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From a society disrupter to a violence interrupter, Mr. Coby Williams has transformed his life. Once part of the problem he is now a part of the solution to end gun violence in Chicago. He talked with KFAI’s Yvette Howie.

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Not all artists are loners. Minneapolis-based collage artist, Zach Collins, can tell you that. He thrives when he is able to collaborate on his artwork and he invites the chance and surprise that working with others provides. 

Collage, the cut and paste style of art we tried in elementary school, is a serious, growing medium. Collins has a number of gallery shows on his portfolio, and networks of collage communities are springing up on social media. 

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Luisa Garcia-Gomez and Crystal Quinn harmoniously combine their talents to create handmade shoes, called Ina Grau. KFAI met up with the women at their studio, where they talked about how their Colombian heritage and U.S. experiences have influenced their collection

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On October 10,  a play about football, love and masculinity will debut at the Mixed Blood Theater, a tiny converted firehouse just across the freeway from the rising frame of the gigantic new Vikings stadium.

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Each year the International Association of Chiefs of Police recognizes the best practices of law enforcement agencies around the world by bestowing the Community Policing Award . Last year, the award for communities under twenty thousand went to Columbia Heights Minnesota, where crime rates have dropped to a 20 year low.

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Comedy star Mary Mack was born in Minnesota. She’s back to perform at Acme Comedy Club and Art-a-Whirl. She talked with KFAI’s Cyn Collins.

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The City of Minneapolis is looking for three people to serve on its Civil Rights Commission, and four people to serve on its Police Conduct Oversight Commission.

Applications are being taken now.  you can find out more online at the city's website, or by calling 612-673-2244.

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This past Sunday in St. Paul, two thousand people shared a meal across a half-mile long table down the middle of a neighborhood street. 

“Create: The Community Meal”, was the vision of  Frogtown artist Seitu Jones. 

Jones and Public Art St. Paul received financial support for the meal from the Joyce Foundation of Chicago, which has made a commitment to promoting community-building works from artists of color in cities throughout the Great Lakes region.

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The Rapid City-based First People’s Fund  promotes Native culture nationwide. 

Among the organization’s outreach efforts are grant programs that recognize Artists in Business Leadership Cultural Capital, and Our Nation’s Spaces.

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With the slow but sure progress we’ve made towards warmer weather, a lot of outdoor activities are finally getting started.

“Community Sing” is one of those communal events. The group gathers regularly and welcomes all comers in mass singing event. The first one of the season is Saturday, May 18th at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis.

Betty Tisel and Bret Hesla are part of Community Sing. They talked with Terry Carter and Ron Thums on KFAI’s Morning Blend.

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