Juxtaposition Arts is a non-profit organization that, since 1995, has educated youngsters (third grade through 12 grade) in the business concepts of making and marketing art. Juxtaposition Arts is a non-profit organization that, since 1995, has educated youngsters (third grade through 12 grade) in the business concepts of making and marketing art. The youth focused visual arts organization engages audiences through its community collaborations, studio arts workshops, public mural programs and special festivals and art exhibitions.
Juxtaposition recently re-located to the corner of Emerson and West Broadway Avenues in North Minneapolis. Juxtaposition’s administrative team includes Artistic Directors and co-founders, Peyton and Roger Cummings. Roger’s wife Deanna is managing director.
“Most programs,” said Peyton, “aren’t really geared or prepared to teach young people the business side of the arts. It’s mostly arts and crafts, not anything that’s really serious on how to make living or a career out the arts.”
Juxtaposition Arts has partnered at times with various entities around the Twin Cities, heightening its profile by working with Minneapolis Public Schools, but is well known, in its own rite for a series a murals which have been widely viewed through the institution’s outreach efforts in the African American community.
Jeremiah Ellison, son of District 58B State Representative Keith Ellison, is a student at Juxtaposition Arts. He reflected on how the program broadened his perspective. “They opened my mind up to different types of art and exposed me to [new] things. We did studies which have taught me that art is more than something to do, it’s something to study. There’s a lot of history behind it.”
Deanna Cummings commented on her role as the administrator who must bring in the dollars to keep the doors open. “It’s always hard to have enough money to do every thing you want to do. But we’ve always been an organization that has let our work speak for itself. Folks have come to us as much as we’ve gone to others.” She added that, as part of Juxtaposition Arts’ connection to the community, “All the programs are free and we’re focussed on serving kids from the Northside, kids of color.”
For more information, (612) 588-1148 or www.juxtaposition.org.