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Virtual Artist in Residence (AiR) For Youth and Teens

FREE week-long sessions begin

July 27, August 3 and August 16

Calling all youth and teens! Get creative with hands-on art projects: join our Virtual Artist in Residence (AiR) classes. Youth and teens ages 8 to 18 are invited to join in a week of kit-based artmaking from home, connecting with a Virtual Artist in Residence (AiR) and other young creatives. Participants will explore themes related to water and various art mediums as part of the AiR program, a partnership between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia).
AiR participants receive new, safely packaged art supply kits to use and keep. Artworks from Mia’s collection serve as inspiration as participants connect virtually with local artists-in-residence, share artwork and ask questions.

At the end of each AiR week, creations are featured on Mia’s social media platforms and an AiR Tour at Space is limited, so sign up today.

South Minneapolis, July 27-31, Ages 13 to 18

Art kit pick-up: Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Ave S.

Register at

NE/SE Minneapolis, August 3 -7, Ages 11 to 14

Art kit pick-up: Beltrami Park, 1111 Summer St NE

Register at

Southwest Minneapolis, August 17-21, Ages 8 to 14

Art kit pick-up: Whittier Park, 425 W. 26th St.

Register at

Walker Art Center Re-opening

Our Doors Are Open, Whenever You’re Ready

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

725 Vineland Place, Mpls.

We look forward to seeing you starting this Thursday! Timed admission tickets are now required for all visitors, even for free admission during Target Free Thursday Nights (5–9 p.m.) and Free First Saturdays, as well as for ages 0–18 and Walker members. Not a member? Join now to enjoy unlimited free gallery admission year-round.

New! Through Museums for All, $2 admission tickets are available for visitors who present an EBT card upon check-in.

What to Expect During Your Visit: New procedures and guidelines are in place to ensure your visit is as seamless and contactless as possible: timed ticketing maintains limited building capacities, all visitors must wear masks, and groups should stay physically distant. We are also reserving Thursday and Friday mornings (11 a.m.– noon) for those who are vulnerable or at risk.

Now on View:Tour six decades of Jasper Johns’s work in printmaking in An Art of Changes, discover the expressive potential of the human body in The Expressionist Figure, and explore traditional, new, and even surprising artworks from the Walker’s collection in Five Ways In. See for more information.

Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify: Essays, by Carolyn Holbrook

Virtual Book Launch

Wednesday, August 12, 4 p.m.

Carolyn Holbrook will host a virtual event on Wednesday, August 12 at 4 p.m. for the launch of her new book, “Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify: Essays.” Her granddaughters, Tess Montgomery, Nia Davis, and Najah Davis will read sections from the book, and there will be a Q&A with Carolyn moderated by Pamela Fletcher Bush and Artika Tyner. Please register via Eventbrite to receive the Zoom meeting information:

Once a pregnant sixteen-year-old incarcerated in the Minnesota juvenile justice system, now a celebrated writer, arts activist, and teacher, Carolyn Holbrook has heeded the call to tell the story of her life. In a memoir woven of moments of reckoning, she summons stories born of silence, stories held inside, untold stories stifled by pain or prejudice or ignorance. Read more about the book here: Hosted by Carolyn Holbrook and University of Minnesota Press. Free and open to the public.

You Are Invited to Help Change the World

Transition Longfellow

Planning Meeting (via Zoom)

Wednesday, August 19, 6 p.m.

Are you one of those people who sees the constant stream of negative news, ranging from mass extinctions to global pandemics and the climate crisis and then feels overwhelmed with a sense of hopelessness? If you are, then you are not alone, even if it can sometimes feel that way. The fact of the matter is that each of us has more power to create change than we may realize, and the Transition Movement is a great way to help inspire change at the community level. Transition Longfellow is a grassroots group of citizens from the Longfellow and surrounding neighborhoods working to make our community more equitable and sustainable. We would like your help doing more of that. If you have a passion for social change, we want you on our team, whether your passion is for erasing systemic racism, creating more friendly spaces for wildlife, generating alternative energy, growing food, or any other thing that creates a more just and healthy world, then we have a seat for you at our table.

Join us at our next planning meeting – Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 6 PM. The meeting will be held via Zoom. You can join the meeting here:

At this meeting, we will actually be playing a fun game, designed to inspire new ways of thinking of our futures. Be ready to meet others, to laugh, have fun and be inspired by what the future could bring! We hope to see you there! Please drop an email to if you plan to attend.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) Announces Its 2020-2021 Season – Theater Six Feet

Laura Stearns in O my God!


Our first play, “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother,” opens, outside, Saturday, Aug. 15, in the back yard of a private home.Sunday, Aug. 16, 1 p.m., it will be at the Harriet Island Target Stage area, St. Paul. The rest of the performances, which run through August 30, will be at other private homes in the area, Harriet Island Target Stage, and the Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater, Wolfe Park, St. Louis Park.

The season consists of a 3-Show Passbook Package with one add-on. The venues for the plays will be a combination of various outdoor sites, Pay-Per-View, and the possibility of being inside the theater for the spring play in April 2021.

“We are looking forward to our new season … with the knowledge that it will be a season like no other,” said Producing Artistic Director Barbara Brooks. “While we can’t predict the future, we have carefully planned this season and are excited to move ahead.”

Here’s the season:

25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

by Kate Moira Ryan and Judy Gold

Performance Dates: August 15 – 30, 2020

Various outdoor venues/sites

Fifty Jewish mothers were asked, “What makes a Jewish mother different?” Straight, gay, young, old, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, practicing or not, their responses were poignant, honest and fiercely funny. Based on interviews with women across the U.S. over the course of five years, this comedy features Kim Kivens. (This is an add-on to the 3-Show Passbook Package.)

Operation: Immigration

Written and performed by Avi Aharoni

Performance Dates: October 17 – 25, 2020

A filmed performance, shown online as Pay-Per-View

A young Minnesotan searches for information about his late father’s life and finds a story of immigration and assimilation. Along the way, he struggles to find himself. Says Avi Aharoni, “I had to find out where I came from. And to do that, I had to learn about my father and the life he had before I knew him.” A 2019 Fringe Festival award-winning hit, updated. A special filmed performance, pay-per-view, online.

Musical Revue

Conceptualized by Barbara Brooks and Kevin Dutcher

Performance Dates: February 13 – 21, 2021

A filmed performance, shown online as Pay-Per-View

You may not know all their names, but you know their music. Some of the best-known songs ever written were by Jewish composers. This Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company original show will feature music by composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Bob Dylan. Enjoy this lively presentation from your home and sing and dance with abandon! A special filmed performance, pay-per-view, online.

The Peoples Violin

by Charles Varon

Performance Dates: April 24 – May 15, 2021

A filmmaker receives a grant to make a documentary about his father, a famous Jewish author and therapist for Holocaust survivors. When the discovery of a mysterious violin slowly uncovers the family’s unspoken history, the project turns into a gripping quest for truth. This suspenseful drama reveals the complexity of family and the search for identity.

Ticket information at 651.647.4315 /

Outdoor Dance & Drum Class

Saturday afternoons

Bossen Field Park

5657 28th Ave. S., Mpls.

1 to 2:30 p.m. West African Dance with Sana Bangoura

2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Djembe and doun class with Fode Bangoura

Duniya Drum & Dance will hold outdoor classes every Saturday afternoon, with social distancing in place. Please bring a chair if you can.Classes are $15. $5 drum rental (text ahead if renting 651-338-5409). Park in lot on E. 56th St. then follow paved path to the field.

Note: Class cancellations will only be posted on our Facebook page.

Free Acupuncture

Sundays at 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran Church

3901 Chicago Ave., Mpls.

Calvary is currently partnering with Acupuncturists Without Borders, who provide group healing circle treatments. A simple treatment of 5 needles (or ear seeds) in each ear. Ear points include treatment for the whole body and help provide an overall sense of well-being. Results include improved ability to cope; improved ability to sleep; improved mental clarity; reduction of aches and pains; and reduction of depression and anxiety. We plan to offer treatments every Sunday in Calvary’s courtyard (Chicago side of our building). Come and experience it! To learn more about Acupuncturists Without Borders, follow this link:

Sewing Masks for Hospitals

Can you sew?

One critical need that has emerged recently is the need for more personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gowns, in hospitals and other health care settings. In recent days, doctors and nurses have warned that they are running out of equipment to stay safe as they diagnose and treat patients. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Allina Health, along with several community partners, have launched a statewide volunteer effort, calling for people to sew and donate masks for doctors, nurses, and other medical staff. The CDC compliant DIY mask pattern, material list, and directions can be found here:

Can’t sew, but still want to help? If you don’t sew but would like to support the effort, donations are welcome to Sew Good Goods through GiveMN at

All money received will be used for supplies to support the community through this COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a Minnesota health system that would like to receive handmade masks or a local fabric store that would like to supply fabric to volunteers, contact Susan Schuster at to be added to the list. Health care systems accepting masks are asked to provide their own drop-off sites and make sure their facility has a process for accepting and sanitizing masks.Any surplus masks will be made available to other organizations in need.

When Home Won’t Let You Stay:

Art and Migration

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Bringing an intimate virtual experience of Mia’s special exhibition, right to you. We’ll always be here for you—as a place for creativity, healing, and reflection. While our galleries remain dark, you can visit us virtually. Enjoy this series of short videos highlighting artworks featured in the exhibition “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Art and Migration,” narrated by Gabriel Ritter, Mia’s head curator for contemporary art. You can watch them all here:

Walker at Home

Walker Art Center

While our galleries are closed, we still want you to connect with art, artists, and the community you love. The Walker homepage at is your source for videos, articles, and activities to help you stay engaged. Check out the Walker’s downloadable art activities for kids (or adults!) and learn about upcoming live online events. Plus, you can still visit the Sculpture Garden! Although the Walker building is temporarily closed, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden offers a place to enjoy art in a beautiful landscape. The Garden is open regular hours, from 6 a.m. to midnight every day. For your safety, please use social distancing practices and maintain a minimum of 6 feet from others while visiting the Garden.

Stay Home and Make Art!

Let’s all do our part to help flatten the curve. Collaborate with Twin Cities artist Amy Rice! Visit her Flickr album to download Amy Rice original coloring pages, fun for kids and adults of all ages.

What Matters Most with

Milkweed Editions

Introducing “What Matters Most,” a new video series by and for the Milkweed community. Each week, one of our authors will reflect on daily nourishments in their lives — people, objects, traditions, places, plants, and more—that bring them strength, joy, solace, or peace. “What Matters Most” was born out of our collective acknowledgment that times of uncertainty cement the importance of the things—big and small—that give our lives meaning. For us at Milkweed, it is our community of readers, authors and donors that matters most and who seed the publishing of literature that changes lives. While we are physically distant, it is our hope that through these videos, you’ll feel more connected—to our authors, to Milkweed, and to each other.

In the first installment of “What Matters Most,” poet Adam Clay greets us from his front porch and shares how he centers himself through the simple act of reading a few beautiful lines from a poem. Adam is the author of “To Make Room for the Sea,”“Stranger,”and“A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World.” View this video and others in the series at

The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross

On Bob Ross’s YouTube page, you can find all 31 seasons of his show, encompassing a total of 403 roughly 30-minute episodes. And every single episode is available to watch for FREE online at Each episode features Bob Ross painting a different nature scene, while he goes over the techniques and materials you need to paint right along with him. Dig out your old art supplies and paint some “happy little trees” with Bob!

Quarantine Dance Specials 2020

With powwows canceled, hundreds of indigenous dancers are sharing videos of themselves dancing in isolation on the Quarantine Dance Specials 2020 Facebook page. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of powwows across North America, Tiny Rosales, an indigenous dancer living in California, knew she needed to do something to keep people dancing. So she started the Facebook group, where people from around the world can post videos of themselves dancing in isolation. The group hosts regular competitions with prize money attached, but some people just use the group as a platform to show others they are still dancing in spite of tough times. So far, hundreds of people have posted video clips on the Quarantine Dance Specials Facebook group. Rosales said it’s “beautiful” to see so many people dancing. “I think it’s important we continue dancing not only for mental health, but for the healing prayers,” she said. “When we dance, it’s a beautiful feeling. Only a dancer knows that feeling and there’s another place we go to (when we dance).” Visit the site at

Open Culture

Open Culture scours the web for the best educational media. We find the free courses and audio books you need, the language lessons and educational videos you want, and plenty of enlightenment in between. Visit for ebooks, online courses, MOOCS, language lessons, movies, concerts, plays, business courses, audio recordings, great lectures, celebrity reading lists, and more—all for FREE.\

Coming to the Table (CTTT)

Third Saturdays

10:30 a.m. to noon


For more information, please email Peacebuilding at

At Coming to the Table (CTTT,, descendants of those who were enslaved and descendants of slave owners and all those interested in engaging safe constructive dialogue, come together to envision the U.S. as a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal the racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, and the racism it continues to spawn. Join Peacebuilding Associate Trainer Crixell Shell and others invested in transforming trauma into nonviolent power. Since seats are limited, please sign up for this free event at  Questions? Email

Riverview at Home: Virtual Cinema
Help support the Riverview Theater and catch a new independent movie at home!
If you are interested in supporting us during these hard times while watching great cinema, here’s your chance! A few cinema distributors have created “Virtual Screenings” of some independent films we might typically show. You are able to watch these films at home, and it provides economic support for independent theaters like the Riverview. By using the links we provide, you will be supporting us. For each film you rent, a percentage of the cost will go directly to the Riverview. Find out more at /  Films we are now offering in our Virtual Cinema include
Bungalow – A mesmerizing portrait of a young German soldier who goes AWOL and returns to his childhood home in the countryside.
Quarantine Cat Fest – Amateur filmmakers from around the world filmed their beloved cats during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
Proud – From the award-winning director of Fatima, this three-part episodic cinema event is a chronology of tolerance and a portrait of one family through changing times.
Runner – A refugee marathoner sets out to be South Sudan’s first Olympian against all odds.
Hill of Freedom – A woman returns to Seoul from a stay in the mountains and is given a packet of letters left by a man who has come back from Japan to propose to her.
Woman on the Beach (2006) – New 4k restoration. A filmmaker goes to a seaside resort to finish a script and starts seducing his friend’s girlfriend.
My First And Last Film – A deeply personal documentary that contemplates questions of life, death, love and aging.
The Surrogate – Jess is thrilled to be the surrogate for her best friend and his husband, but when a prenatal test comes back positive, it creates a moral dilemma that threatens their friendship.
Runner – A refugee marathoner sets out to be South Sudan’s first Olympian against allod ds.
New French Shorts 2020 – A single feature-length program of delightful, funny, charming, and provocative recent short films from France.
Alice – After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child.
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Based on the international bestseller by Thomas Piketty, this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power that shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities.
Fourteen – Two childhood friends weather life together with varying degrees of success.
Pahokee – In a small agricultural town in the Florida Everglades, hopes for the future are concentrated on the youth. In this documentary four teens face heartbreak and celebrate in the rituals of an extraordinary senior year.
Sunrise/Sunset – After failing his university entrance exams for the third year in a row, a young Korean man travels to New York City to visit his long-distance girlfriend.
Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint – The story of a visionary artist whose talent, intellect and dedication to her craft produced a prolific body of work unlike any other. But until very recently her name was absent from the history books.
The Hottest August – Ordinary people in New York are asked to talk about their lives and their hopes for the future in a time marked by political division and climate change.
Vitalina Varela – A Cape Verdean woman navigates her way through Lisbon, following the scanty physical traces her deceased husband left behind and discovering his secret, illicit life.
The Booksellers – A behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it.
Incitement – This film chronicles the disturbing descent of a promising law student to an intransigent ultranationalist obsessed with murdering his country’s leader, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The Times of Bill Cunningham – Bill Cunningham, the legendary New York Times photographer and fashion historian, shares his life story in his own words and photographs from his remarkable archive of over 3 million images.




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