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

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

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!

10923103_10152938896461233_1265136452_oMoksha by The Hop

Monday January 12, 5:30-10 PM at the Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant

Come ready to take a joyous inner self-journey through creative interactive media at the HOP’s inaugural event Moksha.

This event is your one-stop spot for:

- Fantastic and Original Art

- Great Conversation

- New Exciting People

- Diverse Interaction

- Free Massages and Body Work

- Kundalini Yoga

- Vinyasa Yoga

- Self-Created Inspiration

- Creative Ecstatic Dance

The event kicks off with an amazing community workshop brought to you by Inspyre, and continues throughout the night leaving you with a renewed mind, body, and spirit for 2015.  For a full schedule of activities and timing please visit the Facebook page!

Cost $5, or more if you are able.

KFNALogoWelcome 2015!  Get the latest news on all things “Kingfield” in the latest newsletter.  This edition is being mailed to all Kingfield homes and property owners right now, but if you cannot wait, you can also read it here!

Be sure to also sign-up to receive the free, weekly Kingfield eNews, courtesy of KFNA.  the link to register is on the lefthand side of the website!

Paint-a-Bowl for Kingfield Empty Bowls 2014!

Paint-a-Bowl for Kingfield Empty Bowls!

Paint-a-Bowl for Kingfield Empty Bowls (follow these links to the FaceBook events!)

January 10, 1-3 PM, MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet

Local artists have created some beautiful ceramic bowls for our Kingfield Empty Bowls 2015 Event (coming on 2/5/15!) but we need your help…come and paint a bowl that will be given away at this event to serve as a reminder of our many neighbors that are in need of food and shelter!

Supplies are provided, we just need YOU to be the painter! No prior experience necessary! Donations accepted at the event and contributed to the overarching Empty Bowls event which is a fundraiser for Nicollet Square!

Recommended for ages 6 and up; ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Full details are here!

CarolingReverse Caroling, you ask, what is THAT?   The households listed below are gathering a troop of non-wandering minstrels who will play and sing holiday tunes by an outdoor fire. We have heard rumors of guitars, jug bands, and even accordions joining in the merriment and coming together with you to raise your communal voices to the stars! To join the fun all you need to do is bundle up, pack a warm beverage in a mug, and visit any or all of the following sites! Bring your own sing sheets, or some sites will also have them provided. Instruments and children are welcome too, of course!

Reverse Caroling Host Sites:

  • 3640 Garfield Ave
  • 4203 Blaisdell Ave
  • 4019 Blaisdell Ave
  • 3700 Nicollet Ave (Note, this location is indoors at Butter Bakery Café where communal caroling will also be offered! Frigid weather is not an excuse to not participate!)

Contact Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Director, at if you have questions.

Neighbors: If you want to join in the fun last minute, just add your address to the Facebook Event! All we ask is that you have a fire going from 6:30-8 PM, be welcome to everyone joining you, and be committed to singing carols (providing song sheets is optional!)

Also, all neighbors, just for fun, we ask that if possible you light a luminary in your yard on Monday evening to light the way for your neighbors on their evening walk!

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