KFAI community radio and Juxtaposition Arts are partnering to host a community engagement forum on Friday, November 15, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The event takes place at Juxtaposition studios, 1108 W. Broadway in north Minneapolis. It includes a reception and exhibition of Paintings and Rickshaws, as well as a conversation about art and community. The forum will be moderated by artist Caroline Kent, and includes young Jxta apprentices, performer/educator Kenna Cottman, architect Sam Babatunde Ero-Phillips and journalist Sheila Regan. The conversation will focus on the intersection of art and community, and also features music by DJ Lady Em of Versed Radio, and local fare from Avenue Eatery and Cookie Cart.
Paintings and Rickshaws made its debut last summer as a public art display. Juxtaposition youth brainstormed expressions and questions they believed stimulated critical thought, then deconstructed text and transferred words to canvas. The paintings were transported through Minneapolis by rickshaw to provoke insight and conversations with community members.
Caroline Kent is a Twin Cities-based artist, 2009 Jerome Fellow, and recipient of the MN Artist Initiative Grant. She co-founded the Bindery Projects last year, and is a 2012-13 Creative City Making grant recipient. She will moderate the forum and invite audience participation.
Kenna Cottman is a performer and dance educator who teaches the history of African peoples through art, culture, movement and song. She is an African dance instructor at TU Dance, and manages her own company, Voice of Culture Drum and Dance.
Sam Babatunde Ero-Phillips grew up in North Minneapolis. An architect, artist and Environmental Design instructor at Juxtaposition Arts, he works with students on projects that connect directly to the surrounding community. He also lectures at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, where he’s working on a PhD in sustainable development.
Sheila Regan is a journalist who writes for the Twin Cities Daily Planet, City Pages’ Dressing Room Blog, mnartists and other publications. She also performs in theater and teaches after-school and summer theater classes.
For more information, contact KFAI's Legacy Project Manger, Nancy Sartor.