Aug
13
  • DATE: Mon. Aug. 13, 2018
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Surly Brewing Co.

Surly Non-Profit Monday
With Juxtaposition Arts, Twin Cities Business Peer Network, and Harvard Club of Minnesota

When: Monday, August 13, 2018; 6:00-9:00PM
Where: Surly Brewing Company
Cost: FREE with RSVP – 1 complimentary drink provided by Surly Brewing

On Monday, August 13 from 6-9PM, Juxtaposition Arts alumni and members of Twin Cities Business Peer Network and Harvard Club of Minnesota are invited to join Surly Brewing’s Non-Profit Monday! The evening will include networking opportunities, speakers, and interactive art; panel discussions will address the intersections between art, community, business, and policy. Attendees will be encouraged to engage and mingle with other guests and moderators while enjoying a complimentary drink provided by Surly and access to a cash bar throughout the evening.

Are you a JXTA alumni? Click HERE to RSVP!

Aug
10
  • DATE: Fri. Aug. 10, 2018
  • TIME: 5:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery

Tending The Soil: Black August

Tending The Soil: Black August

Please join the apprentices of Juxtaposition Arts’ Tactical Urbanism and Contemporary and Public Art Labs for Black August 2018, a month-long meditation on the past, present, and future of Black revolutionary struggles. Black August’s origins lie within the organization and activism of incarcerated peoples in California. This year at JXTA, we aim to continue this tradition of unification against prisons and mass incarceration through a series of community dinners co-hosted by community organizer Roxanne O’Brien, local non-profit Better Futures, and printmaker Ricardo Levins Morales. Tending The Soil: Black August also includes an exhibition of original artwork dedicated to Black August principles created by JXTA apprentices from Contemporary and Public Art Lab.

All Black August dinners free and open to the public and will take place from 5:30PM to 8PM.

August 3 – with Roxanne O’Brien and Better Futures
August 10 – with Ricardo Levins Morales
August 17 – with Juxtaposition Arts Apprentices

About the Exhibition

Tending The Soil: Black August features work by youth and young adult apprentices in Juxtaposition Arts’ Contemporary and Public Art Lab that explores the ideas of seed harvest and change. They write:

The seeds are our ideas, thoughts, and concepts that can grow into something larger, such as changes and movement. The exhibition is rooted in the idea that the soil–our social environment in which dreams and ideas are planted–must first be tended to. By investigating and then unpacking the narratives surrounding issues such as police brutality, the prison industrial complex, the ethical treatment of prisoners, and imagining a future without police within our communities, we have the power to shift the conditions in which these seeds grow. We have the power to cultivate our own soil, a more balanced soil, for healthier growth.

Exhibition features work from these JXTA Contemporary and Public Art Apprentices:

Cameron Downey
Cecilia Andrade-Vital
Daria Harris
Jesús Vega
Justice Jones
Kachina Henry
Kylia Porter
Makeda Parrish
Maria Romansov
Rondell Jackson
Salem Murre
Savitri Mann
Treon Jones
Tyreke Morris

RSVP on Facebook

Aug
3
  • DATE: Fri. Aug. 3, 2018
  • TIME: 5:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery

Tending The Soil: Black August

Tending The Soil: Black August

Please join the apprentices of Juxtaposition Arts’ Tactical Urbanism and Contemporary and Public Art Labs for Black August 2018, a month-long meditation on the past, present, and future of Black revolutionary struggles. Black August’s origins lie within the organization and activism of incarcerated peoples in California. This year at JXTA, we aim to continue this tradition of unification against prisons and mass incarceration through a series of community dinners co-hosted by community organizer Roxanne O’Brien, local non-profit Better Futures, and printmaker Ricardo Levins Morales. Tending The Soil: Black August also includes an exhibition of original artwork dedicated to Black August principles created by JXTA apprentices from Contemporary and Public Art Lab.

All Black August dinners free and open to the public and will take place from 5:30PM to 8PM.

August 3 – with Roxanne O’Brien and Better Futures
August 10 – with Ricardo Levins Morales
August 17 – with Juxtaposition Arts Apprentices

About the Exhibition

Tending The Soil: Black August features work by youth and young adult apprentices in Juxtaposition Arts’ Contemporary and Public Art Lab that explores the ideas of seed harvest and change. They write:

The seeds are our ideas, thoughts, and concepts that can grow into something larger, such as changes and movement. The exhibition is rooted in the idea that the soil–our social environment in which dreams and ideas are planted–must first be tended to. By investigating and then unpacking the narratives surrounding issues such as police brutality, the prison industrial complex, the ethical treatment of prisoners, and imagining a future without police within our communities, we have the power to shift the conditions in which these seeds grow. We have the power to cultivate our own soil, a more balanced soil, for healthier growth.

Exhibition features work from these JXTA Contemporary and Public Art Apprentices:

Cameron Downey
Cecilia Andrade-Vital
Daria Harris
Jesús Vega
Justice Jones
Kachina Henry
Kylia Porter
Makeda Parrish
Maria Romansov
Rondell Jackson
Salem Murre
Savitri Mann
Treon Jones
Tyreke Morris

RSVP on Facebook

News // July 31, 2018
BY: JXTA

Tending The Soil: Black August

Current Exhibit

Tending The Soil: Black August

Please join the apprentices of Juxtaposition Arts’ Tactical Urbanism and Contemporary and Public Art Labs for Black August 2018, a month-long meditation on the past, present, and future of Black revolutionary struggles. Black August’s origins lie within the organization and activism of incarcerated peoples in California. This year at JXTA, we aim to continue this tradition of unification against prisons and mass incarceration through a series of community dinners co-hosted by community organizer Roxanne O’Brien, local non-profit Better Futures, and printmaker Ricardo Levins Morales. Tending The Soil: Black August also includes an exhibition of original artwork dedicated to Black August principles created by JXTA apprentices from Contemporary and Public Art Lab.

All Black August dinners free and open to the public and will take place from 5:30PM to 8:00PM.

August 3 – with Roxanne O’Brien and Better Futures
August 10 – with Ricardo Levins Morales
August 17 – with Juxtaposition Arts Apprentices

About the Exhibition

Tending The Soil: Black August features work by youth and young adult apprentices in Juxtaposition Arts’ Contemporary and Public Art Lab that explores the ideas of seed harvest and change. They write:

The seeds are our ideas, thoughts, and concepts that can grow into something larger, such as changes and movement. The exhibition is rooted in the idea that the soil–our social environment in which dreams and ideas are planted–must first be tended to. By investigating and then unpacking the narratives surrounding issues such as police brutality, the prison industrial complex, the ethical treatment of prisoners, and imagining a future without police within our communities, we have the power to shift the conditions in which these seeds grow. We have the power to cultivate our own soil, a more balanced soil, for healthier growth.

Exhibition features work from these JXTA Contemporary and Public Art Apprentices:

Cameron Downey
Cecilia Andrade-Vital
Daria Harris
Jesús Vega
Justice Jones
Kachina Henry
Kylia Porter
Makeda Parrish
Maria Romansov
Rondell Jackson
Salem Murre
Savitri Mann
Treon Jones
Tyreke Morris

RSVP on Facebook

Jul
28
  • DATE: Sat. Jul. 28, 2018
  • TIME: 11:00 am
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts

Join us for FLOW Northside Arts Crawl on Saturday, July 28! Stop by the JXTA campus between 11AM and 6PM for live demonstrations, collaborative art-making, and more.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks. In the meantime, RSVP on Facebook.

Jul
12
  • DATE: Thu. Jul. 12, 2018
  • TIME: 6:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery

 

Zine Launch

Pay 2 Play Zine Launch: A Look at Race and Art Space in MPLS

Please join us on Thursday, July 12 for a zine launch event in connection with our current exhibition Recourse: With Notes From Black Wall Street. Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead Adrienne Doyle will share findings from her artist-led research project on the racial inequities in ownership and investment in art spaces in Minneapolis, MN. The research will be published in a zine designed by youth and young adult apprentices in JXTA’s Graphics Lab and will be available for purchase during the event.

When: Thursday, July 12, 6-8PM
6PM: doors | 6:30PM: short presentation followed by discussion
Where: JXTA Gallery – 2007 Emerson Ave N
Cost: FREE
Click here to RSVP

About the Zine:
Between February 2017 and January 2018, Juxtaposition Arts Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead and artist researcher Adrienne Doyle conducted an arts-based research project on the racial inequities of the ownership and investment of art spaces in Minneapolis, MN. The hypothesis for this project is that POC-led and -focused art organizations in Minneapolis, MN experience significant barriers to raising the capital and other resources they need to own and adequately invest in facilities out of which to do their work. White-led organizations don’t experience these barriers or experience them to a lesser extent.

This project was supported by Twin Cities LISC.

Adrienne Doyle

Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead Adrienne Doyle

News // July 11, 2018
BY: JXTA

Recourse: With Notes from Black Wall Street

Recourse: With Notes from Black Wall Street is an assemblage of two research projects that took place in two US cities over the course of the last two years. The first is a Tactical Urbanism project developed by JXTA youth apprentices examining Black business and economic development on West Broadway in North Minneapolis. The second comes from interdisciplinary artist Crystal Z. Campbell and looks at the past and present of another business district formerly known as Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While on their surfaces these Minneapolis and Tulsa would seem to hold little in common, these two projects are brought together by their shared faith in the ongoing project to produce Black space.

We can see the ways that these cities are perhaps bound together through historical and present struggles to relocate, displace, or dislocate Indigenous and Black people through acts of spatial violence. We can also see the shared traditions of resistance between cities.

The exhibit will be on view until July 28.

Pay 2 Play Zine Launch

Zine Launch

Pay 2 Play Zine Launch: A Look at Race and Art Space in MPLS

Please join us on Thursday, July 12 for a zine launch event in connection with our current exhibition Recourse: With Notes From Black Wall Street. Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead Adrienne Doyle will share findings from her artist-led research project on the racial inequities in ownership and investment in art spaces in Minneapolis, MN. The research will be published in a zine designed by youth and young adult apprentices in JXTA’s Graphics Lab and will be available for purchase during the event.

When: Thursday, July 12, 6-8PM
6PM: doors | 6:30PM: short presentation followed by discussion
Where: JXTA Gallery – 2007 Emerson Ave N
Cost: FREE
Click here to RSVP

About the Zine:
Between February 2017 and January 2018, Juxtaposition Arts Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead and artist researcher Adrienne Doyle conducted an arts-based research project on the racial inequities of the ownership and investment of art spaces in Minneapolis, MN. The hypothesis for this project is that POC-led and -focused art organizations in Minneapolis, MN experience significant barriers to raising the capital and other resources they need to own and adequately invest in facilities out of which to do their work. White-led organizations don’t experience these barriers or experience them to a lesser extent.

This project was supported by Twin Cities LISC.

Adrienne Doyle

Tactical Urbanism Lab Lead Adrienne Doyle

News // June 29, 2018
BY: JXTA

Join us for FLOW Northside Arts Crawl on Saturday, July 28! Stop by the JXTA campus between 11AM and 6PM.

Visit us at these locations on campus:

  • JXTA Gallery: 2007 Emerson Ave. N.
  • Pocket Park: North of/adjacent to the JXTA Gallery
  • VALT building: 1108 Broadway Ave. W.

Check out demos and activities:

Shop items for purchase:

  • Custom aerosol painted bags
  • Screenprinted t-shirts and other gear
  • Make-your-own buttons

RSVP on Facebook for more info. Post your photos with #JXTAFLOW18.

Check out pics of past celebrations:

News // June 1, 2018
BY: JXTA

JUXTAPOSITION ARTS LAUNCHES $14 MILLION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

On Thursday, May 31 we launched the largest initiative in our history – a $14 million capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art facility at our current location. The new building will engage and employ even more young artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power.

This campaign will continue JXTA’s longstanding commitment to our neighborhood and in the equitable development of North Minneapolis and the West Broadway commercial corridor. In doing so, we will help build the cultural, financial, and social capital of North Minneapolis.

The $14 million will pay for the demolition of existing buildings (already begun) and the construction of a new building, the purchase of equipment and furnishings, programmatic expansion, and a reserve fund. This will be a four-year campaign that begins today and concludes on May 31, 2022.

The McKnight Foundation has made a lead gift of $1.3 million to the campaign. An additional $300,000 in donations brings our total to $1.6 million secured. JXTA’s funding will come from a variety of sources including: foundations, corporations, individuals, events, and government funding.

To be successful, we will need everyone’s support. To learn how you can assist us in this ambitious undertaking, or to make a donation, contact Kevin Vollmers, Development Director, at 612-588-1148 or kevin.vollmers@juxtaposition.org.

In the news:

From Minnesota Public Radio: “Juxtaposition Arts has designs on a bigger, bolder future” [read more]

MPR

A rendering of the art plaza design, coming soon to JXTA’s campus.

From Star Tribune: “Juxtaposition Arts launches $14 million campaign for new home in north Minneapolis” [read more]

Star Tribune

The lot at W. Broadway and Emerson Avenue N. will be the site of Juxtaposition Arts’ new building, with a temporary art plaza opening this year in the meantime.

Thank you to the McKnight Foundation.
McKnight Foundation

News // March 12, 2018
BY: JXTA

Ysa Johnson
Marketing and Communications Intern and JXTA alumn

On February 16th 2018, a significant event in black arts was embraced by Juxtaposition Arts with the help of First Avenue and Rhymesayers. Juxtaposition Arts’ Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) students, youth apprentices, and staff were invited to see an early screening of the film Black Panther at St. Louis Park’s ShowPlace ICON Theaters.

Black Panther is important not only as a significant cultural moment, but also as another step in a history of steps black and marginalized communities have taken to create their own futures; giving youth images of an unapologetically black film celebrating black culture creates the creative heroes of tomorrow.

While other superhero movies featuring a black protagonist and cast, like the Blade trilogy, existed prior to Black Panther, none were at the same level of production. A black superhero film of this size has been a long time coming. The Blade trilogy predates the Marvel Cinematic universe and brought Marvel narratives to public recognition. Black Panther brings the company’s theatrical releases full circle. It had been in the works for years before production began, with Marvel producers, like Nate Moor, pushing for explicitly black storylines in the superhero canon.

Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther includes a majority-black cast and the kind of detail paid to production, design, script, and editing that only a black-led team could accomplish. Both overt and subtle, images and messages of black liberation and self-determination are two of the major themes, and the world clearly wants it; the staggering box office success dispels the myth that black-centered stories and art are undesirable to worldwide audiences. This movie is so powerful to JXTA, not only because of the representation, but of the successful execution of a big budget, impactful project that can inspire young people to dream big and take on whatever they believe is possible.

I was getting tired of seeing the same story over and over again, glossing over real issues that affect real people. No matter your background, a world responding to the histories of colonization, slavery, and oppression affects all of us. We see this reflected in the global, national, local, and interpersonal spheres, and it is time we create narratives that reflect reality. While viewingBlack Panther, I was overjoyed to see such beautiful, unique black characters given the same complexity and interiority that is offered by default to white characters and white stories. This film is a difficult conversation, AND a celebration, pushing the culture around black representation and black stories as they are presented to a worldwide audience. To be able to engage on such levels was a gift, and I know it’s just the beginning.

DeAnna Cummings
CEO and founder of Juxtaposition Arts

“We were trying to draw a future. To leave something that inspires. We arrived to this big epic story. But it is also a big responsibility when telling an epic tale because you have to tell it – epically.” — Namir Fearce, artist, and JXTA alumni

Stories shape us. They shape communities, institutions, and behavior. They do not have to be true to be passed on and believed. But what we believe has a powerful impact on the world. A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to see Black Panther with the entire team at JXTA. Director Ryan Coogler and the nearly entirely black cast gave us an epic story that is black affirmative, unapologetically black-centered, and joyfully executed.

The film resonated with our team. The big picture of our work at JXTA is about illuminating stories about Black and POCI people and marginalized communities. Our goal is to shift mainstream narratives that are narrow and largely negative toward collective stories that focus on our assets, skills, creativity, accomplishments, and ideas. We train and employ young artists and designers in our North Minneapolis neighborhood so that they can practice powerfully living into their roles as leaders and creators and so that people inside and outside of our community get used to seeing our youth in this light.

This is what I think Black Panther does on a grand scale. I left the theater feeling proud of my people, and my team, and with a bounce in my step because we are individually and collectively LIT! Black Panther is the latest cultural milestone that is proof that people who have been historically and systematically oppressed are hungry to see authentic representations of ourselves and will support projects and institutions where we can produce and tell our own stories. I hope we can make a commitment to support the artists, story makers, and young futurists whose voices haven’t been heard enough, who tell the tales we need to imagine so that we can believe, and act on the possibilities of something new.

Wakanda Forever!