Ideas, News // November 14, 2013

Genius Loci: Legacy of Change Youth Video Project   <<<<<  featuring youth, artists and alum from JXTA is a finalist for the Youthprise 2013 “Legacy of Change” video contest.  Created by filmmaker D. A. Bullock it gives a glimpse of the youth, artists and staff – faces and voices that make the magic happen at JXTA.

Invest in our legacy of change – donate to JXTA’s end of year Campaign >>  HERE.   Learn more about our work and how to get involved  >> HERE.  Together we develop and multiply our individual and collective genius.

Thank you THANK YOU!   

Photo of Namir (14 yrs) by Jahliah (17 yrs)

Namir 1st Ave by Jahliah (800x533) small

  • DATE: Tue. Oct. 8, 2013
JamelShabazz Back in the Days

Cover of “Back in the Days” by Jamel Shabazz

Jamel Shabazz  is in the Twin Cities this week conducting  photography workshops with local youth. Shabazz’s residency is hosted by One Minneapolis One Read and is one of a slate of programs that provide opportunities for every Minneapolis resident to join in a community conversation around a single book – “A Choice of Weapons” by Gordon Parks.

A public workshop with the artist will take place on Friday, October 11, 3:30-5:30p.m. at Juxtaposition Arts, 1108 West Broadway, North Minneapolis.  The workshop is free and open to all ages.  Just bring your camera or smartphone and RSVP to or call (612) 673-2509.

About the Artist
Jamel Shabazz has been documenting ‘Urban Life’ for over 30 years. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY he picked up his first camera at the age of 15 and proceeded to record the world around him. Jamel has drawn inspiration from the great James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Robert Capa, Chester Higgins and Eli Reed. The author of 3 monographs, ‘Back in the Days’, ‘The Last Sunday in June’ and ‘A Time Before Crack’, Jamel is presently working on his fourth book, entitled ‘The 90’s’In August 2013 BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) premiered Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer a film by Charlie Ahearn (the director of the seminal graffiti movie Wild Style)  which pays tribute to Shabazz’s work and legacy.  Check the film teaser here.

Two companion exhibitions of the works produced during the residency along side images by Parks will open on October 24, 2013:

Mill City Museum
October 24, 2013 to June 2014
Panel discussion and Opening Reception, October 24 at 7 p.m.

Juxtaposition Arts
October 24-December 1, 2013
Reception and Artist Talk with Jamel Shabazz, November 7 at  5 – 7 p.m.

News // September 23, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013


at JXTA Artists’ Cooperative at 1108 W. Broadway in North Minneapolis, 55411

Join the 1108 Artists in a late summer studio crawl. Stroll through 9 Artist Studios while enjoying refreshments by Tabota Seyon of Right on Thyme Catering. Partake of cocktails, wine, beer and other non-alcoholic drinks. Check out our spaces and learn about the diversity of art forms represented in the co-op. Enjoy the delicious vibe of good music, good art, and good people at JXTA’s 1108 Artists’ Cooperative.


  • DATE: July 26 - July 28

See, Do, Buy Art at JXTA

Friday, July 26, 6-8pm
1108 Artists Co-op Happy Hour hosted by Co-Op members  Chistopher Harrison (visual artist), Tabota Seyon (visual artist), Tiffany Roberson (hair braiding artist), Lakeisha Turbin (hair braiding artist),  Cassandra Darden (visual artist), David & Jamil of Mobilize Design (architects), Travis Lee (photographer), Kenna-Camara Cottman (choreographer) and Daniel Kerkhoff (visual artist)
@ 1108 W Broadway 2nd floor Co-op Studios

Movie in the Park “The Wiz”  showing in the D.A.R.K Cart
@ St. Satoko Pocket Park between JXTA and UHW on Emerson just North of West Broadway (Bring a blanket or lawn chair)

Saturday, July 27, 1-7pm  
@ 2007 Emerson Ave + 1108 W Bdwy + 1104 W Bdwy + St. Satoko Pocket Park

SEE: Art work exhibits >> TAKK* a performance by Kenna-Camara Cottman >> Sights & sounds of Evolution of Black Music by DJMal & VJUnc >> Presentations by JXTA Enviro Design Team >> 1108 Co-op Open Studios

DO: Make a Mosaic ($1) >>  Print a t-shirt (bring our own clean tee $5) >> take a button

BUY: Artwork >> limited edition FLOW + JXTA t-shirts (pre-printed tees $20)

Sunday, July 28, 1-6pm
Extended Gallery Hours: Artwork by JXTA apprentices & 1108 Co-op Artists
@ 2007 Emerson & 1108 West Broadway Co-op Studios.

*supported by the Jerome Foundation

For scheduling at other FLOW sites, maps, and shuttle information click HERE


  • DATE: May 15-June 10, 2013
    1108 W. Broadway Ave, 1st Fl.
    Minneapolis, MN 55411

Question Bridge: Black Males

Exhibit runs May 15-June 10, 2013

Opening Blueprint Round Table: Friday, May 17th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Too often when there is public conversation about “Black males” it’s in the context of a social problem.  Crime, absent fathers, underemployment. It’s a tired and incomplete narrative. You know how it goes. Dialogue is flattened out into a single dimension. Statistics and stereotype form a thin layer on the surface while more nuanced conversation about what it means to be a Black man in this culture remains just beneath the surface yet out of reach. That’s why we here at Juxtaposition Arts are excited to present Question Bridge: Black Males, an exhibition opening at our space on May 15 (next week!). We jumped at the opportunity to bring this nationally acclaimed exhibition to the Twin Cities.

“Art exhibition” doesn’t quite capture the totality of what Question Bridge: Black Males is, though. Maybe “catalyst” would be a better word. Question Bridge: Black Males is a video installation that threads together 1,500 conversations with Black men across the United States — that offers what the creators describe as a “more complex, multi-faceted, and whole images and narratives of Black males.” It asks us all to engage in more substantial conversations with and about Black men. Anyone who works with, employs, lives with or loves Black males will resonate with Question Bridge: Black Males.  We hope you’ll come out to the opening exhibition event Blueprint Round Table and participate in a multi-generational discussion with Question Bridge: Black Males co-creator Chris Johnson and a panel of Twin Cities Black males ages 14-65.

Exhibition Gallery Hours:
Tues, Weds, Thurs
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Other hours by request
Contact (612)588-1148 to schedule a visit

Learn more about the national Question Bridge project >> HERE

Juxtaposition Arts is honored to present Question Bridge: Black Males in partnership with the Office of Equity and Diversity at Minneapolis Public Schools and the Department of African American and African Studies at UMN.

News // April 30, 2013
BY: DeAnna Cummings

Juxtaposition Arts was recently highlighted in Minnesota Public Radio’s Art Heroes series. I think Marianne Combs did a super job of capturing what Juxtaposition is all about. She got the essence — we’re not here to save “at-risk” youth in Minneapolis’ “troubled” Northside.  We don’t believe our youth need rescuing. They need to be inspired, supported, and connected to opportunities.  I love that the piece wasn’t just about Roger and I. It included voices of the diverse heroes at JXTA, artist teachers, youth, and alumni.  I especially love what Jeremiah Ellison had to say about his experience as a youth and artist teacher at JXTA “I think they do a really good job of not just saying, ‘Come here and feel good for the summer,’ but, ‘Come here and understand what your worth is. Put your talents together and don’t let anybody take it for granted, and don’t take it for granted yourself.’ ”  Read / Listen to the full story >>   HERE

MPR’s Jennifer Simonson put together a great photo gallery, too!   Check out the photos >> HERE

News // April 26, 2013
BY: DeAnna Cummings


WCCO TV Recently made a visit to JXTA.

Reporter Colin Smith shares reflections on his visit in Positively Minnesota: Teaching Youth Life Through Arts.

While at JXTA, Colin toured the current Contemporary Arts Studio Gallery Exhibition, on display through June 6.

Ideas // April 24, 2013
BY: DeAnna Cummings

What do you think of this Pinterest board dedicated to street art inspiration?


TATS CRU – The Mural Kings in front of Welcome to North Minneapolis commissioned by JXTA. Pinned by Rosalina Cordova


News // April 23, 2013
BY: DeAnna Cummings

One of the many reasons I love my job is that I get to work with some of the most talented, innovative, genuine people on the planet! Juxtaposition Arts teaching artists are the real deal. Doers who DO! They are all actively engaged in making art as well as sharing their knowledge and skills with the next generation.Two of our teaching artists – Caroline Kent and Nate Young — run their own exhibition space called The Bindery Projects. The energy and vitality they bring to their work at JXTA has everything to do with a commitment to their own artistic practice and their involvement in the broader contemporary art community. Nate and Caroline have the hot hand. They are blazing trails and widening the pathway so there is more space for everybody.

Stop by Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis’ Burnet Art Gallery to see their pieces in Works on Paper / 7 Artists on view through April 28th or visit The Bindery before April 27th to check out 4 Fragments a show of works by four interdisciplinary artists.

Work from Caroline Kent’s, Nate or Bindery show Image Caption:  Multimedia Artist, Nate Young Performace of XXXX at MN Museum of American Arts Grand Opening Weekend.

Multimedia Artist, Nate Young debuts his performance piece Closing no. 2 at MN Museum of American Arts Grand Opening Weekend.


News // April 1, 2013
BY: DeAnna Cummings


Exhibition thru June 6

Creating cohesive bodies of work helps develop one’s voice as an artist.  Visit our renewed gallery and see the ideas, issues, and techniques used in artwork by Cameron (age 15), Kayla (age 17), and Namir (age 14), who were employed as contemporary artists at JXTA this winter.

Young artists in JXTA’s Contemporary Art Studio produce commission works for clients like Minnesota Alliance with Youth and Youthprise, in addition to developing, showing and selling their own work.

Take home an original piece by a local emerging artist and support JXTA’s programs! All of the work on exhibit is reasonably priced, with items starting as low as $100.

Pictured Above:
“King” (Cover Art)
By Cameron
Age 15
Acrylic medium transfer and Aerosol enamel on birch wood panel

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Other hours by appointment.

Contact Nate to schedule a gallery visit or to inquire about commissioning custom artwork.