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Meet Minnesota’s only 100% grass-fed creamery


We here at Good Work Group are incredibly excited to be working with one of our favorite local farms, Cedar Summit Farm. Cedar Summit is Minnesota’s only 100% grass-fed creamery. Their cows never eat a bite of grain—even in winter they chew on preserved grasses grown on Cedar Summit’s 185 acres.

What is the difference between “100% grass-fed organic” and “grass-fed organic”? It’s the 100% difference. 

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Artists in Storefronts welcomes new award-winning artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Joan Vorderbruggen

612.205.8516

info@artistsinstorefronts.com

 


Award-winning sculptors, costume designers, public artists, & more will decorate Whittier July 21-September 9

Whittier Artists in Storefronts brings workshops, street art, pop-up galleries, storefront exhibits, and community-building events to South Minneapolis as part of a unique public art project

July 11, 2012 (Minneapolis)— The second installment of Whittier Artists in Storefronts will highlight Minnesota’s award-winning and emerging talent as part of a community-engagement effort that is setting the standard for public art projects.  

 Beginning July 21 and running through September 9, artists will take over 25 storefronts and points of interest throughout Whittier, including the façade of the Black Forest Inn, which will be decorated with a mosaic mural by artist Angela Carlson Talle ,and the exterior of 2609 Stephens Ave., which will host a “Before I Die” wall by TED senior fellow and award-winning public artist Candy Chang. Visitors will be able to write in their bucket-list wishes for public display.

“This installment of Artists in Storefronts really speaks to our overall mission,” says organizer Joan Vorderbruggen. “It’s inclusive, wide-reaching, and full of amazing, award-winning talent that is going fill up these spaces and change the neighborhood.”

That talent includes, among others: renowned costume designer Jack Edwards, who served as costume director at the Guthrie from 1971 to 1989; acclaimed photographer Carrie Thompson, whose work exploring small-town America garnered her a 2009 McKnight fellowship; 50 volunteers who created the award-winning interactive photo exhibit Homeless is My Address; Not My Name, which will be installed at 35 E. Franklin; and sculptors Mary Jane Mansfield and Julia Caston, who have received awards from Franconia Sculpture Park.  

 Jack Edwards will be showcasing work from his 8th floor Dayton’s Christmas exhibits, including figurines inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, and other fairy tales, as well as many significant Guthrie Theatre costumes, sketches, and a new line of jewelry. His works will be in a unique pop-up gallery that will be open to the public on Saturdays through September 8 and Tuesday, August 7, and Thursday, August 16.

Internationally acclaimed public artists will also be taking part in Whittier Artists in Storefronts. The South Minneapolis public exhibit will feature a “Before I Die”  wall and “I Wish This Was” stickers by the aforementioned artist Candy Chang, who has garnered attention worldwide for her work in New Orleans.

And the Guerrilla Girls, an internationally acclaimed feminist public-art activist group, will launch a billboard campaign in support of defeating the Marriage and Voter ID amendments. A benefit gala to fund the project will be hosted at Cult Status Gallery on August 11, with local bands Pink Mink and Iguano.

 In addition to the benefit gala, walking and bike tours will be held throughout the exhibit run; an opening reception will be held at the Black Forest Inn Banquet Hall on July 21 from 7pm to 10pm; the alley behind 2737 Blaisdell Avenue will play host to a classical music concert on August 7 from 7:30pm to 9pm; and a closing-day street festival on September 9 will connect the Whittier and Phillips neighborhoods by engaging the community in animating the 24th Street Pedestrian Bridge.

 “We are so thrilled with the success of Artists in Storefronts and that we have an opportunity to bring more artists in to be a part of it,” says Vorderbruggen. “My hope is that this will engage new audiences and help inform public art projects of the future throughout the Twin Cities. There is so much opportunity here to bring artists into the community in new ways. We can’t wait to see what comes next.”

About Whittier Artists in Storefronts

 Whittier Artists in Storefronts aims to promote neighborhood vitality by turning vacant Whittier storefronts into alternative exhibition spaces that showcase work by local artists. An ongoing project throughout the Twin Cities, Artists in Storefronts works with neighborhood organizations, artists, and local businesses in an effort to promote creativity, revitalize local economies, and provide everyone with equal, open access to art.

 For more information, check out artistsinstorefronts.com

To learn more or schedule an interview, contact Joan Vorderbuggen at 612.205.8516 or at info@artistsinstorefronts.com; or contact Molly Priesmeyer at molly@goodworkgroup.com.

See what MPR, the Star Tribune, Vita.MN, MinnPost, and more are saying about Artists in Storefronts.

 Participating artists and storefronts

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Artists in Storefronts: Call for artists, collaborators, and participants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:                                           

Joan Vorderbruggen
612.205.8516
info@artistsinstorefronts.com

Whittier Artists in Storefronts: Call for artists, collaborators, and participants

Whittier Artists in Storefronts launches second exhibit beginning July 21 and running through September 9.

June 13, 2012 (Minneapolis)—Fresh off a successful public art exhibit that included more than 25 spaces and nearly 100 collaborators, Whittier Artists in Storefronts is beginning a second run of exhibits utilizing the neighborhood’s vacant or underused storefronts and building facades.

Now through July 9th, artists, collaborators, store owners, and participants can apply to be a part of this exciting project that promises to alter the Twin Cities urban landscape and influence public art projects in the future.

The most recent Whittier Artists in Storefronts project was the first of its kind in the city, helping to propel local artists into the public sphere and engage the community in a unique, ongoing dialogue about space, art, and the future of the neighborhood.

"All pilot participants, artists, and property owners alike operated on the merit of the idea,” says project lead Joan Vorderbruggen. “Now that we have received a startling amount of press and both the arts community and the neighborhood have made it very clear this is a project they appreciate and want to continue, my focus is on growth and improvement.”

To that end, the second Whittier Artists in Storefronts project promises to host numerous participatory art workshops, including creating a mosaic mural with award-winning artist Angela Carlson Talle; hosting a community yarn bombing event in a public space; and organizing a closing-day street festival that will connect the Whittier and Phillips neighborhoods by engaging the community in animating the 24th Street Pedestrian Bridge.

Everyone is encouraged to apply to be a part of Whittier Artists in Storefronts, from mural artists to photographers to arts organizations who want to participate in hands-on public art workshops.

The project offers something unique for the community, storefront owners, arts organizations, and artists themselves. “The opportunity to participate in the Artists in Storefronts project opened up my art practice in significant ways,” says Twin Cities-based multi-media artist  Pritika Chowdhry. “AIS allowed me to tap into the potential of non-gallery spaces to create site-sensitive installations that not only imbued my work with with a unique feel, but also animated the space in unexpected ways.”

Adds Minneapolis photographer Steven Lang: “I’m not a street artist, so people seeing my work simply by being on the sidewalk was totally new for me.I was happy to be in the company of artists like Candy Chang who focus on community engagement. I learned a lot, and it has informed my practice outside the Storefronts project.”

Thousands of people were able to see the artists’ works showcased in a unique, public environment. Storefronts and facades that were once vacant or blighted became destination spots for people in the neighborhood and beyond. Local and national press took notice, too, with MinnPost art writer Andy Sturdevant calling it one of his favorite art projects in the Twin Cities.

“We are so thrilled with the success of it and that we have an opportunity to bring more artists in to be a part of it,” says Vorderbruggen. “My hope is that this will engage new audiences and help inform public art projects of the future throughout the Twin Cities. There is so much opportunity here to bring artists into the community in new ways. We can’t wait to see what comes next.”

About Whittier Artists in Storefronts:

Whittier Artists in Storefronts aims to promote neighborhood vitality by turning vacant Whittier storefronts into alternative exhibition spaces that showcase work by local artists. An ongoing project throughout the Twin Cities, Artists in Storefronts works with neighborhood organizations, artists, and local businesses in an effort to promote creativity, revitalize local economies, and provide everyone with equal, open access to art.

Participating artists will be announced July 11th.

For more information, check outhttp://www.artistsinstorefronts.com/.

To learn more or schedule an interview, contact Joan Vorderbuggen at 612.205.8516 or at info@artistsinstorefronts.com; or contact Molly Priesmeyer at molly@goodworkgroup.com.
See what MPR, the Star Tribune, Vita.MN, MinnPost, and more are saying about Artists in Storefronts. http://artistsinstorefronts.com/

Artists can apply here:  http://artistsinstorefronts.com/apply.php#artists
Storefront owners can apply here:
http://artistsinstorefronts.com/apply.php#store-owners

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Participating artists announced for Whittier Artists in Storefronts

Participating artists announced for Whittier Artists in Storefronts project, launching April 27th! 
The ongoing public-arts project includes walking tours, a bike tour, a Northern Spark “all-night” street-performance party, and more.
This is a first-of-its-kind project in the Twin Cities, with more Artists in Storefronts projects to come throughout the Twin Cities in the next year. Artists in Storefronts is helping transform vacant, underused, or blighted landscapes and storefronts into ongoing public art exhibition spaces open to all.
Joan Voderbruggen, an artist who spearheaded the entire project, is available for interviews.

Contact: For Immediate Release
Joan Vorderbruggen
612.205.8516
info@artistsinstorefronts.com

Whittier Artists in Storefronts project confirms more than 20 artists for public art exhibit launching April 27th

Interactive art, murals, walking tours, and a Northern Spark “Busk Till Dawn”party reinvigorate Whittier with a first-of-its-kind public art exhibit

April 12, 2012 (Minneapolis)— Beginning at the Whittier Alliance headquarters (10 E. 25th St.) and winding its way through 26th Street and along Nicollet, Stevens, and Franklin avenues, Whittier Artists in Storefronts is a first-of-its-kind Minneapolis public art exhibit that promises to turn urban sidewalks into interactive art walks.

Utilizing vacant or underused storefronts and building facades, Artists in Storefronts brings murals, mini libraries, photo exhibits, “yarn bombs,” art installations, and more to Whittier streets, beginning Friday, April 27th and running through Northern Spark on June 9-10th.

The brainchild of writer, artist, and award-winning storefront designer Joan Vorderbruggen, the Artists in Storefronts project works with neighborhood organizations, artists, and local businesses in an effort to promote creativity, revitalize local economies, and provide everyone with equal, open access to art.

Twin Cities woodworkers, designers, photographers, graphic artists, sculptors, muralists, and more will use Whittier streets and storefronts, many of which have been hit by the foreclosure crisis, to create alternative exhibition spaces open to all. 

Among the 20-plus Twin Cities artists creating murals and installations, writer Sheila Regan and font designer Anton Pearson designed an over 60-foot-wide moss mural on the building facade of Rainbow Chinese at 2739 Nicollet; poet and public artist Emily Lloyd’s “6 Words Minneapolis” project will fill a storefront at 35 E. Franklin Ave.; textile artist Carly Stipe’s yarn bombs will become unique, colorful sculptures in and around the City of Lakes Waldorf School at 2344 Nicollet Ave.; and designer Liseli Polivka will create a window display for vintage retailer Blacklist Vintage. 

The project will also feature existing murals and points of interest, including a mural by local McKnight artist Mike Lynch and a sign by muralist Arturo Quintera

In addition, the work of TED senior fellow and public artist Candy Chang, whose artworks in New Orleans have been featured on NBC News and Oprah, among other media outlets, will inspire a “Before I Die” wall on the facade of the Fallout Gallery at 2609 Stevens Ave. S. 

Her stickers, “I Wish This Was…,” will also be used to create an interactive dialogue with the viewer and the empty landscape, allowing viewers to express their ideas for vitality on the foreclosed-upon spaces. 

Maps with storefronts and artist info will be available at the Whittier Alliance Building and participating businesses. Walking tours with “special guest tour guides” will also talk place every Saturday at 2pm, as well as Thursday May 17th at 9pm and Saturday evening, June 9th, during the Northern Spark Festival. 

An opening-night party will kick things off on Friday, April 27th, at The Fallout Co-Op Studio Building located at 2601 2nd Ave. S. in Studio 3. Running from 7pm till 9pm, the party will include refreshments and an artist slide show of process shots of the projects.

A “Busk Until Dawn” closing-night party will take place during the Northern Spark Festival on June 9th. “Busk Until Dawn” will showcase the best local acoustic, spoken word, and avant-garde street artists, all performing at the recently transformed Icehouse Court at 2540 Nicollet Avenue. Performances begin at 9pm and run until the sun comes up.

About Whittier Artists in Storefronts

Whittier Artists in Storefronts aims to promote neighborhood vitality by turning vacant Whittier storefronts into alternative exhibition spaces that showcase work by local artists.

An ongoing project throughout the Twin Cities, Artists in Storefronts works with neighborhood organizations, artists, and local businesses in an effort to promote creativity, revitalize local economies, and provide everyone with equal, open access to art.

For more information, check out http://www.artistsinstorefronts.com/

To learn more or schedule an interview with the organizer or artists, contact Joan Vorderbuggen at 612.205.8516 or at info@artistsinstorefronts.com; or contact Molly Priesmeyer at molly@goodworkgroup.com


Schedule of Events

Friday, April 27, 7pm-9pm
Opening-night party

Saturday, April 28, 2pm (All tours begin at Whittier Alliance Building)
Walking tour

Saturday, May 5, 2pm
Walking tour w/ special guest tour guide

Saturday, May 12, 2pm
Walking tour

Thursday, May 17, 9pm
Nighttime bike tour

Saturday, May 26, 2pm
Walking tour w/ special guest tour guide

Saturday, June 2, 2pm
Walking tour w/dogs

Saturday, June 9 
“Busk Till Dawn” Northern Spark party

Full list of participating artists and storefronts 

  1. 10 E. 25th St./Whittier Alliance: Leah Carlson  
  2. 2344 Nicollet Ave: Carly Stipe
  3. 2120 Nicollet Ave./Chicago Dentists: Tom Siler  
  4. 35 E. Franklin Ave., north facing: Steven Lang  
  5. 35 E. Franklin Ave., east facing: Emily Lloyd
  6. 2524 Nicollet Ave./Lost and Found: Joan Vorderbruggen  
  7. 2529 Nicollet Ave., street facing: Julie Jjurrens  
  8. 2529 Nicollet Ave., south facing: Lori Moucha  
  9. 19 E. 26th St.: Joby Lynn Sassily-James  
  10. 25 E. 26th St./Blacklist Vintage: Liseli Polivka  
  11. 2609 Stevens Ave./Fallout Arts: Candy Chang, “Before I Die”
  12. 2613 Stevens Ave.: George Wurtzel  and  Judy Anderson  
  13. 2613 Stevens Ave. : George Wurtzel and Paul Dickinson
  14. 1 E. 26th St./The Black Forest Inn: Jack Barkla and Mike Lynch 
  15. 2613 Nicollet Ave.,left side: Michael Wong  
  16. 2613 Nicollet Ave., right side: Pritika Chowdry
  17. 2710 Nicollet Ave.: Jerome LaValle and Billy Casell
  18. 2739 Nicollet Ave./Rainbow Chinese: Sheila Regan and Anton Pearson  
  19. 2801 Nicollet Ave./Marhaba: Glenn Terry  
  20. 2821 Nicollet Ave./Old Arizona: Taylor Lindgren
  21. 2750 Nicollet Ave./Marrissa’s: Arturo Quintera 
  22. 2710 Nicollet Ave./Shuang Hur : Elana Wolowitz  

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NEWS RELEASE: Art takes over Twin Cities vacant buildings

We’re incredibly excited to be working with Artists in Storefronts on this community-building project that will showcase some of the Twin Cities’ most innovative artists and ideas. 

Whittier Artists in Storefronts asks: What if vacant buildings and facades became exhibition spaces for public art? What if the public could engage with art in new ways? What if blighted neighborhoods became destination spaces?

This is a first-of-its-kind project in the Twin Cities. 

Check it out! 

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Artists in Storefronts project turns blighted streets and storefronts into spaces for public art

More than 20 artists will use Whittier storefronts, sidewalks, building facades, and more to create interactive, walkable exhibits open to everyone

April 5, 2012 (Minneapolis)—Murals. Yarn bombs. Photography. Sculpture. Library stands. Video projects….Artworks of all kinds will be on display beginning Friday, April 27, in vacant or underused storefronts and on street corners and building facades along the Eat Street commercial corridor, thanks to the efforts of a pilot project by Artists in Storefronts. 

The brainchild of writer, artist, and award-winning storefront designer Joan Vorderbruggen, the Artists in Storefronts project works with neighborhood organizations, artists, and local businesses in an effort to promote creativity, revitalize local economies, and provide everyone with equal, open access to art.

The recession and foreclosure crisis have not only created abandoned homes throughout the Twin Cities, but left neighborhoods dotted with empty, beleaguered buildings. Vorderbruggen sees public art as an opportunity to revitalize these neighborhoods and engage the community in new ways. 

“I was really inspired by Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue project last year,” says Vorderbruggen. “And I started imagining an entire city block in a declining business area as this urban walking gallery, something everyone could participate in that would also help the community. And I thought, why not start it here in Whittier, in my own backyard?”

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NEWS RELEASE: New Twin Cities project aims to bring sustainable food to everyone


New project aims to make sustainable food more accessible in the Twin Cities

 Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers are building urban gardens and promoting hands-on agricultural education in an ongoing effort to bring sustainable food to low-income homeowners and vulnerable neighbors

March 12, 2012 (Minneapolis, Minn.) —- Twin Citians are putting their money where their mouths are—most recently supporting urban agriculture projects run by Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers that will benefit the chronically ill, meal-program patrons, and low-income homeowners.

 More than 120 Minnesotans donated a total of $9,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers, a Twin Cities small business dedicated to transforming city landscapes into tasty, beautiful, and sustainable mini-farms. Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers will use the funds to partner with area non-profits in an effort to promote hands-on sustainable-farming education and grow food for low-income families and vulnerable neighbors.

“The community-at-large is stepping up and honoring the desire for healthy food that is growing across classes and cultures,” said Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers co-owner Krista Leraas.

Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers, run by Leraas and her partner Dina Kountoupes, works with homeowners, renters, businesses, and communities to grow backyard farms and promote healthy food and a healthy environment. With their expertise in sustainable farming and environmental education, Leraas and Kountoupes have helped hundreds of people turn their yards or community gardens into permaculture mini-farms full of veggies, fruits, herbs, and more.

Beginning this spring, Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers will work with several Habitat for Humanity families throughout the 2012 growing season to help them establish and maintain organic vegetable beds in their yards. 

“It’s an empowering step toward greater self-determination for the families,” said Terry Barnes of Twin Cities for Habitat for Humanity.

In addition, area meal programs such as The Aliveness Project will also get a boost of hyper-fresh, hyper-local herbs and produce via Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers’ Food Shelf Gardens.

The Aliveness Project, a Twin Cities community center for people living with HIV/AIDS, will receive fresh, organic vegetables such as gold tomatoes, leeks, heirloom purple chili peppers, spinach, bell peppers, broccoli, and more from Harvest Moon’s Food Shelf Gardens.

In an effort to promote sustainable agriculture education, the Harvest Moon’s Food Shelf Gardens will be grown in partnership with urban-farming students and land-access donors such as South Minneapolis’s Land Stewardship Project.

Harvest Moon’s “Full Service Kitchen Garden” clients will also have the opportunity to participate in the new programs by designating a percentage of their harvest for food shelf donations.

“We were pleasantly surprised at the enthusiasm and generosity of our clients and Kickstarter backers,” said Harvest Moon co-owner Dina Kountoupes. “I think it demonstrates our very human longing to care for one another via good food.”

ABOUT HARVEST MOON BACKYARD FARMERS

Harvest MoonBackyard Farmers helps Twin Citians transform their city landscapes into tasty, beautiful, and sustainable mini-farms. Their mission-driven approach brings eco-friendly food production education, installation, and maintenance to a wide range of eaters including families, community gardeners, businesses, and schools.

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 For more information, or to schedule an interview with Krista Leraas and/or Dina Kountoupes, please call Krista Leraas at 612-209-2146.

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My punny Valentine

We love puns. Especially when they’re in quotes for emphasis. That’s why this is ”Eggs-actly” the kind of perfect Valentine card that makes us so happy. To all of our great clients and friends doing good work in the Twin Cities and beyond: Have a happy day, all of you small-fry good eggs with hearts of gold.