December 2021

Artist live/work spaces slated for Northrup King complex
02 December 2021
Rendering of Stormwater Street, looking north between the building now occupied by studios and businesses, and the to-be-converted buildings that will become artist live/work housing. (Courtesy of Artspace) When the sale of the Northrup King Building was made public in 2019, artists who occupied the building’s studio, gallery, and retail spaces took a wait-and-see attitude, said Loretta Bebeau. She has had a studio in the building for 19 years, served on the board of directors of the Northeast Minneapolis...
Communities reflect themselves in public art
01 December 2021
When is a wall more than a wall? Through art, a community can make a utility shed or an outhouse into a symbol of themselves. The latest examples of this have popped up in three Northeast neighborhoods: Logan Park, Beltrami, and Northeast Park, the latter of which hosted a celebration unveiling the newly minted artwork adorning a bathroom facility on the far side of its baseball fields. These three neighborhoods collaborated to put together funding to commission new public art in their parks. The...
Give to the Max Day successful
25 November 2021
Thanks to everyone who supported the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District on Give to the Max Day November 18. The link is still available at https://www.givemn.org/organization/Northeast-Minneapolis-Arts-District The Arts District’s mission is to catalyze the innovative spirit of artists through generative community arts development. It is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. The goal of $2,500 was reached and matched by Mike Vennewitz in honor of the late State Representative Diane Loeffler, his...
Call for Art: Nordhaus Apartments
21 November 2021
Art Force is requesting submissions for the first exhibit of 2022 at the gallery at NordHaus. The theme of the show is “Reflections.” The work should depict or respond to this theme. The exhibition will be installed in late December 2021/early January, 2022 and will remain installed for six months. Artwork will be available for sale and Art Force will manage those transactions. Submissions should be received by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, December 3, 2022. More details at the link below. https://www.artforce.org/post/call-for-art-nordhaus-apartments      
Congratulations to calendar artists
21 November 2021
The 2022 Northeast Calendars are available free at participating sponsors. For a list, see NE Calendar. Suzanne Skon’s image is on the cover and the following were chosen for the months: Mike Anderson, Janet Bayliss, Owen Brown, Sonja Hutchinson, Jason Jenkins, Jeffrey Kraker, Angela Lundberg, Mark Peterson, Dennis Ready, Pete Sandvik, August Schwerdfeger, Hannah Steen. Graphic artist Leann Johnson designed the calendar, and along with three independent judges – Ben Rasmussen, Pablo Lituma and Susan...
Holiday Art Events in the District
21 November 2021
It is time to shop art for the holidays. Events include Birawer Holiday, Second Saturday California Building, Casket 2nd Saturday, Holiday Saturday Northrup King Building and Solar: 10th Annual Holiday Open House. Use this as your guide to holiday shopping in the district this year. Birawer Gallery Birawer Holiday Our Annual Holiday Show will be Saturday, December 4th from 1PM – 9 PM at Michael Birawer Gallery. Just like last year, we are offering several special promotions. Throughout the Holiday...

November 2021

Arts District wants to work with elected officials to leverage the geography
31 October 2021
First Ward candidates participating in the Arts District-sponsored forum Oct. 18: Elliott Payne and Kevin Reich. The Arts District forum held on October 18 was an excellent civic exercise for the arts community. The major candidates from Ward 1 and 3 participated. The discourse was cordial and meaningful. While there were many statements made about how all the candidates love and support the arts, this forum was meant to tease out the nuances of the candidates’ positions and how they see and want...
Fall open studio events first weekend in Nov.
30 October 2021
It’s time for Art Attack, Art This Way, Open Casket, Thorp Warp, California Dreamin’, ArtBlok Fall Sale, Fall In Q.Arma, Holland Days and more. For information on open studio events on the first weekend in November, go to NEMAA website for information and links to the various social media for the buildings.   Art Attack! Rawr, it’s Art Attack! The Northrup King Building’s highly anticipated event showcases four floors of amazing art and gifts that will attack all your senses – in...
Program manager wanted for airport show
28 October 2021
Opportunity to coordinate a prestigious international exhibit of local Arts District artists. The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District seeks a program manager for our next visual arts exhibit at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. Position begins early November 2021, the exhibit installs June 2022 and Deinstalls December 2022. Stipend $2,500. The Arts at MSP Program has approved the theme Chroma: A Spectrum of Beauty from the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District for an exhibit in the five...
Give to the Max Day
28 October 2021
Once again, Northeast Minneapolis Arts District will be participating in the annual Give to the Max Day state-wide fundraiser, taking place this year on Thursday, November 18: https://www.givemn.org/organization/Northeast-Minneapolis-Arts-District Our goal is to raise $2,000 from individuals and businesses who share our organization’s passion for the Northeast Arts District.  Funds raised through the 2021 campaign will support critical advocacy work to ensure that the District remains vibrant,...
Animal-theme social comment
28 October 2021
“We Beasties: Explorations of the Intersections Between Humans and Animals” solo show featuring the sculptures of Northeast Minneapolis artist Kyle Fokken is at Metro State University in the Gordon Parks Gallery through Dec. 2. Formally inspired by antique toys and folk art, the centerpiece is a backwards flying pig that projects a cosmic collection of colored lights onto the gallery walls. Miniature shopping carts support the animal as it hurtles through space. This work satirically points to Jeff...

October 2021

Candidate forum Oct. 18 to focus on arts, land use
10 October 2021
You are invited to attend the 1st and 3rd Ward Candidates Forum for Minneapolis City Council on Monday October 18th 6:30-8:30 pm Ward 1 Candidates – Kevin Reich and Elliott Payne Ward 2 Candidates – Steve Fletcher, Merv Moorhead and Michael Rainville Questions will be focused on Arts and Land-use-related issues in a live forum at the Solar Arts Building event space, 3rd floor of 711 15th Ave. NE. Major candidates have confirmed participation. It promises to be a unique and lively event. Have...
To Van Gogh or not to Van Gogh
01 October 2021
The new Immersive Van Gogh show at 15th and Central on the border of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District has stirred some controversy. The arguments seem to be focused on whether it is trite. And will it continue to gentrify the neighborhood with all these Van Gogh enthusiasts coming to see this show? For most artists going through art school in the 1990s and early 2000s, Van Gogh posters were everywhere at museum stores. Not local art but Klimt, Warhol and Impressionist artists’ posters. Those...
New art venues in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District
10 September 2021
Meet the people behind three of the newest art spaces in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District TOA Presents Rob Sherer credits the pandemic with spurring him to do what he’d dreamed of for a while, opening a space at 655 19th Ave. NE where gallerists from other cities can expose the artists they represent, to the Twin Cities buying audience. People weren’t travelling, and there’s a hunger to see things in person. Rob Sherer talks with friends Gabrielle Grier and Roger Cummings from Juxtaposition...
Mark your calendars for fall open studios
10 September 2021
This graphic from Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association says it all. See websites and Facebook of NEMAA and the individual buildings for details as they are known.
Transformation Iron Casting Event
10 September 2021
James Brenner Sculpture, in partnership with the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA), Art Is My Weapon, and Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (CAFAC), is holding a Cast Iron Event on Tuesday September 21st from 7:00-9:30pm at the Water Basin next to Edison Highschool, 22nd Ave NE and Quincy Street NE in Minneapolis. The focus of this event is transformation and change: What do we need to let go of, and what do we need to embrace as a community and as individuals? At the event, disabled...
See NKB plans Oct. 7 at First Thursday
01 September 2021
October 7, 5-9 p.m., First Thursday open studios at the Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, will feature a look at plans for site improvements. There will be live music by Mwago Kuria; traditional English pasties from Potter’s Pasties; and a presentation by Artspace Rafala Green Fellows Shalom Cook and Pablo Lituma, who will share results from their Radical Asset Mapping Project in Northeast Minneapolis. The presentation will be at 7:00 p.m. in Gallery 332. Announced NKB site improvements...

September 2021

Murals bring Arts District, Northeast to life
02 September 2021
Artists Gustavo Lira  and Victor Yepez stood with Solar Arts Building manager Mike Schardin prior to cutting a ribbon for the mural, Solar Arts Fauna, that graces the back of the Solar Arts Building at 711 15th Ave. NE. They described it as meant for community members of all ages to enjoy. Rodrigo Oñate, also known as Roco Drilo, designed the piece and executed it with the help of assistant Joshe Montaño, Lira and Yepez. He became friends with them during Art-A-Whirl® shows when first starting his...
Beverly Tipton Hammond shares a wealth of knowledge
02 September 2021
When Beverly Tipton Hammond, dance instructor at Pure Water School of Dance, talks about her art, she tells mesmerizing stories, each with significance. Starting ballet at the age of five, she was already exposed to her family who sang, danced, played instruments, and often listened to music. Tipton Hammond believes she was born to dance. Originally raised on the East Coast, living between Baltimore and Washington D.C., she spent summers in Minneapolis starting at the age of nine after her parents...
Align new developments with Art
02 September 2021
For many art is essential to place and identity. Art provokes conversation and social media posts. However, art for many real estate developments tends to be an afterthought. Within the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District we want to change that process and invite all developers to integrate arts in the original budgeting process. This allows designers and architects to build locations for art into the program as well as think about locally made functional art from the beginning of the development...
Donna Bruni's solo Summer Solstice exhibit
02 September 2021
Donna Bruni Recent Paintings catalog. Image provided by Doug Flanders & Associates   Douglas Flanders & Associates presents a solo exhibition by Donna Bruni, of renowned local and international acclaim, through Saturday, September 25, 2021. The gallery is open Tues – Sat, 11am – 5pm; at 818 W Lake Street, next to the Bryant Lake Bowl. The entire show can be viewed in-person or online at flandersart.com. Bruni’s work is influenced by the ever-present movement of nature, the paradigm we...
Immersive Van Gogh seeks artists in residence
02 September 2021
Immersive Van Gogh, the visually striking exhibition that invites audiences to step inside post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh’s incredible works of art, is inviting Minneapolis artists to apply to the Artist-In-Residence program. Local artists can apply for the opportunity to create and cultivate their work in a unique space over the course of a month-long residency around the theme of van Gogh. Artists should have an inventory of work to display and sell, be comfortable working within the...
Northeast Calendar 2022
02 September 2021
  NE Calendar Cover from 2021 A quick reminder to photographers, artists and dabblers; September 12, 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for submitting images to be considered for the 2022 Northeast Calendar. You are paid for your work $200 per image if selected. Full submission guidelines are at https://northeastminneapolisartsdistrict.org/archives/ne-calendar/ The annual printed calendar is now a project of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, a result of our merger with Northeast CDC.
Marketing Studies available to Artists
02 September 2021
The Small Business Institute at the University of St. Thomas offers a team of senior-level marketing students who will spend an entire semester designing a marketing project. The Small Business Institute (SBI) provides local businesses, non-profit organizations, and schools high-quality business consulting in the area of marketing. With the guidance of experienced faculty and with your input, a team of senior-level marketing students will spend an entire semester designing and executing your consulting...
California Building Second Saturday Open Studios Sept 11th, 11-4pm
01 September 2021
The historic California Building is home to 80 artists. Please join them on September 11th from 11-4pm for Open Saturday.

August 2021

Mia visitors gripped by Barlow, Szyhalski shows
01 August 2021
As a former museum guard, I can tell you most art works get a cursory couple of seconds notice. Rarely do people spend 5-10 minutes at each piece, reading and studying, discussing…but that’s what I observed many visitors did during a visit to the shows by two local artists at Mia, the Minneapolis Institute of Art.   Leslie Barlow and Piotr Szyhalski , who both work out of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, show some very timely work of what our society is going through both politically and...
LeFlore will be part of “longest Mural in Minnesota” 
01 August 2021
The City of Bloomington will have new art through Ua Si Creative. The WE mural will be located in the South Loop neighborhood on 9,000 square feet of walls at the corner of American Boulevard and 30th Avenue South. Reggie LeFlore at work, photo by Margo Ashmore “We are so pleased to announce that a stakeholder panel selected Ua Si Creative as the curator and producer of the WE mural in the South Loop. Ua Si’s thoughtful process for artist selection and coordination, approach to the theme, and engagement...
The power of hands, the power of connection 
01 August 2021
George Floyd Square in South Minneapolis appeared both joyful and mellow on a Sunday afternoon July 11 with the sounds of gospel music and preaching emanating from a parking lot on one corner and an informal meeting of minds on another. Xavier Tavera and Maria Cristina (Tina) Tavera were there with fellow artists and supporters of the Social Justice Billboard Project that sits on top of buildings on the corner of 38th and Chicago avenues.  Xavier’s portrait-style photographs of hands making various...
Industrial land lost since 1984
26 July 2021
Using Geographic Information Systems software and publicly available data, University of Minnesota grad student intern Kenny Niemeyer created this version of our signature map, showing the locations of Arts Insights advertisers.  Since 1984, industrial land use in Minneapolis has been converted and developed for other uses. Across the entire city, the acreage of industrial land use reduced by 41% from almost 5,000 acres to just 2,900. The above Northeast Minneapolis Arts District map highlights...
Public Art at Timber & Tie: Request for Qualifications
26 July 2021
Members of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District Land Trust Task Force recently toured the new Timber and Tie Urban Apartments  being constructed at 900 14th Ave. NE (a block west of Central), soon to be leased to persons at or below 60% of the Area Median Income.  Community amenities include a 5,000 square foot divisible maker’s space which is for lease to one group or several individual or smaller group artists, and a 500 square foot gallery space.  NE SCULPTURE | Gallery Factory will be administering...
Theater Latté Da announces new season
26 July 2021
Theater Latté Da has announced its 24th season. The season kicks off with “Puttin’ Up the Ritz” (Nov. 13 and 14). The re-opening concerts offer audiences the opportunity to raise a glass to celebrate a return to the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis with performances from the upcoming season, and an insider’s look into new works in development as well as favorites from award-winning Latté Da productions. “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” (Nov. 26 – Jan. 2, 2022), the poignant docu-musical...
Loretta Bebeau at Regions
25 July 2021
Loretta Bebeau shared her process of combining hands and languages. The video and stills were made while working on a commission for Regions Hospital, brokered through ArtForce’s Leslie Palmer-Ross. View Video
California Building Second Saturday Open Studios Aug 14 11-4pm
20 July 2021
The historic California Building is home to 80 artists. Please join them on August 14th from 11-4pm for Open Saturday

July 2021

Weigh in on creating a new Arts Office for Minneapolis
01 July 2021
In late July, the Minneapolis City Council will vote on an ordinance establishing a Department of Art and Cultural Affairs. Ninth Ward Council Member Alondra Cano, who spearheaded the effort to create the office, said that the arts are a five billion-dollar industry in the city, and the new department “would acknowledge how much we receive from it.” She added current arts support is diffused, the city needs a “dedicated, centralized, and reliable funding source” (the general fund) for arts projects...
Nick Legeros: Sculpting a Life — new book
01 July 2021
Cover of Nick Legeros’s book Nick Legeros, prolific sculptor, was  honored by the  Edina Community Foundation; they worked to produce a book this spring that features the recognizable sculpture work of the Edina native. Nick’s studio has been a staple on 14th Avenue NE Minneapolis for over 20 years. His career spans more than 500 works of art. From his Minneapolis-based Blue Ribbon Bronze studio and foundry, Nick creates commissioned work for clients ranging from cities and businesses...
Preserving plywood protest boards
01 July 2021
Memorialize the Movement (MTM) founder and Executive Director Leesa Kelly.Anyone who wants to “own a piece of this history,” referring to the plywood protest art created after the murder of George Floyd, gets “a flat and resounding NO” from Memorialize the Movement (MTM) founder and Executive Director Leesa Kelly. “You can attend the public events like anyone else,” but the idea of people making historic artifacts something only available to whoever visits their home “is just a grotesque concept,”...
Arts District needs images for 2022 Calendar
01 July 2021
The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is looking for active, colorful, beautiful and/or funny images from Northeast or by artists based in Northeast that bring cheer and a feeling of togetherness, community, even healing. Images can be, but do not need to be, tied to recognizable individual neighborhood landmarks. Jurors will look for variety in areas, seasons and perspectives. NE Calendar Cover from 2021 The merger of the Arts District with Northeast CDC underscores our commitment to artists of...
Priorities and leverage: Support for arts office
29 June 2021
Reprinted/adapted with permission from the Northeaster newspaper. There are many reasons to support expanding the city of Minneapolis’ commitment to arts, from arts’ intrinsic value, to a desire to catch up to otherwise comparable cities. We urge support for a new department of Arts and Cultural Affairs. Public comment is open now through July 21 online  (see MyNortheaster.com for link). The full text of the ordinance is available at https://lims.minneapolismn.gov/File/2021-00387. The Northeaster’s...
How they looked at zoning in 1968
29 June 2021
University of Minnesota graduate student Kenny Niemeyer is interning with the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District this summer cataloging the land uses, talking with building owners and exploring ways to preserve maker space and compatible industry. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping, he created this version of the map readers usually see, showing the locations of the entities that advertise on the Arts Insights page in the Northeaster newspaper. The map shows land use in 1968, scanned...

June 2021

Corner to Corner
01 June 2021
Two shows on the Southwest and Northeast corners of the Arts District are going on simultaneously. Zoran Mojsilov‘s show at the Grain Belt Bottling House, and Witt Siasoco’s paintings in a Lowry/Central storefront. Mojsilov’s exhibit hosted a collaborative pop up poetry reading (Vimeo below) by Bryan Thao Worra Zoran Mojsilov show image created by Candy Kuehn Thao Worra commented: “Reading my poem “The Dancer Introduces One Of His Aspects” from my 2008 collection...
Call for Artists: Creative Response Funds Available for Community-Based Artists to Support Community Well Being
20 May 2021
Photo by Pierre Ware of Harvest Feast by Sayge Carroll and Keegan Xavi. The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy invites applications for the Creative Response Fund- Community Well-Being grant opportunity. Community based artists in Minnesota are invited to gather a team and apply for Creative Response Fund grants of up to $15,000 per project, 13 projects will be awarded in 2021. Learn more here. Application Deadline: June 30th, 2021 at 11:59pm CST. Interested applicants can join a zoom...
Remembering Spencer Silver
20 May 2021
Described in the Casket Arts directory as a retired 3M chemist who has spent the last 30 years painting in acrylics and oils, Spencer Silver’s latest multi-canvas floral and natural works featured ideas about the prairie. When he passed away at age 80 on May 8, we learned (if we didn’t know already) of his fame as the co-inventor of the Post-It Note. Silver invented the repositionable adhesive many years before colleague Art Fry put it to use bookmarking his choir music. Silver was named in dozens...
Meet Kenny Niemeyer, intern
20 May 2021
University of MN graduate student Kenny Niemeyer will use his GIS (Geographic Information System) skills to help the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District’s Land Trust Task Force catalog arts spaces, industrial uses and businesses in the Arts District, and meet with arts and industrial building owners. Niemeyer is in his second year at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, concentrating in housing policy and environmental planning. His undergrad degree is in global studies (environment and sustainable...
If Northrup King Buildings' walls could talk
20 May 2021
The undeveloped buildings in the Northrup King complex, 1500 Jackson St. NE, each present interesting challenges or opportunities. Northeast Minneapolis Arts District board members got a sneak peek tour May 24. Artspace is committed to maintaining the existing artist studio space in current configuration. Planning around redevelopment of vacant buildings is actively underway. A six-story building sits at the end of the in-use dock level next to the building we now think of as Northrup King Building....

May 2021

Documentary photos, and art, move awareness and change
01 May 2021
by Josh Blanc Art has been front and center throughout the past year responding to the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Art throughout history has always been a powerful medium for society to understand complicated and difficult situations. For reference, two artists who documented their societies’ indifferences and brutality were Francis Goya of Spain 1746 -1828 and American Gordon Parks, 1912 -2006. Francis Goya’s “Third of May 1808” painting...
The Wary and the Fierce
29 April 2021
“It’s fun to realize that all the connections I had to get this project done happened in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District or just outside of it. We are so lucky to live/work in such a great community that we can take advantage of these connections and work together,” said Kyle Fokken of his latest project.  The Wary and the Fierce by Kyle Fokken Permanently installed as a gateway outside the event center where the Mankato State University Mavericks hockey team plays, the heads of two bulls...
Notes Around the Arts District
29 April 2021
by NE-AD Board of Directors Ouroboros-as-Mind-35-x-37-2 • The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District board congratulates Public Functionary, recipient of the remaining $1 million from Intermedia Arts. The organization is inviting collaboration at hello@publicfunctionary.org. For more information, see their website and Facebook page. • Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association continues to walk the transitional fine line between encouraging people to come in person/by appointment for Art-A-Whirl® May 14-16,...
Thinking of donating?
28 April 2021
Thinking of donating to NE Mpls. Arts District? You can do it anytime by going to our Donate page on this website. From May 1-11 we’ll also be on GiveMN.org participating in SpringForwardMN. https://www.givemn.org/organization/Northeast-Minneapolis-Arts-District. One of our goals for SpringForwardMN is to raise funds to pay photographers to document the Arts District for uses like this effort. To put our best foot forward while properly compensating artists. Also, whenever you see a themed gallery...

April 2021

The Social Justice Billboard Project and NE SCULPTURE
31 March 2021
The Social Justice Billboard Project and NE SCULPTURE | Gallery Factory are delighted to announce that the National Academy of Design, Abbey Mural Committee has awarded support for 2021-22 Phase II production. This launches Phase II of the Social Justice Billboard Project, through February 2022. The Social Justice Billboard Project elevates BIPOC voices and artwork in the Minneapolis community using the three billboards facing the intersection of 38th and Chicago, the site of George Floyd’s...
Arts District Envoy on the Radio
30 March 2021
Submitted by Layl McDill … On March 27, Art to Change the World was the co-host of the Connections Radio on AM950. The topic of conversation was the Arts District Palette – Where Neighbors and Artists Mix. The developers of the Huxley have commissioned 224 pieces of art by NEMAA and ACW artists to be given as part of a welcome swag bag to the new residents. Director Barbara Bridges invited Council Member Kevin Reich, artist and Tres Leches gallery owner Alison Price and ceramicist and...
Salute to Karen Wilcox
29 March 2021
“Hope” acrylic and oil on plaster, 2020. by Karen Wilcox By Josh Blanc … Artist and studio organizing consultant Karen Wilcox parted from Northeast Minneapolis Arts District/NECDC board of directors at the end of March 2021. Karen was part of the first generation of the board, which started in 2014. She quickly took the role of secretary. Ms. Wilcox is a master of the English language; her skills are evident in the Arts Insights pages and our monthly e-newsletter, where she has edited and even...
Home Stretch for Voting for Arts District Award
26 March 2021
  Photo by Mike Madison We are half way though the daily voting for the best arts district competition. We are currently in 3rd place in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Last time we were nominated, we won this award (2015). It was accomplished with a dedicated artist community of 800 artists and friends voting daily. Today we estimate we have 1200 artists in the Arts District, so our chances should be higher. But to accomplish this feat again we will have to harness our best...

March 2021

Dyani White Hawk is the 2020 Bemis Alumni Award Winner!
28 February 2021
Dyani White Hawk. Photo by David Ellis. Dyani White Hawk (Sičáŋǧu Lakota) is a visual artist and independent curator based in Northeast Minneapolis Arts District in the Thorp Building. White Hawk was a 2017–18 Bemis exhibiting artist in Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly. The annual $5,000 unrestricted award is designed to provide financial support to increase the capacity of a Bemis alum’s practice. Funds may be used for any purpose and do not need to...
NEMAA ponders May event
28 February 2021
At their annual meeting February 23, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association’s board and staff talked about plans to support member artists in promoting even more robust online stores than they mounted for recent events, and to launch those improvements around the typical weekend for Art-A-Whirl.  They reviewed some of the government guidelines for social distancing, and are leaving it up to artists and building management to figure out whether to be open and what hours, suggesting that visitors be...
Woodworkers make their mark
28 February 2021
“People looking at art furniture are not price shopping,” said Tom Schrunk. They’ve already gone to other stores and they’re looking for something that makes their own statement, fits their physical stature or the size of their rooms. “It might cost more, but maybe not a lot more.” Thomas Schrunk can’t read music, but the folks who make Steinway grand pianos consider him a virtuoso of veneer. Photo courtesy of Steinway In the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, there are about 200 artists...
American Craft Council - gem in our midst
28 February 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic tanked art fairs and craft sales last year, the American Craft Council teamed up with other national organizations to host hundreds of people on a series of Zoom calls talking about relevant survival topics. This national organization occupies a suite at the former Grain Belt Brewery, 1224 Marshall St. NE, where a library of archives of many regional craft organizations and competition slides from early artisans serve to inspire current artists of all genres. It’s the...

February 2021

Social Justice Exhibit Dates Extended
21 February 2021
Saturday, February 20th and 27th  from noon-4pm. There are limited number of people allowed, so I will be in my studio #170, clay@3 on February 13th so stop by and say hi after you see the show.   Masked will be in the Social Justice Exhibit, completed January, 2021 Artists of the 2021 Social Justice Exhibit:  A. Drew Hammond, Beverly Tipton Hammond, Kathy Mommsen, seangarrison, Broderick Poole, Loretta Bebeau, and Karen Kraco. In this new work above, I carve directly...
Northeaster awarded for arts and more
31 January 2021
By Karen Kraco Arts figured prominently in the Northeaster newspaper’s awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, judged by journalists from another state. The Northeaster won a first place for Use of Photography as a Whole in its circulation category, and Mike Madison, a photographer with studio in the Casket Arts Building won a first in Portrait & Personality for his portrait of Warren Thomas Fenzi. Liz Jensen’s story on Tuscaloosa, a movie directed by Philip...
Artist and Art-A-Whirl Instigator David Felker dead at 80
30 January 2021
By Mark Peterson When his friends were asked for a word to describe David Felker, “visionary” came up more than once. Felker, who died December 31 in Washington State following an earlier stroke and COVID-19, played a pivotal role in the creation of Art-A-Whirl® and the resultant flowering of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District in the 1990s. Photo of Dave Felker by Hal Gage California Building president John Kremer said Felker came into his office in 1995 with a proposal for an art studio tour...
Call for Art: The Huxley Commissions 224 Artworks
30 January 2021
By Barbara Bridges Art to Change the World (ACW) has issued a call for art, and objects, coupons or other contributions from Northeast businesses, restaurants, organizations and banks. The non-profit ACW is organizing a neighborhood networking project to welcome more than 100 new neighbors at The Huxley apartments. It’s named Arts District Palette: Where Artists and Neighbors Mix (ADP:WANM). The Huxley, at 657 22nd Ave. NE, is under construction. When finished, the J-Row sculpture trail will run...
Northeast Minneapolis Arts District at MSP Airport
18 January 2021
By Margo Ashmore Travelers spending time at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport will enjoy viewing art by hundreds of Northeast Minneapolis Arts District-based artists. Part of the Airport Foundation’s Arts@MSP program, the exhibit “Passages” includes a slide show of images by 182 artists and a history of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District as well as two-dimensional and three-dimensional works by 21 artists. It is located in the Thomson Reuters Airport Mall Gallery in Terminal 1. Additionally,...

January 2021

An Original Art A Whirl Creator Dies
03 January 2021
for dave felker when you write a poem for someone that’s left us, someone that’s passed on, you’re always looking for a doorway in, a passage towards something deeper, something significant, something that touches the soul. my door to dave was his sweetness. now i know that i just wrote about how sweet charlie thysell was, and he was one beautiful man, but damn, dave felker was such a sweet man too. i guess i’m just blessed with the sweetest of friends. so this story starts...
Politics on Paper
01 January 2021
By Josh Blanc Our society has had many years of difficult political conversations. What is right and wrong? How do we solve problems? How do our choices in policy affect those we don’t know or understand? A popular way for the public to digest complicated political conversations is the political cartoon featured in newspapers and social media. Steve Sack, an artist who used to have a studio in the Northrup King Building, is one of the most recognizable political cartoonists in Minnesota. There are...
“STRONGER TOGETHER,” Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and Northeast CDC have merged
31 December 2020
The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and the Northeast Community Development Corporation directors announce they have merged, as of Dec. 30, 2020, to become Northeast Community Development Corporation, dba (doing business as) The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. “Some of the recent land development within the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District threatens the integrity of the land designated by the City of Minneapolis as industrial zones. This underscores...

December 2020

The Dakota 38
01 December 2020
Thursday, December 3, 2020 – 8:00pm Watch the movie on YouTube at the link below Cost: absolutely FREE Panel Discussion on Zoom at 8pm CDT Casket Cinema continues a season of pandemic cinema with a virtual screening of a documentary filmed in MN and South Dakota, “THE DAKOTA 38”. Filmed in 2008, finished in 2012, it follows a group of Native Americans on horseback as they journey 330 miles from South Dakota to Mankato. The viewer and the riders are lead by on this vision quest by own...
For jobs and arts: Arts District fights to preserve industrial land
30 November 2020
On Friday, Nov. 13, the Minneapolis City Council voted against the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District’s interest for the property development on 2301 California St. NE. It was disheartening as the vote was 12 to 1 with only one council member (Lisa Goodman, who is not from Northeast) voting against the development. Here lies truth from 2301 California St protest The fight has awakened a resolve to find multiple ways to accomplish the goal of preserving the Arts District. The fight has strengthened...
Results from “the Max"
30 November 2020
Thursday, November 19 was a lot of fun, as Give to the Max Day generated approximately $6,600 for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. We gave away two Water Taxi experiences, to Mark Jones and Larry & Patti Rogacki, as prize incentives for donating during two time periods at a certain level. Suzann Beck Last Rose of Summer Thanks to the following people, some off-line and a few anonymous, we raised in excess of our $2,500 goal which was matched by Mike Venne-witz in honor of State Representative...
A slice of what you’ll see at airport
30 November 2020
Curators are hard at work putting the finishing touches on plans for two exhibits that will be mounted at the MSP International Airport in mid-January. The “Arts@MSP exhibits, featuring Northeast artists, will be on display through 2021. Applicant notifications will be sent soon. The Arts@MSP program is sponsored by the Airport Foundation MSP, in partnership with the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Hundreds of artwork images were submitted for a slide show that will soon be available online. Thanks...

November 2020

Give to the Max for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District
15 November 2020
Support Northeast Minneapolis Arts District on Give to the Max Day (or before) and your contribution will be matched! Mike Vennewitz, in honor of State Representative Diane Loeffler, has challenged the Arts District to raise $2,500 that he will match. Every contribution up to $2,500 logged in by noon on Thursday, Nov. 19 will be doubled. Rep. Loeffler was a joyful art buyer and giver, and she recognized the policy work needed to preserve and expand space for people of all backgrounds and skills to...
Fighting City Hall and Developers
08 November 2020
The fight goes on! The 2301 California St. NE development is currently in process until Friday Nov. 13th when the city council will decide whether they will deny the zoning change that will stop the project or NOT and let the project go forward. We still have a chance to stop this project and others like in the future. Your voice and energy is needed this week. While we support affordable housing in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, such housing should not be substandard or hazardous and should...
The Developer Graveyard Art Happening
08 November 2020
The Developer Graveyard Art Happening Wednesday, November 11th at High Noon at California Building Masks required You are Invited The artists and neighbors of the NE Minneapolis Arts District are going to create The Developer Graveyard Art Happening at the 2301 California St NE site. We are looking to create tons of art gravestones at the site. The Arts District wants to empower artists and community members to lay this thing to rest.  Bring pre-made (left over from Halloween painted grey with black...
Rosalux Open Door Exhibition Submission November 5th
01 November 2020
Rosalux is excited to announce an open call for submissions for our annual Open Door exhibition which will launch on December 8th of this year.  Due to the COVID Pandemic, we will be hosting this year’s exhibition online as part of our Home-Works series and as an exhibition in print.  Open Door is an exciting opportunity for artists outside the collective to share their work with our audience and become a part of our community. Because of the new exhibition format submissions will be free...
Give to the Max Day
01 November 2020
By Margo Ashmore Support the Arts District on Give to the Max Day “The best thing about Northeast is its eclectic vibe …[it’s where] old and new Minneapolis meet. The southern portion … is filled with dive bars … around for decades, award-winning new restaurants, breweries and art studios galore that come even more alive during the annual Art-a-Whirl studio tour…The Arts District is a highly walkable area within it … that offers a little of everything that makes greater Northeast the neighborhood...
NE Land Grab
29 October 2020
By Josh Blanc The current development proposal by LS Black Developers at 2301 California Street is an brazen attempt to take existing I-1 industrial land and turn it into an “affordable mixed use housing”. This type of housing will not help people currently living in tents in the parks.  The developers thinly disguise their proposal by offering the minimum production space to appease the arts community. They have not reached out to the arts community to even ask who we are and what we...

October 2020

Council Member Steve Fletcher caught off guard by opposition
02 October 2020
Bottineau Neighborhood Association (BNA) has a long history of support for building new affordable housing, so it apparently caught developers and Council Member Steve Fletcher off guard to hear opposition to the latest proposal for housing at 2301 California Street NE. The issues germane to the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District are these: 23rd & California St NE LS Black Proposed building   1. Inadequate production space. The building, which promises 164 units of multi-bedroom housing...
Tribute to Aldo Moroni, a community builder
02 October 2020
by City Councilman Kevin Reich Last December, the City of Minneapolis celebrated the life and contributions of a beloved and iconic artist with a resolution honoring our own Aldo Moroni. This week we mourn Aldo’s passing. Much more than just a great artist, he was a consummate community builder. He saw everyone as his neighbor, and he centered his neighbors in all of his work from the smallest bronze replica of a landmark building to ambitiously sprawling civilizations; likewise, he centered...
Reinventing Gift Giving
01 October 2020
Down with Soulless Gifting – Support the Stand With Artists Project (SWAP) ACW Registry by Barbara Bridges Community: a feeling of connectedness with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. You may be a member of many communities related to faith, school, work, social action, gardening and family. The Northeast Minneapolis based global non-profit, Art to Change the World, bonds its community with the belief that art CAN and DOES change the world. We are currently challenged...
aldo poem memory story
01 October 2020
by Dougie Padilla so, do you remember back in the olden times, like maybe fifteen years ago when aldo grew up and destroyed most all the civilizations of babylon, grew them out of bag after bag of clay, created endless small ancient buildings and towns, labored long ecstatic hours/days/months, all in his studio/gallery in the california building in northeast back in was it the zeros? well, me, i remember him, mad as a hatter, dressed all babylonian, tromping thru his enormous earthen creation of...
The weight we carry
28 September 2020
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 11, 7-9 pm at the Gallery Factory, with safety precautions in place. Link to Facebook event here. GALLERY HOURS: September 11 – October 10, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-5 pm or by appointment (612-743-6664) with safety precautions (see below). Find directions and a map on our website here. Note: In light of safety concerns, we will be practicing social distancing, limiting to ten people in the gallery at one time, supplying masks to those who do not...
Airport Thank You!
26 September 2020
Artist Kyle Fokken The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is thrilled with the enthusiastic response to our Call for Artwork for our year-long exhibits, scheduled to launch at MSP International Airport in January 2021. 70 artists submitted work for consideration on the Passages theme, and more than 40 for The Art of Abstraction. The curatorial process, choosing from these submissions, is now underway. In addition, there will be more than 500 images in the looping Slide Show. This is a great opportunity...
Reading through Reconstruction
24 September 2020
Adapted from the newsletter of Eat My Words Bookstore This collection of books comes mainly from the depths of an old friend’s uncle’s house. From deep within the basement, shrouded in dust, these writings are about the colossal failure and small successes of the American Reconstruction Era. Titles such as An American Crisis, From Blood Shirt to Full Dinner Pail, and The Avenger Takes His Place all have an ominous ring to them. I don’t remember much about the Reconstruction Era from history class;...
Witt Siasoco and Carry on Homes 2020 census events in the Arts District
19 September 2020
Creative CityMaking (CCM) is proud to support CCM artist Witt Siasoco and the Carry on Homes team (and winners of the Creative City Challenge) to extend their programming for the 2020 Census. CCM funding supported the team’s September events in Northeast Minneapolis, where they engaged community members about the importance of completing the 2020 Census. Updated NEWS a federal judge U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh overturned the attempt to cut off the Census, so now they have until Oct. 31 to...
Art supply donation drive to celebrate "Collection Point"
13 September 2020
The City’s new facility for Solid Waste & Recycling services in Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is also home to “Collection Point,” a new public artwork. To celebrate, the City is holding an art supply donation event. “Collection Point” was recently completed and installed at the southeast corner of the East Side Storage and Maintenance Facility, at 351 26th Ave NE. Inspired by the many seen and unseen collections within Northeast, artist Randy Walker designed and assembled this...

September 2020

Three opportunities to show your work at the MSP Airport Deadline September 15
30 August 2020
The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District has arranged for a group of exhibits at the Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport. All eligible artists may apply to the unjuried Slide Show as well as one of the curated exhibits (Passages OR The Art of Abstraction). These exhibits will introduce the traveling public to the many artists of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and the wealth of thought-provoking and memorable visual art being created here. In addition to showcasing artists’ best work,...
Lizard lands a home: Mary Johnson’s larger-than-life animals
30 August 2020
by Mike Madison Mary Johnson’s whimsical sculptures can be seen from blocks away. Her most recent installation, “Lizard Lounge,” has a new permanent home at East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS), 1700 Second St. NE. “I started and completed it in 2008, but I’ve worked on it several times, most recently last week. It’s based on 1950s roadside attractions—they always had a catchy name. It’s made with stucco. The materials are all genuine to what a 1950s roadside attraction would...
Art/Include/Act, a virtual PechaKucha Sept. 13
29 August 2020
by Margo Ashmore The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District hosts “Art/Include/Act,” a virtual PechaKucha event. It’s Sunday, September 13, 2020, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Artists are making news for helping express and heal recent and historical trauma. But bringing communities together through arts is a time-honored practice. “Art/Include/Act” looks at the social practice of involving community members’ voices through collaborative art-making. Visual and/or performing arts, temporary or permanent. PechaKuchas...
Quarantine Confidential: Hend Al-Mansour
28 August 2020
Written by Rosalux Gallery Rosalux Gallery has done a series of articles about their artists called Quarantine Confidential. The articles touch upon challenges, funny moments, and reveal what artists do during these challenging times with their creative minds. Thank you, Rosalux Gallery and the artists, for sharing these interviews with the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Quarantine Confidential: Hend Al-Mansour What’s your favorite disaster movie? The title is “Between Heaven and Earth,” a...
Northeast Calendar call for images – due Sept. 10
26 August 2020
by Margo Ashmore The deadline for submitting artwork to be considered for the Northeast Calendar is fast approaching; September 10. The Northeast Community Development Corporation (NECDC) coordinates the Northeast Calendar, and is soliciting images that represent the 14 Northeast neighborhoods. New guidelines this year: An image may represent a neighborhood simply due to the artist living or working in that neighborhood. It does not have to be a landmark. All mediums welcome. “We’re looking...
Mirror at Rosalux Gallery
06 August 2020
“Isn’t it ironic that ‘2020’ often refers to seeing things more clearly? Well, this year has certainly done that. 2020 has grabbed us by the shoulders and given the world a much needed shake. First, a global quarantine forced humankind to break from the normal routine of ‘commute, consume, repeat.’ Shocking at first, but in hindsight, it’s become clear that we don’t need to live that way — something Mother Nature has been begging us to realize for decades. And then,...

August 2020

Mirror at Rosalux Gallery
06 August 2020
“Isn’t it ironic that ‘2020’ often refers to seeing things more clearly? Well, this year has certainly done that. 2020 has grabbed us by the shoulders and given the world a much needed shake. First, a global quarantine forced humankind to break from the normal routine of ‘commute, consume, repeat.’ Shocking at first, but in hindsight, it’s become clear that we don’t need to live that way — something Mother Nature has been begging us to realize for decades. And then,...
Arts District artists to showcase at MSP Airport
31 July 2020
Online submissions open August 15 for three Northeast Minneapolis Arts District exhibit opportunities at MSP International Airport. Arts@MSP Program awarded the proposal sent by Arts District board member Leslie Palmer-Ross and Exhibit Coordinator Denise Tennen. Work will be on display January through December of 2021. “Visitors to the airport may have lots of time to take in the exhibits while they wait for flights. This is a great way to invite them to include the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District...
NE Arts District seeks greater community participation
31 July 2020
by Josh Blanc Since its inception in 2012, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District e-newsletter has published 100 editions. About a dozen writers, poets and reporters have contributed material about artists and their experiences in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. More than 240 individuals or institutions have been mentioned or profiled. The goal has been to get the broadest perspective on what artists create, build and think about. For example, in September 2017, Aldo Moroni wrote about...
NE Sculpture | Gallery Factory's Social Justice Billboard Project
21 July 2020
The first three works of the Social Justice Billboard Project are up! You can see the artworks by William Ransom, Peyton Scott Russell and Melodee Strong on our Instagram and Facebook, or in person at the vigil site on 38th Street and Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN. A big thank you to all who have supported the Project so far by donating or sharing the information with their communities. Because of your help and generosity, the SJBP GoFundMe has raised over $12,000, enough for a year-long payment...
NEMAA "10x10 Online Shop" Call For Art
21 July 2020
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association’s 10×10 Online Shop will will be launched to the public Saturday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. This virtual event will serve as both a fundraiser for NEMAA as well as a promotional and sales opportunity for NEMAA artists who donate work. Deadline September 16, 2020. Artists may donate work through September 16, and those who donate before August 16 get first priority to appear in publicity. All artworks will be available for purchase for $35.00, proceeds to benefit NEMAA....
Michelle Woster joins the Arts District Board
20 July 2020
We welcome Michelle Woster to the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District Board. She brings a voice of the theater community. Since 2018, Michelle has been the managing director of Theater Latté Da, the entity that owns The Ritz Theater. Before that, Michelle served as the managing director of Ten Thousand Things Theater, where she worked for ten years with the company’s small staff and board to grow this locally-recognized treasure into a leader on the national theater scene. She has also held senior...
Four Painters at Kolman & Pryor Gallery
20 July 2020
Inspired by the Walker Art Center’s Painter Painter exhibition in 2013, and the “epic conversation” they enjoyed afterward, Kolman & Pryor Gallery co-owner, Patrick Pryor, and gallery artist, Betsy Ruth Byers, have co-curated a follow-up exhibition featuring new work by four Minnesota artists, Samuel Bjorgum, Regan Golden, James Holmberg, and Syed Hosain. The exhibition, Four Painters, opens September 12 and runs through October 31. Visitors can view the show in person at the gallery on Saturdays,...

July 2020

Artists respond to Floyd’s murder, systemic racism
29 June 2020
Compiled by Josh Blanc The murder of George Floyd has marked a new consciousness in Minneapolis and beyond. Artists from the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District with different vantage points, and who have been working on issues of equality and justice for many years, are engaging on the front lines in this transformative moment. #creativesaftercurfew by Leslie Barlow Using the hashtag #creativesaftercurfew, Leslie Barlow and about two dozen other predominantly BIPOC (Black/indigenous/people of color)...
Creative Feed: Co-op will trade food for art, pay for supplies
29 June 2020
Co-op Art: Corn, by Charles Lyon Eastside Food Co-op introduces Creative Feed, a new way to bring even more local art to Central Avenue and to support the community of artists who call Northeast Minneapolis home. Eastside Food Coop is opening windows, walls, and walkways to the artists of Northeast. Proposals are requested from Minneapolis visual artists for temporary, two-dimensional public artwork centered on themes of food, healing, nature, justice, community and solidarity. Proposals can include...
Northeast artist selected for Roseville public art project
29 June 2020
by Mark Peterson Northeast artist Kao Lee Thao was one of twenty selected to design and decorate nearly seven-foot-high fiberglass rose statues, all of which will be displayed in outdoor spaces throughout Roseville from July 1 to October 31, as part of the “Roseville in Bloom” public art project. Hmong Story Cloth Kao Lee Thao   Thao is also one of five artists selected to create a mural on glass for Minneapolis’s new Public Services Building, set for completion this year. The mural will reflect...
Northeaster newspaper readers embrace the arts
29 June 2020
According to 250 community members who responded to the Northeaster online survey conducted May 6 to June 15, local arts ranked high among things to do. The most popular entertainment venues visited in the previous twelve months were movie theaters (74%), bars and clubs (65%) for Northeaster readers surveyed, followed closely by live performing arts and art museums (64% each). More than half (54%) reported visiting one or more art studios. A variety of other activities were offered, including attending...
Northeast Calendar Call for Art: Due Sept. 10
28 June 2020
To provide cheer and inspire community every day of the year, the Northeast Calendar returns for 2021. Artists of all mediums are welcome to submit images representing each of Northeast’s 14 neighborhoods, by September 10, 2020. A total of $3,000 will be awarded, $200 per image with one image as the cover, at $400. The calendars will be distributed free through sponsoring businesses in December. Northeast Community Development Corporation coordinates the calendar, and expresses a preference for active,...
Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy virtual office hours
28 June 2020
Community members are welcome to reserve virtual ‘office hour’ time with the City of Minneapolis’ Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy team. “Once someone inquires, we can provide our phone number for a one-on-one call. We don’t have all the answers but can help people/businesses/organizations think through their issues and direct them to good resources,” said Brenda Kayzar. Reservations are required. Upcoming dates and contact information: For meetings with Gulgun Kayim, Director of Arts, Culture...

June 2020

Our city is on fire. Our hearts are broken.
31 May 2020
Two poems by Eyenga Bokamba. Our city is on fire. Our hearts are broken. Painting titles part II. This is a recitation of painting titles for a healing world. Pictured behind me: “Meditation on Silence” created in 2010. #blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd #heal #create #speak “These poems were constructed from titles of paintings the artist created over the past 11 years while basing her studio practice in NE Minneapolis.” Eyenga Bokamba’s Instagram  www.eyengabokambapaintings.com
Jeff Lohaus Tribute
30 May 2020
Jeff Lohaus riding his sculpture outside his studio Photo by: Foster Willey   Inside Jeff Lohaus’s studio  Photo by: Foster Willey Sculptor and painter Jeff Lohaus died suddenly over Memorial weekend. Lohaus once sold miniature sculptures of a pierogi on a fork, fundraising for a larger installation surrounded by words in several languages to celebrate the many cultures that have foods similar to the Polish or Ukrainian pierogi. Fellow artist Jack Pavlik said on Facebook “I knew Jeff in...
Zoran's Corner of NE
29 May 2020
by Josh Blanc At the new playground beyond Sheridan Memorial Park, you’ll encounter the first actual climbing boulders in the city not made of plastic, and other sculptures by Zoran Mojsilov. Before you get there, visible from the Broadway Bridge or walking to the river end of 13th Avenue, you’ll see Zoran’s outdoor studio. It’s a place where the public is invited to watch him work and a gift by the artist to the community—art enjoyment for those who can not afford to purchase a large sculpture....
Virtual Art-A-Whirl Recap
28 May 2020
by Leslie Palmer-Ross and Margo Ashmore Under the restrictions of the COVID-19 directives, we were not able to gather in person for the largest studio crawl in the country, but Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association’s feverish effort to build virtual aspects of Art-A-Whirl paid off, and the event site artawhirl.org will remain open for business all summer long. Bicycle Theory and Curbside Marketing, LLC, teamed up with NEMAA and hundreds of artists to post studio tours and demonstrations, as well...
Message from the Board
27 May 2020
George Floyd watercolor by Kara van Wyk We are in an intense time in our city and our world. The COVID-19 international challenge had been all-consuming. Minneapolis is now the newest epicenter of response to systemic racism after the murder of George Floyd, a black man, by police officers was captured on video. We condemn the racist violence exhibited by the Minneapolis Police Department leading to George Floyd’s death and are outraged and overwhelmed with sadness. Our city is in a lot of...
Heads Up - Grants for Businesses with No Employees Coming Soon!
23 May 2020
by City of Minneapolis office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Businesses with no employees will be able to apply for grants up to $3,000. There will be a separate application process and deadline posted to the Hennepin County website. Check the Hennepin County small business website for application details and sign up to receive notifications. Self-employed creatives are eligible to apply.

May 2020

Art-A-Whirl LIVE! All Summer Long
14 May 2020
NEMAA Presents the 25th Art-A-Whirl ONLINE Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country, and is celebrating its 25th year! Due to COVID-19, we can’t gather together across Northeast Minneapolis this May, but over 1,000 artists, galleries, bands, businesses, restaurants, and breweries are active and ready to connect with you through the Art-A-Whirl Online Experience. + Find artists by map location, studio building, or medium. + Browse over 800 artist profiles and shops with shipping...
NEMAA Director Anna Becker Interviewed on Art Wunderful
14 May 2020
On his weekly Podcast “Art Wunderful” (Episode 15), Rogue Buddha Gallery owner Nicholas Harper interviews Anna Becker, the Executive Director of Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA). Their discussion revolves around this year’s Art-A-Whirl (LIVE ONLINE), and also includes some of the organization’s history and how it connects artists to the wider community. To listen to this podcast and others, visit www.roguebuddha.com/PODCAST.
"Max Rabitat" Along the River First Gateway Trail
28 April 2020
Mary Johnson’s sculpture, “Max Rabitat,” has attracted much photographic attention since first landing on 22nd Avenue NE across from the California Building.  On April 17, the social distancing mask was added. Coordinated by NE Sculpture | Gallery Factory, “Max”  is a third entry on what will become the River First Gateway Sculpture Trail, along 22nd Avenue NE from Central to the Mississippi River, and along Marshall Street NE from roughly 18th Avenue to Lowry. Nearby in the...
Art365: Printmaker Emily Gray Koehler
26 April 2020
By Mark Peterson A visit to Emily Gray Koehler’s sun-filled studio in the Thorp Building found her in the midst of a printmaking project for an upcoming exhibition in Red Wing, Minnesota.  The show would be the nineteenth annual Poet-Artist Collaboration, at Red Wing Arts Depot, a project that matches visual artists and poets in a kind of double-blind pairing; each artist gets a poem to work from, but the two artists never meet until the exhibition begins. On Friday, March 13, Koehler was printing...
Sharing an Art Collection in "Shutdown" Time
25 April 2020
Staying home, ordered to stay at home, suddenly working from home—we are all suddenly spending so much more time in the place we mostly take for granted. This has forced many of us to look again at our surroundings. As so much business has moved to online interviews or Zoom meetings, we are all getting glimpses into the insides of other people’s homes. This has caused Marc Clements of Follow the Muse Studio to look with a fresh eye at the art that he and his wife Daphnae Koop have in their...
Minnesota Self Employed (Artists!) Now Eligible for Unemployment Insurance
24 April 2020
Self-employed workers and contractors are typically not eligible for unemployment benefits. However, in this unprecedented crisis the State of Minnesota is offering unemployment compensation for the self employed and 1099 workers. This includes those with only part-time employment. Independent contractors and gig workers should qualify. Artists, gig workers, and the self employed who have lost work from the coronavirus crisis should apply now. HERE is a useful article from Minnpost that briefly explains...

April 2020

Layl McDill Goes Virtual for ART365
31 March 2020
Our very first ART365 virtual event took place on FaceBook and then on Instagram Tuesday, March 31. It was really fun and gave some ideas for what artists can do to safely bring visitors into their studios. Layl McDill, a polymer clay artist, worked with bits of clay on her studio bench, and took cues from the online participants for suggestions about what animals she should make, what color they should be, etc. Layl is amazingly quick and agile with her fingers, and also makes use of a few tools...
The Artist's Role In a Time of Crisis
31 March 2020
Arnold Böcklin, The Plague, 1898 This past month the world has changed and a new chapter has started for all of us. Shock, fear, worry of fulfilling basic needs, wonder of what is coming next—it’s all on the table. For all of human history artists have been appreciated for their unique ability to reflect back what they see through the works they create. Some great historical examples are featured in Daily Art Magazine, “Plague in Art: 10 Paintings You Should Know in the Times of Coronavirus,”...
Loretta Bebeau Tells Her Story
31 March 2020
As part of our “Please Tell us a Story” series, Loretta Bebeau submitted this photograph. Hands have been traced from special people in her life. Work in progress. Follow Loretta at https://www.facebook.com/loretta.bebeau Loretta Bebeau painting Loretta Bebeau Hands  
Weathering the Storm: Tips for Artists
30 March 2020
ART WUNDERFUL PODCAST with NICHOLAS HARPER www.roguebuddha.com Weathering the Storm: Tips for Artists Art Wunderful, the art podcast where art is a religion. New episodes available every Monday. Nicholas Harper offers his perspective on arts related topics and his experiences within the arts as well as hosts conversations with artists, collectors, arts related professionals and art enthusiasts.   https://media-west.podserve.fm/media/episodes/user_940/752/ART_WUNDERFUL_Ep._10_-_Weathering_the_Storm.mp3
Safe Ways to Gather, Make Art & Have Fun
30 March 2020
Video Conferencing – Zoom With our whole community ordered to stay home people are looking for other ways to be social. This has created a big demand for Video Conferencing and Online Gaming technologies. A few days ago I tried to video call a few close friends. I had technical difficulties with almost everyone I contacted. One couldn’t get their sound working another forgot to buy a webcam and head set with their new desktop computer. Technology is not often easy, but with a little patience...
"Please Tell Us a Story"
30 March 2020
Daphnae Koop We are in a surreal time period and the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District board is trying to get perspectives, the experiences of the artists in the district, to share in our e newsletter and possibly in the Arts Insights page in the Northeaster. Please tell us a story, about one or two paragraphs, a poem, short story, video or image of your experiences and or thoughts. Keep them coming—as we all go through this we would like to create a kind of storybook to document this moment. What...
Remo's Perfect Distraction
29 March 2020
The MPCNC LowRider2 designed by Ryan Zellars Biding my time; that’s an idea alien to me, but that’s what we appear to be doing.  We’re doing what we are told and staying home waiting for IT, the demon virus, to pass.  Everything we need we are ordering online, even food. I need some nuts and bolts but fear the hardware store. However, speaking of nuts and bolts, I decided to start a new project. I’m building a Painting Machine, a way to put paint to canvas using a computer and an XYZ machine....
Updated COVID-19 Resource Page
29 March 2020
The public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus, COVID-19, is impacting our entire community. The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is where people engage in social and cultural public events, art, musical and theatrical events, art making, working, manufacturing, communing over food and drink, happy hour gatherings, shopping, worshiping, learning, playing, and many more social and physical activities. These activities form the lifeblood of our community. Everyone and everything is impacted....

March 2020

Five Poets at a Local Podium
05 March 2020
Written by Mark Peterson Along with 25,000 books, Scott VanKoughnett’s Eat My Words bookstore holds four to six literary-related events a month, including poetry workshops and author visits. On Saturday, February 22, people attending got a bit of both. The event’s title, “Powerful Female Poets,” should get an award for truth in advertising. Each of these (currently local) poets got a chance to stand up straight and tell the truth, and each of them did. The intimate space in the back of the store,...
Mercury Mosaics featured story for Upsize Magazine!
05 March 2020
Mercedes Austin, founder and owner of Mercury Mosaics, was featured on the cover of Upsize Minnesota magazine’s January-February issue, and inside the publication in an article about “finding funding.” Many might not have heard of Upsize as it is a Minnesota magazine aimed at small business owners. It is always newsworthy when an artisan can do a crossover into other community news and vice versa. The featured article focuses on non-traditional funding, an area where many artists...
PechaKucha Included an Intimate Conversation with 80 Strangers
05 March 2020
“The Art of Death as Part of Life and Beyond,” a PechaKucha Night held March 1 at Rogue Buddha Gallery, brought people of all ages, genders, orientations and ethnicities into the same room, said one observer. At this joint event a series of fast-paced presentations of images was followed, after a break, by Death Café Twin Cities, a format in which people explore death-related topics in groups of eight to ten. About 40 people of the 80 in attendance for the PechaKucha stayed for the Death Café, which...
ART WUNDERFUL Podcasts
03 March 2020
Nicholas Harper has thrust himself into the world of Podcasting. If you have ever wanted to get the insights of an artist and gallery owner working in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, this is an excellent virtual way to engage. Called ART WUNDERFUL, Nicholas describes its mission as spreading the gospel of the arts, their essential value to our everyday lives and to offer a deep dive exploration into this most mysterious of subjects. Weekly episodes oscillate between solo commentary on art-related...
NEMAA Annual Meeting Review
02 March 2020
Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association’s new president Brian Burke kicked off his part of NEMAA’s annual meeting on February 25 with a message of accessibility — he said he’s open to talk with anyone interested, email brian@NEMAA.org. The organization, which produces Art-A-Whirl, not only paid off $75,000 of debt from 2018 in 2019, but now has moved $40,000 into savings. Following the example of prior leaders, according to treasurer Nancy Przymus, NEMAA would like to see about one-third of their...

February 2020

Randy Walker's New Public Art
01 February 2020
Collection Point being built Artist Randy Walker has created an iconic public art piece as a welcoming entry point into the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District at the new East Side Storage and Maintenance Facility in the Holland neighborhood. The facility at the corner of University and 26th Avenues is a multi-purpose municipal operations campus for city vehicles, equipment, storage, maintenance and offices. While many of the city’s fleet of garbage trucks and garbage bins are in the building,...
District-sponsored Forum Connects Hundreds to Candidates
30 January 2020
The crowd at candidate forum To assist voters in learning about the multitude of candidates running for the Minnesota House of Representatives 60A seat, five Northeast Minneapolis neighborhoods and the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District held a forum on Monday, January 13 at Solar Arts Building. The lively format gave insights into candidates’ creativity and approach as well as their understanding of specific issues. An estimated 225 people attended the forum, and 4,686 voted in the January 21 primary,...
14 Arts District Artists Win Minnesota State Arts Board Grants
28 January 2020
Fourteen artists working in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District were awarded The Minnesota State Arts Board Grants totaling $135,800. Most will receive $10,000 for their projects. Congratulations to all the recipients. John Akre, Leslie Barlow, Colleen Bertsch, Kristin Boldon, Marjorie Fedyszyn, Annie Hejny, Rebecca Krinke, Gregory Lecker, Morgan Mercer, Kathy Mommsen, Beth Peloff, Russ White, Andy Richter and Mary Welke. John M. Akre will create My Northeast and Yours, a film essay combining...

January 2020

City Leaders Honor Noted Mpls Artist Aldo Moroni
01 January 2020
Mayor Jacob Frey and the City Council celebrated artist Aldo Moroni with an honorary resolution on December 13th at the City Council meeting. Moroni, who faces terminal cancer, has been a fixture in the Minneapolis arts community since the early 1970s. Artist Aldo Moroni. Photo courtesy of Steve Ozone. Moroni, whose career spans more than four decades, is known for sculpting small-scale civilizations. He worked with the City of Minneapolis and Marcy-Holmes neighborhood to create Sixth Avenue...
Arts District Artists Featured at MSP
01 January 2020
The HATCH committee of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is pleased to announce the successful submittal of a proposal for multiple exhibits at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. The exhibits will both feature the District as a destination and promote its arts and artists through display of work. The first exhibit is slated for late 2020 with a second exhibit to commence in early 2021. The ARTS@MSP program is supported by the Airport Foundation. Please look for opportunities...
State Rep Candidate Forum January 13
31 December 2019
Twelve candidates have filed for election to fill the 60A Minnesota House of Representatives seat that is open due to Diane Loeffler’s passing. Partnering with neighborhood groups, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is planning a forum to help inform voters prior to the Tuesday, Jan. 21 primary. The forum will be held at Solar Arts by Chowgirls (3rd Floor), 711 15 th Ave. NE. Monday, Jan. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. Margo Ashmore of the Northeaster newspaper will moderate. Rep. Loeffler...
2020 SNO Ball to Benefit Northeast Arts District
30 December 2019
Sheridan Neighborhood Organization has made a great gesture of support for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Its semi-annual fundraiser SNO Ball has historically raised money for neighborhood improvements, as well as for local nonprofit organizations. The SNO board of directors has announced that it will share a portion of the proceeds from SNO Ball 2020 with the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Having this neighborhood support is a huge benefit for the organization, both logistically...