Design-based community engagement and urban planning

Tactial urbanisim has moved back to the enviromental design lab. Looking to hire for a Tactical service? Please fill out the Service Request Form on the Enviromental Design page


JXTA’s Tactical Lab uses design-based methods and tools to amplify neighborhood voice, build community knowledge, and interrupt patterns of disinvestment within our city.

JXTA has helped me find my voice as an artist in order to 'be the change I want to see in the world.'

Makeda Parrish

Contemporary Art and Tactical Apprentice

Design-based community engagement and urban planning

By combining art and design with urban planning, youth-directed research, and community engagement, we create people-focused interventions to facilitate conversations about public space.

In JXTA’s Tactical Lab, youth apprentices work with artists, designers, urban planners, researchers, and community organizers to engage with people about issues that affect them in public spaces. Apprentices are trained in critical thinking, creative placemaking, and community organizing engagement practices to use people-focused interventions like mobile engagement bike carts, live screen printing, and games designed in-house to prompt a more equitable reimagining of public spaces and policies in our community.

Lab Leads


JXTALabs apprenticeships are available young people ages 14-21 who have successfully completed VALT.

Did you know?

Blue Line LRT on the Northside

Did you know the Met Council and Hennepin County are looking at extending the Blue Line from Target Field to Brooklyn Park?


JXTA artists made visualizations and a magazine to share information, and we’re hosting workshops, pop-ups and listening sessions in the community to discuss the project and hear what you think.

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JXTA BLRT Zine cover

We want your input!

The Tactical Urbanism Lab facilitated a conversation with our judges in the 4th district on Thursday, March 25 via Zoom. This was an opportunity for the community to engage with the justice system outside of a court. We will be sharing updates in this space on next steps from this conversation.

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Flyer for 4th district judges community conversation