11 Highlights of the 2015 FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

FLOW Northside 2015 is officially underway. Now in its tenth year, the annual arts crawl continues to celebrate arts and community in North Minneapolis. The festivities kicked off on Thursday with a block party that incorporated dance, discussion and visual art. It continues on Friday with various gallery showings, arts activities, performances and food leading up to the main event on Saturday.

For their 10th anniversary, FLOW has expanded to include Plymouth Avenue. And they’ve increased the number of artists with links to Minneapolis’s North side.

Below are some top picks for this weekend.

Friday and Saturday

Juxtaposition (JXTA) Textile Lab

1104 W Broadway Ave

Fri. 3-7pm, Sat. 1-7pm

While most of Juxtaposition’s events are slotted to take place on Saturday, on Friday, early birds can check out the North Minneapolis art hub’s newly opened storefront. The storefront was designed and remodeled by a handful of JXTA’s own instructors and apprentices. For a small fee, those looking for a more hands-on experience can also bring a shirt to make their own textile or screen-print. Other pre-printed gear and apparel will also be on sale. Continue Reading

Juxtaposition’s DeAnna Cummings in Barcelona to study public markets

This week, stakeholders from West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) and Juxtaposition Arts, two North Minneapolis organizations committed to developing public markets on the Northside, and 9th Ward City Council Member Alondra Cano will visit one of the world’s greatest market cities for Project for Public Spaces’ (PPS) 9th International Public Markets Conference, taking place Thursday, March 26-28, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The WBC and Juxtaposition (JXTA) became interested in attending the conference together due to the increasing success of the WBC’s West Broadway Farmers Market, Holiday Pop Up Boutiques, and JXTA’s growing campus and placemaking work. Mutual partners connected them with Council Member Cano, whose ward includes the Midtown Farmers Market; CM Cano and is very invested in strengthening the city of Minneapolis’ funding and policy efforts to better support public market infrastructure and development.”There is currently a boom of creative placemaking activities emanating from Minnesota and markets are one of the original forms of placemaking. We’re excited for the opportunity of an immersive learning experience that we can share and build upon with our partners and colleagues locally,” said DeAnna Cummings, Executive Director of Juxtaposition.DeVon Nolen, manager of the West Broadway Farmers Market, said, “I look forward to sharing and learning some of the best practices around public markets internationally. Increasing access to public space is critical to our work in advancing toward growing a vibrant cosmopolitan city where all citizens are safe and welcomed!”The conference includes two full days of speakers and workshops, as well as an entire day touring and learning about the inner workings of Barcelona’s extraordinary markets, led by experts from the Institut Municipal de Mercats de Barcelona (IMMB), operator of the city’s remarkable market system.”Locally, we have a demand for economic development projects that value the environment and empower underserved communities,” said Ninth Ward Minneapolis City Council Member, Alondra Cano. “Globally, strong public market systems are effectively operating to meet these very demands and it’s time for the city of Minneapolis to view public markets as a serious economic development strategy. Continue Reading

West Broadway Holiday Pop Up Boutique features 20 local vendors

The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) is announcing the West Broadway Holiday Pop Up Boutique, to take place December 13th and 14th at 201 West Broadway in North Minneapolis.The produce and craft market will be host to over 20 area vendors selling a variety of locally produced goods, from fresh apples and honey to fine art, baked goods, clothing and jewelry. Northside favorites such as Juxtaposition Arts Textile Lab, Ancestors Voices Press and Right on Thyme Catering will be joined by other crafters, artists, bakers, and even the popular urban farm, McKinley Community CSA, which will offer 2014 vegetable share registrations, t-shirts and volunteer opportunities.Earrings by Neisha Reynolds, Juxtaposition Arts, Sky Blush Crush Bath and Body Products, and Cookie Cart are a few of the participating vendors in the West Broadway Holiday Pop UP Boutique. This boutique will make affordable, unique gifts available for purchase.The concept for the shop is a Pop Up Boutique with affordable, unique gifts for purchase. The boutique will occupy a vacant space at 201 West Broadway (know as the Masters Building) for a weekend during the holidays and give Northside residents, those that work there and visitors a way to keep their holiday shopping in their community.This article is reposted from TCDP media partner Insight News. Check out the links below for other recent Insight News stories:Profiles in Excellence: David NicholsonArtspeak: Black Feminist Anthropology—Building an intellectual legacy one book at a timeThe purpose of the Holiday Pop Up Boutique is twofold: create an economic opportunity for local vendors and shoppers while also drawing attention to one of West Broadway’s available vacant properties. Continue Reading

Juxtaposition Arts, One Minneapolis One Read feature work of iconic black artist Gordon Parks and Brooklyn photographer Jamel Shabazz

Renowned international photographer Jamel Shabazz hosted an intergenerational, street photography workshop in the Twin Cities last week as part of the third annual community conversation for One Minneapolis One Read. This year, the citywide read teamed up with Juxtaposition Arts to host a residency with the Brooklyn photographer, lecturer and teacher of the visual arts.Every year, the community read program selects a book and hosts a community conversation to encourage citywide reading in Minneapolis. The book this year is A Choice of Weapons, written by the late Gordon Parks, an African American photographer, artist, filmmaker and writer. Parks is most known for his photography for Life magazine, and as director of the iconic 1970s film, Shaft.The crowd was fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to Robin P. Hickman, the great-niece of Parks, who spoke about his legacy and beyond, as well as his experience moving to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1928 at the age of 16, after his mother passed away.According to the One Minneapolis One Read website,  Parks’ autobiography tells how he “managed to escape the poverty and bigotry around him, and launch his distinguished career, by choosing the weapons given him by ‘a mother who placed love, dignity, and hard work over hatred’.”Hickman’s presentation was empowering, and it is clear Parks was an inspirational man. Continue Reading