skateable art plaza

The skateable art plaza under construction on May 16, 2019.

The grand opening for the Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) skate/art plaza takes place at the corner of West Broadway Avenue and Emerson Avenue North in Minneapolis June 15.

A 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting will be followed by a short program.

Planning for the installation of the new plaza began almost two years ago, in partnership with City of Skate (CoS), the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC), and the City of Minneapolis. Teaching designers and youth apprentices in JXTA’s Environmental Design Lab designed the plaza with the CoS community, and with design support from University of Minnesota’s Department of Landscape Architecture.

More than 170 people made gifts in support of our new city amenity. An action grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization funded the installation and maintenance of three rain gardens to capture and treat stormwater on the site. Construction began in April.

After tearing down an old building on the JXTA campus in 2017, in May 2018 the organization announced the launch of a capital campaign to raise $14 million for a new building on the same lot. JXTA will unveil a new mural by Bronx-based aerosol artists Tats Cru, on view behind the art plaza. The 840-foot mural drew inspiration from community input and was created during Tats Cru’s recent residency.

JXTA Contemporary Lab, 1108 West Broadway Ave. will be open for visitors to meet youth artists and peruse artwork for sale. Emerson Gallery, 2007 Emerson Ave. N. will be open for visitors to see current exhibit “Live from New York” by Bronx-based graffiti artists Tats Cru.

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