Kulture Klub Collaborative is an independent nonprofit arts organization that brings together artists and homeless teens at YouthLink/Project OffStreets, a crisis drop-in center- located in downtown Minneapolis. Through workshops, open mics, cultural presentations, and "art views," homeless teens develop their creative expression, receive exposure to artistic excellence, and enter into a group of peers, supportive adults, and diverse social communities.
Founded in 1992 by artist Dorit Cypis, KKC includes the team of Executive Director Jeff Hnilicka, Social Service Coordinator Susan Pohl, and Arts Administrator Ethan Turcotte. Together they program and manage KKC activities, develop and guide interactions and partnerships between homeless youth, professional artists, arts organizations, social service agencies, and funding institutions.
Kulture Klub has grown in many ways over the past several years. We have transitioned into an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization: developed a hard working Board of Directors: cultivated new funding relationships: and maintained a solid relationship with partnering organization YouthLink/Project OffStreets. Through all of this growth we have continued to provide innovative programs to increasing numbers of homeless youth.
Kulture Klub brings dignity and respect to homeless youth and to artists, populations that are both culturally neglected and separated. This effort catalyzes new relationships between art and community. Kulture Klub is a bridge for at-risk youth to move from isolation to expression, towards finding a voice of participation in their communities.