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The Heartbeat of ACW =  The People

Kelly’s Burnsville Mural project with Barbara, Paul, Anna, Melodee, and other artists Mariah and Tamina, part of Cosmopolitan 7. See process at and come to the event July 11th at Nicolett Commons Park to see the mural and engage with the artists! 5-8pm

Stone Arch Bridge Festival June 15th and 16th at the Mill City Museum! ACW Mill City MN Historical Society Partnership! 100 Feet of Art and History! and on Fox News!


Chowdah Feed and prep! In the new ACW Headquarters space at Flux Arts. Art, friends, and a fancy feast!

Kelly attending the plein air convention and expo, this year in North Carolina. On the Cherokee Reservation and the Biltmore in Ashville.

ACW members out and about. Show at Soovac with Lalita, Barbara, and Herman. Kelly and Paul in Burnsville. Anne and Kelly at A-Mill. Lin and Lalita and Lin’s graduation cake during Layl’s grand opening. And a round table discussion about Northeast Arts District.

Art-a-Whril May 2024! Flux Arts upstairs ACW headquarters welcomed 300 people for their first opening at AAW.

The new Emma Norton building opening! ACW partnered with them and sold art!

Some ACW members went to photograph the Northern lights. Natalie got a bit into the fun of photography!

Kelly was interviewed on WCCO for Art Crawl. See interview here:

Working on Kelly’s project for the City of Burnsville.

ACW members out and about

Hanging the Common Bond purchased ACW artists’ work!

Mississippi River Pearl goes on display at Colombia Heights City Hall! Amada, one of the participants, and also the city’s Mayor, put on the event.

Site visit to the Mill City Museum to figure out installation work space and sizes.

ACW’s new World Headquarters! At the Flux Arts Building! 699 Lowry ave NE Minneapolis! Kelly’s and Barbara’s studio space combined!

ACW celebrates Layl’s birthday in her studio!


Playing the game, Day Break, about saving the planet as climate change gets worse. ACW’s Climate Team meets to learn a game on how to lessen carbon emissions. Becca, Anne, Neil, Margo, Remo, Kelly, Barbara, and Layl all played and enjoyed it!

On Location February 17th! Mojo’s Coffee and Gallery in the California Building. New location next month! Good food, company and art creating!

Royal Hitpites play at Mojo’s Coffee and Gallery at the California Building February 10th.

ACW’s Climate Action Affinity Group making cards with plastic for legislators to thank them for helping vote against single-use plastics and supporting environment laws, etc.

Turbo Junk event!

Polymer Clay Guild show at Robbins Gallery in Robbinsdale January 13th opening. ACW chair Layl McDill and member SAM Greene had work in the show.

Kelly teaches a sample painting class at Emma Norton Services.

Initial meeting for the first Annual Echoes of Tradition Project at Elsie’s

ACW’s 1st Annual Members’ Celebration! Party at the Solar Arts Building 2nd Floor with live music, snacks, drinks, the launch of our 3 projects Swap + Barter, Critique Cabaret, and ACW’s Trash to Treasure kiosk. With a show in the Fox Den and new members coming and going, it was a spectacular event had by all! Let us know what you would like to see/do/have/experience at our next annual celebration!

Owen Brown’s Myriorama at the Veronique Galley in North Loop. He made 451 pieces for everyone attending to move around and “curate” the walls themselves. He was interview by Diane Willow from the University of Minnesota. Closing Reception November 11th.

ACW members came to see Wini Froelich in the play, Anon(ymous) at the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, November 5th.


Beauty from Ashes from Art is my Weapon at the 9 Mile Gallery at the District in Edina November 4th. Barbara and Kelly had work in the show with other artists, put on by Nikki McComb.


The Art of Drag!

Frances Bates as drag king, Larry Gaga, put on her internship project, the beautiful, amazing, and artful, Art of Drag at Lush in Minnneapolis November 3rd. Over 100 people attended. Unique drag show including the history, the art, the local history, and the social justice behind the art. The colorful diversity and costumes created the most entertaining and educational night of dance, song, spoken word, and lights and music!


Dave Dvorak CD release at Mojo’s


Kelly, assistant director, painting plein air at the Harvest Festival at Holtz Farm Park in Eagan.

Art Battle! Anna Karena competed in the Art Battle painting in 20 minutes.

Wodakota Installation by Marlena Miles at Caponi Art Park in Eagan, artist talk on her Augmented Reality images.

Project Manager Training Day! October 1st.

Barbara Bridges  receives  Northeast Minneapolis Arts District Vision Award. Oct 2nd.

Click here to read her speech.  


Creating Community 2022 and Before

Candy and Craig’s installation multi-media performance, Legacy Dream Space at Owatonna Center for the Arts in Owatonna, MN. Opening show September 17th.


Phakamani Picnic Fundraiser at Rhoda Olsen’s September 10th

Club Crit with Layl McDill at her studio May 10th.

Emma Norton’s Opening Doors Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel in St. Paul April 27th. ACW sponsored a table and gave over 17 works of art to their auction for bids. Was a fun night!

On Location Drawing Co-op April 15th at the MIA


Art is My Weapon show at the Hennepin Central Library. Barbara had a piece in the show called, X2. “Own a gun? You are 2 times more likely to die by one.”

Earth Day at Solar Arts April 22nd


Noble Truths: Susan Wagner studio talk at the Casket Arts Building April 8th. From realism to abstract landscape painting.

Mississippi River Pearl workshop art experience at MWMO April 5th. Full class size for the fun-filled and educational art workshops that we offer with our amazing Mississippi River Pearl art made of trash collected on the Mississippi River and assembled by ten artists! See more on our project page.

Art Battle at the Mall of America Rotunda March 31st. Assistant Director, Kelly Frankenberg, competing in an art battle where after 20 minutes of painting the public votes who gets to go to the next round. To join an art battle or bid on paintings, go to

ACW members out and about seeing Laura Mann Hill’s play, “Inspired by Claudette & Rosa.” Youth Performance Company presented this entertaining play performed by youth, set in modern day, educating us about a 15-year-old hero who should have been as famous as Rosa Parks but the history books left her out. We were very impressed not only because it was a great performance, but because this show inspired action to be taken on social justice issues, which is what ACW is all about!  Professional performance photos by Jenna Poff

Moving Pearl to its next location at MWMO and an upcoming April 5th workshop. Check out more on our project page.



Watch Assistant Director, Kelly Frankenberg, compete painting live in Art Battle 2404, the first one in Minnesota! (her round is the second one which starts around 2:02:00. It was January 26th in Inver Grove Heights at Jersey’s Bar and Grill. There are events all over the world and there will be more in Minnesota, the next being Rochester and the Mall of America.



January Fun!

On Location Drawing January 14th at Theo Wirth Park Trailhead and Kelly and Layl visit “The Moth” on January 25th.

Candy Kuehn’s critique at Club Critique at the California Building. January 18th. This critique included her friends.

Charles Caldwell studio visit.


Installing Mississippi Pearl at Homewood Studios for November.  Installed at the Mississippi River Management Organization on February 6, 2023.


Solar Arts Building Light up the Night! Dec 2-4th


Noble Truths: Layl’s Clay Squared Studio! Layl McDill showed us how she creates her designs in polymer clay and how she got started as an artist.


Zoe Album Release! Dave Dvorak Album Release Party at 12 Cider



Maker’s Space Teacher’s dinner hosted by Lynette.