Reposted from MINNPOST By Bill Lindeke | 03/20/15

40th Street Pedestrian Bridge Yarn Bomb by Hot TeaA freeway pedestrian bridge is probably the least pleasant place to spend time in today’s modern city. Often they’re narrow, utilitarian spaces surrounded by wire mesh cages, and every moment you’re perched inside, the exhaust and sound of cars flood your senses. They’re often covered in graffiti, and to many they seem like the epitome of urban dilapidation. It’s hard to imagine a less appealing setting.

But at the same time, these simple bridges can be the only link between neighborhoods that were cut in two by freeways generations ago. After decades of neglect, state agencies and community groups are starting to rethink how we design and build pedestrian bridges over our ubiquitous freeways.

Read about some specific problem bridges including our own 40th Street Pedestrian Bridge: http://www.minnpost.com/…/rethinking-our-narrow-often-ugly-…

Monday, April 13th @ 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Sunroom Studio, Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Ave S

Taught by: Carin Skowronsky

Carin will bring back a throwback jam and bring to it new school moves! Come get your groove on with this edgy routine!

Also save the date on Monday May 18 for a “Wedding Work-it-Out” Weddings Basic Dance Class including the Wobble, the Dougie, Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle and Gangnam Style!

More info on Eight C and workshops here: www.facebook.com/eightcdance

Thursday March 12- 15 & 19-22

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7 PM & Sundays at 2 PM

Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and a belief in the promise of the future.  Together they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

Pre-sale tickets and more information: http://southwest-high-school-theatre.ticketleap.com/ragtime/details

10997501_923056197729299_4167860218936470712_nSunday March 22, 2-5 PM

3754 Pleasant, Center for Performing Arts

Suggested $5 donation per family—dj’d music dance extravaganza—targeted at kids and families ages 2-12 (although younger, and older, also welcome!)

Organized by the Kingfield Neighborhood Association as an outgrowth of communaLAB at the HOP. Read more about the HOP, communaLAB, and the connection between the social and emotional well-being in our community in a recent Southwest Journal article here!

IMG_7910This is a reminder that life, and art, are often unpredictable.

Handmade pottery is a truly fragile thing–we had a heartbreaking kiln-firing at Washburn this weekend with bowls shattering right through and glaze not adhering and cracking right off. Artists, you do so much for this event already, but if you have an extra bowl or two to spare, please bring it to theColorWheel Galleryby February 5 for the Kingfield Empty Bowls 2015 event! Thank you for your support of this event andBeacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative‘s Nicollet Square housing site!

If you would like to arrange for a pick-up of a pottery donation please contact KFNA Executive Director Sarah Linnes-Robinson at info@kingfield.org.

Rocket Red Tulips framed by Bird on a StickPrinted via the Minneapolis 8th Ward Newsletter.

Minneapolis continues to be a hotbed of creative activity, according to new data that examines arts jobs, consumer spending and revenue of arts organizations. New data in the Creative Vitality Index 2014 Update shows that the Minneapolis area arts sector has moved up from sixth to the fifth strongest when compared to other top metropolitan areas. 

This is the second time this data has been compiled for Minneapolis, and it places the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area fifth nationally behind that of Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; New York and Boston.  In 2013, the creative sector (consumer retail sales in the arts plus nonprofit revenues) pumped $831 million into the Minneapolis economy. This is a 13 percent increase from $700 million in 2011.  The creative sector is a significant piece of Minneapolis employment; it employs nearly 20,000 workers, making up 5 percent of all jobs in Minneapolis proper.

For more information and a copy of the report, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/coordinator/arts/index.htm.

Midwinter Escape: A Kingfield Homebased Professionals Event!

Monday, January 26, 5:30-7:30 PM, The Aliveness Project, 38th & Nicollet, 2nd Floor

Break out of the mid-winter weariness and gather with your fellow Kingfield Homebasers for camaraderie and critique! Past January events have drawn over 50 home-based professionals, so you won’t want to miss this one! In addition to providing fun social time to combat winter isolation, the January 2015 Midwinter Escape will engage our own graphic and web designers. In a small group setting, designers will offer tips about the questions a client should ask a designer, and will provide direct, concise feedback on others’ current marketing materials!

Bring either your business card or a print-out of your website homepage!

Please pre-register as space is limited!  You can register at KFNA’s home page at www.kingfield org on the left-hand side of the page!

The cost of participating is $10 for Kingfield Homebased Professionals, and $20 for neighbors from adjoining neighborhoods. The cost covers snackable food and nonalcoholic beverages plus an optional cash bar on-site.

Questions? Contact KFNA Executive Director Sarah Linnes-Robinson at 612.823.5980 or  Sarah@kingfield.org!

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