible career opportunities for the youth served… It has provided us food for thought on how arts-based community development can be designed. –Su-Lin Ngaim of ArtsWok Collaborative

DeAnna and Roger [JXTA’s CEO and Chief Cultural Producer] know what it means to invest in a place (North Minneapolis) by investing in that place’s people. People’s Liberty shares the same values. We too have a physical place/hub situated intentionally within one of Cincinnati’s distinct urban neighborhoods. Like DeAnna and Roger, we believe that the shape (and future) of a city is determined by who gets involved. While our work isn’t focused exclusively on youth, there is a lot of crossover. By providing funding, connections, design/storytelling support and mentoring to our grantees, we believe we can play a role in powering the next cadre of leadership in Cincinnati. Moreover, DeAnna and Roger are two individuals that exude the qualities of our Haile Fellows. We wish they lived in Cincinnati! –Megan Trischler, People’s Liberty

What an honor it is for us to attract the world to our community!