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Design Q&A: JXTA apprentices Keanu and Pheng (part 2 of 2)

December 1, 2017 by Janette Law

This is the second post in a two-part series in which we’re excerpting four Q&As from a Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) Environmental Design Studio apprentice-produced “zine” about their summer 2017 experiences. (Read the first post.) We partnered with JXTA on youth community engagement and design around future RiverFirst parks at Upper Harbor Terminal and the Great.....

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Design Q&A: JXTA apprentices Maryan and Lanijah (part 1 of 2)

November 27, 2017 by Janette Law

For many Minneapolis youth from Project Sweetie Pie, Asian Media Access, and Urban Strategies we connected with last summer, kayaking with Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation was the first time they’d made contact with the mighty Mississippi. The Parks Foundation and our partner the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are working to.....

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Tomorrow’s river city emerging today

October 31, 2017 by Tom Evers

If you’ve traveled West River Road through the Mill district or crossed the Stone Arch Bridge these past few weeks, you witnessed the slow reveal of the Basset Mill, hidden for nearly 50 years beneath the former Fuji Ya restaurant. This is the beginning of what will become a new iconic park destination for Minneapolis......

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Next Generation of Parks | Watch Gia Biagi’s October 2017 presentation on urbanism & civic impact, featuring Juxtaposition Arts

October 30, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Gia Biagi, Urbanism & Civic Impact | A Next Generation of Parks™ event, October 2017 from Minneapolis Parks Foundation on Vimeo. As Principal of Urbanism for Studio Gang, Gia Biagi is always thinking about civic architecture. She sees the role of parks designer as that of convener, and a source of empathy in times of.....

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Summer forecast: New connections and fresh perspectives

May 30, 2017 by Tom Evers

In summer, the Minneapolis park system provides ample activities for youth, including sports leagues, summer camps, and places to gather and meet friends. For teens, parks also provide rewarding job opportunities as life guards, camp staff and “Green Team” landscape crews. The Minneapolis Parks Foundation is adding to that mix of opportunities – through experience.....

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Next Generation of Parks | Watch Maurice Cox’s November 2016 presentation on design and social justice

April 26, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Maurice Cox, Re-creating Detroit | A Next Generation of Parks™ event, November 2016 from Minneapolis Parks Foundation on Vimeo. Maurice Cox is a nationally renowned planner and practitioner of democratic design and citizen planning. As Planning Director for the City of Detroit, Cox is leading a dramatic transformation that finds parks and public space at.....

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Alien Invasion - 26th Ave N Pier

Youth designers re-imagine the future of the Minneapolis Riverfront

December 6, 2016 by Janette Law

It’s no surprise that if you asked 10 people what they want in a new park, you would get as many unique responses. Of course, if you want to know what people think, it helps to ask them. That’s what the Minneapolis Parks Foundation set out to do with our 2016 collaboration with the Juxtaposition.....

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JXTA apprentices reflect on first RiverFirst parks & connections tour

July 13, 2016 by Janette Law

On June 29, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation (MPF) and Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) completed our first “tour de North.” About fifteen youth apprentices in JXTA’s Environmental Design Studio undertook an 8-mile bike ride and 3-mile paddle to better understand existing conditions along the Mississippi River and connections from Northside neighborhoods to it. The tours (a second.....

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Minnesota Twins Community Fund Grant Supports RiverFirst Youth Engagement

February 9, 2016 by Janette Law

NEWS RELEASE MPF will collaborate with Juxtaposition Arts on visioning and designing community connections to the Mississippi River Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation (MPF) received a $50,000 grant from the Minnesota Twins Community Fund to bring fresh ideas, a new approach, and younger voices to the design and development of RiverFirst. A portion.....

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General Mills commemorates 150th anniversary with $3M “birthday gift to Minneapolis”

January 27, 2016 by Janette Law

NEWS RELEASE Lead gift made to the RiverFirst Campaign at the site of General Mills’ early beginnings as a company Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation today accepted a $3 million “birthday gift to Minneapolis” from the General Mills Foundation in the form of a three-year lead corporate contribution to the RiverFirst Campaign. Ken.....

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