Arts Access Chautauqua: Here I Am (25 years later)


Here I Am  (25 years later)

Friday-Saturday, September 25-26

Presented by VSA Minnesota at the Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts

516 Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis

Learn from arts administrators, arts patrons and artists with disabilities how accessible the arts are today — 25 years after the ADA became law – and what we can all do to make performances, exhibits, organizations, venues and websites even more welcoming to a growing segment of our population.

Using the format of a Chautauqua (sha-tawk-wa), speakers, performers, visual artists and participants (arts staff, board member, administrator, grantwriter, volunteer, artist/person with a disability) will share ideas, questions and conversations that address ALL the issues, successes, challenges and possible solutions of making the arts accessible.

 HIGHLIGHTS: (details at

  • Possibly the most Minnesota artists with disabilities in one place since 1992.
  • 7 performing acts in Friday’s “Here I Am” 7:30 show;
  • Speakers and performers at 3 general sessions each morning and to close the Chautauqua.
  • 14 panel presentations;
  • 7 networking groups (advocates, administrators, musicians, storytellers, theatre/dance artists, visual artists, writers);
  • 4 New Technology breakouts (hearing loss, vision loss, mobility, computer/media);
  • 45 artists’ work in a “Here I Am” art show and sale



Attend one session, one day, both days or just the Friday 7:30 show.

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ADA Retrospective Show at the Northfield Arts Guild

Artists Disabling Assumptions: A 25th Anniversary Retrospective of the Americans with Disabilities Act begins September 24

2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Northfield Arts Guild presents a retrospective of this important moment by featuring artists with disabilities in all of its gallery spaces, in addition to facilitating community conversations about accessibility and inclusion, a professional development workshop for educators on inclusive practices, and a day of performing arts events.

The Gallery exhibits officially open on September 24 and will run through October 28. Artists featured in the Main Gallery include painter Annie Young, painter Sherrie Grube, wood artist Paul J. Flick, and literary artist Alison Bergblom Johnson. The Up Gallery, located on the second level of the Northfield Arts Guild Center for the Arts, features the work of artists from Laura Baker Services and facilitated by Martin Thorsheim. Allina Medical Clinic showcases a photo essay documenting the work of the Guild’s Autism and the Arts program, led by Laura Goodwin. Photography is by Rob Morrow and Meg Ojala. An audio guide tour will be available for the Main Gallery and Up Gallery works, and devices will be available in the gift shop to use. (See the full Press Release for more details or visit the Northfield Arts Guild website).


Please see the attached Press_Release_ADA Retrospective Show (pdf format) for detailed information.

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Textile Center’s A Common Thread 2016 Call for Entry

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Deadline: October 23, 5 pm
A Common Thread showcases the exceptional work of Textile Center members. This annual non-juried exhibition gives every member an opportunity to exhibit their recent work in Textile Center galleries. Apply via our online form. Contact 
 with questions.

A Common Thread 2016 Important Dates

Entry Deadline: October 23, 2015,  5:00 PM

Artwork Due Dates: December 14, 2015 – December 18, 2015

Loan Period: December 14, 2015 – March 9, 2016

Opening Reception: January 7, 2016

Exhibition Run: January 7 – February 27, 2016

Pick-up / Return Shipping: March 7 – 9, 2016

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NEMAA Fall Fine Arts Show Partner Events

This year, NEMAA is proud to partner with a few local organizations who will coordinate their own exciting events during Fall Fine Arts Show gallery hours, within the gallery! We are pleased to work together with these wonderful organizations to highlight the interesting, important work they do, and to add an additional element to the Fall Fine Arts Show.
Location for all events below: Fall Fine Arts Show at the Solar Arts Building – 3rd Floor
711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN  55413
Salon Nordeast
Presented by Northeast Library

Let’s bring literature and visual arts together! Northeast Library will be hosting an author talk! Enjoy refreshments and readings from four local authors in a beautiful gallery setting. Buy a book and have your book signed. Authors include: John Jodzio, Neal Karlen, Julie Schumacher, and Brad Zellar. Moderated by Sarah Stonich. Salon begins at 5:30 PM. Facebook Event.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 19 from 4 – 7 PM

Arc’s Value Village – POP UP

Arc’s stylists will offer an assortment of trendy clothing and accessories for sale! Arc’s Value Village shoppers are inspirationally creative and enjoy a unique, vibrant selection of environmentally-conscious recycled clothing, home goods and imaginative treasures. Your purchases will support the Arc Greater Twin Cities, an organization that improves lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Date/Time: Friday, September 25 from 5 – 9 PM

Presented by MNJAG (Minnesota Jewelry Arts Guild)

MNJAG presents FALL COLLECT, a sales event featuring local jewelry artists with unique, handcrafted work. Join us for this gathering of spectacular, one of a kind jewelry! Cash bar and snacks provided by Chowgirls Killer Catering. Facebook Event.

Dates/Times: Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27, 12 – 6 PM

Questions? Contact NEMAA at 612-788-1679 or .

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Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts: Artists in Residence begin term

Fridley, MNSeptember 3, 2015.  This week Monica Sheets and Kit Leffler began their 18 month terms as Artists-in-Residence at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.  The art center has a history of supporting visual artists through this program, but hasn’t had an artist in this position for nearly five years.

An open call for applications for the September 2015-February 2017 Artist-in-Residence was distributed earlier this year and a pool of very qualified and diverse artists applied.  While only one position was originally advertised, the final review committee was struck by the synchronicity of both Monica’s and Kit’s proposals for a project to undertake during their terms and the artists agreed to share the artist studio and their final exhibition.

Monica and Kit will move into the second floor studio at the Banfill Tavern building and will have access to make art and use the space for meetings and at their convenience through February 2017, though residence is not literal as this opportunity does not cover lodging.  They will each receive a small stipend, and will have a culminating exhibition in January 2017 in the Banfill-Locke galleries.

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WARM State Fair Exhibitors & Winners!

Several WARM members were winners and exhibitors at the 2015 MN State Fair this year. Please join us in congratulating them on their successes!

Ann Ribbens State Fair Fine Arts Show Exhibitor – Art Quilt
“Breaking the Cycle”


Tina Anderson (nom de plume: Bunny Portia) State Fair Fine Arts Show Winner, 4th Place in Class 1 – Oil / Acrylic / Mixed Media
“Memento Mori I (Now You See Me, Now You Don’t)”

This piece was first shown in the WARM Member’s Show Portals and Passages, March 2015


Roxanne Richards State Fair Fine Arts Show Winner, Pastel Award of Exceptional Merit
“second thoughts”


From Roxanne:

I am pleased to announce that “second thoughts” was accepted into the 2015 Minnesota State Fair FIne Art Show and was awarded the Pastel Award of Exceptional Merit. The Fine Art Show is visited by over 250,000 each year and I hope you are one of them.

“second thoughts” was also a runner up in Professional Artist magazine “Portrait of a Professional Artist” contest. Professional Artist magazine is posting the runner ups on their Facebook page. My entry should post the Labor Day weekend.

Enjoy our last precious days of summer! Roxanne

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Jerome Fiber Artists Grant Exhibition at the Textile Center

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Jerome Fiber Artists Grant exhibition

September 3October 24, 2015 • Joan Mondale Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 3, 6-8pm

Artists’ Talk: Thursday, September 17, 7pm

Four Jerome Fiber Artists Project Grants awarded through Textile Center were created to expand opportunities for emerging artists to take a step forward in their artistic careers. You Know Who You Arethe culmination of these projects, features digitally designed and printed fabric, wearable art from adapted vintage patterns, knotless netting, mixed media assemblage, hand and digital printing, and collage.

  • Sarah Kusa
  • Becka Rahn
  • Jennifer Schultz
  • Kate Vinson

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NEMAA Benefit @ Indeed Brewing!


Indeed We Can – NEMAA in the Taproom

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 2, 3 – 11 PM
Location: Indeed Brewing, 711 15th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN 55413
Admission: Free entry! But of course beer and growler purchases are encouraged.

Hello NEMAA Members! What’s better than beer? Well, almost nothing. Unless it’s beer for a cause!

The fine people at Indeed Brewing Company are partnering with us for a night in their taproom as part of their #IndeedWeCan initiative.

All net proceeds for the night come straight back to Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) so bring a friend, bring two! Heck, grab a stranger and join us for a night of connection, good times and, most importantly, great beer!

Let’s collectively demonstrate how much our community values NEMAA and the art and artists of Northeast with a HUGE turnout!
Additionally, enjoy:

  • live music from guitarist Michael Salovich from 4-7 PM,
  • delicious food offerings from Red River Kitchen food truck,
  • mingle with delightful NEMAA staff and board, and
  • raffle drawings from 3-9 PM for art prints from hugely popular local artists and Art-A-Whirl t-shirts! Special thank you to the following participating artists: Michael Birawer, Todd Thyberg – Angel Bomb Letterpress, more to come!

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Northfield Arts Guild Sept. News

nag-logo-swirlNorthfield Arts Guild publishes a monthly newsletter with Events, Calls for Entry, and other news. Their September issue can be downloaded here: NAG-Sept News, or visit their website at !

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Call for Art: WARM’s “Fall Transformation… Looking Inward” Exhibit

October 1st – November 30th, 2015

Bethesda Hospital’s Gallery Cafe
559 N. Capital Blvd.
St. Paul, MN

WARM members are invited to exhibit at the Gallery Cafe at Saint Paul’s Bethesda Hospital – a long-term acute care hospital that offers integrated programs for patients whose illnesses or injuries have long-term effects.We are looking for works that portray the theme of “Fall Transformation… Looking Inward“.

Special Opportunity! Extend this invitation to a non-member friend!

Each WARM artist in the Fall Transformation show may invite one non-member friend to show with them! Just forward this email to a friend(s); invite them to show with you; and to mention your name when they contact Allie Hafez (below).

The Gallery Cafe is a high traffic space where your art will be appreciated by hospital workers, visitors and patients. Bethesda also has an art purchase program, and they often purchase pieces from shows to add to their art library. This library gives patients the opportunity to choose art for the rooms as part of their healing journey at the hospital.

For this reason, work needs to be appropriate for a healing, therapeutic setting; please no work depicting violence or other difficult to view subject matter.

Each artist can submit up to two pieces in their original submission. Following the first round of submissions, you may be asked to bring additional pieces as space allows. Wall pieces must be four feet or less in height, and ready to hang from a hanging system. Three dimensional work can be displayed in covered pedestals ranging in size from 12″x12″x12″ to 30″x30″x24″.

Email your submission to Allie Hafez at . Let her know:

  • The size of the pieces you plan to exhibit
  • Images of work are appreciated but not required. (Images sent may be used in publicity).

There is no entry fee for this show. The deadline to respond is September 16th. The call will close when 20 (twenty) 2D artists /8 (eight) 3D artists are confirmed.

Drop-off Day will be September 29th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Bethesda. If you can’t make it at this time you may bring art to Layl McDill’s studio at 34 Thirteenth Ave. NE, Suite 109. (Contact Layl at to set up a drop-off time).

If you are sending work with another artist (or delivering to Layl), be sure they have the following details about your work:

  • title(s)
  • medium
  • price of work (or “not for sale”)

We look forward to seeing your work, and new work from your friends!

Thank You!

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