News // September 3, 2014

Local youth from Juxtaposition Arts’ Environmental Design studio were commissioned to create designs for bike racks and a large-scale public sculpture for the new Hennepin County Services Hub Building.

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Apprentices Demetra, Chango and Cedric +  Enviro Design Lab instructor Sam  with break dancing bike racks

Located on Plymouth Avenue at 7th Street in North Minneapolis, the building was redeveloped by The Ackerberg Group to provide neighborhood residents with financial, social and public health services. The grand opening at the end of August brought out community members and leaders, including Congressman Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.

JXTA’s primary goal for the project was to provide local youth a paid experience working on a real project from conceptual sketches to the final construction document sets. This entire process happened over the 2013/2014 school year. Enviro apprentices worked alongside the instructors to create the art concepts, then shared their designs and received feedback from community members at several open houses. Out of this process, the two pieces that were most popular and most feasible to build were selected to be fabricated and installed. Congratulations to Dean (18 years old) who designed the b-boy bike racks and Chango (17 years old) who designed the “North Arrow” sculpture.

“We want to continue to build relationships with developers and city officials in order to involve local youth in significant ways in shaping new construction projects throughout the Twin Cities, ” says Samuel Ero-Phillips, Enviro Design lead instructor. This is real work experience that not many designers have access to while they are still in high school. It will build a foundation for the young artists’ futures.

UPDATE: The “North Arrow” sculpture is now installed! Also, view more pictures of the opening event on our Facebook page.

“North Arrow,” the public art piece designed by JXTA’s Enviro Design studio.

News // July 23, 2014

Just days away from the event, our team is pumping up our lineup for the Northside art crawl FLOW. Artist and Gallery & Contemporary Art director Nate Young, co-instructor Caroline Kent, and youth apprentices are organizing an compilation exhibition and art sale featuring work from youth artists spanning 10 years.

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Youth artist Namir holds up one of his earliest JXTA paintings that will be on sale.

Pieces from over the years of past and present apprentices and youth artists are on exhibition and available for purchase at our opening reception this Friday, July 25 from 4-7pm and on Saturday, July 26 from 11am-7pm in the gallery of our main building. The exhibit consists of 2D pieces from Contemporary Arts Lab, Freewall, Textile Lab and drawings from VALT which will mainly come unframed.

“The proceeds of all the sales go to make our lab run.” Nate’s talking about the Contemporary Arts Lab at JXTA, housed in the 1108 building. It’s an environment and space, Nate says, where youth have the ability to explore their own creative ideas, in whatever way they choose – through drawing, painting, sculpture, even installation. “Because we don’t necessarily do [alot of] client-based work, we [can’t] support the Lab [solely] through commissions. This is the way that people from parts of the community and all over can support this particular Lab and get some really good artwork out of the deal too – at affordable prices.”

Not only creators of the work, the apprentices will be able to brush up on their entrepreneurial skills as well. “The sale of your work is part of being an artist,” Nate asserts. The apprentices will be present, and they will be able to talk to people about their work and interact with potential collectors. Even more, the youth artists get a hands on experience of pricing their work and how art sale transactions take place.

“It feels good when someone buys your work, ” Nate says. “The buyer wants to live with it, eat with it if they hang it in their kitchen, sleep with it if they put it in their bedroom or shower with it if they put it in their bathroom. It’s a good feeling when someone wants to love and be around your work.”

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News // June 26, 2014
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Instructor Caroline Kent was surrounded by students during a drawing class earlier this month at Juxtaposition Arts in north Minneapolis. (Caption from the Star Tribune; image by Monica Herndon).

Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grants in the Headlines

The Bush Foundation‘s new shift in giving was the cover story in the Star Tribune, which included our Bush Prize mention and visual highlights of JXTA. Bush’s new Community Innovation Grants are targeting initiatives that focus on “innovation and collaboration” – and that includes some of the work we do here at JXTA.  You can read the article at the Star Tribune.



Public Art studio artist Azlyn creates a rendering of the JXTA alleyway that includes ideas for the remodel of the space.

ArtPlace Grant Spurs on Creative Placemaking Projects

Organizations with initiatives steeped in creative placemaking are at the forefront of ArtPlace America‘s giving. ArtPlace has doled out grants – a grand total of $14.7 million – to 79 communities across the U.S. (Find the full press release and list of grantees here.) We’re proud to be one of the recipients of a grant geared towards projects that “play an explicit and intentional role in helping to shape communities’ social, physical, and economic futures.”

News // June 6, 2014

Ancestry Books’ Grand Opening

Ancestry books flyer

When: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 12-2pm for celebration; doors open officially at 2pm
Where: 2205 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Details: Located on Lowry and Penn in Northside, Ancestry Books will have its grand opening this weekend. A new North Minneapolis book store defined by co-founder Chaun Webster as a third place, Ancestry commissioned the JXTA Graphics Lab to design their logo and the Enviro Design studio to design, cut and build custom bookshelves for the new store. Join the owners, supporters and friends on Saturday to celebrate.


Northern Spark 2014

Northern Spark 2014

When: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Time: 9pm
Where: All over Minneapolis

Details: JXTA is going “mobile” this year at Northern Spark, the dusk-to-dawn Minneapolis arts festival. Among works of hundreds of artists, our bike-powered carts will carry along interactive games & activities, and will project live tweets that will reveal our location throughout the night. So challenge us to an intense match of dominos – if you’re up for it!


“Formations, Sediments, Cover-ups and Remnants”

Art by Christopher E. Harrison.

When: Opening reception on Saturday,
June 28, 2014
Time: 6-8pm
Where: Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

Details: 1108 Co-op artists Christopher E. Harrison and Daniel Kerkhoff will be exhibiting their work in a dual showcase this June. The event description is as follows: “The work in this show explores the integration of natural materials and layers to examine the relationship between time, memory and the world we inhabit.”


FLOW: Northside Arts Crawl 2014

 Friday, July 25 –  Saturday, 26, 2014
Time: Friday evening, Saturday afternoon & evening
Where: Along West Broadway

Details: Next month, be sure to join Juxtaposition Arts, as well as other Northside artists and organizations, for FLOW! This annual arts crawl celebrates the Northside community by shining a light on the creative efforts of its residents. On the 25th, JXTA will be holding an evening arts sale of youth artwork. JXTA will also be open throughout the afternoon and evening of the 26th. Don’t miss it!


Lindsay Splichal’s Exhibit at Highpoint 

Now showing through July 3, 2014Lindsay Splichal Time: Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm, Sat, noon–4pm* and by appointment
Where: Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Details: Textile Lab instructor Lindsay Splichal is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Jerome residency with Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Utilizing a variety of surfaces to create her prints including reclaimed materials, Lindsay focuses on print itself
as an object. Her work is currently exhibited in the Main gallery at Highpoint.

Open Gallery at JXTA

Now showing through July 3Contemporary Arts at JXTA
Time: Mon-Thurs, 10am-3pm
Where: JXTA Gallery

Details: Curious about what the Contemporary Arts Lab apprentices have been working on? Come through! Now installed in the gallery space, the youth artists display a variety of 2D, 3D and mixed-media pieces in their first exhibit this year. For purchasing information or related inquiries, contact Nate Young at


News // May 27, 2014

Summer at JXTA brings new opportunities for young artists to both develop artistic skills and be producers in the Northside creative community.


VALT in session. Photo by Phillip Hussong.


Enrollment is currently open for the JXTA introductory programs Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) and Free Wall. This summer, youth ages 8-21 will have the opportunity to work alongside professional artists who assist program participants in developing and expanding their drawing technique and creative skill set. *Youth artists who are also interested in becoming a JXTA apprentice are required to enroll in VALT.


VALT: June 23 – August 14, 2014.
VALT takes place Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9am-12pm. Program participants must be able to attend every session day. For more information on VALT, go here.

Free Wall – Introduction to Aerosol:

  • Session #1 begins June 17 – July 10, 2014
  • Session #2 begins July 15 – July 31, 2014

Free Wall takes places Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9am to 12 pm. Program participants must be able to attend every session day. For more information on Free Wall, go here.


When:  Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 5:30pm.
Where: Juxtaposition Arts, 2007 Emerson Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN 55411, in the gallery.

Note: orientation is required to confirm enrollment and only available to  those who have been pre-registered to attend. Orientation includes an interview, an introduction to artist teachers and to other class participants, and an overview of course objectives. Participants are asked to bring personal art creations to orientation.

  • If you have questions about applying, please contact Shelley at or give us a call at (612) 588-1158.
News // May 23, 2014

JXTA says you have what you need and we are here to help you develop those talents. Innovation is really iteration. Its developing an idea and continuing to stay with it, and push it over and over and over again…to make it better.” – DeAnna Cummings, Executive Director at JXTA

As recipients of the 2013 Bush Community Innovation Grant, the entire staff at JXTA wishes to express thanks to the Bush Foundation and Passenger Productions for capturing the heart of our work and mission so flawlessly in this piece!

News // May 15, 2014

There’s a few central things to know about DeAnna Cummings, our Executive Director.

DeAnna Cummings on Bush Foundation cover

For one, she’s really good at taking a solid idea and engineering it to action, to solve an existing problem or leverage an opportunity. Another is her desire to encourage the leadership potential of young artists through mentoring. And, she’s a 2007 Bush Fellow. b Magazine, the Bush Foundation‘s premiere magazine features her unique story of  co-founding and sustaining JXTA for nearly 20 years.

Seeking to strengthen JXTA’s impact in North Minneapolis and the region, DeAnna acted on a friend’s referral to apply for the Bush Leadership Fellowship. Today, DeAnna credits the Foundation with having a strong role in her development and where JXTA is today.

“Hundreds of people have contributed their gifts and talents to transforming the vision of an afterschool arts program into an institution that has made a difference for people and this place,” DeAnna states in the article. She attributes the youth-centered, creative community’s impact on North Minneapolis’ economic development to everyone involved at JXTA – from the youth artists to staff and supporters. In addition to her cover girl status, DeAnna is one of the newest board members for the Bush Foundation.

The Bush Foundation has announced their 2014 Fellows and there’s more information about applying to become a 2015 Fellow on their website. If you’re curious about the program, find out more here.

And tell us what you think of the article on Twitter – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

News // May 5, 2014

Here at JXTA, it has been our joy to witness firsthand the change and the growth of the creative arts community in North Minneapolis.


Canaan, JXTA Textile Screenprinting Apprentice – Photo by Phillip Hussong.










Through our programs for young artists, services for clients and numerous projects tailored for established  emerging artists, we’ve harnessed our communities’ passion and resources to have greater impact in the Northside and beyond.

And now, we are eager to show you more. We are happy to present to you our first ever Annual Report (designed by JXTA’s GraphicsLab), highlighting the ways we have grown and expanded our services and client-base since 2009. Along with our Annual Report, you can also view our last year’s Financial Reports.

JXTA cannot do this work without your cheers, partnership, advice, and giving. We thank you, our donors and supporters, for helping us give more to Northside young artists, established artists and the community-at-large.

Take a look:

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  • DATE: March 12, 2014
  • TIME: 7:30-9:00 PM (program at 8PM)
  • LOCATION: 1108 West Broadway, Minneapolis MN 55411

See What Youth Can Do

The Ackerberg Group commissioned youth apprentices in the Environmental Design Studio at Juxtaposition Arts to design public artworks to be installed at the site of the new Hennepin County Northside Hub at 1001 Plymouth Avenue. We’re excited to share the design proposals with our neighbors and hear what you think! Please come to hear from the youth designers and share your feedback.

Concepts by Enviro Design Winter 2014 Team and Henn Co Hub Public Art Designers:

Angel (age 21), Chango (17), Dean (19), Demetra (17), Tenzin (17), TyAnna (21) + Sam & Uyen (Studio Leads)

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News // February 23, 2014

Juxtaposition Arts is one of three organizations in Minnesota and one of nine in the region to be awarded an inaugural  Bush Prize for Community Innovation Grant by The Bush Foundation in St. Paul.

According to the Bush Foundation, JXTA was selected based on the organization’s record of developing effective innovations through inclusive and collaborative processes that make the most of community assets.  JXTA has received a grant equal to 25 percent of its last year’s operating budget.

“The collective record of accomplishment of the Bush Prize winners is a testament to what can be achieved by intentionally, thoughtfully, and continuously engaging the community in the problem-solving process. Each organization has established a culture of innovation that has led to positive impact in their community,” said Bush Foundation president Jennifer Ford Reedy. “The Bush Prize not only provides the winners with resources to support their work, our hope is that it also inspires others to think differently about how to approach problem-solving in their community.”


Relationships fuel all of JXTA’s efforts to solve problems and harness opportunities in our community. We invest in people first – including members of the community that are often overlooked in formal engagement. When it comes to collaboration, we look for partners who share our values and long-term commitment to North Minneapolis and the people here.  We also believe in sharing resources with stakeholders and building on existing community assets. To achieve these breakthroughs, our team engages in  “unapologetic experimentation” – we strive for a diverse mix of ideas and artistic disciplines throughout our programming.

Over nineteen years JXTA has achieved innovations in creative placemaking, educational achievement and economic development. One example is “ReMix: Creating Places for People on West Broadway,” a multi-pronged collaboration between JXTA , the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Architecture Department, and local youth. Together the partners design improved access to education, economic, and decision-making opportunities that create healthy, beautiful, safe places in the city, focused in North Minneapolis.

JXTA’s art/design-based revitalization efforts are firmly rooted in local community resources and are regularly shared and celebrated for its long-term impacts. All of the kids involved in JXTA programs for at least two years have graduated from high school—a significant breakthrough in North Minneapolis where graduation rates are typically less than 50%. Since JXTA opened its doors on Emerson Avenue North in 2004, there have been $47 million in investments in the area.

Grant Amount: $152,798


The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.