DMNA and Green Minneapolis to host National Night Out at The Commons on August 6

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association and Green Minneapolis are hosting a neighborhood National Night Out event at The Commons, including a free outdoor movie screening of The Goonies.  This event is presented in partnership with the Freestyle Productions, Inc. and Izzy’s Ice Cream. Other activities include visits from the Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments.

The Goonies will air on an LED screen, beginning at 7pm. 1 hour, 54 minutes (PG). Come early to picnic, meet your downtown neighbors, and receive a free scoop of Izzy’s Ice Cream!  The DMNA will also be handing out water bottles.

National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention. It’s a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family.

As with many past National Night Outs, Minneapolis has been ranked #1 among all U.S. cities over 250,000 population for many years, and was ranked #2 in 2018. Over 1,600 events were registered in 2018.

This is not a ‘BYO-alcohol’ event.

Mpls Downtown Improvement District and Hennepin Theatre Trust launch Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival August 15–17

MINNEAPOLIS (July 31, 2019) – The Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID) and Hennepin Theatre Trust today announced their collaboration on the inaugural Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival, which will take place next month on Hennepin and Nicollet from August 15 through 17.

The Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival brings together artists from the worlds of visual, performing, craft and food arts and unleashes them together for the first time onto the streets of downtown for all to enjoy. This free and accessible festival breaks down barriers between the arts and downtown residents and visitors.  Festival-goers will relish in several arts-centered experiences, including chalk art installations, a short film showcase, several live performances, and an outdoor craft market. Additionally, there will be food and beverage vendors on-site to fuel the fun.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, August 15

Downtown Farmers Market Preview  |  10 am-2 pm
The activities begin with a Minneapolis-Nicollet Farmer’s Market preview on Thursday midday, when celebrated chalk artists Shawn McCann and Kimberly Wood will be near 6th and Nicollet for an impromptu demonstration. Fresh from their participation as one-half of Team USA at the Coloured Earth Festival in the UK, McCann and Wood will show-off their chalk art techniques.

Downtown Street Art Festival Kick-off and Short Film Showcase  |  8:30 pm
The festival officially kicks-off Thursday evening at 8:30 pm on the rooftop at Hennepin Theatre Trust event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue. Catch a free concert from a Street Show competition winner as the sun sets, enjoy a drink from the cash bar, and relax into the evening with a short-film showcase about art in public places.

Friday, August 16

Nicollet Chalk Art Festival  |  9 am-9 pm
The centerpiece of the Downtown Street Art Festival is a two-block-long series of chalk installations by more than 15 local and national chalk artists. Come watch beginning at 9 am as amateur and professional artists begin to transform the sidewalks of Nicollet between 6th and 8th streets with their unique artistic vision in vibrant chalk. Enjoy live Street Show performances and a variety of street games for all ages. Channel your inner artist and contribute to our community mandala in chalk.

3D Chalk Installations  |  9 am-9 pm
Visit one of three special 3D chalk installations in progress, located on the plazas at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Nicollet & Alice Rainville Place), IDS Center (mid-block on Nicollet between 7th and 8th streets) and Hennepin Theatre Trust (900 Hennepin Avenue). See how these artists create these visually arresting artworks using advanced techniques and anamorphic perspective to create the illusion of depth in the artworks.

Live Spray Paint Demos  |  10 am-2 pm
Catch local spray paint artists Sig and the Funky Diabetic as they lay the groundwork for two mural-scale works live #OnNicollet between 7th and 8th streets.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus  |  10 am-2 pm
Join artist Lee Noble #OnNicollet between 6th and 7th streets as he collaborates with local access TV station MTN to explore connections between Minneapolis and Weimar, the city in which the influential art school and cultural movement was founded in 1919. Part of the Bauhaus100 Bonanza Show presented by the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis.

Street Eats on Nicollet  |  10:30 am-2 pm
Enjoy lunch from a selection of food trucks and street vendors #OnNicollet between 6th and 8th streets.

zAmya Zone with the zAmya Theater Project  |  11 am-noon

This community-based theater brings their unique perspective to the street with a live performance on Nicollet at 7th Street that builds understanding and connection between people with and without experience in homelessness.

Malamanya in Concert at the Marq  |  4-7 pm
Enjoy a late afternoon concert on the great lawn at the Parq at the Marq (between 3rd and Washington #OnNicollet) featuring local favorites Malamanya as they welcome the official start of the weekend. Bring Your Own Blanket and Beverage as winners of the Street Show competition warm up the stage before the vintage afro-latin all-stars take over at 4:45 pm. Dinner will be available for purchase from Elevate Food Hall onsite, along with free lawn games for all ages.

Saturday, August 17

Nicollet Chalk Art Festival  |  9 am-9 pm
See the Nicollet sidewalks come alive with color as more than 15 local and national chalk artists put finishing touches on their chalk art installations on the sidewalks of Nicollet between 6th and 8th streets. Enjoy live Street Show performances and a variety of street games for all ages. Channel your inner artist and contribute to our community mandala in chalk.

3D Chalk Installations  |  9 am-9 pm
Visit one of three special 3D chalk installations, located on the plazas at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Nicollet & Alice Rainville Place), IDS Center (mid-block on Nicollet between 7th and 8th streets) and Hennepin Theatre Trust (900 Hennepin Avenue). These visually arresting artworks use advanced techniques and anamorphic perspective to create the illusion of depth in the artworks and make ideal photo opportunities.

Live Spray Paint Demos  |  10 am-8 pm
Local spray paint artists Sig and the Funky Diabetic tag team the finishing touches on their two mural-scale works live #OnNicollet between 7th and 8th streets.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus  |  10 am-4 pm
Join artist Lee Noble #OnNicollet between 6th and 7th streets as he collaborates with local access TV station MTN to explore connections between Minneapolis and Weimar, the city in which the influential art school and cultural movement was founded in 1919. Part of the Bauhaus100 Bonanza Show presented by the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis..

Street Eats on Nicollet  |  10 am-9 pm
Enjoy lunch from a selection of food trucks and street vendors #OnNicollet between 6th and 8th streets.

Nicollet Makers Market Street Art Festival Edition  |  noon-6 pm

Catch a special weekend appearance of the Nicollet Makers Market (www.nicolletmakersmarket.com), our bi-monthly downtown craft and art market that features locally made and designed goods. More than 15 artists and makers will bring their unique wares to the street, including live screen printing and artist demos.

Throughout the festival

Downtown Street Art Festival Media Hub

Throughout the Festival, you can catch program highlights, images of the artworks in progress, live performance feeds and the schedule of events at the Street Art Festival Media Hub at 8th and Hennepin. Hosted by Hennepin Theatre Trust.

“This event is for everyone,” said Joan Vorderbruggen, Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Director of Engagement in the Hennepin Theatre District. “From the Bob Dylan mural on 5th and Hennepin to street music shows and 5 to 10 on Hennepin, we are always looking for exciting new ways to help make downtown Minneapolis a vibrant and welcoming place. Mpls DID has been a great partner for years, and we’re excited to create an accessible new festival together.”

“So many people come downtown to experience the arts, but often it happens inside iconic buildings and behind gallery doors. We’re excited to be working with Hennepin Theatre Trust on a new signature art event that will draw people downtown to experience street art of all kinds—whether it’s chalkers creating visual art, craft artisans presenting their handmade goods or street performers playing for the passersby,” said Lisa Middag, Director of Nicollet Activation for the Mpls Downtown Improvement District. “Street art is integral to animating our downtown public spaces, and we’re thrilled to bring more attention to our vibrant artist community.”

To learn more about the Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival, visit MplsStreetArtFest.com or follow along @MplsStreetArtFest on Facebook and Instagram, or@MplsStArtFest on Twitter,

The Downtown Street Art Festival is organized by the Mpls Downtown Improvement District and Hennepin Theatre Trust with support from our hospitality partner AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown. IDS Center (Accesso Services),  the Minneapolis-Nicollet Farmers Market, the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day and Westminster Presbyterian Church are site sponsors, and event presenters include the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis, the Parq at the Marq (Marquette Plaza), zAmya Theater Project, and the Warming House. 

About the Mpls Downtown Improvement District

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (MDID) is a business funded non-profit focused on creating a more vibrant downtown. We lead and collaborate on programs that make downtown safer, cleaner and greener. We convene people across sectors and jurisdictions to work on issues of mutual interest; develop innovative solutions to complex public space challenges/opportunities including strategic activation and seek continuous improvement of ongoing programs including the ambassadors. For more information, visitwww.mplsdid.com.

About Hennepin Theatre Trust

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — the Orpheum, State and Pantages — and new event center at 900 Hennepin light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.​

What would happen if A’s, B’s and O’s went missing in everyday life?

Recently, we asked: What would happen if A’s, B’s and O’s went missing in everyday life? Pe ple w uld st p  nd n tice. Through the Missing Types campaign, the American Red Cross revealed that A’s, B’s and O’s are also used to identify blood types, and right now, they have gone missing from hospital shelves.

The Red Cross is now facing a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives. The Red Cross now has less than a three-day supply of most blood types – and less than a two-day supply of type O blood – for patients. At least a five-day supply is desired.

With your help, we can spread the word about this shortage and help ensure hospital patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need.

You can help! Here are just a few ways you can help us reach more people and help save lives:

  • Donate now. Download the Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your blood or platelet donation appointment. Consider also inviting a friend to join you in giving.
  • Encourage others. Share these messages and graphics with your social media audiences to help encourage your network to give now. Please also consider sharing this email with others to help spread the word.
  • Host a drive. If you or someone you know is interested in hosting a Red Cross blood drive this summer, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.​

 

MacPhail to host National Night Out at Gold Medal Park on August 6

MacPhail Center for Music and Friends of the Mill District are hosting a National Night Out event at Gold Medal Park from 6 to 9 p.m., on August 6.

DMNA-NLNA Crime and Safety Public Forum on August 7 at Open Book

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association and the North Loop Neighborhood Association are co-hosting a public forum on Crime and Safety coming up on Wednesday, August 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Open Book.  Representatives from the Minneapolis Police Department will be addressing the increase in crime in the downtown community this summer and discussing solutions to the problem.

Statement from mpls downtown council president and ceo Steve Cramer regarding crime and public safety in the downtown community

“Concern about public safety downtown is understandable given events so far this year. The people who live, work and visit there deserve better than what they too often experience at present.

“The business community remains committed to—and financially invested in—partnerships with law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and community outreach agencies to make downtown as safe as possible. We celebrate and support the many attractions, events and activities downtown has to offer.

What is also needed at this critical juncture is greater police presence, and clear support for their efforts to root out drug activity, gun violence and intimidating behaviors.

“It is an article of faith for the mpls downtown council that downtown is a place for everyone who comes exhibiting and expecting in return respectful conduct. Upholding that standard must be an immediate priority to insure confidence in the days and weeks ahead.”

Minneapolis Aquatennial Fireworks on Saturday, July 27, at 10 p.m.

The Target Fireworks are set to take place Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10:00 pm. This is one of the country’s largest annual fireworks displays. Watch the Target Fireworks light up the Minneapolis sky! Come early for Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks Festivities beginning at 4 pm and enjoy food trucks, your favorite festival treats, live music, local craft beers, the Minneapolis Craft Market, a Ferris wheel, the Family Fun Zone and much more. A full schedule of the pre-fireworks festivities and music lineup will be announced soon.

For more information, please visit https://www.aquatennial.com/fireworks/.

The Minneapolis Aquatennial is proudly produced by the mpls downtown council.
Residents should print and put this pass in their windows so they will be able to easily get through to their building. The residents impacted will be those with parking access off of West River Parkway on either side of Portland and also any Apartment building on 1st St S (across from old Fujiya building).

Tonight’s Personal Safety Workshop has been POSTPONED until June 18

Due to the weather forecast, we have decided to postpone tonight’s Personal Safety Workshop until next Tuesday, June 18.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause you.  We want to keep everyone safe, and if the grass is wet, we are afraid it might create some slippery conditions.  We are hoping for a better forecast next week.

“WORK WITH YOUR QUIRK”: EXHIBIT AT THE BRIDGEWATER TO SHOWCASE LOCAL ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES

Partnership between Minneapolis’ Bridgewater Lofts and Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts set for May 11-June 8, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn (April 26, 2019) The Bridgewater Lofts is known throughout the Mill District for its vibrant building-wide art exhibits.  Now, the downtown condominium community is partnering with noted St. Paul arts organization Interact on a four-week exhibit set for the building’s main floor gallery space at 215 10th Avenue South in Minneapolis.

The exhibit’s title, “Work With Your Quirk,” is a motto of Interact, which provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to grow their artistic skills in a creative and safe environment.  The exhibit will include more than forty works by eighteen Interact artists.  Several pieces by Bridgewater resident Lena Osman also will be featured.

“Work With Your Quirk” is presented under the banner of Art @ the bridgewater, a rotating exhibit program organized by a committee of Bridgewater residents.  “We are thrilled to showcase the work of these talented artists and introduce our residents and the larger community to the exceptional work being accomplished by Interact,” said Art @ the bridgewater committee members Dianne Walsh and Peter Zenner.

“Work With Your Quirk” is the latest in a series of rotating art exhibits presented under the banner of ART @ the bridgewater.  There have been nine exhibits since the program’s official launch in July 2016.

“We have received tremendous positive feedback on ART @ the bridgewater not only from our residents but from local realtors, potential home buyers and other building visitors,” noted Zenner . “It’s a wonderful amenity that has added to the day-to-day quality of life, “ he added.

Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is a community of artists who choose to go through their disabilities rather than around them.  The Bridgewater exhibit is a celebration of the organization’s culture of mutual inspiration and support.

“We are excited to be partnering with Bridgewater Lofts to introduce new audiences to the exceptional work of Interact artists challenging perceptions of disabilities,” said Interact Artistic Director Jeanne Calvit.  “We commend the Bridgewater for its passionate commitment to the arts.”

 

About ART @ the bridgewater

 

ART @ the bridgewater is an ongoing program developed in 2014 by the Bridgewater Neighbors and Friends of the Arts, a resident-driven steering committee whose mission is to enhance, enliven and enrich the condominium community.  The program is curated by artist Alison Price, owner of Tres Leches Gallery in the Northrop King building.

In addition to rotating exhibits, the condominium community also has embarked on an acquisition program, The Bridgewater Collection, purchasing works for permanent display from local artists including ceramic artists Maren Kloppmann, Leila Denecke and Warren MacKenzie, painter Michael Schmidt and sculptor Peter Vanni.

About Interact Center for the Performing Arts

Founded by Artistic Director, Jeanne Calvit, in 1996, Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts has transformed lives through its mission to create art that challenges perceptions of disability.  Its overriding vision is to lift all voices through the stories it tells – through original devised theater, through original visual artwork, and through the collaborative stories generated when artists with disabilities connect with their peers in a wide diversity of communities and situations.

Interact Theater has won two Ivey Awards, multiple National Endowment for the Arts awards, and has been presented by the Guthrie Dowling Studio, as well as mounting performances at The Lab, Pantages and Southern Theaters, Theater Latte Da, The Cowles Center and other venues.

Interact Visual Arts Studio shows have taken place in venues throughout the area, including Soo Vac Gallery, the Rochester Museum of Contemporary Art, NE Minneapolis’ Art-A-Whirl, Highpoint Center and its own Interact Gallery. In 2018, Interact won a prestigious grant from the state of Minnesota’s Department of Human Services for “Proclaiming Our Place,” an initiative to help its artists better market their art through an expanded website featuring their work, exhibitions, workshops and networking opportunities.

For information about ART @ the bridgewater,  please contact Peter Zenner, pczenner@comcast.net or Dianne Walsh, dwalsh2009@comcast.net

For information on Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, please contact Raleigh Wolpert, Interact Director of Advancement, Cell: 612-802-7479, Desk: 651-209-3575.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts Art Exhibit announces a new exhibit. “Infinite Abyss In Motion”

Opening Reception Sunday, April 28,  2:00 to 5:00PM
Exhibition dates April 28 – June 30, 2019
1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55415

The Mill Yard presents a new show, “Infinite Abyss In Motion

About the Show:

Infinite Abyss in Motion is at the intersection of Art and Science. While science seeks to understand the natural world in which we live and beyond into the furthest infinity of space or the tiniest unseen particles in front of us, what it cannot with certainty tell us is what the particles look like.  This is where artists step in to imagine, and then visually create, what many of our world’s mysteries might look like.

Infinite Abyss in Motion imagines the “out there” question from the perspective of two artists – for Mary Simon-Casati, the infinite physical abyss, and for Jenna Murphy, the digital abyss in the infinite possibilities. Mary paints what she imagines particles might look like and how they might move and sweep across a canvas, visibly playing with the idea of an abyss that goes on and on into infinity. She strives to make the unseen not only visible, but also felt through its movement.
Jenna’s digital compositions feature organic shapes that appear to dance, allowing a snapshot, and one of an infinite number of iterations, of the motion within the infinite abyss; an unseen world discovered.

Artists featured at the new show:

Mary Simon-Casati

Jenna Murphy

Opening Reception Only:  Brett Freund

MORE INFORMATION:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheMillYardatStonebridgeLofts

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TheMillYardMpls

The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts

The Mill City. Residents celebrate our area’s industrial heritage of the mighty Mississippi River and the mills. Today, what we see are the most recognizable Minneapolis landmarks. However, this is only part of the story. Rail lines were key to Minneapolis’ growth, and were particularly integral to the Mill District, bringing in wheat and timber and shipping out flour and lumber. We also honor the history of the mills, the reason for the rail yard’s existence.  The Mill Yard aims to be both a gathering place for art and artists and a conduit by which art can be shared with and disseminated into the wider community.

The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts thanks Luke Kleckner, Condo Development and Sales, for his generous sponsorship.

Contact us at:

TheMillYard.Stonebridge@gmail.com

GALLERY AND ARTIST DETAILS:

Mary Simon-Casati

Mary Simon-Casati earned a BS degree in Art Ed from the U of MN and a Master of Arts in Human Development from St. Mary’s College.  After a successful career teaching art, she resumed making art as a painter/installation artist.  Simon-Casati is a recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the State of Minnesota.  Her current body of work is about energy, specifically particle physics.   Her mixed-media installations play with light and shadow and include 3-dimensional objects, paintings and drawings as components of an immersive experience.

“I want to explore what science tells us about how the universe works.  How is it that the universe is made of particles I can’t see?  Working within the tradition of abstract painting and using black/white colors, I create paintings that are experiments-imaginings of how particles move and what they might look like.  I visually play with the idea of infinity-making the unseen visible through my art.”

Visit:  www.mscasati.com

Email:  mscasati@comcast.net

Facebook:  marysimoncasatiart.com

Instagram:  @mscasati

Jenna Murphy

Jenna Murphy, a Minneapolis based artist, has been exploring what a contemporary drawing can be in today’s digital age. With a background in Intaglio printmaking and drawing, Jenna’s recent work aims to discover similar tactile qualities through computer code generated images. Following a degree in Studio Arts at Hamline University, Jenna went on to study Interactive Design at MCAD. It was during this time that Jenna was first introduced to p5.js, a client-side JavaScript library. P5.js helped facilitate an experimental interaction with the computer, allowing Jenna the freedom to move away from traditional subject matter and explore abstract shapes and concepts. Through iteration, the shapes multiply, shift and move across the piece. Continued experimentation reveals a balanced composition; one of an infinite number just waiting to be found in the digital abyss.

“My final compositions feature organic shapes that appear to dance across the pieces, allowing the viewer a glimpse of the motion within the infinite abyss; an unseen world, discovered.”

Web site: https://www.velvetblackpixel.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/velvetblackpixel

Brett Freund

When working I think about my own definitions of preciousness and value. How does an object qualify itself as being important? Is what I’m after rare like a diamond, does it take time to grow like a crystal or is it a symbol that references a status or identity? Most importantly, how can I scrutinize hierarchies without undermining the possibility of growing in my craft? My work starts with prototypes designed from hand building, wheel throwing, and 3D printed clay. These components are a library of forms I pull from, making new combinations and discoveries as I piece slip cast parts together intuitively. I’m attracted to techniques associated with the industrial process and mass repetition but each piece I make is arranged so that no piece is ever exactly the same as another. This process puts a filter between the material and myself.

Web site: brettfreundportfolio.com

Instagram: bfreundly