News // March 11, 2019

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

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

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News // March 7, 2019

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

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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


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.

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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

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.

News // January 3, 2019

“It’s really an evolution of how you actualize the mission and extend it to more people…I hope that funders will see the potential, and know that it’s possible because [JXTA is] already doing the work”
Kate Wolford, McKnight Foundation President


We’ve just launched the largest initiative in our history: a $14 million capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art facility at our current location. A generous lead gift of $1.3 million from the McKnight Foundation ensures a jump-start into this campaign and into new territory. McKnight’s gift re-enforces our belief in our mission and demonstrates the value of what we do at Juxtaposition Arts. JXTA’s success is due to the continued advocacy from those in our many shared communities: this is what makes JXTA possible.

From left to right: McKnight Foundation Arts Program Director Vickie Benson, JXTA Chief Cultural Producer Roger Cummings, JXTA Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead and Development Associate Adrienne Doyle, JXTA Chief Executive Officer DeAnna Cummings, Textiles Lab Lead Ben Peterson, and McKnight Foundation President Kate Wolford.

We’re raising money to build a new facility, but this project is much more than raising funds for a building. The new structure on the corner of Emerson and Broadway will house new and expanded programs, employ new and seasoned artists and designers, and ensure young people have access to the arts for generations to come. This foundation will allow us to plant firm roots and to continue our place-making mission on solid footing as we move into this next phase of JXTA’s trajectory.

Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for their continued support. Together we’re building a secure and exciting future for JXTA.

To learn more or to get involved, contact Kevin Winge at

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McKnight Foundation

News // December 18, 2018

Client: Este’s Funeral Home
Project: Funeral Home Fence Design

Team: Environmental Design Lab
Project Description: Este’s Funeral Home commissioned a set of decorative walls for a contemplative garden space in their new location on Penn and Plymouth. Working closely with the Estes family, the Environmental Design Studio created a nature-inspired perforation pattern in weathering steel to enhance the garden.


Client: Thor
Project: Thor HQ Facade Design

Team: Environmental Design Lab
Project Description: Two perforated stainless steel “murals”” were built for the Penn and Plymouth avenue facades of the new THOR HQ building, unveiled in 2018. The portraits celebrate the legacy of African Americans in Minnesota and their many important contributions to the state.

Detail of the Thor HQ stainless steel “mural”

News // December 14, 2018

We’re super excited to introduce “HeXtra” a modular-infinitely configurable-infinitely growable-super fun-public gathering-seating sculpture-scape. Public spaces. Work places. Your home. Yup, you buy it by the module. 100% of the profits will fund our programs for young artists and designers. Support JXTA artists AND make public gathering places all at the same time. HeXtra by JXTA + Lazor Office.

Custom colors available. Contact for inquiries.


News // December 11, 2018

Thank you.

JXTA is alive with joy and energy as 2018 draws to a close. This year, our paid youth apprentices trained alongside professional artists to hone creative talents and work on real client projects. We hosted activists, international artists, and other creatives in our gallery space and JXTA Labs. And we launched a $14 million capital campaign for a new building. While we raise this money, a new skate-able art plaza will become a hub of activity for North Minneapolis in the summer of 2019.

Truth be told, it’s always a joyful time at JXTA. We’re creating art and we’re creating real jobs. Ultimately, we’re creating a more vibrant, equitable, socially connected, and economically sustainable world.

Wishing you much joy this season, and throughout the year.

DeAnna Cummings, Chief Executive Officer
Roger Cummings, Chief Cultural Producer

P.S. We raised $13,295 on Give to the Max Day to paint a new mural and we’re raising another $10,000 to complete it. If you can contribute to that effort, or make a general year-end contribution to JXTA, we would be very grateful.


News // November 15, 2018


This holiday season, shop unique ceramics, screen-printed textiles, and other hand-crafted items made by youth and young adult apprentices at Juxtaposition Arts. Support the next generation of local artists. #ShopJXTA.

Buy handmade gifts directly from our apprentices at the JXTA Gallery pop-up shop during business hours in December!

JXTA Gallery Pop-Up Shop  (2007 Emerson Avenue North)


Saturday, December 8: 10AM — 4PM

Saturday, December 15: 10AM — 4PM

Monday – Thursday, December 3  — 20: 10AM – 4PM

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Shop ceramics, hats, baby onesies and bibs, t-shirts, hoodies, and more!

News // November 15, 2018

From November 15 – January 2, buy a 🚗 at Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru and they will donate $300 to Juxtaposition Arts per car sold!

Visit Morrie’s location at 12520 Wayzata Blvd in Minnetonka and check out our first curated exhibition of work created by youth apprentices in our Graphic Design Lab. The work displayed is a curated mix of original works and work our apprentices have created for clients with guidance from our teaching artist staff. Hats off to our talented youth apprentices.

#JXTASharesTheLove #MorriesMTKASubaru #ShareTheLove

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Thank you to Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru for their generosity.