Element's work with Juxtaposition Arts started with the Skate-Able Art Plaza first of its kind skatepark in north Minneapolis. With the physical infrastructure of North Minneapolis facing disinvestment for decades, JXTA's former building required a tear down due to structural failure. Rather than leaving an empty lot while fundraising to design a new campus, JXTA apprentices worked with City of Skate to design and install the Skate-Able art plaza. Throughout the past year, the outdoor plaza has brought together neighbors to safely maintain social distance, exercise, plan and dream together for the future, and has become part of an ambitious and transformative vision of reimagining the plaza into a campus for future growth.
Element continues to work with the team at JXTA to coordinate work with their design, fundraising, and construction teams for this 30,000 SF campus redevelopment project in north Minneapolis. The renovation of two buildings will be reimagined to provide a new 15,000 SF art center and plaza for the nonprofit organization. With $5.5 Million raised to date from private foundations, individuals, Met Council and the State of Minnesota, JXTA is on track to raise the funds to start construction on the new campus in the summer of 2021
“JXTA is building a new state-of-the art campus on the corner of Emerson and Broadway avenues. We are reimagining the economic reality of young people in the creative arts, injecting vitality, curiosity and Black excellence in the creative economy of Minnesota.” - Gabrielle Grier, Juxtaposition Arts Managing Director
JXTA's $14 million renovation joins other exciting development projects slated for the North Minneapolis community.