The Heartbeat of ACW = The People
MWMO Tour with Kevin Reich Read About the MWMO project
Barbara Bridges, Kevin Reich, Amada Marquez Simula, Annie Merrell Margo Ashmore,
Neil Granlund. Front: Alexis Schramel, Katherine Boyce, Frances Bates
MWMO Water Project Day 1. Collecting trash along the banks of the Mississippi River to learn about what trash is floating in the river and to create an art project with the stuff we found.
Herman Milligan’s exhibit opening, “A Picture Gallery of the Soul,” at the Regis Center for the Arts in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery September 22nd. (Sept 13th-Dec 10th). It’s a group exhibition of over 100 Black American artists whose practice incorporates the photographic medium.
Phakamani fundraiser event at the Olsen’s September 18th. The Phakamani foundation helps people in rural South Africa create their own livelihoods. Consider donating at https://phakamanifoundation.org/
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On Location Drawing Group at Caponi Park in Eagan. Sept 17th
Finishing up hanging work in our Maker’s Space at the YMCA!
Photo by Lynnette Black
Our Teaching Artists all pitched in and created these art rooms at the YMCA and Haven Housing!
ACW Teachers and helpers making the Maker’s Space at Haven House in Minneapolis September 7th. Classes start in a month!
ACW Teachers helping make the Maker’s Space at the YMCA September 6th. Classes start in a month!
Click me to see the room half finished! https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Z7oPRGYIghc
Noble Truths: Susan Hensel
We visited Susan in her gallery on Cedar. August 10th, 2022. She shared with us her passion for sculpture and textile art using sewing machines, irons, thread, fabric, walnut wood, and much more. She creates her own lace which she turns into sculptures. Susan creates high relief and low relief sculptures, focusing on climate change as one subject example, and using gradients, light reflection, analogous and complimentary colors. There’s so much fine art creativity with fabric and thread! We learned a lot about Susan and her art form!
Our own Community Development Coordinator, Kelly Frankenberg, is on the cover of South Eagan Neighbors magazine this month of August. She talks about her travels, her son and dog and community, her love for teaching and art, and her passion she found within the organization that is ACW.
ACW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: BRIAUNA WILLIAMS
Beautiful Closing Reception for “Age of Age” an exhibition about Ageism at Homewood Studios July 30th. ACW’s 10 artists teams talked about their work and process and what it was like working with someone 20-50 years in age difference and how art is what bridges those age gaps and fosters friendships and creativity. And in the end, it’s all about relationships! And cake…
FLOW Northside Art Crawl kick off event at 4th Street Tavern where Charles Caldwell’s mural is and the new one he’s working on.
ACW’s Summer Party! July 20th. 5 Year Anniversary! Wood fired pizza party at Layl’s.
ACW’s Longevity of Influence Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) was presented to George Roberts!
All Active ACW members were invited to attend. Musicians performing included: Greg Volker, Matt Yetter, Ngange Akale, Walter Chancellor Jr., Charlie Henrikson.
Barbara demonstrating how to dance The Pony https://youtube.com/shorts/VbcFq2G2czs?feature=share
Crowd 1 https://youtu.be/l6LFCdlykt0
Crowd 2 https://youtu.be/9RIbv7_KPGU
Frances Dancing https://youtu.be/vYOQJVP2a0Y
Madalina doing Henna https://youtu.be/umup6VhdgRs
Matt Playing https://www.youtube.com/shorts/erGzMxV7Q8M
Walter Playing https://youtu.be/KSYu4p1ixzs
AGE of AGE Art Exhibition Opening Reception and Comedy show July 8th at Homewood Studios in North Minneapolis.
OMG such a great time! Closing Date is July 30 – 2:30 – 4:00.
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Installing the Age of Age Exhibition at Homewood Studios
June 27th at Barbara Bridges’ studio.
“I really appreciated the feedback I received from my colleagues. I am in a transitional period and the critique session helped me clarify my new direction.” -Barbara
Noble Truths studio visit in June at Greg Volker’s studio. California Building.
ACW Artists met with 12 Bands at the Mojo Coffee Gallery. They played music, showed art and built community.
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Northeast neighborhood parade! June 21st. ACW representing NE Mpls Arts District.
More photos from Art-A-Whirl at Solar Arts this year!
On location drawing June 18th at Noon Island!
Sous Chef Team preparing for 2022 Lobster Chowdah Feed for Major Donors
Creating a necklace in Barbara Bridges “Dr. B’s” studio. Fun time and love how it turned out!
Installing Solo Show in the Fox Den. Becca David June 2022.
On Location Drawing Saturday, May 28th
More Art-A-Whirl and members out and about in May
ACW Artists Whirled over 5,700 people at Art A Whirl this Year! Young Artists Give Us Hope for the Future.
We welcomed 3,700 in the Fox Den at Solar Arts https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/fox-den/ and 2,000 at Blood on the Pavement Exhibition https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/team-crescendo-progress/ in the Northrup King Building.
We are thrilled to think that 5,700 now know about the work we do. We are so proud of the Art to Change the World Collective.
One Highlight: Barbara gave free art lessons to children. The lesson for the day was patterns. One young artist drew a figure and shared that it was Barbara. Then she told Barbara that the blue, turquoise and burgundy shape above was Barbara’s house – which are actually the colors of Barbara’s house. You can’t make it up! Next our young artist drew all the different shapes and named them. The last one above was called “black hole”. What? I asked her to repeat it.
Yes, our 4.5 year old hope-for-the-future had included “black hole” to her shapes.
Then she hugged my legs and thanked me before she left. Smart with Heart. Hope!
Art-A-Whirl Day 3! May 22nd! 4,000+ people came through the Solar Arts Building!
Art-A-Whirl Activities! May 20th and 21st!
Ready for Art-A-Whirl training!
Club Critique meeting #1 May 4th. Greg Volker’s Studio in the California Building.
Euphoria Short Works Festival April 2022 85 people attended!
Lauren Edson – Project Manager
Art to Change the World’s Coaching Project Team Euphoria proudly presents the Euphoria Short Works Festival!
Performers : Hadar Isra – , Identity Crisis (C Michael Menge and Chip Gehring) , Candy Kuehn -, Eden Johnson , Reanna Madson, Annika Hansen -, DIVAJ (Jaye Sinkfield) , Read More: https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/performers/
What is gender? How does the way we express our gender affect our daily lives? How and why would someone feel euphoric about their gender? My project explores these questions and more as we dive deep into understanding and celebrating the intricacies of gender expression.
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Beginning to install in the Fox Den for First Thursday and Art-A-Whirl at Solar Arts!
Kelly supporting the theater arts with her son at the Children’s Theater. Very good production and talented kids!
Minneapolis’s Pianos on Parade
Kelly Frankenberg’s design, “Minneapolis Pride” represents the pride community, trans community, and our POC community and diversity, inclusivity, and community within Minneapolis. 25 pianos will be on display in various locations in Minneapolis the month of June for pop up concerts. Anyone can visit and play one!
ACW Artists at the St. Paul Saints Game!
Katie Palmer, Rebecca David, Susan Gainen, and Deb Rip
Barbara working hard for ACW!
Mississippi River Stories Opening
Dyan Padgett Studio Visit
Members Out and About
Layl and Madalina working together on the Age of Age project.
Child visitors make art. And Natalie and Katie in the Fox Den for Natalie’s solo show.
Setting up show for Natalie in the Fox Den.
Owen Brown with Zelensky and Putin
Director, Barbara Bridges, Board Chair, Layl McDill and Newsletter and Executive Assistant Extraordinaire < Natalie McGuire have an office meeting at Market BBQ.
On Location at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
On Location drawing at Union Depot.
How does art change YOUR world?
5 Questions Under 5 Minutes for Photozaic Artist Natalie McGuire:
5 Minutes with ACW Artist Madalina K: Minnesota Winter Photography:
Layl McDill met with “Age of Age” artists, Linda Sharpe and her 103-year-old mother, Rose Sharpe, to see the paintings they have been creating together for the exhibit at Homewood Studios in July.
Candy Kuehn talks about her practice:
Trying out a new travel paint set painting on location in Tahiti on the island of Mo’orea. Kelly took a photo series of roosters. Of course the sunset, rainbow, and ocean were much enjoyed as well.
Layl and Madalina at the Homewood Studio Show and working on sock monsters at Layl’s studio while discussing ideas for the Age of Age show.
Kelly at a gallery opening at Art Works Eagan with her work, “Daily Progression of a Black Eye.”
Nina at an encaustic paint class taught by Jodi Reeb. If you haven’t tried encaustic, you should!
Hola! Barbara and Layl soaking up art and sun in the Barra de Potosi Paradise in Mexico this winter!
On Location Drawing at the Como Conservatory January 23rd
Layl’s Solo Show January 13th-February 10th
The Art Shoppe featured artists Rebecca David with Susan Gainen. And Fox Den’s 100 works under $100
Video links below
We Braved the Blizzard!
A good time was had by all at the Solar Arts 10th Annual Holiday Open House, Light up the night, light up a life!
Friday December 10th-Sunday December 12th.
The Coaching Project for a Better World Dec 2021 Show and Tell
Team Crescendo Ashley Richardson, Deacon Warner, Dominique Zellmer. Topic: Blood on the Pavement
Team Re-Imagineers Madalina Kelner, Beverly Hammond. Sandra Reardon Topic: Recovery from Trauma
Team Euphoria Lauren Edson, Mark Jelinik, Susan Hensel Topic: Gender Euphoria
Leaders of Coaching Project: Barbara Bridges, Layl McDill, Abby Ross, Margo Ashmore
Anton Treuer’s You Tube Channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC02Ei64PpI3ET-bMvTAr-sQ?app=desktop
Dec 2021 at Solar Arts – Ngange and TheMasses – unedited. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkplFngmfL8
Exhibition at Tower Gallery
Orientation Day Testimonies
Take away: Enthusiasm and excitement. It was great meeting everyone in person, and everyone gives off a great energy (what do you expect from an ArtToSaveTheWorld function). I am excited to see what these young artists do, specifically the team I’m on. I’m enthused to be working with these kind people able to view things from multiple sides.
The Coaching Project kickoff was such a fun event! I was so impressed by all the people involved in this project—so much creativity and positivity. And I was especially excited to meet my team members and get a more concrete grasp of how we’ll work to gather to support Ashley’s Blood on the Pavement project. The flow of activities and sharing at the orientation did a great job at bringing us all together and jump starting our work.
“I had a fantastic time at the Orientation for this project. It was great to finally meet my teammates and the other project managers and coaches. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly and I cannot wait to start creating with these people.”
The Coaching Project Orientation was so much fun! It was a great way to learn more about ACW and other team projects, as well as the expectations for this grant period. Most importantly, it was a great way to connect and build a solid foundation with teammates. During a time when the pandemic has shifted our daily interactions and the world has become so virtual, I found that having this first meeting in-person was invaluable.
Ari has a Critique
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Aristoteles Carbajal <email@example.com> is our youngest ACW member. They have a unique style and voice. Listen:
Pop Up Palette Party Arts District Palette: Where Neighbors and Artists Meet
Sociable Cider Werks
Read More about the Project
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Preparing for the Lobster Chowdah Thank You party for our major donors. Seafood flown in from Maine from Mclauglin’s Seafood located in my birthplace of Bangor, Maine. https://mclaughlinseafood.com/
Great Thanks to Deb and Natalie. It took us almost 4 hours to shuck, pick and chop. You can do the math… I would have been sitting there for 12 hours! They look a little intimidated by the crustaceans!
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Lobster Chowdah Event 2021 for Major Donors
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$200 Donor and Task Force Thank You Party June 2021
Unique Wood Fired Pizza Party from an oven created by renowned tile artist Josh Blanc. https://claysquared.com/
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Art-A-Whirl at the Fox Den
Lucy Schroepfer serving as project manager of the Art A Whirl Solar Arts Fox Den event.
ACW artists made over $2500, earned 5 new members and met over 1000 new people
who have now heard about Art To Change The World. Thanks Lucy!!
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CREATING COMMUNITY WITH ZORAN
FREE Private Tour with Zoran Mojsilov May 22, 2021 3:00-5:00
Meet Up at, 77 13th Avenue NE, Suite , Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413
Zoran will make remarks at 4;00 with Q and A following.
Optional dinner following at Bunny’s. Read more about Zoran: https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/private-tour-with-zoran-mojsilov-may-22-2021-3-5/
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CREATING COMMUNITY AT Arts District Palette is an ACW project focused on developing relationships in our NE Arts District community. Partnering with NEMAA , The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, The Northeaster, The Huxley apartments, and Sociable Cider Werks, ACW will develop May Day welcome swag bags stuffed with 20 artists’ works, gifts from local businesses and an invitation to an outside pop-up art event in August where the new NE residents and artists will mix socially distanced.
Installing the 224 Works of Art! Click to Enlarge
Creating ACW gift for Huxley Swag Bags
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Tim, Brooke, Alex, Barbara and Layl
Susan, Catherine, Layl, Natalie and Barbara planning the Pop Up Show and Installation.
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Gathering the Welcome Swag Bag Bag coupons
ACW members at Work and Play
Devin Larkin Photo Shoot preparation on April 18th