Monday, August 24, 2009


This year's SPEAK Project closed out with a dedication ceremony for the northside project, which involved the creation of a gate for the Jordan Area Community Garden at the intersection of 26th and Knox in North Minneapolis. Artists, neighborhood residents, and community leaders gathered for a ceremony on Saturday, August 22nd, in which the gate was unveiled to the neighborhood. Those gathered for the dedication ceremony enjoyed a spoken word performance by our poets from Breaking Free, introductions to our partner organizations including the Hennepin County Home School, Breaking Free, the Jordan Area Community Council, and the Pohlad Family Foundation.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who was involved in making our fourth year of the SPEAK project a success!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Please join us for a celebration and dedication ceremony for the latest works from the SPEAK Project, 2009!

The SPEAK Project is a collaborative youth-produced exhibit featuring metal sculpture, painting, spoken word and digital photography which represents the important dialogue between the youth and our community. Please join us in celebrating the creative efforts of our kids with an afternoon of sculpture, poetry and images.

What: Two exciting projects this year! The SPEAK Project Dedication Celebrations will feature youth-produced poetry, photography, painting, and metal sculpture. Refreshments will be served.


Where: We'll be at the Youth Farm Garden – 37th Street and Chicago Avenue, South Minneapolis.

When: Saturday August 15th, 2009, 4-6 p.m


Where: Jordan Community Garden - 26th and Knox, North Minneapolis

When: Saturday, August 22, 2009 4-6 p.m.

The SPEAK Project is organized by the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center and made possible through generous donations provided by the Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation and the Pohlad Family Foundation.

For more information give us a shout at or 612.294.0400.

Can't wait to see you there!

Powderhorn Art Fair

Hello everyone!

Thanks to everyone who helped make our first year at the Powderhorn Art Fair a tremendous success (despite some not so welding-friendly weather)!

We are forever grateful to our volunteers: Yvette, Laura, Jim, Jim, Lynn, and Larry for donating their time and talent. We could not have done this without you!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello--we are already looking forward to next year!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

From the Springblog

The fantastic folks at Springboard for the Arts asked us for a little interview on the process we went through for our recently awarded ARRA (aka stimulus) funds. Check it out!

Thanks Springboard!