New Works now on exhibit by Emerging Artist Grantees

Creators Space, a newly opened arts center in downtown St. Paul, hosted an exhibit in September-October of new works created by 11 Minnesota artists with disabilities. The artists received Emerging Artist Grants in 2016-17 from VSA Minnesota, with funding from The Jerome Foundation.

The Emerging Artist Exhibit was up from an Opening Reception with the artists on September 22 until October 21. Grantees included:

Visual artists:
Kristin Dieng, Plymouth — Stained Glass
Sarah Drake, Sauk Rapids — Mixed Media
Ruth Lais, Minneapolis — Mosaics
Samuel Lynn, Brooklyn Center — Ceramic Urns
Luke Lyons, Minneapolis — Ceramics

Multi-media artist:
Becca Cerra, Minneapolis — Dance/Sculpture

Ayesha Adu, Minneapolis — Screenplay writing
Carrie Salberg, White Bear Lake — Creative Non-fiction
Lucas Scheelk, Bremerton, WA — Poetry

Performance artists:
Angelique Lele, Minneapolis — Dance
Joey Schad, St. Paul — Music Performance

Creators Space is at 218 E. 7th Street, St. Paul, 651-340-6736. They offer studio space, rooms for classes, concerts in the Boiler Room, a coffee house and memberships.

The Emerging Artist Grants, which helped these artists with $2,000 each to create new work, has been a program for Minnesota artists with disabilities for the past 22 years, funded by the Jerome Foundation and administered by VSA Minnesota, whose mission is to create a community where people with disabilities learn through, participate in and access the arts.

The 2019 Emerging Artist Grant deadline is February 1, 2019. New applications will be available shortly. For more information, call 612-332-3888 or email

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