The Davis Center

The John B. Davis Education and Service Center (image via Google Maps)


Art is an expressive tool, and portrait photography can provide a unique reflection of the human soul. This fall, 12 students from Roosevelt High School, along with Upstream Arts Teaching Artists, explored what makes us who we are… an exploration that happened through photography, theatre, dance, painting, poetry, and music.

An Upstream Arts residency offers participants, most whom are receiving special education services, the chance to engage in multiple art forms alongside professional artists, learn new skills, and express themselves. Throughout the process, the artists guide participants’ understanding of artistic concepts, such as how body language communicates emotion; how a rhythm shift can change the tone of a dance; or how spacing between actors changes the meaning of their relationship. Every step of the way, participants observe, create, and perform alongside these professional artists.

The images that make up The Art of Me are a combination of portraits taken in partnership with Minneapolis-based photographer Jeff Cords, self-portraits, and portraits taken by classmates. They will be featured at the John B. Davis Gallery in the Minneapolis Public Schools district headquarters, the John B. Davis Education and Service Center, from December 17, 2015 through January 12, 2016, serving as the kick-off exhibition for The Viva City Fine Arts Festival, a celebration of the outstanding fine arts education offered in the Minneapolis Public Schools. The exhibit is supported by MPS Arts, MPS Special Education Department, and Upstream Arts.

December 17, 2015 – January 12, 2016
The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7am-9pm.
Closed on weekends and school holidays.

The John B. Davis Gallery
The John B. Davis Education and Service Center
Minneapolis Public Schools
1250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411
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Click here to visit the John B. Davis Gallery website.