Ideas // February 23, 2017
Monday, Feb 27th, 5-7pm:
Please join Juxtaposition Arts’ Tactical Urbanism apprentices for a special community presentation of their youth participatory action research (YPAR) project, “Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all: Black Business and Economic Development on West Broadway.”

ddbThe presentation will take place on the Juxtaposition Arts campus at 1108 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Food will be provided and a Q&A discussion will follow the presentation.

Thanks to Youthprise who’s support made this project possible.

You can RSVP at the Facebook event page.
  • DATE: Thursday, November 17th
  • TIME: 12am-11:59pm

We’re nearing Give to the Max Day, the annual charitable giving event put on by Give MN on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

For this year’s event you can help us reach out to 200 of our neighbors by supporting #HelloNorthside, a series of neighborly gestures of thanks. Your help sponsors the assembly and delivery of 200 Art Boxes handmade by youth in our Public Art lab. The screen printed packages include items such as bath salts, handmade tea bags, inspiring quotes, bubbles, custom jewelry and other apparel.

Art Boxes designed by Public Art lab apprentices

You also help support the JXTA Tactical Urbanism team in their delivery of the care packages and face-to-face engagements with neighbors within a 3-square block radius of the Emerson and Broadway intersection.

Here’s how you can help us reach our $5,000 goal:

  1. Setup a reminder. Jot a note down on your calendar, or in your phone to give on November 17. Ready to give right now? We love it – you can start giving today on the Juxtaposition Arts’ GiveMN page.
  2.  Give.Your contribution to Juxtaposition Arts is a direct investment in our neighbors and youth artists; a gift in any amount makes a very great impact.
  3. Spread the word. We’re using #HelloNorthsidempls to share our message and campaign and we encourage you to use it, too!

Thank you for supporting youth on their journey to become makers, leaders and doers in North Minneapolis!

Artful Caring | GiveMN

Ideas, News // November 8, 2016

Our new Reflections series brings Juxtaposition Arts alums together with our current Pathways to Colleges and Careers (PaCC) fellows for conversations on careers and creative aspirations.


Houston White by Chris McDuffie and Giant Steps

The first guest was local entrepreneur Houston White (JXTA class of 1995), proprietor of H|W Men’s Room, an upscale barbershop, cafe, boutique and community meeting space in the Webber-Camden neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Houston is also the designer of the Black Excellence line of clothing and apparel. With his shop and increasingly visible Black Excellence brand Houston is attempting to spark a resurgence of creative energy and outstanding achievement in the Black community while also supplying others with a sustainable means of employment.

The long-time trendsetter recalled how in his early days at Juxtaposition Arts he benefited from the hard critique he received from his instructors as well as from the competitiveness of his peers: “we were all trying to outdo one another.”

“Nobody can beat me at being me.”


Houston White with PaCC Fellow Shelique Combs

Returning to JXTA 21 years later, Houston says that his engagement with the PaCC Fellows was as inspiring for him as it might have been for them. The Fellows took particular interest as Houston recalled operating a barbershop from his aunt’s basement and designing and selling t-shirts while a student at North High School. Likewise, they welcomed his wisdom that they prepare themselves for the occasional failure as they pursue their creative futures.

Stay tuned as we continue to reflect!

Ideas, News // November 8, 2016

Members of the Singapore-based ArtsWok Collaborative riding our People Powered Carousel. Photo by ArtsWok Collaborative.

Hosting and exchanging ideas with visitors is essential to our making the impact that we envision.

This year we have had the pleasure of hosting guests from places near and far, including members of the Singapore-based ArtsWok Collaborative, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Exchange, a group of artists from Tunisia, and representatives from the Cincinnati-based philanthropic lab People’s Liberty.

All of us on the trip work with young people as one of the communities we develop programs with, and so it’s eye-opening to see the different approaches different organizations take when it comes to youth development. JXTA has a wonderful space located within community, and we very impressed with how entrepreneurial the organization is. From land acquisition and development of buildings as a community investment, to providing tangible career opportunities for the youth served… It has provided us food for thought on how arts-based community development can be designed. –Su-Lin Ngaim of ArtsWok Collaborative

DeAnna and Roger [JXTA’s CEO and Chief Cultural Producer] know what it means to invest in a place (North Minneapolis) by investing in that place’s people. People’s Liberty shares the same values. We too have a physical place/hub situated intentionally within one of Cincinnati’s distinct urban neighborhoods. Like DeAnna and Roger, we believe that the shape (and future) of a city is determined by who gets involved. While our work isn’t focused exclusively on youth, there is a lot of crossover. By providing funding, connections, design/storytelling support and mentoring to our grantees, we believe we can play a role in powering the next cadre of leadership in Cincinnati. Moreover, DeAnna and Roger are two individuals that exude the qualities of our Haile Fellows. We wish they lived in Cincinnati! –Megan Trischler, People’s Liberty

What an honor it is for us to attract the world to our community!

Ideas, News // November 8, 2016

Plans showing Bubble Rooftops’ component parts


Juxtaposition Arts is a proud winner of the KaBOOM Play Everywhere Challenge.

Get ready for Bubble Rooftops, a project of our Tactical Urbanism team meant to promote everyday play by developing a large-scale, solar-powered bubble maker.

Past visitors of Juxtaposition Arts might be familiar with the bubbles that have cascaded from our rooftop at 2007 Emerson Ave N. since 2006. Now we go big!

Bubble Rooftops supports our social enterprise efforts by developing a prototype which will eventually be replicated and available for purchase. That way you’ll be able to join in the play.

Expect the launch of the first bubble maker in the summer of 2017.


Ideas // November 4, 2016

JXTA youth bring their creative visions to a complex design problem and look to make a section of the riverfront accessible to this Northside community!

Environmental Design apprentices conducting research via kayak

Our Environmental Design lab has teamed-up with Minneapolis Parks Foundation, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and City of Minneapolis to conduct community engagement work for the Great Northern Green Way Trail Link.  Door-knocking, community bike and kayak tours and data collection using artist designed zines have so far resulted in a proposal which connects  26th Ave. N  to Ole Olson Park and a newly enlivened former industrial site along the Mississippi River.


Photo by Bully Creative

Recently the Enviro team presented their new plans along with Planning Director for the City of Detroit, Maurice Cox, who specializes in democratic design and citizen planning. Attendees got to hear about a summer full of creative problem solving with community and plans to bring more green infrastructure and employment to the Northside.

Check out the Minneapolis Parks Foundation website for more information.

There’s more to come in  spring and summer of 2017. Stay tuned!

News // October 3, 2016

Mellon Mays Fellows Andrea Kvietok and Ayaan Natala

Six Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows from Macalester College participated in JXTA’s Free Wall: Intro to Aerosol Painting 3-week workshop this summer!

Professor Duchess Harris (a Mellon Mays Fellow in 1991) says that “the purpose of the program is to mentor undergraduates to become graduate students, and eventually faculty.  We are interested in enhancing the numbers of faculty who come from under-represented backgrounds.

She applied for the current fellows to participate in JXTA’s Free Wall class because she felt the course would help to foster discipline, study, practice and cohesiveness as the new cohort began their two-year fellowship program.

Without a doubt, the community at JXTA taught me about the importance of establishing bonds with your community and being present, despite your current job(s). Being in the ivory tower of academia, scholars sometimes forget that the real world exists and tend to isolate themselves under the ‘protective’ blanket of books, theories, and writing. Nevertheless, academics have the implicit task of being public intellectuals and striving to be an active member of the community.

–Andrea Kvietok, a junior at Macalester College from Lima, Peru

I was thrilled when Duchess called to sign the fellows up for FreeWall.  It was an out-of-the-box way for her to help the students bond to each other, and to establish a connection to the North Minneapolis community, a neighborhood that most of them wouldn’t otherwise have a reason get to know.  This is the latest partnership spanning more than a decade of collaboration between Juxtaposition Arts and faculty and students at Macalester College.  Our work is better for it and I think there’s is too.

–DeAnna Cummings, CEO, Juxtaposition Arts

The fellows were Malik Earle (New Hampshire), Ayaan Natala (Saint Paul, MN), Andrea Kvietok (Lima, Peru), Tracy Pham (Bloomington, MN) Jordana Palmer (Kingston, Jamaica) and Ryan Harris (Philadelphia, PA).

  • DATE: Monday, September 26th
  • TIME: 11:00am-5pm
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts
    2007 Emerson Ave. N.
    Minneapolis, MN 55411

You are invited to come speak your truth!


Photo courtesy of The Cause Collective

On Monday, September 26th, 11-5pm, at our pocket park next to 2007 Emerson Avenue N., JXTA will host “The Truth Booth,” a project by artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester and Hank Willis Thomas, members of The Cause Collective.

The Collective invites people to sit inside The Truth Booth (a giant, inflatable sculpture in the shape of a cartoon speech bubble with the word “Truth” printed on the side) and complete the sentence, “The truth is…” while being videotaped. Along their 24-city tour The Collective aims to empower hundreds of Americans to speak freely without fear of judgment or persecution.


The booth will be at JXTA for one day only. Come be heard!

The Minnesota Truth Booth stop is sponsored by the Walker Art Center in partnership with Juxtaposition Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

  • DATE: Saturday, September 17th
  • TIME: 10am-11:30am
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts
    2007 Emerson Avenue N.
    Minneapolis, MN 55411

Author photo by Valerie Caesar

JXTA is hosting a workshop on art, history and archives featuring Black feminist poet, playwright, essayist, novelist and children’s author, Zetta Elliot!

Here’s more about Zetta:

Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to the US in 1994 to pursue her PhD in American Studies at NYU. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, and her plays have been staged in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. Her essays have appeared inThe Huffington Post, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. She is the author of over twenty books for young readers, including the award-winning picture book Bird. Her urban fantasy novel, Ship of Souls, was named a Booklist Top Ten Sci-fi/Fantasy Title for Youth. Three books published under her own imprint, Rosetta Press, have been named Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature. Rosetta Press generates culturally relevant stories that center children who have been marginalized, misrepresented, and/or rendered invisible in traditional children’s literature. Elliott is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

The event is a partnership of the Givens Collection of African American Literature and Umbra: Search African American History.
  • DATE: Saturday, September 10th
  • TIME: 11:00am-5pm
  • LOCATION: 2007 Emerson Avenue N.
    Minneapolis, MN 55411

Join us at JXTA for Open Streets West Broadway, where we’ll be displaying our creative vision for the health & wellness of North Minneapolis!


Here are some things to look for:


Our Tactical team will be doing a guerrilla painting installation between the crosswalk bars on Broadway as part of their “Slow the Flow” traffic-calming project. They will also be at the Emerson & Broadway bus stop with benches, music, games and pop-up street performances by local artists.


Environmental Design will have the new pedal-powered bike carousel open in our Emerson Avenue pocket park and will also be displaying their models of a redeveloped Upper Harbor Terminal  and designs to connect bike traffic from Theodore Wirth Parkway along 26th Ave to the Mississippi River. Attendees will be invited to take park in  sign-up for an engagement bike ride in conjunction with a project for Minneapolis Parks Foundation.


The Textiles & Screening Printing lab will have a tent and table with selected merchandise out in the parking spot in front of the shop, along with a screen printing demo. Come and get your free Open Streets West Broadway limited edition shirts from 12:30-1 and 2:30-3. General shops hours will be 11am to 5pm.

black house 1

Public Art apprentices invite you the to relaxing and healing atmosphere of the Black House installation where you will be able to get your own “healing kit” and ancestor adorned votive candles.

And there will be much more!

Visit the Open Streets West Broadway Facebook page for more information.