Talk-It Hennepin: Honoring History - The Avenue Through the Ages
Thursday, March 8
Talk-It Hennepin kicks off with a panel of local historians and experts in Native history, transit and GLBT issues examining the stories and histories of Minneapolis’ first street and gathering place. Discussion will range from Hennepin Avenue’s roots as a Dakota footpath and a trading/transportation hub for fur, agricultural commodities and people, to its modern transformation and function within the city’s evolving economy.
Talk-It Hennepin Workshop: Putting Our Stories on the Streets
Saturday, March 10
Thursday, April 26, 7:00pm
Candy Chang is an artist, designer, urban planner and co-founder of the New Orleans-based studio Civic Center who often combines street art with social activism.
Saturday, April 28, 10:00am
Local artists help shape a communal vision for Hennepin Avenue, drawing on words, visual art, music and dance in a fresh form of city and cultural planning.
Candy Chang’s participation is sponsored by Forecast Public Art, Walker Art Center and Hennepin Theatre Trust.
Monday, May 7 at 10:00am
Charles Landry begins his Twin Cities visit to inspire new thinking and start a dialogue with the neighborhoods along the Central Corridor Light Rail Line from Hennepin Avenue to Lowertown, St. Paul. Partners include Metropolitan Council, Twin Cities LISC, St. Paul Riverfront Corporation and Ethnic Cultural Tourism Destinations Collaborative/CultureBrokers Foundation.
Saturday, May 12 at 9:30am
With Hennepin Avenue as the central point, local artists and urban designers will ask workshop participants to walk up and down the Avenue, lead them to visualize challenges and suggest problem-solving ideas.
Thursday, June 7, 7:00 - 9:00pm
The Talk-It Hennepin series of conversations and workshops as part of the broaderPlan-It Hennepin project to re-imagine Hennepin Avenue, wrapped up on June 7, 2012 at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s New Century Theatre with Owning Public Space - The Power of Place Identity. This talk featured local artist Seitu Jones,Chanchanit Martorell of Thai Town, LA and Don Mitchell, a cultural geographer and MacArthur Fellow, exploring the challenges of creating shared space in multi-cultural, urban environments.
Saturday, June 9, 9:30am – 12:30pm
The local artist team will lead this “naming and claiming” workshop and participants will explore different ways to talk about the Avenue as a shared cultural experience. The workshop will identify work to be done to improve the space and how various tasks to move Hennepin Avenue forward might be shared. Note, as part of Northern Spark, also taking place June 9, Talk-It Hennepin will be contributing to the activities.
Talk-It Youth Programs
2nd Annual Say Word Youth Poetry Festival
Saturday, April 21
The MN Spoken Word Association in partnership with Plan-It-Hennepin present the 2nd Annual Say Word Youth Poetry Festival: THE EXCHANGE
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