Best of Neighborhoods News 06/11/2019: Roxanne Anderson leads the charge for Minnesota’s first LGBTQ center

Roxanne Anderson leads the charge for Minnesota’s first LGBTQ centerMinnesota is one of six U.S. states currently without an LGBTQ center, though there is an already-existing hub of LGBTQ-focused organizations in the Twin Cities. But in about three years, in the navel of Minnesota, this will change. Founder of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, RARE Productions and Cafe SouthSide, Roxanne Anderson is leading the charge to build what will become the state’s first LGBTQ center in the Twin Cities, what Anderson envisages will centralize LGBTQ resources and more into a physical, collective location. “[Queer organizations] all pay a variety of different rents to different landlords who aren’t queer, who aren’t voting for us, who aren’t putting any of that money back into the community,” Anderson explains. “So how can we work collectively as queer organizations to build our own equity? Continue Reading

Vietnam Veterans Demand Attention

Without context, Pao Her’s photographs appear to be simply portraits of U.S. veterans from the 19th century. With context, The new installation Attention at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts provokes questions about international politics and what it means to be a Hmong American who served in Vietnam. Pao Her, photographing Hmong American veterans of the Vietnam War in uniforms, medals, and ribbons they bought themselves, attempts to draw attention to their exclusion from recognition by the U.S. military. Since the war, many Hmong soldiers have immigrated to the U.S. and made their home here, but they are denied the benefits U.S. veterans receive because they were not officially a part of the U.S. military, even though the U.S. recruited and trained them to fight a civil war on our behalf. Should a government be able to recruit and train foreign soldiers without recognizing an obligation to them as veterans? Continue Reading

Minneapolis Institute of Arts loses curator Joe Horse Capture to the Smithsonian

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) is losing its Associate Curator of Native American Art, Joe Horse Capture, to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, MPR News reported last week. TCDP’s lengthy list of articles on Joe Horse Capture is a testament to his community involvement and contributions to the art community; as MPR put it, “The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is losing a great curator.”Horse Capture has been at the MIA since 1997, helping to raise the profile of Native American art in the state. In 2010, the TCDP reported that he helped bring “Art of the Native Americans: The Thaw Collection” to the MIA for three months; the collection houses “some of the most beautiful works of North American Indian art.” He also acquired several important pieces for the MIA’s own collection–including a 300-year-old shirt that was possibly created by a Dakota woman in Minnesota.  Horse Capture was behind an MIA youth outreach program called “The Young People’s Ofrenda Project”, a partnership with local schools that showcases student work within the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos. “The diversity of impact on young people is really evident in this project,” he told Sheila Regan in 2012. Last month, Horse Capture appeared on First Person Radio to discuss Native American museum curators and art at the MIA. Continue Reading

The best of Northern Spark: A whole lot of Twin Cities love

Negotiating Northern Spark, the Twin Cities’ annual all-night art and culture binge, requires a distinct set of skills. A nocturnal disposition is handy, though faking it courtesy of a caffeine-tempered gut is an acceptable substitute. Equally indispensable is a smartphone and an ease with social media. Lastly, of utmost import is an ability to just let go. With over 150 events spread across the city in only a 12-hour window, there’s simply no way to see it all. Continue Reading