News // May 14, 2019
BY: JXTA

On Friday, May 3, we hosted our third annual Move the Crowd fundraiser on the JXTA campus. It’s hard to believe that this is the third time we’ve completely transformed our space and opened our doors for our biggest party of the year, but this turned out to be our best yet.

THANK YOU!

We raised $119,000 through sponsorships and individual donations. 250 attendees came through, all dressed to the nines. Tats Cru were in the house (alongside their first Minneapolis-based gallery exhibition!), and we showed off the brand new mural they painted. We had amazing DJs and performers to entertain us. And our youth apprentices showed off some of their current projects and sold their artwork. This year’s fundraising supported JXTA’s foundational programs: VALT, Free Wall, and PaCC.

Check out more photos from the event on Facebook!

 

Bronx-based graffiti artists Tats Cru finished painting a custom mural for the skate-able art plaza in May 2019.

Let’s Keep it Up

Move the Crowd is our chance to show off everything we can do, and we love seeing our friends, partners, and donors here to experience it all with us.

If you weren’t able to make it, you can still make a donation today by visiting our donation portal, by mail (addressed to: Juxtaposition Arts, 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411) or by contacting us at info [at] juxtaposition [dot] org or 612.588.1148.

Want to see JXTA in action? Join us for one of our monthly tours on the first Wednesday of every month. Just email takara [dot] henegar [at] juxtaposition [dot] org to secure your spot.

Your support matters, and it allows us to continue providing excellent art education, employment, and personal development for young people on the Northside and beyond.

With gratitude,
The JXTA Team

Thank you to our Move the Crowd 2019 Sponsors:

News // May 7, 2019
BY: JXTA

Bronx-based graffiti artists Tats Cru (Bio, Nicer, BG183) just finished a week-long residency as our Spring invited Artist in Residence. They completed an 840 square foot (60’ x 14’) mural to serve as a backdrop for the forthcoming skate-able art plaza on the JXTA campus, made possible in part by a generous gift from Wet Paint. In addition to completing this mural, Tats Cru also hosted their first Minneapolis gallery exhibition of their work: Live from New York. The exhibit will be on view in the 2007 Emerson Gallery from May 3–June 29, 2019.

From left to right: Bio, Nicer, BG183 of Tats Cru. Photo by Martha Cooper.

Gallery Exhibit

Live from New York features new original paintings from Bio, BG183, and Nicer. Their work makes use of “complex and intricate wild styles” as well as a dramatic palette of color. As both individuals and a collective, Tats Cru has shown their work nationally and internationally including with the Smithsonian Institution, The Bronx Museum, and The BOX Gallery Guangzhou. They have created ad campaigns for McDonalds, Coca Cola and MTV and they have also given lectures about their work across a range of informal and academic institutions. We are excited to show work that intersects with JXTA’s origins and the organization’s ongoing mission to engage with contemporary artists working across a broad spectrum of practices and places.

Nice Day in the Neighborhood by Bio183. Spray paint and paint marker on canvas.

 

Bio183 with visitors during the Live from New York opening reception on May 4, 2019.

A New Mural

During their residency from April 26—May 6, Tats Cru completed a mural on the Juxtaposition Arts campus to serve as a backdrop for our forthcoming skate-able art plaza on the corner of Emerson and Broadway. Executed in collaboration with our partners City of Skate, the skate-able art plaza will be open to the public in the summer of 2019. The mural’s design was inspired by community input; throughout the last several months, we asked folks in JXTA’s neighborhood to nominate heroes and sheroes they’d like to see depicted in the mural. A brand-new custom-designed and community-focused mural will ensure the space is a fresh, vibrant, and unique space for visitors.

The skate-able plaza and mural will activate the lot where JXTA’s programs were previously housed, and hold the space while together with our community we raise $14 million for a state-of-the-art facility that will ensure access to our work for generations to come.

 

Tats Cru painted the mural on the skate-able art plaza (under construction) between April 29 and May 2, 2019. Photo by Justin Sengly.

 

Photo by Justin Sengly.

LIVE FROM NEW YORK on view May 3–June 29, 2019

Gallery hours: 10:00AM–4:00PM, Monday–Thursday and by appointment (612-588-1148)
2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

News // April 22, 2019
BY: JXTA

We’re stoked to welcome back Bronx-based graffiti artists Tats Cru (Bio, Nicer, BG183) to Minneapolis as our Spring invited Artist in Residence from April 26–May 4, 2019. During their residency, Tats Cru will complete an 840 square foot (60’ x 14’) mural to serve as a backdrop for the forthcoming skate-able art plaza on the JXTA campus, made possible in part by a generous gift from Wet Paint. In addition to completing this mural, Tats Cru will also host the first Minneapolis gallery exhibition of their work. Their exhibition, Live from New York, will be on view in the 2007 Emerson Gallery from May 3–June 29, 2019. The exhibition will open on Friday, May 3, as part of our third annual Move the Crowd Fundraiser (tickets still available here!).

Tats Cru Return to Minneapolis

This is Tats Cru’s first visit to Minneapolis since a local residency in 2011. During that visit, they completed two murals around the Juxtaposition Arts campus. A mural at the JXTA campus gateway proclaims “Welcome to North Minneapolis” on the exterior Western-facing wall of 1808 Emerson Avenue North (where JXTA’s Textiles & Screen Printing, Environmental Design, and Graphic Design Labs are currently housed). Another mural depicting JXTA’s 2018 Bruner Loeb Forum conference “Putting Creativity to Work” decorated the exterior Eastern-facing wall of JXTA’s now-demolished building on the corner of Emerson Avenue North and West Broadway Avenue.

“Welcome to North Minneapolis” by Tats Cru, 2011.

 

“Putting Creativity to Work” by Tats Cru, 2011.

 

Now, Tats Cru will return to Minneapolis to complete another mural on the Juxtaposition Arts campus. The JXTA team is in the process of preparing the corner of Emerson and Broadway for a semi-permanent skate-able art plaza that will be open to the public in the summer of 2019, a project executed in collaboration with our partners City of Skate. The mural’s design will be inspired by community input; throughout the last several months, we’ve asked folks in JXTA’s neighborhood to nominate heroes and sheroes they’d like to see depicted in the mural. A brand-new custom-designed and community-focused mural will ensure the space is a fresh, vibrant, and unique space for visitors. Plus, the JXTA campus will be open to the public so visitors can have a chance to see Tats Cru’s mural painting process during their residency on April 29th & 30th (pending weather conditions).

The skate-able plaza and mural will activate the lot where JXTA’s programs were previously housed and hold the space while together with our community we raise $14 million for a state-of-the-art facility that will ensure access to our work for generations to come.

Tats Cru will create a custom mural for this blank wall which will serve as a backdrop for our forth-coming skate-able art plaza. Click here to watch our progress via an Earthcam from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. 

 

Work on the forthcoming skate-able art plaza began on April 15, 2019!

Gallery Exhibit

The gallery exhibit, Live from New York, will be on view May 3–June 29, 2019 and features new original paintings from Bio, BG183, and Nicer. Their work makes use of “complex and intricate wild styles” as well as a dramatic palette of color. As both individuals and a collective, Tats Cru has shown their work nationally and internationally including with the Smithsonian Institution, The Bronx Museum, and The BOX Gallery Guangzhou. They have created ad campaigns for McDonalds, Coca Cola and MTV and they have also given lectures about their work across a range of informal and academic institutions. We are excited to show work that intersects with JXTA’s origins and the organization’s ongoing mission to engage with contemporary artists working across a broad spectrum of practices and places.

Join Us!

TATS CRU EXHIBITION: LIVE FROM NEW YORK
On view May 3–June 29, 2019
Open gallery hours with Tats Cru: Saturday, May 4, 3:00-5:00PM
Gallery hours: 10:00AM–4:00PM, Monday–Thursday, and by appointment (612-588-1148)
2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

MOVE THE CROWD THIRD ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Friday, May 3, 2019
Doors: 6:00PM
2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Tickets available here.

TATS CRU MURAL PAINTING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Monday, April 29, 2019 Time TBA and date subject to change pending weather conditions
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Time TBA and date subject to change pending weather conditions
Corner of Emerson Avenue North and West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411

From left to right: Bio, Nicer, BG183 of Tats Cru. Photo: Martha Cooper.

 

Thank you to our partners for helping make these events and residency possible:

News // April 9, 2019
BY: JXTA

From April 5-8, Minneapolis hosted the Men’s Final Four Basketball Tournament which brought in 94,000 out-of-state visitors and $142 million estimated total revenue for the Twin Cities. Over the last few months, JXTA was involved in this huge event; members of our team designed marketing materials, a fully-customized mural, custom backboard designs, and more, working with various partners to help make this an extraordinary week for basketball fans and visitors.

The North Commons facility renovation included a custom mural designed and painted by JXTA resident artist Alex Smith. Photo by Justin Sengly.

 

JXTA’s involvement included various projects produced in a wide range of mediums and formats. Alex Smith, resident muralists and Free Wall and Textiles & Screen Printing Lab Lead, created a full-scale mural at the newly-renovated North Commons recreational facility; Graphic Design Lab designed informational and marketing materials for visitors, a custom vinyl mural for the North Commons ancillary space, and custom backboards for the Final Four teams; and JXTA Chief Cultural Producer, Roger Cummings, put the finishing touches in graffitti on the backboards.

North Commons Renovations

The Final Four “Legacy Project” is a community investment by the Final Four and its partners in an effort to positively impact Final Four host cities. This year, Dove Men Plus Care and Target Unilever invested a six-figure donation in upgrades and improvements to the North Commons recreational facility in North Minneapolis. Kickoff ancillary events were held at North Commons to unveil the makeover on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, and community members including Minneapolis Parks Superintendent Al Bangoura, Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee (MLOC) CEO Kate Mortenson, ex-NBA player and Minneapolis native Devean George, MLOC Project Manager Ivan Cardona, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey praised the positive impact of the project for the Northside. “North Minneapolis is deserving of a primo facility. North Minneapolis is deserving of excellence,” said Mayor Frey of the facility’s restoration.

The North Minneapolis community celebrated the North Commons renovation unveiling with media and partners on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The renovation included a custom mural created by JXTA resident artist Alex Smith.

 

JXTA resident artist Alex Smith works on the mural in the North Commons gymnasium.

 

As part of these renovations, JXTA resident artist and Free Wall and Textiles & Screen Printing teaching artist Alex Smith produced a full-scale mural painting to decorate the newly renovated gym area. Inspired by basketball iconography and by the youth who will eventually use it, the mural serves as the perfect backdrop for the gymnasium’s basketball court. In addition to this large-scale mural, Graphic Design Lab apprentices Patricio De Lara (20) and DJ Bryant (19) and Graphic Design teaching artist Greta Kotz designed a vinyl mural to decorate an ancillary recreational space. Says Kotz: “We wanted to create an energetic mural that depicts both education and creativity. With help from JXTA apprentices DJ Bryant and Patricio De Lara, we decided on some playful typefaces, color palettes, and an inspirational quote from Albert Einstein: ‘Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.’”

The North Commons facility renovation included a vinyl mural designed by apprentices in Graphic Design Lab. Photo by Justin Sengly.

 

North Commons is and has been an integral facility in the North Minneapolis Community; an investment of this scale demonstrates the commitment to community assets in this area. We are proud to have contributed to this full-scale renovation.

Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee

JXTA has worked with MLOC, the organization in charge of planning this massive event, since their bid for hosting the Final Four in Minneapolis in 2014. JXTA provided creative support in this bid, installed a basketball-themed sculpture at MLOC headquarters, and this year got involved in Final Four event planning. Graphic Design Lab designed and facilitated the production of marketing materials for VIP visitors including four brochure designs, an album cover, an album insert, four notecard designs, a flyer, five hangtags, a tote bag, a cookie canister design, and nearly 100 individual icons.

Avahnii Lewis (17), an apprentice in Graphic Design, was the lead on this project:

“Each of us working on the initial concepts for the brochures and other materials had a unique idea that varied in style, color, and feel. My concept is very focused on simple illustration and bright color palettes, making the brochures easy to understand yet also vibrant and eye-catching. The design includes icons that I created which relate to the theme of the day – basketball – and Minneapolis. I was excited when MLOC selected my designs, as all the concepts submitted by my peers were strong. After that, the project moved quickly and I led a team of other designers in lab to produce a wide assortment of materials. I’ll be starting college applications soon and I can’t wait to add this huge project to my portfolio.”

One of the marketing brochures Avahnii created for the Local Organizing Committee centered around “food.”

 

Participating in an event of this scale allowed us to flex our creative muscles and work closely with folks from various organizations to make it a reality. JXTA Graphic Design Lab worked closely with the Local Organizing Committee to make sure materials and experiences created were unique and special. Said MLOC CEO Kate Mortenson: “From the beginning, JXTA has supported the Minneapolis Local Organizing Committee in laying out an artistic vision for the dense, dynamic and diverse experience Minneapolis has to offer visitors to our region. The leadership and mentorship at JXTA allowed us to access quality artistic vision and execution for the many elements of our program.”

In addition to creating marketing materials for visitors, JXTA was also commissioned to create a set of custom-designed and painted backboards which were unveiled at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Inspired by the design for the installation at MLOC headquarters, the backboards were designed by Graphic Design Lab, and the finishing touches were hand-painted by JXTA Chief Cultural Producer Roger Cummings. The backboards were unveiled and presented to the Final Four teams at the SALUTE fan ceremony on April 4 to kick off the weekend’s activities.

JXTA attended the “SALUTE” kickoff celebration of the Final Four teams on Thursday, April 2, 2019. Each team received a custom JXTA-designed backboard with their team name and custom painting by JXTA co-founder and Chief Cultural Producer Roger Cummings.

 

The Virginia Cavaliers’ custom-designed backboard.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders’ custom-designed backboard.

The Michigan State Spartans’ custom-designed backboard.

The Auburn Tigers’ custom-designed backboard.

 

JXTA’s involvement in these projects demonstrates the commitment from local and national organizations to include and support local organizations in executing large-scale events like the Final Four. We’re proud to have been selected to contribute to this weekend of activities and to showcase the talent fostered in our vibrant Twin Cities.

Take home your very own piece of JXTA Final Four swag! Pick up a limited-edition t-shirt designed and printed by JXTA apprentices at the Chameleon pop-up shops in Gaviidae Common. Plus, you could win a restaurant gift card! Learn how at MSP Mag.

News // March 28, 2019
BY: JXTA

Designers in our Graphics Lab recently completed a set of custom-designed murals for the newly opened location of Rojo Mexican Grill in Downtown Minneapolis. Graphic Design senior apprentice Patricio De Lara designed two murals inspired by Mexican history and iconography. The first mural, the larger of the two and printed on vinyl, is installed in the main dining area of the restaurant (check out the installation process above). De Lara digitally designed the second mural and hand-painted it in the staircase leading up to the restaurant’s second floor with help from Graphics Lab Lead Greta Kotz.

De Lara, Mexican-born himself, pulled inspiration from a number of sources to create the pair of complementary decorative pieces:

“Creating these two murals for Rojo Mexican Grill was extremely fulfilling, both creatively and culturally. I was born in Mexico, and I thoroughly enjoyed the research phase to produce this work in which I took into consideration the client’s needs while also paying homage to the rich culture that my home nation has to offer. This is also the first mural I have painted by hand; I was able to get my hands dirty and learn to replicate something that I created into a large-scale format. This offered lessons that I will carry in my work moving forward.”

Both murals are on view now in the newly-opened Rojo Mexican Grill at 921 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

Above: The mural painting in progress. Below: Graphic Design apprentice Patricio De Lara paints the stairwell mural.

 

News // March 25, 2019
BY: JXTA

We need your help! We’re preparing a blank wall that will be filled by a brand new mural created by Bronx-based artists Tats Cru to serve as a the backdrop to our forth-coming skate-able art plaza (more on that here). To create the mural design, we need input from community members like you: who are your s/heroes?

Some of our s/heroes include (pictured above) LGBTQ activist CeCe McDonald, MN Attorney General Keith Ellison, lawyer/activist/speaker Nekima Levy-Pounds; plus, Mahmoud el kati, Nellie Stone Johnson, Sharon Sayles Belton, Shawntera Hardy, and Spike Moss. Now, we need you to nominate your s/heroes so we can make this a robust, diverse, and vibrant work of public art available to all who visit the plaza.

Ways to nominate your S/HEROES:

As this is a community mural, we ask that nominations be of public or semi-public figures. We will accept nominations until April 14, 2019.

Help us fill this blank wall!

 

 

News // March 11, 2019
BY: JXTA

Mural detail.

We’re excited to unveil a brand-new mural at Lucy Craft Laney Community School in North Minneapolis. With funding from the City of Minneapolis’s Collaborative Safety Strategies, Hawwa Youngmark, lead teaching artist on the project, worked with Lucy Laney third, fourth, and fifth grade students to complete a mixed media mural in their auxiliary multi-purpose space through the Beacons after school program. From October 2018 through March 2019, Hawwa, photographer Zainab Youngmark, and JXTA programs and outreach intern Jahliah Holloman worked with students to develop design concepts, practice multimedia construction, and eventually craft the mixed media mural.

Above: Hawwa Youngmark works on the collage section of the mural. Below: students practice creative work by drawing portraits.

The Collaborative Safety Strategies Initiative called for an outdoor mural to bring awareness to violence prevention on the intersection of Lowry and Penn, an intersection with disproportionately high levels of crime. Its proximity to Lucy Laney has affected the young people at the school: the mural’s creation serves as a response to this.

Says Hawwa: “Our design relates to the mural theme (neighborhood violence) by highlighting one of the most important aspects of the community: our children. These children have been hurt and affected by the violence in many ways and this is our way of showing how beautiful and important they are.”

 

Students at Lucy Laney work on painting and collaging the mural.

Working with JXTA Chief Cultural Producer Roger Cummings, Hawwa came up with concepts by drawing from the 2016 “Who We Are” mural, it itself inspired by the works of Emory Douglas. The Lucy Laney mural features similar rays of color (in gold) and photographs of Lucy Laney students taken during the after-school sessions. Photographer Zainab worked with students to learn the basics of photography and practice capturing images that would ultimately be used in the project. The images of students serve two purposes: to ensure current students’ ownership of the mural – in its location and creation – and to leave a legacy and act as a personal connection to the future students of Lucy Laney.

Students from Lucy Laney Elementary School celebrated its unveiling on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

The indoor multi-purpose room mural is complete; now, a banner version will be created and hung outside Lucy Laney for the public to see as the final element of the project. Keep an eye out in the coming months outside Lucy Laney.

The completed mural.

News // March 8, 2019
BY: JXTA

Ceramic “face jugs” created by JXTA youth in Contemporary Lab.

NCECA 2019

Minneapolis, MN, March 27-30

Join us for events hosted during NCECA 2019!

Friday, March 29, 5-8PM:

Veronique Wantz You Am I opening reception & fundraiser

In conjunction with Artaxis, Veronique Wantz Gallery will hold a fundraiser at the reception for You Am I: A celebration of Modern Identity for JXTA through the sale of donated works by Artaxis members.

About the exhibit:

Intermingled, intertwined, interfacing. In an age where we seek ideological purity, You Am I examines how each of these facets of our identity can coexist in analogous ambiguity. How are these multiplicities embraced? Is there a singular thread that weaves across the identity landscape: binding, repairing? Is there a rise of fantastical individualism? Or does identity melt into a pool of punctuated homogeny? As the dance progresses, do we forget to notice? Our diversity becomes our unity as we sway forward to the beat of this neoteric revolution.

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Saturday, March 30, 12-4PM:

Pop-up events on the JXTA campus

  • JXTA youth apprentice ceramic work for sale
  • Ceramics and Contemporary Art open studio
  • Group tours of campus ($150 suggested donation)
  • Current exhibit on view in the Emerson Gallery: Mara Duvra TO BE SEEN / TO BE MANIFOLD
  • Mara Duvra artist talk: 1PM

RSVP on Facebook

News // March 7, 2019
BY: JXTA

Buildin’ it up since 1995: join the movement at Juxtaposition Arts’ third annual Move the Crowd fundraiser on Friday, May 3, 2019.

When: Friday, May 3, 2019
Where: Juxtaposition Arts, 2007 Emerson Avenue North

RSVP on Facebook

Single tickets: $250

 

Move the Crowd 2019 will feature:

  • Visiting artists TATS CRU custom-painted pieces for sale
  • TATS CRU artwork exhibition in the Emerson Gallery
  • Live art demonstrations: aerosol art, digital illustrations, screenprinting demonstrations, and more by JXTA youth apprentices and teaching artists
  • Appetizers and drinks
  • Live DJ
  • Art-making activities
  • Exclusive art for purchase (from the JXTA archives)
  • Major announcements

Sponsorship levels:

For more information on sponsorship packages, contact kevin.winge [at] juxtaposition [dot] org or click HERE.

News // January 22, 2019
BY: JXTA

MARA DUVRA
TO BE SEEN / TO BE MANIFOLD

On view in the 2007 Emerson Gallery February 11 to April 6, 2019

Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) proudly presents the work of Minnesota-based visual artist Mara Duvra in the 2007 Emerson Gallery on view from February 11 to April 6, 2019. Her current body of work, Tending: meditations on interiority and blackness, is focused on centering softer visual representations of women of color, using poetic and ephemeral imagery to understand Blackness beyond public identities. This work addresses what it is to be hyper-visible and simultaneously unseen. The opening reception and artist talk will be held on Thursday, February 14: doors open at 6PM, and the artist talk will take place at 7PM. Gallery admission and all events are free and open to the public.

Tending is about the quiet and quotidian, the still and meditative. With photographic images, poetry, found objects, and small sculptural arrangements, Duvra creates an environment that encourages stillness and contemplation of interior landscapes. The installations and corresponding texts introduce wonder and imagination into the handling of black identities. In this project, Duvra uncovers poetic representations of tenderness, calm, and creativity in order to create a rich anthology of representations of blackness.

Open hours & artist talk during NCECA 2019:

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Open Hours: 12:00-4:00PM
Artist Talk: 1:00PM
Emerson Gallery, 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

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About the Artist:

Mara Duvra is a visual artist and writer. Her research-based practice combines photography, poetry, and video to create installations that explore stillness and interiority as critical modes of self-study. Duvra’s current body of work, Tending, uses poetic and ephemeral imagery to understand Blackness beyond resistance or public identity. Originally from Maryland, Duvra received a BA in Studio Art and Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her work has been featured in local galleries such as Soo Visual Arts Center, Public Functionary, and Yeah Maybe, and she was an Artist-In-Residence at The White Page. Duvra is currently a Jerome Emerging Artist Fellow, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative recipient, a curator at the Waiting Room at Gallery 71, and an instructor of painting and drawing at Saint Paul Academy and Summit School.

Artist website: http://www.maraduvra.com/

About Juxtaposition Arts:

Founded in 1995, Juxtaposition Arts develops community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power. JXTA’s work builds North Minneapolis’ cultural, financial, and social capital by training the local youth workforce in creative industries and investing in the equitable development of North Minneapolis and the West Broadway commercial corridor. JXTA offers free year-round arts learning programs for youth, community events, and jobs for teens in the core program JXTALabs. After completing the rigorous 12-week Visual Arts Literacy Training (VALT), youth aged 14-21 are eligible to apply for an apprenticeship in one of the JXTALab micro businesses. JXTA employs 70 young artists and 30 adult artists and staff annually. For more information, please visit www.juxtapositionarts.org.

Juxtaposition Arts’ current contemporary arts programs are made possible by a host of individual donors and the generous support of AchieveMPLS, Best Buy, Bush Foundation, General Mills Foundation, George Family Foundation, Harvard Club of Minnesota, The Kresge Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis City of Lakes, Minneapolis Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Otto Bremer Trust, Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Target, Twin Cities LISC, , and funded in part by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota November 4, 2008.