• DATE: Sat. Feb. 21, 2015
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Burnet Art Gallery at Chambers, The Luxury Art Hotel

Including work from artist and #JXTATextiles instructor Lindsay Splichal.

Description from the official website:

I AM KXNDNESS is an art show in which money is of no value. All of the artworks being shown will be available only by performing acts of kindness – ranging from playing with animals at a shelter to volunteering at a nursing home to assisting a gallery during open hours. Each work of art will have a designated kindness chosen by the artist. To “purchase” the works the patron will put their name into a bowl next to the work of art they are wishing to obtain. At the end of the evening a name will be drawn from each bowl and that is the person who will receive the artwork once the designated act of kindness is completed.”

All of the details here.

  • DATE: Sat. Feb. 21, 2015
  • TIME: 5:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Marquette Plaza

On Saturday, February 21, take part in the inaugural MPLS Lantern Fest from 5-8pm. Participants of lantern creation workshops from all over the Twin Cities will come together to Light the Winter Night starting at 6pm at the Marquette Plaza in downtown Minneapolis. Take a lantern home with you afterwards.

Find all of the details here.

  • DATE: Wed. Feb. 18, 2015
  • TIME: 7:30 am
  • LOCATION: Red Stag Supperclub

Pollen brings together Nonprofits Assistance Fund executive director Kate Barr along with her mentor and mentees including JXTA executive director DeAnna Cummings at the 2015 Work Redux. An interchange that sparks discussion, Work Redux drives action that “brings individuals across diverse areas of thought leadership to discuss how the workforce, which was historically designed around a male breadwinner, needs to be reexamined to support a new era of increasingly female leadership.”

Read the backstory here. And read more on the EventBrite page.

News // February 16, 2015

We rocked the lantern fest workshop at our 1108 building. Light, color, good music and best of all, good to see all of you.

Remember: on Saturday, February 21, take part in the inaugural MPLS Lantern Fest from 5-8pm. Participants of lantern creation workshops from all over the Twin Cities will come together to Light the Winter Night starting at 6pm at the Marquette Plaza in downtown Minneapolis. Take a lantern home with you afterwards. Find all of the details here.

In the meantime, see snapshots of a fun night with JXTA apprentices, staff and friends and neighbors like you. Thanks for coming and we hope to see you back at JXTA soon!


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We want to give a shout out to the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and the Minneapolis Downtown Council for creating this event and making this workshop possible.

  • DATE: Thu. Feb. 12, 2015
  • TIME: 5:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts

The first ever Mpls Lantern Fest will Light the Winter Night on February 21 from 5 pm – 8 pm in Downtown Minneapolis. Come take part in the festivities, complete with illuminated lanterns, music, food and more. Or participate and be a part of the experience: bring friends and family of all ages and abilities to a free lantern making workshop.

Juxtaposition Arts invites you to come to a lantern-building workshop and open house on the JXTA campus on Thursday, Feb. 12. Work with JXTA apprentices and neighbors to build your own paper lantern (we’ll teach you how!). Take a tour of campus, see the latest gallery exhibition with new artwork by JXTA apprentices, and learn about art and design training and employment opportunities for young people ages 10 to 21.

Then come to Mpls Lantern Fest on Feb. 21, where workshop participants will convene with their illuminated lanterns to join in a movement of light beginning at 6 pm. The lantern you make is yours to take home afterwards.

FREE. All ages and abilities welcome; supplies are provided. Stop by any time between 5 and 8 p.m.

For more info on this event, visit the Minneapolis Downtown Council‘s website.

News // December 30, 2014

Youth apprentices laying pavers this past fall at a pocket park designed by JXTA EnviroLab for the Common Bond affordable housing development on West Broadway.

Dear JXTA Supporter,

Thank you so much. We’re grateful for your donations, partnership, go-aheads, and good words. Your investment in Juxtaposition Arts sustains all of us – students, apprentices, instructors, staff and board members alike.

We started the #JXTAGive100 campaign last month, with a goal to inspire 100 people to support 100 youth artists by the end of 2014. You stepped up and we surpassed our goal. To date, 102 of you invested in #JXTAGIVE100. When your contribution joins forces with our mission and a young artist’s ingenuity, this triune produces outstanding accomplishments.

I’m proud of what young artists at JXTA have done this year, from addressing transit and public health issues through placemaking, to designing public artbranding events and spaces and collaborating with government, non-profit partners and local galleries, and more.

So why stop at 102? Let’s keep going, keep sharing and keep giving. Before the end of the year, if you value what we do at JXTA and have not made a financial contribution yet, I hope you’ll take this opportunity to action your beliefs. You can donate here or share this message with someone.

You not only help us make this work possible, but you also help sustain it, everyday. You’ve inspired us to reach higher in the coming year. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate the support you have given us towards our vision and for 2015.

Have a BIGGER and BOLDER New Year,

Roger Cummings, Artistic Director at JXTA

News // December 23, 2014

This past October, creative agency Knock, Inc partnered with us to create ornaments for the 2014 White House tree lighting through the Pathway of Peace project. Take a look at the video our friends at Knock created of the experience. In the meantime, we wish you Happy Holidays from all of us at JXTA!

Ideas // December 20, 2014
BY: Drew Peterson

Drew Peterson SmallIt’s my honor as an artist and instructor, to talk about why your support of JXTA makes a difference for young people in the present and the future.


I’m a teaching artist at Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) and I started my life as a professional artist right here at JXTA as a teen. I have come full-circle and my work with the young artists in the Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) program is fuel for my artistic practice.

VALT is the first step for JXTA participants to gain experience and connections to begin shaping the world they want to see, starting in the Twin Cities. VALT is provided at no cost to youth participants, and every lesson prepares each individual for a paid position in our art and design studios, known as JXTALabs.

Snapshots from our 2014 Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) class that I teach.

Snapshots from our 2014 Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) class that I teach.

VALT happens because of the support of people like you: our friends and investors. As we near the year’s end, our goal at JXTA remains to secure 100 givers to support 100 youth artists on their artistic journey. I’m asking you to make a year-end gift to JXTA and share our #JXTAGive100 campaign. When you give in any amount or share about our work with your networks, we are positive we will reach our goal.

Thank you & happy holidays,

Drew Peterson, artist and VALT instructor

News // December 16, 2014

What happens when a JXTA apprentice phases out of their JXTALab studio? How are they supported by the organization that has trained them in developing their artistic skills? What further support do they need to reach their educational and professional goals?

Presentations by JXTA staff and partners took place on December 13, 2014, to introduce the new JXTA PaCC initiative.

L-R: JXTA staff and partners Sarah Hayosh, Grace Empie, and DeAnna Cummings present the PaCC Initiative to JXTA participants, board and staff on December 13, 2014.

These are the questions among others that a new program at Juxtaposition Arts is seeking to answer through a solution-based approach. The newly launched JXTA Pathways to College and Careers (PaCC) Initiative focuses on providing professional and educational support to a JXTA participant when they time-out of a JXTALab or program, due to our age limits (10-21 years).

This past Saturday, the core pieces of PaCC were presented to JXTA youth participants, board members, current staff and alumni by the initiative’s core team. JXTA executive director DeAnna Cummings reinforced to attendees the organization’s mission of training and employing youth artists as a connection and a pathway to the creative industries in our city. “The art design firms are lacking people of Black, Latino and Hmong backgrounds, specifically,” she pointed out.

Through the year-long PaCC Initiative, the involvement of JXTA teaching artists, youth artists and building upon a 10-year collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s College of Design through ReMix will help to pinpoint specific ways to promote a more diverse art and design industry in the Twin Cities and in the region.”That’s ultimately what our work is about: is that you all grow up and out of JXTA and pursue careers as successful artists and designers in the Twin Cities,” Cummings said directly to the youth present in the audience.

“We want to bring the Twin Cities to equity, where everyone has fair and just access to opportunities, especially related to the built environment. The people making the decisions of the built environment need to reflect the people that live here.” -Kristine Miller of University of Minnesota’s ReMix.

One phase of PaCC was administered by U of M graduate student Sarah Hayosh and JXTA alumni and graphic designer Adrienne Doyle last summer. Qualitative interviews were conducted with a total of 10 current JXTA participants. During their evaluation process, Hayosh and Doyle synthesized the themes and patterns pulled from the in-depth conversations to learn what the biggest challenges JXTA participants face upon their departure from their Labs.

Among the findings, Hayosh reported that almost all of the participants that were attending college at Minneapolis Community Technical College (MCTC) said that affordability was the main reason for selecting that particular institution. Another example presented was the impact of one-on-one relationships the participants have with their lab instructors that often led them to learning about professional opportunities that they otherwise would not have known about.

These findings, along with current JXTA processes such as Listening Sessions and new initiatives like customized opportunity navigation, entrepreneurial direction and technical content-based workshops, will inform the next phase of PaCC. New Sector Alliance fellow Grace Empie will spearhead a number of these projects along with the core PaCC team over the next 11 months. It now stands that 30 young people who have signed up to be a part of this process will be encouraged through these newly designed methods to focus on their personal goals through June.

“Today is a huge celebration,” JXTA staffer and PaCC team member Betsy Altheimer concluded. “This is a hand-off for something that has been an idea for a long time. Now it’s moving into something that is being embedded into what we do at JXTA.”

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The Pathways to College and Careers (PaCC) presentation at our 1108 building on December 13, 2014.

SPECIAL THANKS: We could not do this work without the support of our partners and funders, Sundance Family Foundation, Youthprise, Bush Foundation, Otto-Bremer Foundation, Aroha Philanthropies, and New Sector Alliance. Thank you.

Looking for a way to support us in doing this work ? To help us push forward this initiative and JXTA work at-large, sign up for our e-newsletter and we’ll make sure to keep you up to speed on opportunities. As always, we appreciate your financial support as we work towards securing 100 supporters for 100 youth artists by the end of the year. Donate on our GiveMN page, here. #JXTAGive100

  • DATE: Sat. Dec. 13, 2014
  • TIME: 10:00 am
  • LOCATION: Pop-up on Broadway

The West Broadway Business Coalition is hosting and facilitating a holiday themed pop-up boutique this Friday and Saturday, December 12-13, 2014. Area businesses along and nearby West Broadway including our TextileLab, will make their goods and services available for purchase in the old Credit Union space. Our collective goal is to encourage community-based shopping among residents, workers and visitors, to promote local economic growth. Find out more information about the participating vendors on WBC’s Facebook page.