Friday, November 21, 2014

Storefront Challenge Fundraiser - Help us enliven Central Ave., Occupy the unoccupied, and have a ton of fun!

We look forward to see you and re-connecting with the NE community at this event. We are looking to build excitement, awareness and help to finance our upcoming Store Front Challenge. This project will pair community members with a local artist to transform an empty storefront along Central Ave. into something new and beautiful/intriguing/beguiling/or...?! for a week. Then a different group of community members working with a different artist are challenged to create a performance in, and in reaction to, the transformed space. Then, of course, the public is invited to experience the space and enjoy the performance. The first Store Front Challenge will be in this space at 2522 Central Ave. in February 2015 with other Challenges to follow in other empty storefronts along Central Avenue.

 We hope you'll join us on Thursday, December 4th to learn more about it and have a ton of fun. Thanks!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Welcome Janet Lobberecht!

It just makes sense....
And here she is with us.

Welcome Janet and thank you for working with us!

Janet Lobberecht is an artist, designer and researcher. Currently, she is concentrating on community design, which has afforded her opportunities to contribute to challenging conversations, especially in the domain of social innovation, where she's focused on helping to develop strategies for social resilience.
Lobberecht holds an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design.  She has been the recipient of a Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, a McKnight Visual Arts Fellowship, and a Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artist.  She is currently adjunct faculty at Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Media Arts.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

And Here We Are Again!

Hello friends!

We are back.  We've missed you all.

We are back in action and excited to create building opportunities, experiences that bring us together, positive social change, fun for all, havoc in some places, art everywhere.....with our northeast community.  

After a break of working on our solo projects, we are looking forward to collaborating with you.

Jennifer has been busy and 2013 was a huge year for her as she was a SAGE nominee for “Outstanding Performance, 2013” for her creation and choreography of Canon, a work that explores the physical text of the punk movement in a re-historicized feminist perspective. Jennifer also performed with Hijack (Minneapolis premiere postmodern dance duo) in “Reading, Ready, Radish, Redundant, Red Eye,” at the Walker Art Center in December, 2014. And is currently working on a project choreography a work with her dog Audrey, a American Pitbull Terrier.  

Jonathan is currently building a studio in his garage but has been spending much more time working with other community organizations such as local schools, Park and Rec. programs, the Walker Art Center, and neighborhood associations to bring creative experiences into the lives of any people who are open to such things.  He is now developing his long time vision of enlivening and temporarily occupying storefronts on Central Avenue with the Storefront Challenge Project.

Sara has been traveling into communities and public spaces with her mobile Bio Scenic Travel Machine sculptures.  They have landed here to research life on earth and want you to interact with them.  Sara is currently working on a gallery show for the Phipps in Hudson, WI in February and planning the travels of a Bio Scenic Travel Machine on Central Avenue for the spring.