• DATE: Wed. Jan. 1, 2020
  • TIME: 12:00 am
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts

1995 – 2020.

25 years since Juxtaposition Arts’ inception, the name still embodies our ethos: core strategies juxtaposed to create a vibrant and sustainable whole. Art & economics; individual development through collaborative work; young artists employed and their professional counterparts. And now, JXTA is poised to become the foremost arts organization in North Minneapolis, with a permanent and essential legacy.

On our 25th anniversary, we reflect on successes and lessons learned and look ahead with clear eyes and a set intention. When JXTA was founded in 1995, DeAnna and Roger Cummings’ focus was on the immediate future: building access to the arts for talented young people in North Minneapolis. Now, 25 years of work gives us a basis for what we want the future to look like. That future includes a capital campaign, a brand-new building, continued programming, more students through our doors, and, ultimately, an established cultural legacy in North Minneapolis.

Today, in the first days of our fiscal year 2020, we want to share with you our vision and our new logo, created to celebrate this quarter-century milestone. Designed by our Graphic Design Lab, our 25th-anniversary logo embodies the JXTA ethos we’ve cultivated over the last 25 years: it’s dynamic, bright, and stays true to our roots. Ready to tackle any challenge, and nimble enough to keep up.

Over the next few months, keep an eye out for updates around celebrations, announcements, projects, and other 25th anniversary happenings. And for now, mark January 1–December 31, 2020, in your calendars as the 25th year of JXTA, launching us into the next 25 and beyond.

We’re going to celebrate, and we hope you will join us.


  • DATE: Sat. Sep. 14, 2019
  • TIME: 11:00 am
  • LOCATION: Skate-able Art Plaza
U.S. Bank recently gifted JXTA a $50,000 Community Possible grant to help fund the inaugural programming season of our new skate-able art plaza. The grant is part of U.S. Bank’s new annual $1 million fund focused on organizations driving economic development across the country in the areas of workforce preparation, affordable housing and arts and culture.
To celebrate this gift, we’re hosting a day of art-making, activities, and acknowledgements during Open Streets West Broadway on Saturday, September 14! Join us for skateboarding demonstrations, performances, refreshments, JXTA retail for sale, art-making, a game booth, and a meet-and-greet with Timberwolves mascot Crunch. A brief presentation will occur at approximately 1:00 p.m.
What: performances, art-making, skateboarding demonstrations, face painting, and other activities
When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Juxtaposition Arts Skate-Able Art Plaza (corner of West Broadway Avenue and North Emerson Avenue)
  • Meet-and-greet with Timberwolves Mascot Crunch 12PM
  • Program and check presentation at approximately 1PM
The 2019 season of skate-able art plaza activities is made possible with support from the U.S. Bank Market Impact Fund.
JXTA will use the funds to provide programming for the new skate-able art plaza in partnership with the West Broadway Business & Area Coalition and City of Skate. Through the new annual Market Impact Fund, U.S. Bank invests $50,000 grants to 20 nonprofit organizations across the country. The new Fund is in addition to U.S. Bank’s Community Possible giving platform focused on grant cycles in the areas of Work, Home and Play.
Learn more about U.S. Bank’s social responsibility work here: www.usbank.com/csr2018 or www.usbank.com/community.
Photo courtesy of Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.
  • DATE: Wed. Aug. 21, 2019
  • TIME: 5:00 pm
  • LOCATION: 1108 Space

Help us celebrate our Summer 2019 VALT (Visual Art Literacy Training) students! Stop by the JXTA campus on August 21 to see the culmination of work created by young artists during this session. Students have worked on self-portraits, perspective drawing, and other introductory visual art skills. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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About VALT:

Our Visual Art Literacy Training program provides a comprehensive hands-on arts education for youth ages 12-21. This cost-free program is a prerequisite for young artists who wish to apply for a paid apprenticeship at JXTA in one of our five creative development studios. Learn more at juxtaposition.org.

  • DATE: Wed. Aug. 14, 2019
  • TIME: 7:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Guthrie Theater

In 2018, through an Arts Access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Guthrie Theater collaborated with Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) to develop a work of art for the Guthrie’s Pohlad Lobby.

We invite you to join us for the unveiling of Luminous Current, a light-based art installation on Level Nine at the Guthrie Theater.

This event will include:

  • Pop-up boutique of artwork by Juxtaposition Arts
  • Video presentation about the making of Luminous Current
  • Cash bar

About the work:

In designing Lumninous Current, JXTA’s Environmental Design Lab was influenced by the theater’s physical location and surroundings — in particular, the waters of the Mississippi. JXTA artist apprentices D’Angelo Raymond and Temesgen Besha worked under the guidance of lead designers and architects Niko Kubota and Sam Ero-Phillips and collaborated with others including Minneapolis-based Solid Metal Arts and JXTA Chief Cultural Producer Roger Cummings. Raymond and Besha were inspired by the Guthrie’s unique position between the Mississippi River and downtown Minneapolis and designed the piece to mirror the color and motion of the water and reflect the architecture of the neighborhood.

For more information, please visit the Guthrie Theater website.

  • DATE: Thu. Aug. 1, 2019
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery

August 2019 X NORTHSIDE is an expansion of Nancy Musinguzi’s project NORTHSIDE: An Oral History Publication and Installation in collaboration with JXTA apprentices. Youth artists in JXTALabs worked with material from candid conversations and portraits of North Minneapolis youth to create this multi-faceted exhibition.

Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, August 1 at 6PM.

All events are free and open to the public of all ages.

  • DATE: Sat. Jul. 27, 2019
  • TIME: 11:00 am
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts

Join us for FLOW 2019! The JXTA campus will be open on Saturday, July 27 from 11AM-5:30PM for activities:

  • Self-guided and apprentice-guided tours around campus
  • Skating and music in our new skate-able art plaza
  • Poster show in the JXTA Gallery
  • Pop-up shops: take home art & swag created by JXTA youth artist apprentices!
  • Family-friendly art-making

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  • DATE: Fri. May. 3, 2019
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts

Move the Crowd 2019
Build JXTA. Build the future.

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.

  • DATE: Fri. Mar. 29, 2019
  • TIME: 5:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Veronique Wantz Gallery

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.

Exhibition Reception:


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Sponsored by Artaxis, this venue-originated exhibition runs in conjunction with NCECA 2019. The exhibition will be on view from March 26March 30.

Curated by Louisa Vincent, Gallery Director, Veronique Wantz Gallery; Samuel Johnson, Artaxis Board Member and Professor of Art and Department Chair at College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, NCECA Member; and Juliane Shibata, Artaxis member.

For more information, visit the Veronique Wantz Gallery website.

About the Exhibit:

Step into this lively and colorful Utopia where class, race, sexuality, age, abilities, belief systems and gender, dance in all their beauty and complexities to a rhythmic beat of respect, tolerance and understanding.

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.

You am I, I am you, we are one.

Featured Artists:

Adam Chau, Blanca Guerra-Echeverria, Crystal Morey, John Byrd, Kensuke Yamada, Linda Swanson, Malcom Mobutu Smith, Natalia Albelaez, Raheleh Filsoofi, Steven Young Lee.

  • DATE: Thu. Feb. 14, 2019
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery



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.

Opening Reception / Artist Talk:

Thursday, February 14
Doors: 6:00PM | Artist Talk: 7:00PM
Gallery Hours & Location: Monday–Thursday 10:00AM–4:00PM; 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/

  • DATE: Mon. Feb. 4, 2019
  • TIME: 5:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Du Nord Craft Spirits

On Monday, February 4, $1 for every drink sold at Du Nord Craft Spirits will be donated to Juxtaposition Arts as part of their “Pour Some Back” initiative. Grab a delicious craft cocktail for a good cause!