Good will is basic currency among neighbors—help spread it with art!
Who would we be without our neighbors? For the past 10 years, Juxtaposition Arts has made its home at the corner of Broadway and Emerson Ave. in North Minneapolis. Recently, a neighbor left at our doorstep a portrait of Philando Castile, an African American man who had just been slain by a police officer. Attached to the portrait was the artist's deeply personal message of grief and expressed fear for his own safety. After we tracked down the young artist we asked him why he chose to leave the painting with JXTA; his reply was that he'd walked by and seen us over the years and thought that we would appreciate it.
That sobering reminder of our visibility helped solidify our conviction that, as members of this community, we are a part of a mutually beneficial social exchange and that our neighbors enrich our efforts to put art at the center of youth and community development.
With #HelloNorthside you have an opportunity to help us say to 200 of our neighbors: Hello, we see you, and we thought you'd appreciate this gift.
Your donation sponsors the assembly and delivery of art boxes handmade by youth artists in JXTA's Public Art lab. The screen printed packages include items such as bath salts, handmade tea bags, inspiring quotes, bubbles, custom jewelry and other apparel.
You also help support the JXTA Tactical Urbanism team in their delivery of the art boxes and face-to-face engagements with neighboring homes and businesses within 3-square blocks of the Emerson and Broadway intersection.
Whether you choose to sponsor one $25 art box, or enough for a single or square block, you support the stuff that sustains communities. Thank you for helping us do that work!