Happy New Year!

We had a fantastic 2012 and we are looking ahead to 2013 with some exciting new projects. We are starting the new year with an extensive photography workshop series with artist Adriana Rimpel: Adriana Rimpel is a photographer, musician, and youth worker born and raised in St. Paul of Mexican and Haitian decent. She received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a focus in photography. Her photographic work engage voices within the Latino community and investigates themes of cultural identity, place, and the psychological unconscious. For over two years Adriana has performed with the six-piece vintage-Latin-band Malamanya as lead vocalist. The group released a self-titled EP in August of 2011 and plans to release a full length disc at the end of 2012 with funds received for the Minnesota Emerging Composers Awards. (Continued after image)

KKC photography project with Adriana Rimpel

Her background in education includes work in the youth division at Centro Inc, a non-profit organization serving the Spanish speaking immigrant communities of Minneapolis. Currently she is the Program Manager for Teen Programs, overseeing the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council and programs for teens at the museum, where she has been since September of 2009. Both Adriana’s visual and youth work aim to support and empower voices of under-served communities, while her music with Malamanya unites diverse publics to celebrate the folk music of Latin American countries. We began our workshops last night, and the polaroid photos you see on this page are the result.

We are also attending the Walker Art Center’s Out There series during the month of January. Out There, which is a series that allows for provocative new artistic works, is celebrating 25 years this month. We’ll let you know what we think!