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Artists Invited to Submit Design Ideas for Light-Emitting Sculpture

Artists Invited to Submit Design Ideas for Light-Emitting Sculpture

By TIM SPRINGER The Midtown Greenway Coalition is issuing a call for artists to submit their ideas for a beautiful and stunning light-emitting sculpture. As mentioned in a previous Alley article, the purposes of the sculpture are to create exciting art that brings joy and makes you say “WOW!”, light up a dark area, and serve as a wayfinding beacon to help people find their way onto and off of the Greenway. This is a project of the Midtown Greenway Coalition with an Advisory Team composed of seven residents from the 2800 and 2900 blocks of 18th Avenue South, adjacent to the proposed sculpture location. I am honored to serve as Project Manager (a volunteer position) and work with the Advisory Team on this exciting project.  The sculpture will be located at the top of the entrance ramp to the Midtown Greenway at 18th Avenue. It will be about 12 feet wide and will be suspended up in the air about 12 feet above the trail surface. The body of the sculpture will emit light; perhaps through sheathing made of translucent acrylic material or perforated metal, or a surface that glows or has lights. Out of the bottom of the sculpture there will be lights aimed downward to the pavement to light up the pathway and adjacent sidewalk, and perhaps also out onto the roadway at the trail/roadway intersection.  Location of the desired public art piece. After receiving sketches from artists showing design ideas, the Advisory Team will select three finalists based on feasibility, artist capacity to complete the project, and how exciting each design is. Community members, Midtown Greenway trail users, and the public will then be invited to vote for their favorite design from among the three finalists.  After a design is selected, the winning artist will be invited to enter into a contract for up to $8,000 to create a detailed design that can be submitted to the City of Minneapolis for approval. The detailed design will include sculpture dimensions, [...]

Human Toll: A Public History of 35W Opens at the Hennepin History Museum

Human Toll: A Public History of 35W Opens at the Hennepin History Museum

Provided by Hennepin History Museum A new exhibit at Hennepin History Museum (HHM) explores community resistance and resilience, and illustrates how freeway construction destroyed and divided Black communities across the United States, amplifying the effects of systemic racism still felt today. With photographs, maps, oral histories, and archival documents, HUMAN TOLL: A Public History of 35W foregrounds the experiences of Black residents of South Minneapolis by exploring stories about displacement, housing discrimination, neighborhood division and environmental justice. Hennepin History Museum HUMAN TOLL was researched and developed over a period of two years by a diverse team of South Minneapolis community members and advisers, working in collaboration with students and faculty of the University of Minnesota Heritage Studies and Public History program. The exhibit runs through October 1, 2022. Located at 2303 Third Ave South, Minneapolis, Hennepin History Museum is accessible from the MTC’s #11 High Frequency Route. Free parking at the museum and on Third Ave. Visiting requires use of stairs. Free Admission to the Hennepin History Museum through December 2021. www.hennepinhistory.org

East Phillips News

East Phillips News

Library News: November

By CARZ NELSON All information listed here is accurate as of October 15, 2021. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. HENNEPIN COUNTY EXPANDS LIBRARY HOURS Hennepin County Library is expanding hours beginning October 24. See Franklin’s new schedule below. Check out hclib.org for other libraries. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday 12 Noon to 8 PM Wednesday 12 Noon to 8 PM Thursday 12 Noon to 8 PM Friday 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM Sunday 12 Noon to 5 PM LIBRARY SERVICE AND COVID PRECAUTIONS Everyone must wear a mask in the library and in all county buildings. Children under five years old are exempt. People who have tested positive for COVID 19 or who are experiencing symptoms should not enter the library. Franklin Library is open for regular service, including book check out, holds pick up, and walk-in computer use. There is no limit on the time people can spend inside the library. FRANKLIN BOOK AND MEDIA DISPLAYS November’s displays feature Indigenous cooking, local elections, Native youth literature, and Indigenous Futurism inspired by All My Relations Gallery’s current exhibit, Biskaabiiyang, (returning to ourselves). CLOUD AFFIRMATION MIRRORS Franklin Library is hosting an art exhibit on the lower level by local artist Bayou Bay called Cloud Affirmation Mirrors. Visitors are invited to interact with the art by leaving a sticky note with their own affirmation on the wall after viewing the exhibit. HOMEWORK HELP Both Franklin and Hosmer Libraries provide free one-on-one tutoring for K-12 students. Franklin: Wednesdays 3:30-7:30 PM and Thursdays 3:30-7:30 PM Hosmer: Mondays 4-7:30 PM and Saturdays 1-4 PM CONNECT AND PLAY AT HOSMER LIBRARY For young children and their caregivers. Connect with your child during this drop-in program exploring early literacy activities. Wednesdays at 4-7 PM; this month on November 3, [...]

Midtown Phillips News

Midtown Phillips News

biskaabiiyang  at All My Relations

biskaabiiyang  at All My Relations

biskaabiiyang (returning to ourselves)  is a group exhibition investigating Indigenous Futurisms and the interconnectedness of nows through video installation, interactive gaming, mixed media and digital illustrations curated by Emerging Curators Institute Fellow, Juleana Enright.  Featured artists: Santo Aveiro-Ojeda, Sequoia Hauck, Reyna Hernandez, Elizabeth LaPensée, Coyote Park, and Summer-Harmony Twenish.  Biskaabiiyang is an Anishinaabeg word meaning the enactment of ‘returning to ourselves’ through the regeneration of our Indigenous ways of knowing. A counter to Western constructs of sovereignty, ownership and time, the works of biskaabiiyang explore the process of decolonization through ancestral knowledge, land stewardship, water protection and body and identity sovereignty. Using the context of an imagined future, we challenge our erasure and create ourselves into being, aligning past, present and future. It is always now. October 14- December 11, 2021, All My Relations Arts, 1414 E Franklin Avenue http://www.allmyrelationsarts.com/

El Centro de Artes Semilla: ¡Fiesta de Arte!

El Centro de Artes Semilla: ¡Fiesta de Arte!

Una invitación a una fiesta: Los artistas diseñarán y crearán una actividad de arte para hacer linternas con los vecinos de Phillips en las Fiestas de Arte en coordinación con el personal de Semilla Tuvimos un año dificil el año pasado, de muchas, muchas maneras. El Covid-19, las dificultades económicas, la violencia, la adicción, la brutalidad policial, el malestar social y la falta de vivienda han aumentado el miedo y el aislamiento del vecindario. Una cosa buena que surgió de la emergencia del levantamiento el año pasado fue conocer a nuevos vecinos y cuidarse unos a otros en tiempos dificiles. Esperamos y sentimos que se acercan tiempos mejores ahora que llega la primavera. Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts tenemos una idea, ¡Una invitación! Queremos ayudar a crear mejores tiempos con nuevas conexiones, fortaleciendo las conexiones existentes y aumentando la confianza de la comunidad, utilizando arte y fiestas: ¡Fiesta de Arte! Para celebrar juntos y seguir cuidándonos unos a otros.  A partir de marzo, Semilla Center comenzó a organizar estas fiestas de arte el primer miércoles del mes, comenzando en linea mientras hace frio afuera y luego comenzaremos a reunirnos en persona al aire libre de mayo a septiembre, y mudarnos al interior en persona de octubre - noviembre. Las fiestas son un lugar para crear cosas, charlar, comer, bailar, mantener la distancia social, sonreir, celebrar, conocer vecinos, compartir información sobre dónde vivimos juntos y crear soluciones para hacer una vida más saludable y seguro vecindario, este año y muchos mas. Comenzamos haciendo linternas simples en las fiestas y encendiéndolas en nuestras ventanas y en nuestros porches todos los miércoles por la noche para recordarnos que mantenemos las luces encendidas y que estamos aqui el uno para el otro. Cualquiera en Phillips puede asistir, pero también nos estamos enfocando en un [...]