News // 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 Akhil. #JXTAGraduatesakahil_BWsm

Full name: Akhil Miller

JXTA Lab/Studio: Graphics Lab

How did you first hear about JXTA?

I started at Step Up. But since I was very young man – I was about 9 in 3rd grade at Harvest Preparatory School – I wanted to get into graphic design. I initially wanted to become a novelist. Because I feel like I have so much to communicate and I like pencil and paper and writing things down.

What’s the best thing about your lab?

My lab is JXTA. So I guess to me, the question really is ‘what’s the best thing about JXTA?’ That of course, are the opportunities. When I got at the end of my role for my first job with Asian Media Access, I didn’t know what the next step was. And if it weren’t for programs like JXTA, there wouldn’t be a next step especially for a 14 or 15 year old. JXTA was the missing link. Even though JXTA is a stepping stone, I don’t plan on totally separating myself. Its such a an immersive stepping stone that I want to build on.

How have you engaged with North Minneapolis through your work?

I work with a lot of clients. One of the most recent clients was the Broadway Family Medicine Clinic across the street. Our main contact there, wanted to [transmit the message of] what health is and how health is inseparable from body, mind and soul, through our creative youth. He felt like that [message] was an integral part of Northside.

Experience at JXTA that you’re most proud of?

3 years ago I had to go through VALT for 12 weeks in the wintertime when I was a sophomore in high school. I was also taking AP classes and I had honors English. So I was up late working on homework. One of my favorite experiences was all of that sweat that I had to pour in to get to the lab, because it taught me time management and to value my time so much.

How has working in this community informed your social awareness?

One of the special things is that JXTA offers these opportunities to the kids within the community. Its like, growing up on the Northside, I’ve always been around the kids in the community, and when I come to JXTA, I see the same kids in the community, people who I thought I understood but I actually didn’t truly understand. Even though JXTA is a spectacularly diverse place, being amongst them and working with them taught me a lot.

Which artist inspires you?

God. The only thing I look to express through any of my work even if its super restricted with what the client wants is always about communicating truth.

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

Integrity.

Read about another graduate!

News // 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 Ana. #JXTAGraduates

Ana B

Full name: Ana Becquer

JXTA Lab/Studio: Graphics Lab

How did you first hear about JXTA?

I first heard about JXTA at a job fair at the Minneapolis Central Library in downtown. I was curious to try it out and that’s how I got here. I’ve been working with JXTA for a year now.

Whats the best thing about your lab?

The computer and technology. With Photoshop, you can edit things out and make it look good. Its easy and simple for me to use and doing digital art programs like Illustrator is mostly what I prefer.

Experience at JXTA that you’re most proud of?

Probably the self portrait. I was pretty proud of that because I worked hard on giving it a realistic look. My strongest point is visual because I focus on little details I can get in every perspective, even though I might not get them perfect.

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

Black and white. Its like the balance between dark and light, ying and yang, good and evil, all sorts of things. But mostly pink which is my favorite color – I just don’t like seeing it too much.

Advice for a potential VALT participant?

If you happen to be a beginner in the VALT program, just do what you gotta do. I’m pretty sure that’s been heard a lot but it can be pretty difficult when you start as a beginner if you have no experience of drawing.

If you are person who has experience drawing, then you might want to draw on your own. People have different ways of learning of drawing what they see and what they learn. If you find a style that works perfectly then you might as well stick with it and help yourself to improve more with it and find different ways and new challenges to improve your technique.

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

I plan on becoming a cartoonist and a comic book artist because I’ve always dreamed of writing and telling stories of my own. And since comics are my favorite, its my personal thing and its what I want to do.

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

To draw a lot.

Read about another graduate!

News // 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 Jahliah. #JXTAGraduates

Jahliah blog post pic

Full Name: Jahliah Holloman

JXTA Lab/Studio: Contemporary Art Studio

How did you first hear about JXTA?

I heard about JXTA through a program called Step Up. That was 4 years ago in 2011 I think. I was in the summer program.

Whats the best thing about your studio?

I really like the freedom that we get to express ourselves and our creativity. I think one of best things that we do is the talks: the discussions and critiques that we do. They help us dive into why we do the things we are doing and we learn a lot more about ourselves than we think we know. I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I call [my studio] art therapy. It’s a hard thing, opening up about yourself and your life because your art is like your life.

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

The first artist I learned about was Kara Walker and I do a lot of work about her. I really like her art. It brought a lot of light to my eyes about the world and about real life issues. But I feel like the artists that I look up to now are probably my instructors because I know them and I see the work and effort they put in. They put their hearts and their love and their sweat into everything that they do and then on top of that, they come here and they educate us. So I feel like the artists that I am actually influenced by and aspire to be or do as much of if not more, are my instructors, Nate, Tia, and Caroline, and the artists in this community. The artists in my community are the people I look up to because I know them as real people, I know their art, and I have come to love their art.

Advice for a potential JXTA participant?

I would encourage them not to be too scared to try things because some people come in to Contemporary worried. They’re worried about expressing themselves. I think you should just try new things when they are placed in front of you and just be appreciative of those things because not everyone gets the things that we get here, like the ability to talk to so many influential people, so many intellectual and wise people. It’s always good to try new things and appreciate those new things and the skills that you might gain from them.

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

Maybe green or yellow. And I don’t even like yellow or green, but I just feel that way. Maybe because there’s a lot of green when I look around – I just see green. And a lot of my earlier work was a lot of like muddy, neutral colors, and browns and stuff. And maybe that’s probably why I thought it was green or yellow because that’s when I started here that’s all I was doing, just green muddy groggy, messy things. And I think it evolved into the person that I am today, which is still messy but more colorful.

Where do you want to go or do next?

I’m not sure. I’m going to live life and be happy. Being at JXTA has also brought a lot of things to the light for me, like social justice and social injustice. I feel like I might lean towards that – being some kind of community organizer, or being involved in community engagements which I already am doing, I work in Tactical Urbanism. I just feel for the world.

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

I want to make art that I’m proud of and I feel accomplished with.

Read about another graduate!

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

mai1

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.