ArtiCulture and Our Saviour’s Housing have partnered to create a series of visual art classes for emergency shelter residents experiencing homelessness. The program actually began in fall 2013, with the support of a $25,000 Partners in Arts Participation grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Instructors Abbey Kleinert and Kyra Schugt have been leading four-week session classes where participants get to experience in-depth, high quality arts education.
Toni, a resident in permanent supportive housing, described the activities as challenging her to dig deep and really get in touch with herself. She explained, “When you’re homeless, you lose your sense of self; you lose possessions, home, family, and your identity." More about the project on our Art in the Community page...
Calling ArtiCulture Nation! Our spring fliers are coming and we need YOUR help!
Volunteers distribute our fliers to the schools and business of South Minneapolis (and a little St. Paul) four times a year. It's our most effective means of advertising our classes.
The next distribution date is Tue. Feb. 17th. Pickup is set for 9:30am, but the date and time can be negiated from there if need be. You just need a few hours and a car - this a GREAT gig for pairs. We provide the maps, addresses, and everything else.
(Also - we like to say thanks with gift certificates for our classes.)
Interested? Fill out an online volunteer application and we'll reply toute de suite!
Each summer from June through the end of August, interns have the opportunity to work side-by-side with professional artists in an educational setting by assiting them in weeklong summer camps for kids going into preK-grade 6.
Interns will gain first-hand knowledge of teaching philosophies and curriculum development, while getting valuable experience in a non-profit arts setting.
Complete information and an online application are on the internship page. Check it out and apply today!
The following changes have been made to the winter schedule:
- Art Expeditions : This 7 week class will now start one week later and run from 2/1-3/22.
- Fashion Design Intro : This 9 week class will now start one week later and run from 1/28-3/25.
- Passionate Artist : This 7 week class will now start one week later and run from 2/3-3/17.
ArtiCulture and People Incorporated were just awarded an Arts Learning Grant from the MN State Arts Board for the continuation of our partnership serving adults with mental illness through 2014/2015. We are all very excited to be able to continue offering ArtiCulture/Artability programming into the future.
About the program...
During 2012/2013 People Incorporated, an organization offering services to adults with mental illness, partnered with us to receive an Arts Access grant from the MN State Arts Board. The pilot project, Artability, offered arts instruction in our studio classrooms specifically for their client population.
Class curriculum was intentionally designed to create an atmosphere of trust and nurturing. This enabled participants to not only learn new skills and artistic techniques, but to also see the creative process as a tool for healing, meditation, and positive self expression.
The results of this project were striking. Participating students felt empowered by this communal experience and have resulted in ongoing positive change in self-worth for some individuals. Read the words of one student on our Art in the Community Page.
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We have classes for all seasons and all ages. See our class schedule to find our more about our current offerings and to register now! Class schedule >>
ArtiCulture has a store that features the work of local artists. Currently we are showing hand-made cards, jewelry, purses, scarves, prints, and ceramics. About our store >>
What parents say
"Jasper loved being at ArtiCulture! He came home raving about how much fun he had and definitely wants to go again ... Thanks for creating a great space for kids!" Our approach to arts for all ages >>
Testimonials from young artists
"This place is like a miracle!" -- "I want to come back 10,000 times."
Make a Sketch
Our website features an interactive drawing game that lets you make awesome sketches. Check out some of the sketches that people have posted to our gallery. See >>