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  Issue #47

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In this Issue: Art for All

Because of the holiday crunch, we're only putting out one edition of access+ENGAGE per month for November and December, so this issue is really jam-packed with good stuff. Of particular note are the holiday art sales and shows in the events section – there are so many affordable art-buying opportunities in the coming weeks, why not look for one-of-a-kind pieces made by local artists as your seasonal shopping gets underway?

PLUS: The first Minneapolis FEAST is here!

News You Can Use: a selection of current artist opportunities on mnartists.org

Artist Opportunities






»CLICK HERE for a daily-updated list of many, many more opportunities for Minnesota artists in every discipline on mnartists.org

FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS: Springboard for the Arts is offering a "Free Screening Day" for artists, arts administrators, and their families at the N.I.P. Community Clinic in Minneapolis

Health screenings will be available November 14 from 10 am – 2 pm


CALL FOR ART: The Soap Factory invites proposals for exhibition programming for the gallery's 2010/11 season

Deadline: November 30


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, IA is taking submissions of work for its Holiday Marketplace

Deadline: November 20

CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Three Rivers Park District and Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista are offering exhibition opportunities for visual artists working in any medium (except film/video)

Deadline: December 31

NEWS: GiveMN.org's "Give to the Max" day is coming up November 17 -- matching grants available for donations to many MN arts nonprofits

COMMUNITY FORUMS ABOUT ARTS & CULTURAL HERITAGE FUNDS: The Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Minnesota Humanities Center are hosting three listening sessions to get community input on a 10- or 25-year funding plan that will use the monies available through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

Listening session dates: November 16, 17 & 18, in Rochester, Minneapolis, and Marshall, MN respectively (click here for details)

CALL FOR ARTISTS: NYC's Apexart is taking submissions from anywhere for a new project, Franchise Two; they're inviting proposals from individuals interested in setting up an ephemeral Apexart gallery franchise in their own city, and hosting an exhibition in March/April 2010 -- Apexart will provide funding, salary, and guidance to the individual who submits winning franchise proposal

Deadline: December 15


NEWS: MCAD & The Jerome Foundation have announced the 2009-10 Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellows

ARAC/McKnight Artist and Arts Organization Grants Available: The McKnight Foundation is accepting applications for grants in support of individual artists and arts organizations in the Arrowhead region

Deadline for both individual artists and organizations: November 27

CALL FOR FILMMAKERS: RockHard Entertainment's Horror Film Festival, Murderapolis, is taking short film submissions for inclusion in this year's festival (December 3 – 5) at the Oak Street Cinema


NEWS: At long last, the Minnesota Shubert Center will break ground, with a ceremony and special performance, on November 19 (12:30 pm)

CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Lower East Side Printshop in New York invites applications to its competitive"Special Editions" residency program for 2010

Deadline: December 2

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Northern Lights is taking applications for a second round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions. AOV2 is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program (sponsored by the Jerome Foundation) for five Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture.

Application deadline: November 16

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Smitten Kitten seeks submissions for its upcoming Sexy Craft Fair

Submission deadline: November 19

Homepage: Featured arts journalism and online collections from mnartists.org

mnLIT Original: The Four Hermans by Brian Beatty


The Four Hermans by Brian Beatty is the first of our newly commissioned pieces by the 2009 mnLIT grand prize-winning poets and writers. Each work will be accompanied by a curated selection of work drawn from mnartists.org's vast database of artists. You can see the handpicked collection of artwork for this commission -- by Mark Davison, Benny Moreno, Brian Nickila, Ruben Nusz, and Joseph Sinness -- in the slideshow at the top of the linked article below.


Read the story >>


Read the author's grand prize-winning mnLIT flash fiction, Velour >>

Chain Letter of the Soul


Britt Aamodt talks to friends and colleagues of beloved Minnesota poet Bill Holm, who died in February at the age of 65. A tribute in honor of Holm and his posthumously published collection of poems, The Chain Letter of the Soul, was held November 2 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.





Credit: Photo by Einar Falur, courtesy of the McKnight Foundation

The Boundaries of Force and Harm


Theater critic Quinton Skinner weighs in on Mixed Blood's new production, Lynn Nottage's Ruined, directed by Aditi Kapil. He calls it a "play of startling intelligence and acuity," a powerful story of survival in extremity.





Performance details:

Ruined, written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Aditi Kapil, will be at the Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis through November 22. Visit the theater's website for ticket details, show times, and additional background on the play.



Credit: Photo by Ann Marsden, courtesy of Mixed Blood Theatre

Musings on "World-Premiere, Full-length" Ballet


Dance critic Camille LeFevre weighs in on what makes for truly extraordinary big-ticket ballet, and specifically, on the latest world premiere at Northrop, Moulin Rouge by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.





Credit: Vanessa Lawson and Gael Lambiotte as the young lovers in RWB's Moulin Rouge: The Ballet (Photo: David Cooper/Royal Winnipeg Ballet)

Hard Rhymes


Britt Aamodt delves into the story of a recession-era poet and a fateful, life-changing phone call -- she chats with Bryan Thao Worra about poetry, the uncertain terrain of personal history, and the day he heard from the NEA.





Upcoming readings:

Bryan Thao Worra will read from his new book for the Minnesota Transracial Film Festival at Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis on November 14 (5:40 pm).


Bryan Thao Worra will speak on November 18 (5 pm) at St. Cloud State University in the Atwood Little Theatre; it's one of the events of Asian Students in Action's (A.S.I.A.) annual "Social Justice Week."

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mnLIT presents

Each week, mnartists.org publishes a story or poem by one of this year's winners in the What Light Poetry Project and miniStories flash fiction competitions. Read below for a winning piece in each category.


Read Jessica Roeder's miniStories winner, Sights >>


Read Gary Dop's What Light poem, Bill Bitner at the Henry Doorly Zoo >>


Read Kristin Swanson's miniStories winner, In the Event that I Am Not Paranoid >>
You Are Here: A handpicked sampling from the events listed on mnartists.org/calendar
Classes and Workshops


WORKSHOP: "RAKU – Out of the Fire" primitive firing workshop with artists Mark Lusardi and Fred Yerich

Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota, November 14 & 15


WORKSHOP: A free video-editing seminar, "Final Cut Pro for Photographers"

Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis, November 16


WORKSHOP: "Adding Hardware: Scanning and Printing Your Work Sample"

Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul, November 18 (6:30 pm)


WORKSHOP: Munny decorating and origami folding workshops

Tomodachi/Rosedale Center, Roseville, November 13 & 21 (2 - 6 pm)


WORKSHOP: "Improv for Kids" – a beginning level workshop for kids 13-18

Stevie Ray's School of Improv, Minneapolis, December 5 (10 am – 2 pm)

Credit: Munny photo courtesy of Tomodachi


Zenon Dance Company's fall concert season, including world premiere performances by Sydney Skybetter, Judith James Ries, and Emilie Plauché Flink

Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, November 19 – 29


Choreographers' Evening – an evening of new work by local choreographers curated by BodyCartography Project

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, November 28 (6 pm; 8:30 pm)


Reggie Wilson/Andréya Ouamba presents The Good Dance: Dakar/Brooklyn

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, November 13 & 14 (8 pm both nights)


Ballet of the Dolls' Nutcracker (not so) Suite

Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, December 9 – 31


TU Dance presents new work, including Shapiro and Smith's Dance with Army Blankets

O'Shaughnessy, St. Paul, November 20-22

Credit: BodyCartography Project (Photo: Cameron Wittig)

Music | Video | Film


Rose Ensemble presents The Last Queen of Hawai'i – "music from the soul of the Hawaiian saga"

Landmark Center, St. Paul, November 15 (1 pm)


Club Swing – celebrating the pop culture, music, and personalities that defined America's swing era with Five By Design

St. Mary's Page Theatre, Winona, November 19 (7:30 pm)


Northside Arts Collective presents an evening with Front Porch Swinging Liquor Pigs and Gallery Trio

Capri Theater, Minneapolis, November 19 (7:30 pm)


Childish Films: "Movie Menagerie" – a free screening of international short films about critters for children

Hennepin Country Library – Central, Minneapolis, November 21 (10:30 am)


Mu Daiko presents Taiko Caravan –  traditional Japanese drumming mixed with theater, music, and dance

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, November 27 – December 6


Contemporary Music Workshop presents a series of concerts by acclaimed violinist Irvine Arditti

Ted Mann Concert Hall & Ferguson Hall, U of MN, Minneapolis, December 4 – 7


Minneapolis Underground Film Festival – opening night screening: the world premiere of The Seducer by John Koch

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, December 4 -6

Credit: Still from Seven Blind Mice, one of the shorts to screen at the next Childish Films

Lectures, Symposia & Literary Events

"My Precious: Obsession, Collection and the Souvenir" – an talk by artists from mnartists.org's The Precious Object exhibition

Hennepin County Central Library (Cargill Hall), Minneapolis, November 17 (7 pm)


Artist lecture with David Lefkowitz (part of programming for the Other Positioning Systems exhibition)

Rochester Art Center, Rochester, November 14 (1 pm)

Spirit Lake Poetry Series: Ellen Schoenfeld and Linda LeGarde Grover

College of St. Scholastica (Somers Lounge), Duluth, November 14 (7:30 pm)

Riot Act Reading Series: Jen March, Haley Lasche, Paula Cisewski, Paul Dickinson, Michael Hall and music by the Roe Family Singers

Turf Club, Minneapolis, November 15 (7 pm)

Holiday Sales, Festivals & Special Events

Franconia Sculpture Park's Pie & Wine Potluck Soiree

Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, November 28 (11 am – 4 pm)


MNfashion's pop-up Holiday Boutique – showcasing local fashion design, jewelry artists, and Minnesota-made accessories

Gaviidae Common, Minneapolis, the shop will be open for business through December 31

No-Coast Craft-O-Rama - a huge indie craft show presented by Crafters Local 612

Midtown Global Exchange Building, Minneapolis, December 4 & 5


"It's a Beautiful Thing" – holiday show and sale by the Central Minnesota Watercolorists

Atonement Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, November 14 (10 am – 4 pm)


Walker Shop "Local-to-Global Jewelry Artist Mart"

Walker Art Center (Cargill Lounge), Minneapolis, November 14 (11 am – 5 pm)


"Handcrafted Holidays" – fine craft by regional and national artisans

Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, November 14 – December 24 (Holiday Open House, November 21)


"In the Gallery – Arts of the Holidays" juried exhibition and sale

Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, November 19 – December 23

2009 MCAD Art Sale – more than 7000 pieces by current students and recent graduates

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, November 20 & 21


"$99 and Under" show and sale at Studiopolis

Northrup King Building (Studio 423), Minneapolis, December 3 – 5


"A Gift for All Seasons" – English Tea and silent auction

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, December 3 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)


CVA Holiday Art Sale – artwork by students, alumni, faculty and staff

College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, December 4 – 6


Spectrum Artworks Holiday Open Studio and Sale

Spectrum ArtWorks Studio, Minneapolis, December 10 (5-8 pm)


Curster's Dollmighty – a fashion show by Minneapolis artist Erin Currie

Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, December 12 (7 pm)


Annual NEMAA Fall Fine Arts Show – with work from more than 150 local artists

Grain Belt Bottling House, Minneapolis, November 13 – 15


Cache at the Casket – a benefit and art show with work by more than 50 local artists, in support of Ampersand Families

Casket Arts Building, Minneapolis, November 13 & 14




Workhaus Collective's The Sense of What Should Be, written and directed by Dominic Orlando

Playwrights' Center, Minneapolis, on stage through November 21


Cinderella – a zany "panto-style" production of the classic tale presented by the Children's Theatre Company

Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, on stage through November 22


Ten Thousand Things presents Shakespeare's Othello

Minnesota Opera Center, Minneapolis, November 13 – 15


Sample Night Live – a showcase of "audience favorites" from the short theatrical works on stage through the season

History Theater, St. Paul, December 4 (G-rated show, 7 pm; Unrated/uncensored show, 8:15 pm)


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

SteppingStone Theatre, St. Paul, December 4 – 22


1940s Radio Hour by Walton Jones – on a snowy December night in 1942 there's a radio show that must go on despite a series of hijinks and mishaps; in the end, Christmas cheer is felt by all

Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, November 20 – December 20


Open Eye Figure Theatre's annual Holiday Pageant, written and directed by Michael Sommers

Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis, December 4 – 23


Expressions! presents Southern Hospitality

Lakeville Community Theater, Lakeville, on stage through November 22


Miracle on Christmas Lake

Yellow Tree Theatre, Osseo, November 27 – December 27


Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, directed by Richard Cook

Park Square Theatre, St. Paul, November 17 – December 18


Walking Shadow Theatre Company's regional premiere of Some Girl(s) by Neil LaBute

Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis, November 20 – December 5

The Soap Factory presents Workhorse - a sampler of new and in-progress performance works on the theme of audience participation and interaction

Soap Factory, Minneapolis, November 19 (7 pm)

Visual Arts


18 Months: a preview show of original work by artists scheduled to show at the gallery during the 2010/11 season

XYandZ Gallery, Minneapolis, November 13 – December 30


Diverging Boundaries: New work by S. Catrin Magnusson

Burnet Gallery (Chambers Hotel), Minneapolis, November 14 (opening reception from 6 – 9 pm) – January 10, 2010


Walls Were So Last Year – a new exhibition of work by emerging artists TJ Barnes, Miles Mendenhall, Broc Blegen, Jon Duff, Alex Schluender, Sarah Baker, and Nick Rummler

1419, Minneapolis, November 14 (7 – 11 pm)

Scrap by Michael Kareken and Commuter by Tetsuya Yamada

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MAEP Galleries), Minneapolis, November 20 (reception, November 19, 7 - 9 pm) - January 24, 2010


Heavy Petting: New Work by Rob McBroom

Fox Tax Gallery, Minneapolis, November 14 (opening reception, 6 – 11 pm) – December 31


Two new shows at Franklin Artworks: (main gallery) Christopher Baker: Hello World! or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise; (project space) Alex Fleming: The lace curtains of his apartment

Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis, November 20 – January 9, 2010


AU NATUREL: a new mixed media installation by Bruce Tapola

Art of This, Minneapolis, on view through December 6


Hard-Boiled Art – rare and vintage pulp magazine cover art

Red Wing Framing and Gallery, Red Wing, on view through December 5


Famously Private – new work by abstract painter and printmaker Lisa Nankivil

Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, Minneapolis, November 24 – January 5, 2010 (artist reception on December 5, 6 – 8:30 pm)


Face, Form, Figure – paintings and drawings by Vesna Kittelson, Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad, and Tim Tozer

Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, December 4 (opening reception, 5 – 8 pm) – January 16, 2010

Credits: (Top) Michael Kareken, Magnet, oil on canvas, 2009. (Bottom) Installation view of Bruce Tapola's new installation at Art of This

You Are Here event listings are drawn almost entirely from the mnartists.org calendar, so if you want to improve the odds that you'll see your happening linked here, you'd better start posting your events!

We've made it super easy to begin: here's a step-by-step guide that'll show you how to promote your own events on the site's DIY arts calendar.

Walker Art Center

One for the Road

FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) -- a grassroots series of public dinners to bolster local art projects through community-driven financial support and a democratic selection process -- will hold its "First FEAST"  in Minneapolis this weekend.


The concept was born in Brooklyn, but has quickly spread to a number of other cities including Buffalo, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Portland, and now the Twin Cities.


The organization's website offers this succinct description: "By getting together and pooling our money, wealth becomes a plural, communal attribute. The artist application process is intentionally short, and the project should be ready to happen once money is received. The most successful projects are tailored specifically to the FEAST community and, through voting, that community determines what best fits its needs."


The first FEAST MPLS dinner will take place Saturday, November 14 (6 – 10 pm) at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art in Minneapolis. Participants will donate at the door, on a sliding scale of $10-20 (no one will be turned away), and receive a meal and a ballot to vote for their favorite artist presentation. (Visit the website to read up on the prospective projects.) The winning artist will take home a bag of money drawn from the donations taken at the door, and will be asked back to the next FEAST to report on the fruits of their labors.

Editor, mnartists.org & access+ENGAGE:  Susannah Schouweiler

Project Director, mnartists.org: Scott Stulen

Community Liaison, mnartists.org: Will Lager

mnartists.org interns : Luci Kandler, Joshua Sjogren, and Marria Thompson

>>Click here to read the fine print and the full credits

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