The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition and partners invite the Twin Cities to celebrate the vibrant arts community in North Minneapolis Thursday, July 21, 2016. Minneapolis, MN. Next weekend, FLOW Northside Arts Crawl will launch its’ second decade of shining a light on the North Minneapolis community through the arts.
Initially imagined as a one-day, small studio crawl with 20 artists at a handful of sites, FLOW 2016 includes an estimated 300 visual and performing artists from a variety of genres showing at 34 different studios, galleries, theaters, businesses, indoor and outdoor vacant spaces over 3 days. Attendance has grown from 1000 in 2006 to 10,000 in 2015.
This month the West Broadway Business District Arts Initiative will debut $125,000 in artist-lead improvements on the avenue through a $250,000 ArtPlace America creative placemaking grant awarded to the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, producer of FLOW.
FLOW 2016 will benefit from the significant impact on West Broadway of 42 pieces of public realm infrastructure being installed that include benches, planters, bike racks and information kiosks designed and fabricated by Northsiders. The jewel in this new crown will be Freedom Square, a public plaza being installed at 2034 W. Broadway. This vacant city-owned lot will be transformed into an active public space for one year that will host artist-led programming and community events as part of the WBC’s Business District Arts Initiative.
Jim Terrell, Senior Project Coordinator with City of Minneapolis – Community Planning and Economic Development voiced his enthusiasm “The City of Minneapolis has a long history of working with the West Broadway Coalition to bring investment and engagement to the corridor. The West Broadway Arts Initiative's public plaza will not only beautify and activate a city lot but also serve the growing residential communities coming to that section of West Broadway. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to seeing the neighborhood using the plaza.”
Through a rigorous process, the West Broadway Placemaking Committee selected a visionary team that includes TEN x TEN, 4RM-ULA and Juxtaposition Arts. They are a collective of architects, landscape architects, artists, entrepreneurs, and educators with significant experience designing dynamic, immersive places and processes in the civic realm. They have a long history of working together on projects in North Minneapolis.
Said Roger Cummings, Artistic Director of Juxtaposition Arts “From the concept of activating space in your own community, it’s really important because that is self-empowering, make a place that people you know can see happening that speaks of authenticity, self-determination and creativity which is what the Northside embodies.”
Bully Creative Shop and West Broadway Coalition will present the premier of this new film with a special pop-up outdoor screening on the very site of the April 2015 fire. The piece will be projected on the wall of one of the remaining vacant and damaged buildings at dusk on Friday July 29th.
Filmmaker and Northside Artist D.A. Bullock says about the piece “It is vitally important that we collect our own history, tell our own story; we should always be the first word in the events that shape our neighborhood. This is the story of April 2015, the fire that erupted within the heart of our main commercial corridor, told from the voice of residents and small business owners. This is the story of how we rally to support each other, help each other heal. This is the story of how we envision the future of our West Broadway. “
The WBC, lead by multi-media artist Farrington Llewellyn in collaboration with Homewood Studios artists George Roberts & Bill Jeter, has designed a visual and video community art project where young people can create their own broadside and respond to the question “How is Art Inside/Outside You?”
They are bringing this activity to summer youth programs across the Northside. The first set of videos, along with the broadsides, will be exhibited at Homewood Studios during FLOW.
From 5:30 – 7:00 Thursday, July 28th, Homewood will host an Artist Talk with artists from the community and the youth who made the broadsides. Come listen or join us as we hear the perspectives of youth and examine the question “What are we asking of children when we invite them to make art?”
A production of community puppetry, theater and music being developed to pay homage and reverence to ancestors’ labor and overall contributions to the nation. Special recognition will be paid to ancestors who have recently made transition such as Prince, Muhammad Ali, Kirk Washington Jr. and Philando Castile.
Leading up to FLOW, the team of Wild Seed artists is hosting inter-generational workshops where all are invited to the JXTA campus to make costumes and work collaboratively on puppets and other art pieces. All levels of experience are allowed and encouraged. Teaching artists will be ready, willing and able to support you!
Following the workshops, bring your costumes and creations and join the artists in a procession down West Broadway during FLOW on Saturday July 30th, 2pm. Don’t miss it!
● Community Mural, started in 2015, will be expanded during FLOW, led by Melodee Strong - 2064 W. Broadway
● Outdoor Photography Installation, large scale prints by Bill Cottman will enliven this construction site – 800 W. Broadway
● Asian Media Access Block Party closes down Plymouth Avenue on Thursday July 28 for Iny Asian Dance Theatre, music, spoken word, face painting and student work
● KBEM Stage, featuring Chicago Avenue Project, student DJ’s, Voice of Culture Drum and Dance – 2033 W Broadway
● KMOJ Stage, highlighting local acts, KMOJ personalities, food, vendors and exhibit plaza - The Curve on West Broadway (1800 W. Broadway)
● ROHO Collective Pop Up Gallery group show by this new group of established artists of color – C&J Barbers 1105 W. Broadway
● Neighborhoods Organizing for Change – will be curating an open mic and gallery installation that showcases the intrinsic relationship between the arts and the movement with a focus on Black artists – 1101 W. Broadway
● Northside Healing Space will transform Kwanzaa Church into a dance space for the Choreography Jam and host the Integrated Arts Gallery with body work, massage, music, drumming, art and jewelry
● NEON Pop-Up Boutique & Fashion Show featuring Northside designers, retailers, producers and models – 1007 W. Broadway
● FLOW Pop-Up Gallery will showcase an eclectic mix of poetry, spoken word, comic book art, painting, drawing, an interactive photography exhibit, collage, art for purchase and art-making activities
● FLOW Pop-Up Dinner with Dinner on the Farm, sourced from the West Broadway Farmer’s Market and Victory 44 Chef Erick Harcey’s farm with wine pairings from BLO (advanced tickets only) – Friday, July 29, Broadway Flats, 2505 Penn Ave North
● Boom Island Brewing Beer Garden at Breaking Bread Café 1210 W. Broadway
clothing, crafts, music and art-making activities Friday & Saturday, 718 W. Broadway, future home of Sanctuary Covenant Church
● Bayou Blowout Crawfish Boil & Cajun Feast, live Jazz and great beer! Boom Island Brewing, 2014 Washington Ave N.
As we launch a new decade of FLOW, we see the role of arts as essential in the healing and growth of our community. Join us as we come together to create together.
Since 2006, FLOW Northside Arts Crawl has become both a community celebration and premier art event in North Minneapolis. FLOW is a non-juried, self-guided tour of studios, galleries, theaters, commercial and vacant spaces over a mile and half of the West Broadway corridor. From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to rhapsody, fine artist to artisan, practicing to professional, FLOW showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside.
FLOW is a program of the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition.
Artistic Programs and Project Coordinator
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