Juxtaposition Arts is a teen-staffed social venture and locally rooted cultural development center.
I got to find out if I had the potential to become an architect and explore what kind of work they do. -Apprentice 2013
Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) supports the youth of North Minneapolis and other areas of the city to develop the confidence, skills, experiences, and connections they need to enter the creative workforce as dynamic innovators and problem-solvers.
We do this through free after-school arts education for young kids and social enterprises that employ older youth on the northside of Minneapolis. Apprentices gain professional job skills in contemporary art, graphic design, screen-printing, public art & murals and environmental design.
Juxtaposition Arts engages young people from underserved areas to involve them in the creative workforce. They are active in community revitalization and place making, through their work in neighborhood beautification projects. This work changes the neighborhood and changes public perception about the area's youth population. -Philantropedia 2012 Top Nonprofit
Your support on Give to the Max Day 2013 will allow our Environmental Design Studio to thrive. We will be able to purchase professional design equipment including student laptops and a large format printer.
I am the type of person who likes to work "hands on", meaning a type of job like building or landscaping JXTA gave me that experience. -Apprentice 2012
What role can youth play in shaping how physical spaces function for people and in developing policies in our city? The Environmental Design Studio re-imagines space in the built environment through high-quality public interest and social justice design. We work to transform vacant lots and spaces between buildings into beautiful “pocket” parks and pedestrian friendly spaces. Apprentices and designers craft benches for bus stops, planter boxes for corners and art for public spaces.
Our projects are commissioned by municipal and community organizations or undertaken by JXTA in partnership with residents.
The apprentices learn alongside architects & designers working in the professional world. They also partner with students in architecture and landscape architecture learning more about the idea of creative place making and social justice in a practicum environment.
For seven years, more than 300 students have undertaken numerous projects making real-time visual and functional changes: light post banners, pop-up art exhibitions at bus stops, five public murals, and two neighborhood sculpture parks. Many alums have chosen work in community-centered design firms and non-profits, as well as major local design/planning firms, and have created policy that paved the way for farmers markets, improved transit and deeper engagement on the Northside.