october, 2018

17oct5:00 pm7:00 pmThis is Our Downtown Exhibition Opening Reception: Youth Experiencing Homelessness Present their Unique Perspectives of Minneapolis


Event Details

Kulture Klub Collaborative (KKC) will celebrate the opening of This
Is Our Downtown, a multi-media exhibition of original artwork by youth experiencing homelessness. The
exhibition will be installed at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s new gallery located at 900 Hennepin Avenue; an
opening reception is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Remarks by artists
and youth will begin at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibit is the result of a yearlong series of artist residencies, and offers unique perspectives of
downtown Minneapolis. Participants, young people between the ages of 16 and 24, collaborated with
photographer and 2018 McKnight Distinguished Artist Wing Young Huie, photographer Nancy
Musinguzi, filmmaker John Marks, and videographers Ryan Stopera and Adja Gildersleve of Free Truth
Media to create 16mm film, photographs, posters and videos that capture their views of a rapidly
changing downtown where they spend much of their lives.
KKC’s Executive Director Crystal Brinkman describes the exhibit, “Kulture Klub Collaborative continues to
examine and uplift our youth’s relationship with downtown Minneapolis. Young people have always
been an important part of the neighborhood. Their perspectives are often unheard and it’s powerful to
witness them emerge through creative practice.” This Is Our Downtown captures a moment in
Minneapolis’s history through the eyes of those who know it best.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts
Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support
generously provided by the McKnight Foundation, Target Foundation and individual donors.

Founded in 1992, Kulture Klub Collaborative (KKC) brings artistic opportunity and creative connection to
both youth and working artists. KKC is the only arts organization in Minnesota that works exclusively
with young people who are currently, recently, or at-risk of experiencing homelessness or are
transitioning out of the foster care system. One of KKC’s core beliefs that fuels all programming is that
art can be a useful tool to help end homelessness and that youth experiencing homelessness have
essential perspectives on the cultural phenomena that create housing instability. KKC is housed in
YouthLink’s Youth Opportunity Center in Downtown Minneapolis, where over 2,000 youth come each
year to receive services ranging from mental health to employment assistance.


Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit organization committed to creating positive change through the
arts. It owns three historic theatres — the Orpheum, State and Pantages — and 900 Hennepin, which
serves as a central hub for the cultural district and host for the Trust’s fine arts and educational

programs, plus other community events. This photo exhibit is just one of numerous ways KKC
collaborates with the Trust. https://hennepintheatretrust.org/


(Wednesday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Hennepin Theatre Trust

900 Hennepin Avenue;


Kulture Klub Collaborative (KKC)