Art Blocks


About Art Blocks

Art Blocks is an opportunity to reach deeper into our community, get connected with our neighbors on a personal level through exciting artistic activities, and, in the end, strengthen the relationships that make the area around Pillsbury House and Theatre a more vibrant place for everyone to live.

Art Blocks convenes, trains and supports over 30 community based artists or artist teams to organize their immediate neighbors. The artists engage their neighbors first in creating art on the blocks where they live, and then in events and performances occurring in the four neighborhoods surrounding the Pillsbury House and Theatre.

The goals of this program are as follows:

  1. To increase access to the arts among the 23,000 people living in Central, Bryant, Bancroft and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods of South Minneapolis.
  2. To increase connections and attachment among residents and artists.
  3. To train and support artists living in these four neighborhoods.



Participating Artist Organizers:

  • Molly Van Avery
  • Peter Haakon Thompson
  • Andrea Jenkins
  • Douglas Ewart
  • Roxanne Anderson
  • Anna Meyer
  • Soozin Hirschmugl
  • Mike Hoyt
  • Lacey Prpic Hedtke
  • Niki Duxbury
  • Zoe Sommers
  • Wing Young Huie
  • Eduardo Cardenas
  • Valerie Deus
  • Junauda Petrus
  • Rebecca Rayman
  • Farhia Omar
  • Blayn Lemke
  • Barb Rose-Brown
  • Carlyle Brown
  • Esther Ouray
  • Florence Hill
  • Fernanda Sequeiros Hart (Plan Grow Share)
  • Jessica Lopez Lyman
  • Emanuel Ortiz
  • Sayge Carroll
  • Xiaolu Wang (The Womb)
  • Bruce Silcox


Art Blocks Birdhouse

Celebrate an outdoor exhibit or original birdhouses by Jade Townsend & Witt Siasoco inspired by a summer of over 25 Art Blocks projects that strengthened relationships, block by block.

Pillsbury House + Theatre is thrilled to announce a new partnership with HECUA and their Art for Social Change course.

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.

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.

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!

This poem was written by Molly Van Avery after a dinner conversation with the 2015 Art Block leaders in March. “poverty forces creativity…”

Xavier Tavera Zine preview

Come celebrate another awesome photography project in South Minneapolis! Art Block leader Xavier Tavera will share portraits he as taken of small business owners on the South Side.

Poetry Picnic, June 27, 6pm

A celebration of language, food and summer light, the event includes a free picnic dinner prepared by Youth Farm, music, and poetry delivered to your blanket by powerful poets.

Artist Eduardo Cardenas is facilitating a community building art project with his neighbors to build and re-make playful structures.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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