Friday, June 6, 2008

Northeast Audio-Guided Walking Tour

Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association and ArtShare are offering an opportunity to be involved in an important community project. We are looking for 10 Northeast teens and 10 Northeast adults to be part of a 12 session collaboration creating three Audio-Guided Walking Tours of NE neighborhoods.

ArtShare will guide the participants through a process of collaborative story-telling rooted in personal experience in Northeast, Northeast history, and (audio) recordings of Northeast sounds and people. We could choose to create a tour about the history and future of Northeast businesses, churches of Northeast, industry in Northeast, Northeast topography (the way it was and how it is now) or the streets of Northeast. We will start this process with collective and collaborative experiences to spark everyone’s creative energy and go from there.

It is our plan put together tours that show northeast as a collective of many experiences and not a singular voice of the past, present or future. Therefore it is important that we have many people with diverse experiences to participate in the project: Old and new Northeasters, people of different age ranges, people who live here or people who just work here, anyone who contributes to the make up of a neighborhood. You don’t need to be a Minnesotan to be a Northeaster.

This project will result in audio-guided walking tours that can be accessed by downloading podcasts from the HNIA website or by picking up an iPod at various pick-up points (NE businesses and libraries), a website (linked to HNIA website) by which the neighborhood can follow the progress of the audio workshops and a celebratory podcasts release party.

Please contact Jennifer Arave
( and 612-432-1512) for more information and to be put on the email list.

This project is a collaboration of ArtShare, Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association and Emma B. Howell YMCA funded by the Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA).


Audio Guided Walking Tour, 2009-2010
Christian Unity Project
Mercy Seat collaboration, September 2008
ArtShare was commisioned to create a progressive experience that would allow the Pastors and congregation of Mercy Seat to explore the ideas of Rivalry and Scapegoating Mechanisms in a creative and provocative way.
Northeast Parade,
July 2008
ArtShare offered workshops to build your own wearable float and march with us in the parade. Participants expressed themselves and their political/social views while creating and marching with their neighbors.
Watch a short video of the parade:

Artist Bios

Sara Hanson is a visual artist and metal sculptor. She is a happy homeowner in the Logan Park neighborhood after living in her northeast warehouse space for seven years. After Sara received her BFA in sculpture from the University of MN, she began her career as an arts instructor, mentor and advocate for people with disabilities at Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. Sara received a Public Projects grant from FORECAST Public Artworks for the Interstellar Record Project. The project involved a workshop, community metal pour event and the creation of a public sculpture on exhibition at the Art Depot in Red Wing, MN. Recently, Sara founded BroadCasting Metal-W.O.W. (workshop on wheels), a traveling sculpture foundry providing a fun and educational community experience.

Jonathan Hamilton is an artist who has lived in Northeast’s Audubon and Windom Park neighborhoods for the last 6 years. He has been designing and leading creative workshops in schools, Park and Rec. programs, and community organizations such as the Walker Art Center, VSA, and Opportunity Resources over the course of his career. After earning his BFA and K-12 Art Education Certification from the University of Montana, Jonathan came to Minneapolis to work as the Director of Visual Arts at Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts from 2001-2006. He is now an Exhibition Technician for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Jennifer Arave is a Minneapolis and Northeast based performance and conceptual artist. She works in the mediums of video & film, object performance, and conceptual public performance -- solo and collaboratively. Her work focuses on the interaction of people in the formation of identity. Her work places the art process paramount to the product. She has taught Visual Arts at the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts for three years, a community of artist with disabilities. She has lectured and shown her work in Minneapolis, New York City, Burlington, VT and Boston. She received her BFA in Theater Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University and Her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts in Performance Studies from Goddard College.

Anna Gove is currently the Director of the Inside Out Gallery at the Interact Center for the Visual and performing arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Kansas. She currently resides in Northeast Minneapolis’ Windom Park neighborhood, and is committed to providing accessibility to the arts for people from all walks of life.