Ideas // July 8, 2015
BY: JXTA

Twelve apprentices at JXTA have reached that pivotal milestone in their lives: high school graduation. And we’re here to celebrate each one’s accomplishment. Learn more about Mai. #JXTAGraduates

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Full name: Amairani Jonapa-Sanapria

JXTA Lab/Studio: Graphic Design Lab

How did you first hear about JXTA? 

I heard it because during my art clas at Washburn, Shelley came to talk to our class about it. I just got very interested in it at that time because I was looking for a job, and she said they train you and you get a little overview of everything an artist should know in the VALT program.

Whats the best thing about your lab?

I was a little bummed because I’m not familiar with computer and technology. But I told [my instructor] Ken, I’m willing to work hard and learn. I’m very open-minded so taking the whole experience in is the best part. And also working with the people here, they’re so funny and energetic and I just really love being around them. I think this is the best job I ever had – it’s so fun working with artists!

Experience at JXTA that you’re most proud of?

Getting my whole portfolio (from VALT) done in time. Because when I do something, I kind of feel like I take too much time on it because I want to get it perfect, but sometimes letting loose and just going with the flow is better than worrying about the little details. What I found is that if you don’t worry so much you can have something gorgeous that sometimes you don’t even see when you’re stressing out.

Advice for a potential VALT participant?

If you were to come, you will be willing to work and not complain because if you look at it, you are learning things someone else in the street might not know. Just taking those experiences in will be helpful for the future especially if you are into art, and that’s going to make you build and create anything you want.

Which color would you choose to sum up your experience at JXTA and why? 

I think my favorite color is green, but I can relate green to many things. Green is basically my ‘Go’ sign. And here at JXTA, green is telling me to never stop, and never stop trying, because I know that I’m an artist and this is what I want to do with my whole life.

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

I always thought about this in three ways. I relate to my dad. We have a lot of stereotypes as Hispanics, like the women stay home and cook, and I know that’s not my future because I’m more of an outdoor person. So not only this year but a couple of years back, I started going out more, camping, and I love camping, I love being outside, working with people and bonding. I heard about Wilderness Inquiry and I got a little bit more information about them and I think that’s something I really want to do.

I also go and work in construction with my dad and I think that’s really fun because I get to make the blueprints and help him sketch out what he’s going to build because he remodels places and inside buildings.

The third thing that I’ve always wanted to do since I was little, is be a makeup artist. I love makeup and to me there’s different types of artists, there are tattoo artists – even people that work in construction, I think that’s art. For me, I feel like makeup is not to make you feel beautiful, because everyone is beautiful and sometimes we don’t see that in people. But I feel like make up is like a little touch of shimmer that can make you glow and remember how beautiful you are.

The most important thing about being an artist/designer/maker/creative is:

Being open minded and accepting all of the other work around you.

Read about another graduate!

Jun
30
  • DATE: Tue. Jun. 30, 2015
  • TIME: 5:30 pm

Join fellow Northside residents for free workshops on how to tell the real stories from your community using photography, videography, news reporting, blogging, and social media. Telling Stories from Your Neighborhoodparticipants will not only learn tools and techniques from accomplished professionals, but will be paid a stipend to apply those skills to creating their own community stories that will be shared on theTwin Cities Daily Planet, with assistance from editor Allison Herrera.

Registration is required and space is very limited, so register TODAY, by emailing events@tcdailyplanet.net

NOTE: Registration for all sessions in a particular series is highly recommended.

Jordan Lee Thompson is an art worker and educator who works in a variety of mediums including video production, installation, projection, performance, animation and other new media to combine his passions of participatory art, critical theory, sociology, and storytelling. Jordan has been working with digital media production since he was fourteen, and now spends his days as the Youth Media Coordinator at CTV North Suburbs where he directs the Youth Media Department and its award-winning CreaTV afterschool program. Jordan and his team develop and facilitate on-site and mobile workshops on media literacy and production for youth, helping teens write, produce and distribute their own short films. Jordan also teaches editing classes at Minneapolis Telecommunications Network and is the Creative Director of the Twin-Cities-based multidisciplinary dance company Dance & Other Behaviors. Jordan holds a BFA in Studio Arts, a BA in Art History and Arts Management, and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Iowa. You might find him around the Twin Cities wherever there’s new theater, live music and great food.

Jun
29
  • DATE: Mon. Jun. 29, 2015
  • TIME: 12:00 am

JXTA Free Wall summer programs will be closed on the following dates: Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 3, 2015.

Jun
25
  • DATE: Thu. Jun. 25, 2015
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: June 25, 2015

A trio of dynamic Minneapolis design leaders will be the highlight of a highly-interactive event about Parks and the Next Generation. Together they will explore questions facing our world-class park system:

  • How are youth engaging with parks and public space differently than a generation ago?
  • What innovations are the next generation bringing to the use and design of future parks?
  • How is “Tactical Urbanism” being used to activate public spaces in creative, playful new ways.
  • Who are the park users of tomorrow and how can parks adapt to meet those changing needs.
  • Our three featured guests will discuss projects now underway in North Minneapolis and demonstrate how youth are recreating our parks, in what promises to be a fun and interactive event.

Featuring:

Roger Cummings, Founder, Juxtaposition Arts and Loeb Fellow;

Tom Fisher, outgoing Dean, University of Minnesota College of Design and incoming Dayton Hudson Land Grant Chair and Director, University of Minnesota Metropolitan Design Center; and

Kristine Miller, Professor and Department Head, University of Minnesota College of Design Department of Landscape Architecture.

With Special Guest Cameron Downey, JXTA Apprentice

For more information on this event, visit the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s website.

Jun
25
  • DATE: Thu. Jun. 25, 2015
  • TIME: 3:00 pm

It’s a party y’all! This summer, the Pathways to College and Careers (PaCC) program is moving outside to the Saint Satoko Pocket Park, and you’re invited. There will be a James Rojas-inspired community building workshop, transit survey questions and free Zines, games, music prizes and much more. Food will be provided.

Jun
23
  • DATE: Tue. Jun. 23, 2015
  • TIME: 5:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts

Join fellow Northside residents for free workshops on how to tell the real stories from your community using photography, videography, news reporting, blogging, and social media. Telling Stories from Your Neighborhoodparticipants will not only learn tools and techniques from accomplished professionals, but will be paid a stipend to apply those skills to creating their own community stories that will be shared on theTwin Cities Daily Planet, with assistance from editor Allison Herrera.

Registration is required and space is very limited, so register TODAY, by emailing events@tcdailyplanet.net

Session 2: June 30, 5:30pm to 8:00pm, at Juxtaposition Arts.

NOTE: Registration for all sessions in a particular series is highly recommended.

Jordan Lee Thompson is an art worker and educator who works in a variety of mediums including video production, installation, projection, performance, animation and other new media to combine his passions of participatory art, critical theory, sociology, and storytelling. Jordan has been working with digital media production since he was fourteen, and now spends his days as the Youth Media Coordinator at CTV North Suburbs where he directs the Youth Media Department and its award-winning CreaTV afterschool program. Jordan and his team develop and facilitate on-site and mobile workshops on media literacy and production for youth, helping teens write, produce and distribute their own short films. Jordan also teaches editing classes at Minneapolis Telecommunications Network and is the Creative Director of the Twin-Cities-based multidisciplinary dance company Dance & Other Behaviors. Jordan holds a BFA in Studio Arts, a BA in Art History and Arts Management, and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Iowa. You might find him around the Twin Cities wherever there’s new theater, live music and great food.

Jun
22
  • DATE: Mon. Jun. 22, 2015
  • TIME: 12:00 am

Portfolio progression + collaborative exercises + individual development through technical drawing skills.

A youth artist’s first venture into the world of JXTA begins with the Visual Art Literacy Training course, also known as VALT. Participants develop the technical drawing skills necessary to be hired and succeed as apprentices in a JXTALab or Studio.

Meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays from 10am-1pm.

Jun
19
  • DATE: Fri. Jun. 19, 2015
  • TIME: 12:00 am

Portfolio progression + collaborative exercises + individual development through technical drawing skills.

A youth artist’s first venture into the world of JXTA begins with the Visual Art Literacy Training course, also known as VALT. Participants develop the technical drawing skills necessary to be hired and succeed as apprentices in a JXTALab or Studio.

Jun
16
  • DATE: Tue. Jun. 16, 2015
  • TIME: 9:00 am

Session #1: June 16 – July 10, 2015 meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9am-12pm.

*Holiday break starts on June 29 – July 3, 2015.

Jun
13
  • DATE: Sat. Jun. 13, 2015
  • TIME: 9:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Minneapolis Convention Center
Last year, Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) created a small fleet of Mobile Engagement Units and brought it to Northern Spark. These artist-designed and built bikes sport a variety of features to create bright and welcoming places in public space: light, sound, bubbles, portable seating, and table-top surfaces for art-making and games (dominos, chess, cards, etc.). 

 
This year, we will build on this work and return to the Northern Spark festival with an expanded fleet. We’re bringing back the bikes and bike trailers, pedaled by JXTA Tactical Urbanism youth apprentices and staff, that invite you to play a game, strike up a conversation, dance, make art and much more.

Our Locations and Times:

9 pm-11 pm:  Convention Center Plaza
11-midnight: Peavey Plaza
midnight-2 am: Guthrie Plaza

 
Northern Spark is an all-night arts festival that lights up Minneapolis on June 13, 2015. Follow the festival (and share your experience) using the hashtag #nspk and #MobileJXTA