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Rainbow Spirit Rising: Transfeminine Visibility in the Arts
Produced by Rachael Love

Minnesota is a leader of social justice issues, including acceptance of the LGBTQ community. The vibrant art scene of the Twin Cities, in particular, builds awareness and understanding through creativity.

In this audio documentary, KFAI producer Rachael Love explores how the transgender community is gaining strength, acceptance and accolades through the arts.

Hear conversations with Jill Gaulding of Gender Justice, a non-profit law firm in St. Paul; Roxanne Anderson of the South Minneapolis-based Trans Youth Support Network members of 20% Theatre Company and CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman, artist and social justice advocate.

MinneCulture is broadcast every Wednesday from 7:30-8pm on KFAI. This program is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Transit as a public policy issue has gained some prominence in the Twin Cities lately with the impending launch of the Green Line light rail line connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis. The political struggle to extend the Green Line from Minneapolis to the southwestern suburbs has also raised a chorus of voices both supporting and opposing parts of the plan.
Among the many voices are those of people living on the north side of Minneapolis. Some recently talked with Michael McDowell, who is an organizer on Transit issues for the group “Neighborhoods Organizing for Change.”
McDowell produced a You Tube video on the topic and discussed transit equity with KFAI’s Paul Brohaugh.

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Barbara Bridges is an artist who starts conversations.
At Art-a-Whirl last year she created an object called “Ode to Gluten” to elicit collective memories about everything connected to wheat.
This year, her Art-a-Whirl project is called “Found in our Water.”
Barbara Bridges talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein, who asked about the inspiration behind the project.

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Each year, one of the most anticipated local arts announcements is the Walker Art Center’s upcoming Performing Arts schedule.
This year the Walker is celebrating its 75th Anniversary with more than two dozen programs include five world premieres, multiple commissions, residencies, and co-presentations.
Performers will come from as far away as Africa and Japan and as near as our own backyard. The series is curated for the Walker by Philip Bither. He talked to KFAI’s Ryan Dawes, who asked Bither to name some of the highlights.

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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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Summertime is drawing near and young people and their parents are looking at options for internships and learning opportunities.

One great resource in the city of St. Paul is a program called “Sprockets”, a connecter that fosters a conversation between people and organizations that provide service to children – schools, libraries, parks and others working with families and youth.

Eyenga Bokamba talked with KFAI’s Mike Fischbein on the Morning Blend.

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Alternative sources of energy have been advancing in fits and starts over the past few decades. Wind power has grown in Minnesota but recently solar power has gained some momentum.
Sharon Chen has a report

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The 40th annual May Day Parade and Festival in South Minneapolis brought together crowds of celebrants and spectators under a partly sunny sky. KFAI was there with a live broadcast from Cedar Field as the parade formed up. Hosts Yvette Howie and Dave Roberts, along with reporters Dylan Peers McCoy and Jumondeh Tweh talked with May Day stalwarts and newcomers alike. Here are some of the voices and sounds from our coverage.

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The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and more than 50 partner organizations have organized a week of events to celebrate the city’s bicycle culture. Lots of volunteers are involved in pulling this off – Amy Brugh is one of them and she visited KFAI to speak with Xan Holston.

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Internationally known activist and citizen journalist Qusai Zakarya is visiting Minnesota this week. Zakarya is known for his reporting from inside Syria and for surviving death threats and the August 2013 chemical weapons attack that killed approximately thirteen hundred people. He received worldwide support during a 33-day hunger strike to call attention to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s starvation strategy against cities dominated by government opponents. Qusai Zakarya talked with KFAI’s Rico Morales.

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