News // January 26, 2016
BY: DeAnna Cummings

Kevin Powell Flier

Juxtaposition arts will be hosting a free Community Conversation, and Book signing with Activist, Writer, Public Speaker, and Author of the critically-acclaimed new book “The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood” (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster).

Doors open at 6:00 PM, and Ancestry Books will be selling copies of “The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood” throughout the evening.

Featuring DJ Reggie Mckeever and spoken word artist S’sence Adams.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Juxtaposition Arts
1108 West Broadway Ave
Minneapolis MN 55411
RSVP via our Facebook Page
News // December 15, 2015
BY: DeAnna Cummings

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Dear JXTA Community,

Imagine the future North Minneapolis with us. Imagine this community thriving – recognized as a hub of creative, locally-rooted entrepreneurs and visionaries deeply connected to the people here, and to the region’s art, design and innovation industries. This future is not far. Youth apprentices at JXTA are already growing into the imaginative , wide-awake, and inquisitive leaders we need. This only happens when we BUILD TOGETHER.

Thanks to Artplace America and our other partners we renovated an underused property at 1102 West Broadway, this summer. On Give to the Max Day we launched the #JXTABuild campaign and you stepped up and invested enough money to buy ALL of the tools to convert the new space into a wood shop. But we’re not done. We still need to raise funds for the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system to make the space functional and safe. We only have $12,000 $4000! more to raise  to reach our year end goal. Please make a year end gift today.

Your investment in Juxtaposition Arts sustains us – students, apprentices, artists, staff and board members. Your support also has a ripple effect in our community: This year, more then 100 people were employed at JXTA, including 65 youth, most of whom live in North Minneapolis. JXTA apprentices have beautified our community by creating visual artpublic artparks, providing design services and innovative community engagement around important issues. If properly equipped and supported we know we can do even more.

We’re grateful for you: Building a beautiful and just community together has never been more important.  

Thank you. Let’s Build.

DeAnna Cummings and Roger Cummings
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Cultural Producer

Dec
10
  • DATE: Thu. Dec. 10, 2015
  • TIME: 4:30 pm

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.

News // November 30, 2015
BY: JXTA

We’re excited to announce a Request for Qualifications for a project this coming winter/spring.

We’re looking for designers/fabricators (an individual or a team) to prototype a pedal-powered carousel – a fitness prototype to be installed in a public location in North Minneapolis in Summer 2016.

The selected applicant will have up to $16,000 to design and construct the prototype, working in collaboration with JXTA staff and our partners at the Trust for Public Land. North Minneapolis-based people/organizations/companies especially invited to apply.

More info is in the full RFQ available to download here.

The deadline for submission is Dec 22, 2015. Please help us spread the word!

Sep
15
  • DATE: Tue. Sep. 15, 2015
  • TIME: 4:30 pm

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.

Aug
28
  • DATE: Fri. Aug. 28, 2015
  • TIME: 8:00 pm
  • LOCATION: 1108 Space
Aug
14
  • DATE: Fri. Aug. 14, 2015
  • TIME: 8:00 pm
  • LOCATION: 1108 Space
Aug
13
  • DATE: Thu. Aug. 13, 2015
  • TIME: 5:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Emerson Gallery

Juxtaposition Arts invites you to the first Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) exhibition of the year.

In celebration of two core observational drawing skills crafted in the VALT studio, this showcase of exemplary self-portraiture & still life pieces throughout the years will be highlighted. A special component of this exhibition will function as acknowledgement of the creativity and people – current VALTers and alumni – behind these works.

This exhibition runs through September 15, 2015.

Free admittance; all ages are welcome. RSVP on Facebook. #JXTAVALT

Aug
13
  • DATE: Thu. Aug. 13, 2015
  • TIME: 8:00 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.

News // August 10, 2015
BY: JXTA

hawwa4Co-instructor for Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) Hawwa Youngmark, started with JXTA in the winter of 2013. After a year in the Contemporary and Public Art Studio, she was asked by lead instructor Drew Peterson to co-teach the JXTA introductory program. As the curator for the upcoming ARCHIVE exhibition on August 13, Hawwa takes a moment to describe why still life and self-portraits are important techniques in observational drawing and in art appreciation, how it brings out creative personalities, and why she loves teaching now. 

On still life as a path to self-portraiture

Self-portraits are our favorite assignment in the VALT program. From the start of each session, most of the young people that come into VALT want to learn how to draw realism in terms of the human figure and face. When we build up to self-portraiture, we cover all the basics first, including the fundamentals of how to draw observationally. Still life exercises teach them how to observe line, value and composition. All of those are key components to creating a portrait. The VALTers become really excited at this point in our curriculum. This can be a challenge for them, yet they push through this task and what they produce always turn out great.

On highlighting your identity

Creating a self-portrait isn’t just showing what you look like physically – you could easily take a photograph of yourself if you want to accomplish that. Instead, a self-portrait is a window into who you are. With that in mind, when you’re looking at your blank page, its important to identify and highlight what you want people to see about you, because that’s what is going to show up on paper.

Five things to keep in mind when you draw yourself

  1. hawwafilmroll3Know your intention of how you want to display yourself to the world. Preferably, all portraits are better done with a mirror because you are interacting with yourself live, instead of through photography which is a pre-made barrier.
  2. Add something unique to yourself or your setting that you’ll enjoy drawing.
  3. Be patient with your work. Don’t be afraid to go back and redo a particular element or area of your face.
  4. Be extremely observant. You should get into the habit of measuring everything by marking a feature.
  5. Be observational and critical, but don’t worry if what you draw doesn’t look exactly like you – there’s always stylized self-portraits that go outside of realism.

On appreciating art & culture through the experience of self-portraiture

Self-portraits are also a way to observe and understand all types of art. As VALTers learn, these drawings are so detailed and call for so much attention. That attention makes you appreciate other people’s art. If I could take any class, it’d be an art class about portraiture, specifically an art history class studying different portraiture forms of different geographies. In Morocco for example, I learned of a tradition where when someone passes, they’ll paint a likeness of them on a plank of wood. It is hung in the home where people can view it and a way to keep their spirit around. And that’s a form of portraiture. Overall, I get excited about the history and contemporary forms of portraits in general.

On ARCHIVE: The VALT legacy exhibition

The first day of VALT in the spring, day before, we had to organize all the work so that we could show samples to the class. I was blown away by such good work we had, specifically self-portraits and still life drawings. I started setting aside a pile of ones that I would put in a show. Then I thought, “why not actually have a show?” Its an exhibition to show off hidden VALT. My favorite thing about teaching is watching the participants create work that is so phenomenal. It is above and beyond average. So we’re putting the work and craft of our current students including alumni, in our formal gallery, which I find heightens the importance of the work.

Make plans to attend this exhibit at our Emerson Gallery, on Thursday, August 13, 2015, from 5:30pm-8pm. RSVP on Facebook.