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Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program Newsletter

Excerpts from the July 11 City of Minneapolis office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy newsletter:

Welcome to the City of Minneapolis office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy newsletter. Here you will find information on program and partner related news and updates, opportunities, events and special announcements.

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Upcoming "Radical Playground" community events at The Commons

2019 Creative City Challenge winner "Radical Playground" will be hosting community events at The Commons this summer. Upcoming events include:

Everyone is invited to immerse themselves in the interactive public art installation “Radical Playground,” now through August. The participatory art installation “Radical Playground” artists Candida Gonzalez and MaryAnne Quiroz invite participants to heal through play with whimsical interactive “alebrije”: animal sculptures inspired by dream creatures from the Caribbean, Mexico, the Pacific Islands and the indigenous cultures of Minnesota.

The artists intend “Radical Playground” to invite indigenous communities and communities of color to a space where they feel free to gather, to play, to heal. They want their project to bring a feeling of play, of free joy, of giving people’s bodies a break from stress and worry.

The Creative City Challenge is a program of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy of the City of Minneapolis created in in collaboration with The Commons and Northern

For information about these and other events happening at The Commons this summer visit The Commons website.

Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy office welcomes new arts program assistant

We are pleased to welcome Violeta Rotstein to the role of Arts Program Assistant for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy office, focusing on communications. When she isn’t in the office she is also a freelance illustrator/designer, with a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her design subjects consist mainly of community building, nature appreciation, and empathy. She calls Minnesota home as well as Argentina, where she immigrated from as a child. For the past five (5) years she has worked with non-profits and local design companies and is looking forward to getting more involved in city arts programming and using the arts to aide underserved communities.

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Making of the 'first' Somali-English comic book

Somali Artist, M. Hajji Ahmed, combined his love for visual art and storytelling to create a tangible manifestation of identity, struggle, and home for Somali children, teenagers, and even adults to enjoy, connect, and relate.

Ahmed believes that the most impactful way to touch a young person is through the creation and interpretation of visual art.

Read the full news item: Making of the 'first' Somali-English comic book.

Loring Park Art Festival July 27 and 28

Since 2000, Loring Park Art Festival has combined creative expression and community connectedness to surprise and delight all who attend. With beautiful ponds and formal gardens, Loring Park makes an idyllic spot to celebrate art, music, food and entertainment for two days each summer in downtown Minneapolis. 

The event features 140 visual artists selling original work, with something for everyone. Visitors will encounter strolling musicians, scheduled stage performances, engaging children's activities and adventurous culinary options.

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