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This House is Not for Sale. Open House Openings.

This House is Not for Sale. Open House Openings.

Join Art Block Leader Molly Van Avery for a front yard celebration featuring poetry by Moheb Soliman, screenprinting with Witt Siasoco, live music by Martin Dosh, food, and festivities.

Saturday, May 30, 6-8 pm
3505 11th Ave. S.

“This House is Not for Sale” is is a public art project conceived of by artist Witt Siasoco and poet/Art Block leader Molly Van Avery. Utilizing the realty sign as both a symbol for the themes of the project and as a structure for displaying art, poets and Siasoco have created site specific artworks in front yards throughout Minneapolis. THINFS brings together homeowners who purchased a previously foreclosed home with the assistance of the City of Lakes Community Land Trust and artists to think about what it means to acknowledge a home’s history and make a life in the wake of someone else’s loss.


Art Block leaders with their social analytics mapping.

“Sociography” This poem was written by Molly Van Avery after a dinner conversation with the 2015 Art Block leaders in May.

The Gospel of Lovkingkindness. Photo of Thomasina Petrus and Namir Smallwood connected by the Chicago skyline.

From the playwright of THE ROAD WEEPS, THE WELL RUNS DRY comes an equally powerful and poetic contemporary drama inspired be true events. Two young men growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Manny’s life is on track, and Noel’s life is derailing. Manny just sang at the White House; Noel just got kicked off the basketball team. When their paths cross, they risk everything for their dreams, leaving behind two grieving mothers and a city on the verge.

people listening to poetry at the 2014 Poetry Picnic

Our Art Blocks program is introducing a new Block Swap initiative in which Art Block leaders team up to host larger scale events!

Marisa R. Carr, Junauda Petrus, and Eliza Rasheed

The 2015 Naked Stages fellows are: Marisa R. Carr, Juanda Petris, and Eliza Rasheed. Marisa R. Carr is a composer, playwright, and activist who was named “Best New Political Playwright” by Lavender Magazine earlier this year. She will create a performance piece inspired by her police officer father. Junauda Petris is a dancer, writer, and aerial artist who will be installing ritualistic and artistic spaces around the building, outside of the theatre. Finally, Eliza Rasheed is an actor, dancer, playwright, and director who will use her lens as an Asian multiracial woman to guide her work.