MinneCulture 5/7: KFAI & Juxtaposition Arts

MinneCulture presents: What's in the Mix?
A community conversation with Juxtaposition Arts

Last year KFAI received a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to create a series of four community engagement forums called What’s in the Mix. Tonight MinneCulture presents an excerpt of that conversation and public event, featuring staff and youth artists from Juxtaposition Arts—an urban arts center in North Minneapolis--from 7:30 to 8pm.

In November KFAI community radio and Juxtaposition Arts partnered for a special event at Jxta that included a reception and exhibition of Paintings and Rickshaws, as well as a conversation about art and community.

The forum was moderated by artist Caroline Kent, and featured Jxta apprentices Cameron Downey, Jahliah Holloman, Namir Fearce and Tyanna Williamson. Performer/educator Kenna Cottman, architect Sam Babatunde Ero-Phillips and journalist Sheila Regan also participated in this conversation about the intersection of art and community.

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.

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