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New Mural at Phillips West Community Garden

New Mural at Phillips West Community Garden

By LAURA HULSCHER The Phillips West Fall Fest and Annual Meeting was held on November 6th outside the Swedish American Institute. Here neighbors led by Daja Shanklin of Self Made Creative Learning paint a mural for the new Phillips West Community Garden. The garden is on the northeast corner of Portland Avenue South and 28th Street.

Never Homeless Before 1492

Never Homeless Before 1492

By Carz Nelson On November 3, a new art installation was unveiled at the Wall of Forgotten Natives, the location of the 2018 homeless encampment on Franklin Avenue. Twenty-three boards wired to the chain-link fence spell out: “Never Homeless Before 1492”. Each panel includes images and symbols that are relevant to the American Indian community. Artist Courtney Cochran led the design. Many community members contributed to the work, including people who have experienced homelessness themselves. The project is sponsored by the Native American Community Development Institute and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. It will remain in place on Franklin Avenue for two years. 1492: The year it all started Looking west down Franklin An additional panel provides space for community members to leave their thoughts. Various letters from the wall highlighting art and issues.

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