February 2014 10,000 Fresh Voices Archives

Jackson Flats is a 41-unit condo building in Northeast Minneapolis developed by the Northeast Community Development Corporation and Artspace. KFAI producer Manda Lillie talks to ceramic artist Rachel Vitko about what it’s like to have an affordable live/work space in the heart of the city.

Abdi Elmi is the only court-certified Somali interpreter in the country. He lives here in Minnesota, home to the largest Somali population in the United States, and he—unsurprisingly—keeps a full caseload. KFAI producer Britta Greene brings us this story about Abdi Elmi and the challenges of interpreting at the highest levels.

Every weekend in February, somewhere on the outskirts of the Twin Cities, a group of artists gather and head out onto a frozen lake with a vision and several layers of clothing. They collectively form what is known as The Ice Shanty Projects, the brainchild of Peter Hokken Thompson and David Pittman, who started the event in 2004 on Medicine Lake. Sharing the ice with winter sports enthusiasts, they transform an unforgiving landscape into something truly dazzling and uniquely Minnesotan. KFAI producer Joe Sadowski reports on the history, logistics and inspirations behind the event, held on White Bear Lake in 2014. Production assistance by Nancy Skalkos.

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library (MALL) allows patrons to borrow artwork for two months at a time. Started by three recent college grads, the project recently received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. With the money, the library will move to a new space, build its collection and—the founders hope—reach out to more community members.

The Naked I: Insides Out is the third in a series of Naked I plays that explores an unprecedented breadth and depth of trans and gender non-conforming experiences. Led by 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities’s artistic director and founder Claire Avitabile, the performance includes monologues, short scenes, movement pieces, and spoken word poems produced and presented entirely by trans, queer, and allied artists. This story was produced for KFAI by Minna Zhou.

The sudden and dramatic regression of Monica Moses’ development in the early years of her life alarmed her mother and grandmother. They watched as the toddler lost her ability to talk, walk and make eye contact. They sought help, and when Monica was diagnosed with Autism, they moved forward with treatment and therapy. Today Monica is a happy 17-year-old and part of a multi-talented, multi-generational family who share creative genes in the visual and literary arts.

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