January 2018
Welcome to In the District: news from the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. 

Logan Park Neighborhood: A Cultural Asset Inventory

Preservation Alliance of MN Michael Tolan from the  Community Engagement Coordinator of the The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota embarked on an investigation of the cultural assets present in the Logan Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Michael has been interviewing and gathering information through community meetings, surveys and researching NE. He contacted the Northeast A.D. a couple years ago and has been regularly meeting with our board members, meeting with artists, community members and attend the Northeast A.D. events. 
Upper Cut Boxing mural
The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota has published their findings and they are very impressive. While they focused on Logan Park Neighborhood the Northeast A.D. is a major part of study. Click here to read the stories and see a history of what is going on in the hood. 

Art Force and Edison High School
Edison High School
This fall Edison High School offered a class focusing on the visual arts as a career path. Logan Park business Art Force worked with Edison teachers Rachel Hoemke and Beth Rapatz to create a curriculum and schedule a team of working artists to share their experiences. The class took a field trip to Art Force and also visited the studios of Annie Hejny and Amy Baur and Brian Bolden (In Plain Sight Art) in the Casket Arts Building and the studio of Kirk Sklar in the Casket Arts Carriage House. Northeast Arts District Artists Leslie Barlow, Steve Brumbaugh, Jodi Reeb, Shane Anderson, and Josh Blanc (Clay Squared to Infinity)  met with the students in the classroom. Each artist described their creative journey, focused on particular themes from the curriculum, offered advice and answered questions. Themes covered included creating one's own style, self-promotion, developing a portfolio, working with galleries/agents/consultants to sell work, producing commissions and developing a physical space in which to sell artwork.
Edison student making clay work

Some Wins and Losses for the Arts in the Federal Tax Bill 

MCA Minnesota
The MCA sent out a very good guide on what are the implications from the new Tax Law. Here is the big highlight most Northeast A.D. artists should know. 

  1. OF CONCERN FOR ARTISTS: Self-employed artists should talk to their accountants about the final bill's elimination of many deductions for business expenses. Generally, if you file Schedule C and deduct expenses for your arts business, you may want to consider loading up on those expenses in 2017 while they are still deductible. You have only a few days to do this, however.
To learn more about the MCA click here
The Color Series: Part 1, White

Jodi Reeb Ethereal Wavelengths 2
Jodi Reeb Ethereal Wavelengths 2

Kolman & Pryor Gallery is pleased to announce a new series of exhibitions in 2018.  The Color Series will explore the artist's color palette. The first exhibition,  The Color Series: Part 1, White, is curated by gallery artist and co-owner,  Patrick K. Pryor, and includes work by gallery artists:  Betsy Ruth ByersJil EvansJodi ReebCameron Zebrun, and Pryor.  The Color Series: Part 1, White, begins January 4. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, January 20, 7-9 p.m. The exhibition runs through February 17.

Three Main Goals 
of  Arts District Planning

1. Continue to discuss who we are as a community. 
2. Continue to define the v ision of the next 10 to 15 years, in order to drive the decision making.
3. Start a framework on how we can finance the goals of the district. This goal is only possible to discuss if the other two goals can be met.
Recent studies to consider reading: 

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