News // May 27, 2014
BY: JXTA

Summer at JXTA brings new opportunities for young artists to both develop artistic skills and be producers in the Northside creative community.

VALT

VALT in session. Photo by Phillip Hussong.

Details

Enrollment is currently open for the JXTA introductory programs Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) and Free Wall. This summer, youth ages 8-21 will have the opportunity to work alongside professional artists who assist program participants in developing and expanding their drawing technique and creative skill set. *Youth artists who are also interested in becoming a JXTA apprentice are required to enroll in VALT.

Dates

VALT: June 23 – August 14, 2014.
VALT takes place Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9am-12pm. Program participants must be able to attend every session day. For more information on VALT, go here.

Free Wall – Introduction to Aerosol:

  • Session #1 begins June 17 – July 10, 2014
  • Session #2 begins July 15 – July 31, 2014

Free Wall takes places Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9am to 12 pm. Program participants must be able to attend every session day. For more information on Free Wall, go here.

Orientation

When:  Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 5:30pm.
Where: Juxtaposition Arts, 2007 Emerson Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN 55411, in the gallery.

Note: orientation is required to confirm enrollment and only available to  those who have been pre-registered to attend. Orientation includes an interview, an introduction to artist teachers and to other class participants, and an overview of course objectives. Participants are asked to bring personal art creations to orientation.

  • If you have questions about applying, please contact Shelley at shelley@juxtaposition.org or give us a call at (612) 588-1158.
News // May 23, 2014
BY: JXTA

JXTA says you have what you need and we are here to help you develop those talents. Innovation is really iteration. Its developing an idea and continuing to stay with it, and push it over and over and over again…to make it better.” – DeAnna Cummings, Executive Director at JXTA

As recipients of the 2013 Bush Community Innovation Grant, the entire staff at JXTA wishes to express thanks to the Bush Foundation and Passenger Productions for capturing the heart of our work and mission so flawlessly in this piece!

News // May 15, 2014
BY: JXTA

There’s a few central things to know about DeAnna Cummings, our Executive Director.

DeAnna Cummings on Bush Foundation cover

For one, she’s really good at taking a solid idea and engineering it to action, to solve an existing problem or leverage an opportunity. Another is her desire to encourage the leadership potential of young artists through mentoring. And, she’s a 2007 Bush Fellow. b Magazine, the Bush Foundation‘s premiere magazine features her unique story of  co-founding and sustaining JXTA for nearly 20 years.

Seeking to strengthen JXTA’s impact in North Minneapolis and the region, DeAnna acted on a friend’s referral to apply for the Bush Leadership Fellowship. Today, DeAnna credits the Foundation with having a strong role in her development and where JXTA is today.

“Hundreds of people have contributed their gifts and talents to transforming the vision of an afterschool arts program into an institution that has made a difference for people and this place,” DeAnna states in the article. She attributes the youth-centered, creative community’s impact on North Minneapolis’ economic development to everyone involved at JXTA – from the youth artists to staff and supporters. In addition to her cover girl status, DeAnna is one of the newest board members for the Bush Foundation.

The Bush Foundation has announced their 2014 Fellows and there’s more information about applying to become a 2015 Fellow on their website. If you’re curious about the program, find out more here.

And tell us what you think of the article on Twitter – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

News // May 5, 2014
BY: JXTA

Here at JXTA, it has been our joy to witness firsthand the change and the growth of the creative arts community in North Minneapolis.

Smile

Canaan, JXTA Textile Screenprinting Apprentice – Photo by Phillip Hussong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through our programs for young artists, services for clients and numerous projects tailored for established  emerging artists, we’ve harnessed our communities’ passion and resources to have greater impact in the Northside and beyond.

And now, we are eager to show you more. We are happy to present to you our first ever Annual Report (designed by JXTA’s GraphicsLab), highlighting the ways we have grown and expanded our services and client-base since 2009. Along with our Annual Report, you can also view our last year’s Financial Reports.

JXTA cannot do this work without your cheers, partnership, advice, and giving. We thank you, our donors and supporters, for helping us give more to Northside young artists, established artists and the community-at-large.

Take a look:

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Mar
6
  • DATE: March 12, 2014
  • TIME: 7:30-9:00 PM (program at 8PM)
  • LOCATION: 1108 West Broadway, Minneapolis MN 55411

See What Youth Can Do

The Ackerberg Group commissioned youth apprentices in the Environmental Design Studio at Juxtaposition Arts to design public artworks to be installed at the site of the new Hennepin County Northside Hub at 1001 Plymouth Avenue. We’re excited to share the design proposals with our neighbors and hear what you think! Please come to hear from the youth designers and share your feedback.

Concepts by Enviro Design Winter 2014 Team and Henn Co Hub Public Art Designers:

Angel (age 21), Chango (17), Dean (19), Demetra (17), Tenzin (17), TyAnna (21) + Sam & Uyen (Studio Leads)

Give Love

Globe-Helix

North Arrow

more info at
Facebook “North Minneapolis Hub”
Twitter @NorthMplsHub

News // February 23, 2014
BY: JXTA

Juxtaposition Arts is one of three organizations in Minnesota and one of nine in the region to be awarded an inaugural  Bush Prize for Community Innovation Grant by The Bush Foundation in St. Paul.

According to the Bush Foundation, JXTA was selected based on the organization’s record of developing effective innovations through inclusive and collaborative processes that make the most of community assets.  JXTA has received a grant equal to 25 percent of its last year’s operating budget.

“The collective record of accomplishment of the Bush Prize winners is a testament to what can be achieved by intentionally, thoughtfully, and continuously engaging the community in the problem-solving process. Each organization has established a culture of innovation that has led to positive impact in their community,” said Bush Foundation president Jennifer Ford Reedy. “The Bush Prize not only provides the winners with resources to support their work, our hope is that it also inspires others to think differently about how to approach problem-solving in their community.”

JUXTAPOSITION ARTS

Relationships fuel all of JXTA’s efforts to solve problems and harness opportunities in our community. We invest in people first – including members of the community that are often overlooked in formal engagement. When it comes to collaboration, we look for partners who share our values and long-term commitment to North Minneapolis and the people here.  We also believe in sharing resources with stakeholders and building on existing community assets. To achieve these breakthroughs, our team engages in  “unapologetic experimentation” – we strive for a diverse mix of ideas and artistic disciplines throughout our programming.

Over nineteen years JXTA has achieved innovations in creative placemaking, educational achievement and economic development. One example is “ReMix: Creating Places for People on West Broadway,” a multi-pronged collaboration between JXTA , the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Architecture Department, and local youth. Together the partners design improved access to education, economic, and decision-making opportunities that create healthy, beautiful, safe places in the city, focused in North Minneapolis.

JXTA’s art/design-based revitalization efforts are firmly rooted in local community resources and are regularly shared and celebrated for its long-term impacts. All of the kids involved in JXTA programs for at least two years have graduated from high school—a significant breakthrough in North Minneapolis where graduation rates are typically less than 50%. Since JXTA opened its doors on Emerson Avenue North in 2004, there have been $47 million in investments in the area.

Grant Amount: $152,798

THE BUSH FOUNDATION

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.

 

 

Jan
27
  • DATE: Wednesday January 29
  • TIME: 6:30-8:00pm
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts
    2007 Emerson Avenue North
    Minneapolis, MN 55411

Public reading and dialogue:

Alpha’s Bet is Not Over Yet  The Crisis

 

Wednesday January 29th 2014 ::  6:30pm – 8:00pm

Join The Bindery Projects and Juxtaposition Arts for a public dialogue and discussion hosted by Chaun Webster of Free Poets Press. The dialogue is a part of a series of events connected to the exhibition currently on view at JXTA, Steffani Jemison’s  Alpha’s Bet is Not Over Yet, which features hundreds of independent African American periodicals published during the early twentieth century. The centerpiece of the project is an interactive newsstand display featuring complete reproductions of  Black periodicals published between 1902 and 1940, including The Crisis: A Record of the Darker RacesThe Messenger: World’s Greatest Negro MonthlyOpportunity: A Journal of Negro Life; and The Crusader. The installation is designed to encourage browsing of the materials and provides space for both concentrated reading and conversation. The public dialogue is inspired by the ideas of visionary theorist, artist, and rapper Ramellzee.  Rammellzee’s revolutionary idea that the alphabet is merely a bet—a gentleman’s agreement or a social contract—paved the way for our discussion of literacy, race, and power.

At Juxtaposition Arts, Main Gallery, 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Participants encouraged to attend for the full 1 & 1 /2 hour time-span of the discussion groups.

Limited seating available.  RSVP to nate@juxtaposition.org 

Click here to listen to an MRP Art Hounds podcast featuring one patrons take on Jemison’s parallel exhibits at JXTA and The Bindery Projects.

Alpha’s Bet is Not Over Yet is on view until January 31

Gallery Hours are:
Tuesday  – Thursday
10am – 5pm
Or by appointment (612) 588-1148

 

Chaun Webster is a Poet, Publisher and Graphic Designer in no particular order. Webster’s poetry finds its influences in the intersections of the Black Arts Movement and Jazz, the Concrete Poetry Tradition and Grafitti. July 2009 marked the launch of Free Poet’s Press, the small publishing company Webster began in order to create self-determining space for art production in Black and Brown communities. As guerrilla media FPP utilizes low-tech production methods and local distribution to disseminate radical ideas through the arts.

Steffani Jemison is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her videos, archival projects, installations, and mixed media works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, LAXART, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Laurel Gitlen, Team Gallery, and other venues. Recent performances, screenings, readings, and lectures include the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) and the Menil Collection (Houston). In 2009, Steffani founded Future Plan and Program, a publishing project featuring literary work by visual artists; the press will publish its eighth book in 2013. Steffani has participated in artist residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, Project Row Houses, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She received a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an MFA in Studio from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jan
23
  • DATE: January 25 - January 29
  • TIME: 25th @ 2pm, 27 & 29th 6:30-8pm
  • LOCATION: 2007 Emerson Ave North
    Minneapolis MN 55411

Film screening and discussion of  The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords hosted by Chaun Webster

Saturday, January 25, 2014 beginning at 2:00 pm.

Following the film  screening participants are invited to dialogue about the history and future of Black media, publishing and literature.

What is Literacy?  How have African Americans circumvented and subverted traditional education models?  How has the project of literacy been used as a tool of liberation in African American history? How have black American cultures developed alternative systems of writing, reading, and interpretation? What are the potential problems of the book object as it relates to the alternative systems of writing and reading developed by African descendant peoples?

The screening accompanies Steffani Jemison’s exhibition, Alphas Bet is Not Over Yet: a reading room and discussion space

Upcoming discussion groups:

Monday January 27th and Wednesday January 29th 2014
6:30 – 8:00 pm

All events at Juxtaposition Arts, Main Gallery, 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Join us for a public dialogue and discussion with Nate Young  about Jemison’s  work, that features hundreds of independent African American periodicals published during the 1920s and 1930s.  The workshops are inspired by the ideas of visionary theorist, artist, and rapper Ramellzee.  Rammellzee’s revolutionary idea that the alphabet is merely a bet—a gentleman’s agreement or a social contract—paved the way for our discussion of literacy, race, and power.

Participants encourage to attend for the full time-span of the screening and discussion groups (1 1/2 to 2 hours). Limited seating available.  RSVP to nate@juxtaposition.org 

 

Alphas Bet is Not Over Yet is on view until January 31

Gallery Hours are:
Tuesday  – Thursday
10am – 5pm
Or by appointment (612) 588-1148

Chaun Webster is a Poet, Publisher and Graphic Designer in no particular order. Webster’s poetry finds its influences in the intersections of the Black Arts Movement and Jazz, the Concrete Poetry Tradition and Grafitti. July 2009 marked the launch of Free Poet’s Press, the small publishing company Webster began in order to create self-determining space for art production in Black and Brown communities. As guerrilla media FPP utilizes low-tech production methods and local distribution to disseminate radical ideas through the arts.

Steffani Jemison is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her videos, archival projects, installations, and mixed media works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, LAXART, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Laurel Gitlen, Team Gallery, and other venues. Recent performances, screenings, readings, and lectures include the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) and the Menil Collection (Houston). In 2009, Steffani founded Future Plan and Program, a publishing project featuring literary work by visual artists; the press will publish its eighth book in 2013. Steffani has participated in artist residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, Project Row Houses, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She received a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an MFA in Studio from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

BY: JXTA
The Crisis

Installation at Juxtaposition Arts

What is writing? How has writing been used as a political instrument? What is literacy? How have African Americans circumvented and subverted traditional education models? How have black American cultures developed alternative systems of writing, reading, and interpretation? What is an archive? How are archives used?

Alphas Bet is Not Over Yet: A reading room and public discussion led by New York artist Steffani Jemison

Tuesday January 14th, Wednesday January 15th and Thursday January 16th 2014
4:30 – 7:30 pm @ Juxtaposition Arts, Main Gallery, 2007 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Join us for a public dialogue and discussion with Steffani Jemison to explore her work, Alphas Bet is Not Over Yet, featuring hundreds of independent African American periodicals published during the 1920s and 1930s.  The workshops are inspired by the ideas of visionary theorist, artist, and rapper Ramellzee.  Rammellzee’s revolutionary idea that the alphabet is merely a bet—a gentleman’s agreement or a social contract—paved the way for our discussion of literacy, race, and power.

Participant spaces are filling fast
RSVP to nate@juxtaposition.org 

Exhibition
The Bindery Projects and Juxtaposition Arts are honored to present Alphas Bet Is Not Over Yet is an exhibition, reading room, and discussion space inspired by the energy and politics of radical, independent Black periodicals published during the first half of the twentieth century. Borne out of “Book Club” (2010), a think tank and reading group organized by Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus for Project Row Houses, Houston, “Alpha’s Bet” investigates approaches to language, the written word, self-education, and democratic distributions of knowledge. In an era marked by expanding digital networks and an abundance of information, the project seeks to bring together people in physical space, around a physical set of materials, not only to make this information accessible but also to offer it in a way that is intelligible, discussable, and useable toward new ends.

Artist
Steffani Jemison is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her videos, archival projects, installations, and mixed media works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, LAXART, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Laurel Gitlen, Team Gallery, and other venues. Recent performances, screenings, readings, and lectures include the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) and the Menil Collection (Houston). In 2009, Steffani founded Future Plan and Program, a publishing project featuring literary work by visual artists; the press published its eighth book in 2013. Steffani has participated in artist residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, Project Row Houses, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She received a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an MFA in Studio from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently teaches at Parsons, New York, and Trinity College, Hartford.

Dec
23
  • DATE: December 16, 2013-February 28, 2014
  • LOCATION: Juxtaposition Arts & The Bindery Projects

The Bindery Projects and Juxtaposition Arts are pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions by New York based artist Steffani Jemison on view through February 2014.

Alpha's Bet Is Not Over Yet - installation view photograph by Naho Kubota

Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet – installation view photograph by Naho Kubota

Alphas Bet Is Not Over Yet (at Juxtaposition Arts) is an exhibition, reading room, and discussion space. The centerpiece of the project is an interactive newsstand display featuring complete reproductions of  periodicals published between 1920 and 1940, including The Crisis: A Record of the Darker RacesThe Messenger: World’s Greatest Negro MonthlyOpportunity: A Journal of Negro Life; and The Crusader. The installation is designed to encourage browsing of the materials and provides space for both concentrated reading and conversation. Borne out of “Book Club” (2010), a think tank and reading group organized by Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus for Project Row Houses, Houston, Alpha’s Bet investigates approaches to language, the written word, self-education, and democratic distributions of knowledge. In an era marked by expanding digital networks and an abundance of information, the project seeks to bring together people in physical space, around a physical set of materials, not only to make this information accessible but also to offer it in a way that is intelligible, discussable, and useable toward new ends.

“What is most striking about this exhibition is that you can pick up any one of the 150 periodicals and flip open to find a story about the struggles and experiences of Black Americans and if you didn’t know the story was from the 1920s or 1930s, you’d think it was written today,”  says Nate Young the show’s curator.

Stroke (at The Bindery Projects) includes a series of new works on clear film, some pinned directly to the wall and others projected as handmade slides. When she arrived, he was knee-deep in oils. Informed by research into the representation of fine artists in street fiction novels, the work in the exhibition also extends Jemison’s investigation of sequence: the relation between part and part. You make it look so easy. Subjecting painted, printed, and photographic gestures to clinical repetition, Jemison uses reproduction as a lens through which to understand narrative and political stasis. You are the masterpiece, son.

Steffani Jemison is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her videos, archival projects, installations, and mixed media works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, LAXART, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Laurel Gitlen, Team Gallery, and other venues. Recent performances, screenings, readings, and lectures include the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) and the Menil Collection (Houston). In 2009, Steffani founded Future Plan and Program, a publishing project featuring literary work by visual artists; the press will publish its eighth book in 2013. Steffani has participated in artist residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, Project Row Houses, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She received a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and an MFA in Studio from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Juxtaposition Arts is located at:
2007 Emerson Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Gallery Hours are:
Tuesday  – Thursday
10am – 5pm
Or by appointment (612) 588-1148

The Bindery Projects is located at:
708 Vandalia Street 4th floor
Saint Paul, MN, 55114

Gallery Hours are:
Monday: 10am – 4pm
Friday: 10am – 4pm
and by appointment