News // December 19, 2017

MN Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund Awards $50,000 Grant to JXTA

BY: JXTA

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund awarded a $50,000 grant to Juxtaposition Arts to build the first-ever skate park in North Minneapolis.

Photos by Steffenhagen Photography

The vibrant, community-developed skate park will be conceptualized and designed by youth apprentices from the Environmental Design Lab at JXTA in collaboration with City of Skate and West Broadway Business and Area Coalition. At JXTA, the labs give youth apprentices hands-on experience under the direction of established creative professionals, giving emerging artists the tools they need to build a successful career doing what they love. The Environmental Design Lab re-imagines space in the built environment through combining high-quality public interest and social justice design.

The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a yearlong effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.

The addition of the skate park is timely as more young people on the North Side are skating today but don’t have a neighborhood location designated for the sport. “The artist designed skate park is an incredible opportunity to bring Juxtaposition’s Art outdoors,” said Roger Cummings, Chief Cultural Producer and Co-founder at Juxtaposition Arts. “This project is a chance for us to spotlight the creativity of our artists and expose young people on the Northside to a new form of recreation. We also hope to draw awareness to how we, as a community, can use the power of art to decriminalize public spaces, encourage healthy lifestyles and expression, promote play and community interaction.”

In addition to the artist-designed skate park, JXTA is also creating a pop-up parklet and relocating a portable art space, called “The Magic Shed” to their campus. The pop-up parklet will provide a communal gathering space and will feature benches and tables. The Magic Shed, is a flexible, multi-purpose structure that can be configured as a stage, vending kiosk, projection screen, information booth, exhibition and activity space. It was commissioned by the West Broadway Coalition and designed in 2016 by a team that included Juxtaposition Arts students and staff, Ten x Ten Landscape Architects and 4RM+ULA Architects. In its previous location, the West Broadway Area Coalition successfully programmed the stage for a full year, including a weekly concert series, storytelling and poetry events, artist-created workshops and other community-driven events. The Magic Shed will soon be relocated to JXTA and will feature similar programming near the new skate park.

“Juxtaposition Arts is at the heart of the Bold North. It is exciting to partner with them and City of Skate to build the first-ever skate park in North Minneapolis,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships at the MNSBHC. “The 52 Weeks of Giving campaign is about building a legacy for young people through access to increased physical activity. I can’t wait to see what the JXTA designers create!”