Creating Art that Challenges Perceptions of Disability
Artist Story: Lucy Johnson
Lucy Johnson
Tom Sandelands Photography
Meet Lucy

Before Lucy came to Interact Center, she worked at a day program where she assembled pieces of dental equipment. It was really boring and she wasn't happy. She kept thinking that she wanted to do something more, but didn't know what. Luckily, her sister, Debb, heard about Interact from a friend and brought Lucy there.
When Lucy walked into Interact, she fell in love with its creative and energized environment . She had never made art before, but thought she'd give it a try. One day at Interact, she came across a book on the painter Marc Chagall. She felt inspired and created two paintings after him. Everyone who saw them thought they were wonderful and that made her happy!
That was just the beginning for Lucy and now she works in many mediums including painting, weaving, and mosaics.  She feels like a great artist, so she signs her name Lucy Picasso!

Lucy Johnson, Chagall, 2008
Join Interact for the Year of the Feast of Fools!
Working with local chefs and urban gardeners, we kick off the year with a series of event centered around food, art, and performance. We'll explore issues of food access, food justice, and the impact that seductively marketed processed foods have on health and wellness. Enjoy freshly prepared foods, and the inspiring company of artists, foodies, and other special guests. Stay tuned for upcoming events that will tie into this theme.

Follow us all the way through to November, when we premiere The Feast of Fools. In Medieval times, the Feast of Fools was the one day a year when court jesters, village gossips, and other fools had free reign to speak out with impunity. Banned by the Council of Basel in 1431, of course--help us resurrect this bold and brazen event!

We'll spotlight gluttony--the fifth deadly sin--with the incomparable actor/storyteller Kevin Kling and Interact's company of artists with and without disabilities, as this rich mess of humanity explores our excesses through original music, outrageous dialogue, gravy-dripping drama, and audacious artwork. Look for updates throughout the year--and join us for a year of feasts and foolery!

This year is ripe with  opportunities to get involved and spread awareness . If you or your business would like to sponsor the show and receive eight months of major exposure through advertising and media, please contact Raleigh Wolpert, Advancement Director, at  or 651-209-3575 to find out more.
Interact Welcomes Raleigh Wolpert
Raleigh Wolpert is a Minnesota native with 30 years of experience in marketing, PR, and fundraising. After receiving her MBA from Pepperdine University, she returned home to Minneapolis to Target headquarters, a position she held for ten years. At Target, she coordinated store openings and collaborated with national non-profits on sponsorship events. She was the Grand Opening Event Manager for the Cowles Center, the premier theatre for dance on Hennepin Avenue. Before coming to Interact, Raleigh produced and managed fundraisers such as galas, golf tournaments, and corporate events in the Twin Cities metro area. Raleigh also sits on the Board of the Ridgedale YMCA. She is married to Bill, and they have one son Max and a beloved dog Shelby.
Contact Raleigh for a tour of Interact--she'll be glad to show you around!

Upcoming Interact Center Events

January 11 - March 31, 2017 

February 3 - April 7, 2017
Look at Me, Interact Gallery

March 21, 2017, 4-6 PM
Changing Landscapes (Closing Reception),  Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.