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The Art of Me at Midwest Special Services

Who: Open to the general public
When/Where: See below
Cost: FREE

Midwest Special Services (MSS) and Upstream Arts are thrilled to present The Art of Me, a unique theatrical experience featuring original poetry, song, dance, paintings, and even improvisation! Featuring Upstream Arts participants from six MSS sites, these performances are the culminations of our fall residencies with MSS, which use the arts to explore the complicated nuances of personal expression and social interaction.

Three performances will presented this fall, each featuring two groups of participants, at different locations throughout the Twin Cities metro:

Friday, September 19, 6pm – MSS Oakdale/St Paul groups at MSS Oakdale Center (3400 Granada Ave N, Suite 190, Oakdale, MN 55128)

Friday, November 21, 6pm – MSS Apple Valley/Eagan groups at MSS Eagan (3265 Northwood Circle, Suite 180, Eagan, MN 55121)

Friday, December 19, 6pm – MSS Brooklyn Park/Shoreview groups at MSS Brooklyn Park (7600 Boone Avenue N, Suite 86, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428)

Doors open at 5:30pm, and light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please contact MSS Creative Arts Development Specialist Lauren Hughes at (651) 454-9010 or via email at [email protected] This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Arts on Chicago – Call for Artists with Disabilities

Who: Artists with disabilities living in the Central, Powderhorn, Bancroft, Bryant neighborhoods of Minneapolis
When: Deadline November 3

The Arts on Chicago initiative returns in 2015 for another exciting year of creative placemaking projects along Chicago Avenue! Arts on Chicago will continue to implement art projects to knit together existing creative assets in the Central, Powderhorn, Bancroft, Bryant communities along Chicago Avenue from 32nd Street to 42nd Street, using the process to build a framework for the ongoing support of a vibrant arts and cultural district. Our neighborhoods already have creative assets like artists, public spaces, arts organizations, and arts-related businesses. Arts on Chicago’s creative placemaking furthers the use of the arts in neighborhood locations to encourage social interaction and connection, support the growth of local businesses and safer streets, and to promote a sense of neighborhood identity and ownership.

Through the support of VSA of Minnesota, Arts on Chicago will select two projects by artists who are based in our target neighborhoods and who have disabilities or are working with and/or alongside individuals with disabilities to create this project. The selected artists will each receive $5,000 to carry out their work. Click here for details and application.

Information Sessions:
Monday, October 20, 12-1pm
Saturday, October 25, 1pm-2pm
at Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN

Questions: Call Mike at 612-787-3655 or email [email protected]