News // July 25, 2016

JXTA Class of 2016: Meet Natalie Bur


We’re celebrating seven apprentices who have accomplished High School graduation this year! #JXTAGraduates

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Full name: Natalie Bur

JXTA Lab/Studio: Textiles

How did you first hear about JXTA?

It was an art trip for school in Chicago and Drew was there to talk about JXTA. I thought, that is really cool and I need to do something with my life. Then I took VALT in the summer.

How long have you been apart of JXTA?

It’s been almost a year. I did the summer session last summer.

What’s the best thing about your studio?

I like screen-printing. There’s a cool process with screen-printing and I like that. I just like being able to work with people there.

Which JXTA experience are you most proud of?

I was able to make my own shirt a while a go. I got feedback on it and worked with Graphics to produce the shirt. That was a lot of fun.

What was your biggest challenge here?

Getting here. I bus like an hour. It’s like two hours out of my day.

What advice would you give to a young person interested in JXTA?

GO FOR IT! I don’t think there’s any other place like this. It’s good for people who want to get into the arts but can’t afford it. There is so many resources and people here that you can talk to. I think VALT is a really cool class. I was able to go to NYC.

You’re a high school graduate! Where do you want to go or do next?

I’m going to Chicago for school. It’s The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

What has been your experience with North Mpls?

Before doing the VALT class, I’d never been to North Minneapolis. I really like it. I’ve just learned so much through JXTA about North Minneapolis that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise. It has broadened by experience and knowledge and I now understand so much more about the North. It’s been really good.

What greater social awareness have you gained while being at JXTA?

I’ve learned about the North Side and its history. I learned who Tupac is.

Which artist has influenced your work the most, or is just a personal favorite?

Doris Salcedo. I like her a lot. I cried when I saw her art.

In one sentence, describe your experience.

My life wouldn’t have been the same without JXTA.

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