News // July 31, 2018
BY: JXTA

Tending The Soil: Black August

Current Exhibit

Tending The Soil: Black August

Please join the apprentices of Juxtaposition Arts’ Tactical Urbanism and Contemporary and Public Art Labs for Black August 2018, a month-long meditation on the past, present, and future of Black revolutionary struggles. Black August’s origins lie within the organization and activism of incarcerated peoples in California. This year at JXTA, we aim to continue this tradition of unification against prisons and mass incarceration through a series of community dinners co-hosted by community organizer Roxanne O’Brien, local non-profit Better Futures, and printmaker Ricardo Levins Morales. Tending The Soil: Black August also includes an exhibition of original artwork dedicated to Black August principles created by JXTA apprentices from Contemporary and Public Art Lab.

All Black August dinners free and open to the public and will take place from 5:30PM to 8:00PM.

August 3 – with Roxanne O’Brien and Better Futures
August 10 – with Ricardo Levins Morales
August 17 – with Juxtaposition Arts Apprentices

About the Exhibition

Tending The Soil: Black August features work by youth and young adult apprentices in Juxtaposition Arts’ Contemporary and Public Art Lab that explores the ideas of seed harvest and change. They write:

The seeds are our ideas, thoughts, and concepts that can grow into something larger, such as changes and movement. The exhibition is rooted in the idea that the soil–our social environment in which dreams and ideas are planted–must first be tended to. By investigating and then unpacking the narratives surrounding issues such as police brutality, the prison industrial complex, the ethical treatment of prisoners, and imagining a future without police within our communities, we have the power to shift the conditions in which these seeds grow. We have the power to cultivate our own soil, a more balanced soil, for healthier growth.

Exhibition features work from these JXTA Contemporary and Public Art Apprentices:

Cameron Downey
Cecilia Andrade-Vital
Daria Harris
Jesús Vega
Justice Jones
Kachina Henry
Kylia Porter
Makeda Parrish
Maria Romansov
Rondell Jackson
Salem Murre
Savitri Mann
Treon Jones
Tyreke Morris

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News // July 11, 2018
BY: JXTA

Recourse: With Notes from Black Wall Street

Recourse: With Notes from Black Wall Street is an assemblage of two research projects that took place in two US cities over the course of the last two years. The first is a Tactical Urbanism project developed by JXTA youth apprentices examining Black business and economic development on West Broadway in North Minneapolis. The second comes from interdisciplinary artist Crystal Z. Campbell and looks at the past and present of another business district formerly known as Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While on their surfaces these Minneapolis and Tulsa would seem to hold little in common, these two projects are brought together by their shared faith in the ongoing project to produce Black space.

We can see the ways that these cities are perhaps bound together through historical and present struggles to relocate, displace, or dislocate Indigenous and Black people through acts of spatial violence. We can also see the shared traditions of resistance between cities.

The exhibit will be on view until July 28.

Pay 2 Play Zine Launch

Zine Launch

Pay 2 Play Zine Launch: A Look at Race and Art Space in MPLS

Please join us on Thursday, July 12 for a zine launch event in connection with our current exhibition Recourse: With Notes From Black Wall Street. Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead Adrienne Doyle will share findings from her artist-led research project on the racial inequities in ownership and investment in art spaces in Minneapolis, MN. The research will be published in a zine designed by youth and young adult apprentices in JXTA’s Graphics Lab and will be available for purchase during the event.

When: Thursday, July 12, 6-8PM
6PM: doors | 6:30PM: short presentation followed by discussion
Where: JXTA Gallery – 2007 Emerson Ave N
Cost: FREE
Click here to RSVP

About the Zine:
Between February 2017 and January 2018, Juxtaposition Arts Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead and artist researcher Adrienne Doyle conducted an arts-based research project on the racial inequities of the ownership and investment of art spaces in Minneapolis, MN. The hypothesis for this project is that POC-led and -focused art organizations in Minneapolis, MN experience significant barriers to raising the capital and other resources they need to own and adequately invest in facilities out of which to do their work. White-led organizations don’t experience these barriers or experience them to a lesser extent.

This project was supported by Twin Cities LISC.

Adrienne Doyle

Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead Adrienne Doyle

News // June 29, 2018
BY: JXTA

Join us for FLOW Northside Arts Crawl on Saturday, July 28! Stop by the JXTA campus between 11AM and 6PM.

Visit us at these locations on campus:

  • JXTA Gallery: 2007 Emerson Ave. N.
  • Pocket Park: North of/adjacent to the JXTA Gallery
  • VALT building: 1108 Broadway Ave. W.

Check out demos and activities:

Shop items for purchase:

  • Custom aerosol painted bags
  • Screenprinted t-shirts and other gear
  • Make-your-own buttons

RSVP on Facebook for more info. Post your photos with #JXTAFLOW18.

Check out pics of past celebrations:

News // June 1, 2018
BY: JXTA

JUXTAPOSITION ARTS LAUNCHES $14 MILLION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

On Thursday, May 31 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. 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 begun) 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 begins today and 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.

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 Vollmers, Development Director, at 612-588-1148 or kevin.vollmers@juxtaposition.org.

In the news:

From Minnesota Public Radio: “Juxtaposition Arts has designs on a bigger, bolder future” [read more]

MPR

A rendering of the art plaza design, coming soon to JXTA’s campus.

From Star Tribune: “Juxtaposition Arts launches $14 million campaign for new home in north Minneapolis” [read more]

Star Tribune

The lot at W. Broadway and Emerson Avenue N. will be the site of Juxtaposition Arts’ new building, with a temporary art plaza opening this year in the meantime.

Thank you to the McKnight Foundation.
McKnight Foundation

News // March 12, 2018
BY: JXTA

Ysa Johnson
Marketing and Communications Intern and JXTA alumn

On February 16th 2018, a significant event in black arts was embraced by Juxtaposition Arts with the help of First Avenue and Rhymesayers. Juxtaposition Arts’ Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) students, youth apprentices, and staff were invited to see an early screening of the film Black Panther at St. Louis Park’s ShowPlace ICON Theaters.

Black Panther is important not only as a significant cultural moment, but also as another step in a history of steps black and marginalized communities have taken to create their own futures; giving youth images of an unapologetically black film celebrating black culture creates the creative heroes of tomorrow.

While other superhero movies featuring a black protagonist and cast, like the Blade trilogy, existed prior to Black Panther, none were at the same level of production. A black superhero film of this size has been a long time coming. The Blade trilogy predates the Marvel Cinematic universe and brought Marvel narratives to public recognition. Black Panther brings the company’s theatrical releases full circle. It had been in the works for years before production began, with Marvel producers, like Nate Moor, pushing for explicitly black storylines in the superhero canon.

Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther includes a majority-black cast and the kind of detail paid to production, design, script, and editing that only a black-led team could accomplish. Both overt and subtle, images and messages of black liberation and self-determination are two of the major themes, and the world clearly wants it; the staggering box office success dispels the myth that black-centered stories and art are undesirable to worldwide audiences. This movie is so powerful to JXTA, not only because of the representation, but of the successful execution of a big budget, impactful project that can inspire young people to dream big and take on whatever they believe is possible.

I was getting tired of seeing the same story over and over again, glossing over real issues that affect real people. No matter your background, a world responding to the histories of colonization, slavery, and oppression affects all of us. We see this reflected in the global, national, local, and interpersonal spheres, and it is time we create narratives that reflect reality. While viewingBlack Panther, I was overjoyed to see such beautiful, unique black characters given the same complexity and interiority that is offered by default to white characters and white stories. This film is a difficult conversation, AND a celebration, pushing the culture around black representation and black stories as they are presented to a worldwide audience. To be able to engage on such levels was a gift, and I know it’s just the beginning.

DeAnna Cummings
CEO and founder of Juxtaposition Arts

“We were trying to draw a future. To leave something that inspires. We arrived to this big epic story. But it is also a big responsibility when telling an epic tale because you have to tell it – epically.” — Namir Fearce, artist, and JXTA alumni

Stories shape us. They shape communities, institutions, and behavior. They do not have to be true to be passed on and believed. But what we believe has a powerful impact on the world. A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to see Black Panther with the entire team at JXTA. Director Ryan Coogler and the nearly entirely black cast gave us an epic story that is black affirmative, unapologetically black-centered, and joyfully executed.

The film resonated with our team. The big picture of our work at JXTA is about illuminating stories about Black and POCI people and marginalized communities. Our goal is to shift mainstream narratives that are narrow and largely negative toward collective stories that focus on our assets, skills, creativity, accomplishments, and ideas. We train and employ young artists and designers in our North Minneapolis neighborhood so that they can practice powerfully living into their roles as leaders and creators and so that people inside and outside of our community get used to seeing our youth in this light.

This is what I think Black Panther does on a grand scale. I left the theater feeling proud of my people, and my team, and with a bounce in my step because we are individually and collectively LIT! Black Panther is the latest cultural milestone that is proof that people who have been historically and systematically oppressed are hungry to see authentic representations of ourselves and will support projects and institutions where we can produce and tell our own stories. I hope we can make a commitment to support the artists, story makers, and young futurists whose voices haven’t been heard enough, who tell the tales we need to imagine so that we can believe, and act on the possibilities of something new.

Wakanda Forever!

News // January 22, 2018
BY: JXTA

Write-up by Roxxanne O’Brien, Kristen Murray, and Melanie Stovall

Over the last few years, Juxtaposition Arts Tactical Urbanism Lab worked to create welcoming public spaces with music, art, and other activities centered around community engagement. Through talking to community members at everyday public spaces, like the bus stops along West Broadway, we were able to engage with people around different topics relevant to our neighborhood in North Minneapolis.

Last year we started Broadway Vibrations after being inspired by the impact we saw from our community engagement. The program was a chance to step up the previous work of our Tactical Urbanism Lab and bring community-inspired ideas to life. Particularly around public safety.

JXTA youth and staff directly experience the pain and injustice that goes on in our community. We had two bullets come through our windows in 2017. Both occasions were during broad daylight when our campus was busy with youth and adult staff working. Building a creative space that feels safe is a top priority at Juxtaposition Arts. The concept behind Broadway Vibrations came from understanding that crime is something that needs to be addressed with a holistic approach that goes beyond policing. We wanted our neighbors in North Minneapolis to join us in creating our own public safety strategy.

That strategy was focused on activating West Broadway when and where things can get hot on Friday afternoons and early evenings, especially near Hawthorn Crossings. We intentionally did activities around healing and raising endorphins in a healthy way. From blowing bubbles to playing old school music, to serving home cooked meals, our initiatives were all centered around wellness. We wanted to design a space that uplifted people, making them feel safe and loved through creating hopeful energy and positive vibrations to spread throughout our community. And it worked. People came through to make a smoothie, take a free book, get a massage, do yoga, snap a photo in the photo booth, participate in the open mic, watch a movie, enjoy a community meal, and play in one of the Spades tournaments.

Throughout the summer, we used our JXTA branded pedal-powered smoothie bike to offer a fun, active, environmentally-friendly way to make healthy snacks. We hired community members to share their services and skills: massage, yoga, meditation, legal advice, cooking, and healing. We had experts lead workshops on dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and grief. We also hosted a day-long Psychological First Aid training workshop with counselor and author Resmaa Menakem. On the 50th anniversary of the Plymouth Uprising, we screened TPT’s documentary on North Minneapolis and The Children’s March. In late September, we screened a feature-length movie in the parking lot of Hawthorn Crossings, creating a pop-up drive-in theater on West Broadway.

Between July—September of 2017, we hosted 13 Broadway Vibrations. Our locations included the Hawthorn Crossings parking lot, the corner of West Broadway and N. Lyndale, and our JXTA campus. We engaged with almost 800 community members, a number of which were walking past, saw the activities and stopped to join. One night, we were able to engage with a group of young people just hanging out at the McDonalds near Hawthorn Crossings. They tried yoga, talked with older community members, and came back for the meals. Two of them participated in both of our Spades tournaments we hosted, taking first prize in one.

This summer, Broadway Vibrations became a place for North Minneapolis to gather, talk, and share resources. It was a magnet for positive energy in the community. We heard so many words of encouragement, affirmation, and gratitude from people who participated. There were no incidents of violence at or around our location, and we are eager to see MPD data for the vicinity to understand if there is a correlation between our work in community engagement and public safety on West Broadway. Based on our experience and the feedback we got from community members, we believe that there is.

PARTNERS

News // December 19, 2017
BY: JXTA

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund awarded a $50,000 grant to Juxtaposition Arts to build the first-ever skate park in North Minneapolis.

Photos by Steffenhagen Photography

The vibrant, community-developed skate park will be conceptualized and designed by youth apprentices from the Environmental Design Lab at JXTA in collaboration with City of Skate and West Broadway Business and Area Coalition. At JXTA, the labs give youth apprentices hands-on experience under the direction of established creative professionals, giving emerging artists the tools they need to build a successful career doing what they love. The Environmental Design Lab re-imagines space in the built environment through combining high-quality public interest and social justice design.

The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a yearlong effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.

The addition of the skate park is timely as more young people on the North Side are skating today but don’t have a neighborhood location designated for the sport. “The artist designed skate park is an incredible opportunity to bring Juxtaposition’s Art outdoors,” said Roger Cummings, Chief Cultural Producer and Co-founder at Juxtaposition Arts. “This project is a chance for us to spotlight the creativity of our artists and expose young people on the Northside to a new form of recreation. We also hope to draw awareness to how we, as a community, can use the power of art to decriminalize public spaces, encourage healthy lifestyles and expression, promote play and community interaction.”

In addition to the artist-designed skate park, JXTA is also creating a pop-up parklet and relocating a portable art space, called “The Magic Shed” to their campus. The pop-up parklet will provide a communal gathering space and will feature benches and tables. The Magic Shed, is a flexible, multi-purpose structure that can be configured as a stage, vending kiosk, projection screen, information booth, exhibition and activity space. It was commissioned by the West Broadway Coalition and designed in 2016 by a team that included Juxtaposition Arts students and staff, Ten x Ten Landscape Architects and 4RM+ULA Architects. In its previous location, the West Broadway Area Coalition successfully programmed the stage for a full year, including a weekly concert series, storytelling and poetry events, artist-created workshops and other community-driven events. The Magic Shed will soon be relocated to JXTA and will feature similar programming near the new skate park.

“Juxtaposition Arts is at the heart of the Bold North. It is exciting to partner with them and City of Skate to build the first-ever skate park in North Minneapolis,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships at the MNSBHC. “The 52 Weeks of Giving campaign is about building a legacy for young people through access to increased physical activity. I can’t wait to see what the JXTA designers create!”

 

News // November 28, 2017
BY: JXTA

Drew Petersen Solo Exhibit: Hurry Up and Wait

If you take a look at the last four solo shows to come through Public Functionary, you’ll notice one thing that the artists all have in common with each other: they’re past and present Juxtaposition Arts instructors:

Next up? Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) Instructor, Drew Peterson. At the core of this exhibition is a sentiment that Peterson feels he shares with many of his generation, the mentality to “do more with less,” to embrace complexity, and the understanding that the labor that constitutes our path contains value and meaning.

In this exhibition, Peterson has stripped down his approach to screen printing—relying solely on techniques generated directly by hand rather than the technologically aided processes most utilized in contemporary printing practices. Peterson explores a hybridized process of watercolor painting and screen printing at a scale that normally exceeds the technical capacity of print-based work. The title Hurry Up and Wait encapsulates the artists’ surrender to both time and process, and serves to illustrate the frenetic formal qualities of the exhibition.

EXHIBIT DETAILS
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 16 / 7pm @ Public Functionary
Gallery Hours through January 13, 2018
Open hours: Tues/Thurs 12-6pm / Saturday 12pm-7pm
Artist Conversation: Friday, Jan 12 / 7pm
*Additional Friday evening programs and open hours TBA*

More info: www.publicfunctionary.org/now

News // November 14, 2017
BY: JXTA

 

We are so excited for JXTA alumn Amairana Jonapa Sanabria who was awarded a Su Mathews Hale Women Lead Award at the National AIGA Conference in Minneapolis! Inspired by Su Mathews Hale, AIGA’s fifth female president and co-founder of AIGA’s Women Lead Initiative, the Su Mathews Hale Women Lead Award helps support talented, high potential female designers starting out in their careers. Each year, a handful of high-performing students enrolled in design schools are selected with the help of faculty lead on our 200+ AIGA Student Groups to attend the annual AIGA Design Conference and connect with the design community through rich conversation, networking, and education. Recipients also receive an invitation to join AIGA Women Lead committee members for a mentorship lunch during the conference, as well as a one-year membership to AIGA.

In this video, Mai talks about how she wants to, “design a campaign to show awareness about DACA students and why we deserve to stay here.” Before attending the Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Mai was a Graphics Lab Youth Apprentice here at JXTA and also worked on our Youth Media Team. When our youth apprentices age out of the program at 21, we are always so proud to see the next phase of their life. Whether that be higher education, entrepreneurship or landing a job in their field or in Mai’s case, winning an award with the largest professional design organization, AIGA. Congrats Mai!

News // October 27, 2017
BY: JXTA

We’re honored to be recognized by The Bush Foundation as one of the Bush Prize Winners

The award centered around community innovation celebrates organizations that are extraordinary not only in what they do but in how they do it. Winners receive an unrestricted grant equal to 25 percent of the organization’s last fiscal year budget, up to $500,000. The Foundation produces a short film and Creative Case Study for each winner as a way to highlight their accomplishments and celebrate their success. Creative Case Studies build on work done by our evaluation partner, Wilder Research, to learn about how effective community problem-solving happens.

Editorial Feature on Pollen Midwest

Art Direction and Design by Pollen Midwest
Photos by Nancy Musinguzi
Story by Maya Beck
Illustrations by John Wilinski & Ann Macarayan
Research by Wilder

The Bush Foundation chose the team at Pollen Midwest and their signature style of visual and narrative storytelling to help audiences better understand what makes a Bush Prize winner. You can see the full feature here: pollenmidwest.org/stories/juxtaposition_arts

Bush Prize Volume One: Your Field Guide to Creating a Culture of Innovation

Product Photography by Melanie Stovall

In addition to the online feature, Pollen Midwest and the Bush Foundation wove together the work of creatives spanning nonfiction, photography and illustration to create this field guide of regional innovation. While the overall content creates a portrait of progress, the book’s construction mixes the old with the new. Modern illustrations, cinematic portraits and detailed footnotes live within a structure that pays tribute to the innovation capsules of the past: Kelley Blue Books, vintage encyclopedias and Farmer’s Almanacs.