Category Archives: Arts

2016 NE Calendar WINNERS!


By Corey Sweeter – Northeast Park

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winning artists for the 2016 Northeast Calendar contest! Listed below are the winners for each neighborhood and the calendar cover. To see images of the winning submissions for each month, go to our Northeast Calendar website.



Cover:  Tiffany Rodgers – Sheridan neighborhood

Audubon:  Margo Ashmore

Beltrami:  Jim Benz

Bottineau:  Candy Kuehn

Columbia Park:  Mason Butler

Holland:  Andrew Miller

Logan Park:  Kyle Fokken

Marshall Terrace:  Diane Loeffler

Mid-City Industrial:  Jim Benz

Northeast Park:  Corey Sweeter

Sheridan:  Margo Ashmore

St. Anthony East:  Mason Butler

St. Anthony West:  Manesha Nordine

Waite Park: Jim Benz

Windom Park: Jim Benz

2014 Northeast Calendar Contest!

Submissions for the 2014 Northeast Calendar Contest are open NOW!

You can submit up to 15 images (photography, paintings, drawings, graphic art, etc.) — one for each NE Minneapolis neighborhood and one for the cover. Help represent Northeast Minneapolis’ unique neighborhoods and win a spot in the calendar AND cash prizes!


Visit the Northeast Calendar website for more info:

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Arts District News and Events!

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As Minnesota “welcomes” an early spring, we’ve been busy bees working on supporting and promoting the Arts District and the businesses therein. Check out below for some news and upcoming events!



The first monthly Arts District Newsletter went out last week, spearheaded by Josh Blanc from Clay Squared. You can view a copy of the newsletter by clicking here.


District Committee Meeting

On Tuesday March 20th at 5:30pm the Arts District committee will be meeting. We meet roughly every other month to touch base on current projects and set our goals for the months and years ahead. If you’d like to get more involved or see what we do, please join us!

We meet at Altered Esthetics Gallery – 1224 Quincy Street NE.


Arts District Forum

The first of several arts district forums will be Thursday April 12, 2012 at Chowgirl’s Parlor, 6:00pm. Join us as we discuss the current state of the Arts District, followed by a panel discussion on leveraging the district for your arts-friendly business. The forum discussion will features notes from Josh Blanc and Layl McDill, who opened a satellite store downtown for a successful holiday season.


Social Networks!

In case you’re not already aware: the district has an active twitter account, as well as a facebook page. Follow us @NeArtsDistrict or like us on Facebook!


The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District & the Arts District Committee is an outcome of the Arts Action Plan.

Currently managed by the Northeast Community Development Corporation, the Arts District Committee is comprised of NEMAA staff, Northeast CDC staff and interested community members. Additional support has been provided by Clay Squared to Infinity, Altered Esthetics, and the Northeast Chamber of Commerce.

Want to get involved? email

Jackson Street Artist housing in the news!

Great news on Monday as the City of Minneapolis approved site plans for our longstanding Jackson Street Artist Housing project. There were some good articles to follow up the milestone

Jackson Flats, a long-planned artists’ housing project in northeast Minneapolis, is getting a major boost.

The Minneapolis Planning Commission gave the thumbs-up Monday for the project’s site plan and some variances to front-yard and parking lot requirements. A conditional permit was also approved. Developers say these moves will help in their pursuit of funding the unique, four-story structure.

Full article in the Star Tribune here:

Formally known as Jackson Flats, nicknamed JAC Flats, the long-awaited artist live/work space planned for 18-1/2 Avenue and Jackson Street NE, got another boost from the City of Minneapolis and the federal government last week, but not quite enough to “get in the ground,” according to Greg Handberg, properties senior vice president for Artspace. It will take one more round of the help, which comes in the form of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, to start building, and that’s not expected until next year.

Twin Cities Daily Planet article is here:

Support the Arts District while supporting local artists!


NE Artists Invade Downtown

Clay Squared to Infinity has a new holiday location in Gaviidae Commons!

During several weekends they will have a special feature artist trunk shows, highlighting artists from Northeast Minneapolis.

They will be selling work of Clay Squared to Infinity co-owners: Layl McDill’s polymer clay artwork, gifts and ornaments and Josh Blanc’s handmade tiles. They will also feature art work “Made in NE Minneapolis” with an emphasis on clay artists. Artists include Sue Christensen of Nameless Wildness, Martha Enzler of Martha Enzler Designs, Stephanie Kaczrowski, Wendy Penta of Stone Hollow Tile, Emily Dyer of Dyer Ceramics, Kirsten Walstead of SoMi Tileworks, and Jane Swan. Furniture maker Kirsten Arden will create an environment where the work will be shown and for sale.

Clay Squared to Infinity will donate 5% of their sales from the downtown location during November and December to the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

Opening Reception Friday!
Friday, November 18th
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Free Parking in Gaviidae parking garage if you spend over $20.

Open 10AM – 7PM Monday – Friday
Open 10AM – 6PM Saturday
Open 12PM – 5PM Sunday

This location will be open everyday through December 31st

Announcing the Northeast Ride

The Northeast Ride, slated for June 2, 2012, will take cyclists on a tour of Northeast Minneapolis, stopping at neighborhoods parks and major destinations. The ride will also take participants through the arts district, touring past Northeast creative buildings and historical landmarks like the Casket Arts Building and the Grain Belt Brewery, while using some of the new bike trails and bikeways.

The Northeast CDC is trying to raise $15,000 to help ensure the event’s feasibility. A Kickstarter page to fund the project is live and will be up until Dec 5th. Volunteers will also be needed.

Additional support for the ride is being provided by Bicycle Theory, MPLS Bike Love, and Altered Esthetics.

Right now, there are a several different things you can do to help this initiative:

Join the planning committee:
We’ve currently got a group of four dedicated individuals planning this event. If you want to join us, our next meeting is Wednesday, November 9th at 5:30pm at Bicycle Theory. (1500 Jackson Street Northeast, Minneapolis MN 55413, Suite 400). If you can’t make Wednesday but are interested in future meetings, let us know your general availability and we’ll keep you in the loop. (

Help make it happen:
We’ve got a Kickstarter project going right now to help raise the funds to get this project moving. If we can do this, we know the ride’s a sure thing. We’re taking sponsorship pledges as well as pre-registrations, spoke-card orders, anything we can secure in advance to make sure this ride’s a go.

Kickstarter page:

Help get the word out:
To make this happen, we’ll need lots of help from lots of people. It will be more fun that way, too! The more people that know about this project, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can help create awareness by:

Thank you for your support!!!

Release party for the Northeast Calendar


The Northeast CDC is proud to announce the Northeast Calendar – and the arrival of the printed copies, which look great! The calendar highlights local artwork and photography as well as information about and illustrations of the thirteen Northeast Neighborhoods.

Artwork for the calendar was submitted by local artists and determined by an open, public vote. The full-color, 28 page calendar was designed by award winning comic artist Kevin Cannon, a Northeast resident.

A release party for the Calendar will be held at Eastside Food Coop, Sunday December 4, 2011 from 12pm-3pm.

Eastside Food Coop
2551 Central Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418


The calendars will also be available this weekend during Art Attack at the Northrup King Building. Stop by Adam Turman‘s room at Bicycle Theory  to check’em out!

Friday, November 4 — 5-10 PM
Saturday, November 5 — 12-8 PM
Sunday, November 6 — 12-5 PM

Bicycle Theory is located inside the Northrup King Building:

Bicycle Theory
1500 Jackson Street NE
Studio 400
Minneapolis, MN 55413

More information about the calendars can be found on the calendar website:

Northeast Calendar Contest: Winners!

The winners of the Northeast Calendar Contest have been posted on the Calendar site, along with images of all the winning artwork. The image with the most votes overall, which will go on the cover of the calendar, was local artist Lauri Svedberg. Congratulations, Lauri!

Along with the artwork, the calendars will feature information about all thirteen northeast neighborhoods and a handful of the major events for 2012. Printed copies will be available by the end of October.

We’re still looking for sponsors to help us get these beautiful calendars printed. If you have an interest in sponsoring, please check out sponsorship info page or email me for more information: (replace -at- with @).

Reminder – Arts Action Plan meeting next week

On the agenda for the next Arts Action Plan meeting:

Breakout Committee Updates

  • Signage: NEMAA is working to create a budget for their legal commitment to maintaining the signage that is in place. The Northeast CDC will help coordinate as we can/are able.
  • Long Term building sustainability (Conservancies, Endowments, Commercial Land Trusts)
  • Artists Credit Union
  • Arts District Research
  • Tax Credits / Abatements for artist-owned housing
  • Arts District Website – updates

New Items

  • Outside updates from committee participants
  • Schedule next meeting location

July 19th, 2011 – 6pm
Bicycle Theory
1500 Jackson
Street NE, Suite 400

The Arts District Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month. Breakout committees work throughout the month on various aspects of the Arts Action Plan. To get involved with any of the above projects, please join us for a meeting or email

Arts Action Plan – Updates and Next Meeting

A few weeks ago we gathered at Altered Esthetics gallery and held our first Arts Action Plan meeting. We discussed some of the milestones the plan suggested, as well as the plan progress so far. Margo Ashmore did a great job of summarizing the meeting and our conversation in a recent Northeaster article, which you can download here: (pdf).

We’re having the next meeting on June 23rd, 2011 – 6:00pm-7:30pm at Altered Esthetics gallery – 1224 Quincy Street NE.

Since our next meeting will involve more planning and less review, we’re asking participants to complete a quick 1-page contact sheet and interest assessment: Committee Assessment (pdf). While committee participation will be open to anybody, this form will help us collect contact information as well as priorities and interest level.

You can the facebook invite here – feel free to invite anybody you know that might want to get involved:

Artshare parade workshops and fundraiser

ArtShare, a Northeast Minneapolis community arts group,  is facilitating 4 free workshops to guide Northeast neighbors in creating and building wearable “floats”, masks and banners in preparation for the Northeast Parade. We encourage folks of all ages and backgrounds who live or work in Northeast to represent the diversity of Northeast.

4 free and open to all workshops
Saturdays May 29th, June 5th, 12th and 19th
11:30am -3:00pm
at Edison High School

Parade Date: Tuesday June 22nd 2010 6:30pm

Contact: Jennifer Arave- 612-432-1512,


Fundraiser- ArtShare NE Parade Project

A fundraiser will be held Sunday, May 23rd at Grumpy’s NE. 1-6pm to support ArtShare and the 2010 Parade Project. ArtShare is a Northeast Minneapolis community arts group that is facilitating workshops in creating wearable “floats”, masks and banners in preparation for marching in the Northeast Parade. ArtShare encourages folks of all ages and backgrounds to represent the diversity of Northeast.

There will be food, silent auction and music by ELIZA BLUE and THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS and PAUL COOK.

Be there! Have fun with your neighbors, and help make the Northeast Parade represent all NORTHEASTERS!

Abby Rae LaCombe (217) 494-8422,

Project Contact:
Jennifer (612) 432-1512,,

The Audio-guided Walking Tour Release Party

The Audio-guided Walking Tour Release Party

Artshare and Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association are celebrating the release of the first of 3 “Audio-guided Walking Tours” (created by northeaster’s) along with East Side Neighborhood Services’ “Neighborhood Walking Challenge”.

Saturday August 29th at Bottineau Gym (inside/outside) 10:00am to Noon. There will be a breakfast buffet, musicians, outdoor activities and a sample of the featured Bottineau Neighborhood walk– “Never the Same River Twice”– all in celebration and appreciation of walking and our neighborhood sidewalks.

You can visit ArtShare’s blogspot to learn more about the project: artsharewalking And visit our website (to be launched august 29th) to download and walk the full tour on your MP3 player:

Bring your family and friends and join us as we celebrate! Any questions? Please call Sheila at 612-787-4020 or Jennifer at 612-432-1512.
Thank you,

Creating Shared Art Experiences for the Northeast Community

Creating Shared Art Experiences for the Northeast Community

Jennifer Arave, Sara Hanson, Jonathan Hamilton