Juxtaposition Arts, Inc

A nonprofit organization

$50,042 raised by 332 donors

100% complete

$50,000 Goal

Let's imagine bigger, dig our heels in deeper, and shape a future that fosters and invests in our most valuable assets: the creative thinkers and changemakers of the future.  

Raising this money will ensure the sustainability and resilience of the only Black-owned and operated, youth-focused art and design organization in North Minneapolis. It will help us continue to provide top-notch art and design education and employment for young people for many generations to come.

Our youth are the future. Your support directly contributes to their development at Juxtaposition Arts, so they can work towards their goals just like Bereket, Odis, and Qadiym have.

JXTA is the future.  A hub for art, design, equity, social justice, and economics in motion. Our model is built on continual evolution and regeneration: sustainability means change.  

Bereket Weddall: Apprentice in Contemporary Art Lab & Mural team

Recent project: BMO Harris Lake Street location mural

"What happens when community isn’t in Minneapolis and we lose sight of its importance?"

Odis Turner III: Apprentice in Textiles & Screen Printing Lab

Recent project: Design of the first-ever JXTA Flag + Bandits Bandana collaboration

"The original flag was meant to reflect and celebrate the Northside community with JXTA at the heart." 

Qadiym Washington: Apprentice in Environmental Design Lab

Recent project: Internship at Knock, Inc.

“I’ve learned to be responsible. JXTA was my first job - I’ve learned how to manage time, communicate, and ask for help when I need it."



Founded in 1995, JXTA is a youth and community development social enterprise rooted in North Minneapolis. Our mission is to develop community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power. At its core, our work builds North Minneapolis’ cultural, financial, and social capital by training our local youth workforce into creative industries and investing in the equitable development of North Minneapolis and the West Broadway commercial corridor. All of our programming is offered at no cost to our participants and their families. JXTA is the only local organization providing year-round creative training and employment for youth and the only organization that trains and employs youth who are entering into careers in urbanism and urban planning. 

JXTA employs about 70 youth each year. After completing our 12-week Visual Arts Literacy Training (VALT), young people aged between 14 and 21 are eligible to apply for an apprenticeship in one of our JXTALab micro-businesses (Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Tactical, Textiles, and Ceramics), producing high-quality design products and services for sale to local, regional, and national customers. JXTA employs adult professionals, or Lab Leads, to manage client jobs and train apprentices in the required skills and concepts for their respective Labs. In JXTALabs, apprentices learn alongside teaching artists and designers by working on real client projects. The skills they acquire in the Labs propel them into careers, higher education, and entrepreneurship, all while getting paid an hourly wage. In JXTALabs apprentices also receive mentorship from experienced art and design professionals, helping to build their confidence, skills, and portfolio. 

2020 marks JXTA’s 25th anniversary and two years into a four-year, $14 million Capital and Legacy Campaign to invest in facilities, programming, and in the creative futures of youth in North Minneapolis. The goal of the campaign is to create a stronger cultural ecosystem for our region, helping to guarantee a cultural legacy and asset for future generations in North Minneapolis.

“I’ll be a part of JXTA as long as it keeps teaching me things. I’m always able to have conversations here that I can’t have anywhere else.” -- Cameron Downey, JXTA Alum

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Organization name

Juxtaposition Arts, Inc

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Arts & Culture Education Community Economic Development

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving




2007 Emerson Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411



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