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News & Views of Phillips Since 1976
Sunday May 19th 2024

“We are Midtown Phillips” hits the streets

IMG_0096By Patrick Cabello Hansel

St. Paul”'s Lutheran Church and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater (HOTB) are hitting Midtown Phillips streets in a big way, reaching out to neighbors to engage them in action for their community. With funding support from Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, Inc. (MPNAI) and others, artists and youth leaders are energizing residents and business people to transform the visual impact of the community.

Focus is creating two Arts Avenues: Bloomington Parade Route and the Green Arts Pathway on 15th Avenue. Thru summer and fall you will see new art popping up in various places, new boulevard gardens and plenty of celebrations.


Art Cart: The HOBT Art Cart will be touring Phillips on Thursday afternoons, 12-3pm distributing free art materials and arts activities to youth. Look for HOBT artists and youth apprentices towing the yellow and orange burley on the Avenues of the Arts- Bloomington Ave. and 15th Ave. and possible detours to find young artists all over Midtown Phillips.

Photography exhibit: “We Are Midtown Phillips” Exhibit will gather images of the people of Phillips at work, at play, in service, in daily life. Send ideas that young artists can photograph to

The “Phoenix of Phillips.” A brand-new literary magazine: featuring the writing of young and older people from Phillips . Authors interested in guidelines for submission should e-mail

The art produced in the summer and fall will be celebrated at Taste of Phillips Art Festival October 17-19.

Ways you can be involved:

  • Plant pollinator attracting plants including blvd.
  • Pick up litter & recycle!
  • Come to open mosaic studio nights at St. Paul”'s (2742 15th Avenue S.) Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.
  • Come to the monthly meetings of Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association. August 26 6:30 pm at Stewart Park.
  • Take part in Phillips Clean Sweep October 11!

For more: or e-mail

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