FROM POLLEN MIDWEST
Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is an education program, teen-staffed design enterprise and locally-rooted cultural development center founded in 1995. JXTA works with residents and stakeholders towards a vision of improved access to educational, economic and decision-making opportunities that create healthy, beautiful and safe physical environments, with a focus on North Minneapolis.
Developing Authentic Partnerships
"Time develops trust on both sides, and you are able to know each other in a real way. By actually liking your partner, you can do so much more."—DEANNA CUMMINGS, Juxtaposition Arts.
Doing the Work
"First of all, we just started doing the work. That is a part of the culture of JXTA. We didn't wait for somebody to tell us it was okay to do it or even to get a grant to do it. We just started doing the work."—DEANNA CUMMINGS, Juxtaposition Arts
Learn about JXTA's history and mission.
Creative Development: DeAnna Cummings
A major innovator in Minnesota’s creative economy, 2007 Bush Fellow DeAnna Cummings has spent nearly 20 years building Juxtaposition Arts and the North Minneapolis community that surrounds it.
Seven years ago, DeAnna Cummings took a hard look at the high-traffic, under-resourced intersection in North Minneapolis where she and her husband Roger had planted their business, Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA), and realized the view still needed some improvement.
“When we looked out the window at West Broadway and Emerson, we asked ourselves ‘is the community getting better?’ In some ways the answer was yes, but in lots of ways, it was no,” says Cummings.