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River See in Austin

“Rivers hold a special place in the traditions of African Americans—the site for baptismal rituals and concealed lynchings, the entry to the promise of freedom, the soothing azure green of Romare Bearden, the sultry undulation of Osun’s waters, the ancient dusky souls from Langston Hughes, and Tracy Chapman’s readiness to be washed over. It is hard to imagine an image more complex or potent in the African American psyche.” —Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones
Read Dr. Jones’ Linear Notes on River See»

Artist Applications for the 2013 Naked Stages Program are now available. Read more…

Pillsbury House + Theatre presents an Arts on Chicago project: Breaking Ice, Feb. 18, 25, and 26
Urban Speaks at Cafe Southside

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This blog post was generated  by Bree Sieplinga, Associate Director Upstream Arts.  Read more…
Washburn Theatre 2 & 3 class
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center mural

Join us for a public reception with Mayor RT Rybak and City Councilmembers Elizabeth Glidden and Gary Schiff to discuss the launch of twenty creative placemaking projects in our Arts on Chicago campaign and to learn about the other two Artplace-funded creative placemaking grants in the Twin Cities. We will serve non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks, and many of the artists will be on hand.

The second ten “creative placemaking” projects have been chosen to complete the creative line-up for the Arts on Chicago initiative. The final ten … Read more…

This fall local performing arts professionals team up with neighborhood kids for the 16th year of Pillsbury House Theatre’s award-winning Chicago Avenue Project. MARK MY WORDS features some of the Twin Cities’ top theatre artists, actors, and directors in ten original, short plays written by South Minneapolis youth.

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