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"We Are Water" Exhibit Opens May 10 at The Soap Factory

Starting with an Opening Reception on May 10, The The Soap Factory presents We Are Water, a month-long curatorial collaboration between Kinship of Rivers and The Soap Factory; artists from Twin Cities and New Orleans, music, performance, interactive creativity, poetry, food and celebration. The exhibition runs May 10 - June 7, 2014.  More Info.

The exhibition is the final iteration of the Kinship of Rivers project, the culmination of a three-year poetic multi-disciplinary project linking the spiritual cultures on the Yangtze and Mississippi rivers.


New Exhibit at Central Library: "Unpacked: Suitcases, Briefcases, and Bags from Hennepin County Hospitals”

Have you ever wondered what a nurse traveled with in 1917?  “Unpacked: Suitcases, Briefcases, and Bags from Hennepin County Hospitals”, a new exhibit from Hennepin Medical History Center, will show you.

The exhibition is now on display at the Central LibraryCargill Hall Gallery, until June 3. The History Center will tell 20 stories of patients, nurses, doctors, and other staff members through suitcases, bags, and briefcases, filled with items that might typically be brought to the hospital.

The exhibit is free. Gallery hours are the same as the library’s: 9am-9pm Monday through Thursday; 9am-5pm Friday and Saturday; Noon-5pm Sunday.


Vikings Stadium Construction - Week 22

Foundation starting to take shape...

Vikings Stadium Construction - Week 22

We're attempting to publish a photo with this same view each week from the start of construction through the first game played at the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis.


The Week Ahead in Mill City

April 12 , 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

Each week we provide an easy to reference list of events and activities for the week ahead in the Historic Mill District and Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhoods.  Have an event to share?  Submit your events here...

Monday, April 21

Tuesday, April 22

Wednesday, April 23

Thursday, April 24

Friday, April 25

Saturday, April 26

Sunday, April 27


What do the Pillsbury Doughboy and Grain Belt have in Common?

Recently seen together at the Mill City Museum - Pillsbury Doughboy and Grain Belt.  You'll just have to visit the museum and find out for yourself.  :)

April 12 , 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market

April 12 , 2014 Mill City Indoor Farmers Market


Northern Spark 2014 - Update #4

Your Public Acts of Drawing Projected onto the City

Public Acts of Drawing is a real-time art-making event that merges free-form collaboration with large-scale urban spectacle.
Participants put pen to paper alongside local artists, dignitaries, and a few hundred friends. Drawers of all ages, skill levels, and styles are welcome. Special contributors will help steer and energize the proceedings, but the results are delightfully unpredictable.
A spacious drawing table with a hand crank provides participants a gradual feed of fresh paper, lit by energy-efficient LEDs. The draw-a-thon is simulcast several stories tall on the exterior of a building near the Minneapolis Convention Center, turning each small gesture into a heroic act.
Public Acts of Drawing is a project of MakeSh!t, a free-form collective founded in 2010 with a mission to explore the social and process-based aspects of art—in other words, collaborative making. Current members include Lucas Alm, Justin Heideman, Aaron Marx, Jake Nassif, Craig Phillips, Paul Schmelzer, and Witt Siasoco.

David Luke Animates Poems from Upstream Arts

Interdisciplinary artist David Luke is collaborating with Upstream Arts to create a quartet of unique animated movies to be shown at Northern Spark. Upstream Arts provides arts programming for youth and adults with disabilities. They employ artists to teach theatre, dance, visual arts and poetry activities designed to develop social and communication skills central to success in school, work, and life.
Taking poems written by UA teaching artists and program participants as base text, Luke is transforming them into videos that make visual the vibrant voices of program participants, expanding the creative process from the UA programs into a new realm of public engagement. Projected large-scale near the Minneapolis Convention Center, viewers are invited to choose, by way of assistive technology often used by UA participants, which poem/movie they would like to watch.
A preview showing of Upstream Animated will be held as part of Upstream Art's first Annual Meeting and Fundraiser on May 17. The event will include specially-created performances by UA participants to accompany Luke's animations of their words.