Jenea Rewertz-Targui, Manager of Community Programs and Access Initiatives at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (and past arts in education coordinator at VSA Minnesota), was named a 2019 LEAD Emerging Leader Awardee for her work increasing accessibility and inclusion in Ordway programs. She was recognized in early August at the LEAD conference in Denver. The Award acknowledges arts administrators who are motivated by the LEAD conference to become advocates for accessibility within their own organizations and communities. They successfully apply what they learn at the conference to open doors to and shape opportunities that are inclusive of people with disabilities and older adults in the cultural arts.
Minneapolis artist Martha Bird presents a joint exhibition of new and retrospective work at Kaddatz Galleries and Otter Tail County Historical Society in Fergus Falls from September 11 through November 1. A special event on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 at OTCHS (1110 Lincoln Ave. W.) is a Presentation and Q&A: “Reclaiming Basketry: Working Through Stigma to Reach Creative Potential.” It will be followed at 3:30 by an Artist Reception at Kaddatz Galleries (111 W. Lincoln Ave.), and an artist talk at 4:00. All events are free.
Anne Krocak is leading a mosaic project for the Highland Friendship Club and COMPAS in St. Paul to develop artistic skills in creating individual mosaics and a traveling exhibit of mosaics telling the stories of their community.
St. Paul storyteller Marie Cooney led many storytellers in five performances at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in early August. “Stories with Marie Cooney & Guests” focused on five story areas: Living with Disabilities, LGBTQA, Theater & Drama, Pets & Family, and Music & Spoken Word.
Minnetonka dancer Mike Cohn participated in a Fringe show as well: Not Here, Not Now, by Jay McMahon.
Becca Cerra, a 2015 Emerging Artist grantee, will have her exhibit Altered Aesthetics included in the exhibition Opulent Mobility at a gallery in New Jersey, with an opening on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Becca is also beginning her next long-term conceptual art project, Hallucinations (Physical Forms, Mental Distortions) about living with mental illness. She is accepting submissions until September 30 with details at https://files.constantcontact.com/6328bc1e501/a10534ca-b0d6-4ebc-808f-9a900f74ec12.pdf. She is also making a new piece for this year’s edition of Imagine Me Beyond What You See, juggling markets, teaching blacksmithing and yoga, and accepting orders for custom-made holiday gifts until November 15.
Minneapolis storyteller and past Emerging Artist grantee Amy Salloway is teaching three classes this fall. The Story Studio 2-Day Workshop is Sept. 14 (12-4) and 15 (12-2:30) at the Phoenix Theatre, 2605 Hennepin Ave. S. The workshop is a weekend intensive for those dipping their toes into storytelling waters for the first time or seasoned performers wanting to brush up skills. Fee is $150, with 15% off by signing up at http://bit.ly/2KzuwPD. More details here, too.
Memoir and Narrative Writing is offered through Minneapolis Community Ed on Mondays, Sept. 30 – Nov. 11 (not Oct. 14), 6:30-8:30 PM at Jefferson School, Room 328, 26th & Hennepin Ave. S. Fee $59. Registration: https://tce.me/h6sjYg.
Storytelling for the Page and Stage is offered through Minneapolis Community Ed on Wednesdays, Oct. 30 – Nov. 20, 6:30-8:30 PM at Jefferson School, Room 328, 26th & Hennepin Ave. S. Fee $45. Registration: https://tce.me/h6slU7.