Rezek House Mural
Muralist Brendan Hudson worked with young people residing in Rezek House, a transitional living program operated by Lutheran Social Services in St. Paul, to design and produce a large scale mural. The mural represents the community of Rezek House and their intentions to beautify their neighborhood. The mural was completed in September of 2012.
Video by Allison Herrara
The Downtown 100 Tour
The Downtown 100 Initiative aims to connect individuals that have a high frequency of police contact and use of the shelter system with resources for stability. Young people ages 18-24 that have been identified work with a case manager at YouthLink and Kulture Klub Collaborative developed a creative way to engage these young people and amplify their voices.
In the summer of 2016, artists-in-residence Greg Johnson and Andy Sturdevant facilitated a workshop series aimed to capture the talents, experiences, and stories of our youth. The result was an informative and entertaining tour through Downtown Minneapolis, an important neighborhood for young people who are struggling with homelessness. This area contains important resources such as the Central Library, government offices, transportation hubs, and employment opportunities.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
This film was made by students in the HECUA program Making Media, Making Change in partnership with Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN). The course immerses college students from campuses across the Twin Cities in the local media justice landscape and allows them to develop their skills as media activists and filmmakers
Kulture Klub: Our Stories
During the Spring of 2015, artists-in-residence Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey led Kulture Klub in a series of workshops in writing, performing, and documenting. Spoken word, poetry, and rap were all explored utilizing the skills and exercises that Cage and Bailey infused the sessions with. Youth were able to refine their work, record it in our studio, and learn how to use the camera.
Kenna Cottman and Kulture Klub
Choreographer and dancer Kenna Cottman planned community meals with a dance lesson. The community meal corresponded with the style of dance for the evening. Participants had the chance to talk about what came up during the dance while they shared the meal as a group.
Artist-in-residence: Seitu Jones
Seitu Jones is a landscape architect and sculptor who often works in public spaces. For several months, Seitu and artist Adjoa Sutota planned and fabricated a mobile art park with homeless youth. KKC youth are now able to identify spaces in the downtown landscape that they would like to be more inviting to other young people. Video by Allison Herrera.
During the Spring of 2015, artists-in-residence Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey led Kulture Klub in a series of workshops in writing, performing, and documenting. Spoken word, poetry, and rap were all explored utilizing the skills and exercises that Cage and Bailey infused the sessions with. Youth were able to refine their work, record it in our studio, and learn how to use the camera. Super star guest artists Truth Maze, Jayanthi Kyle, Maria Isa, Muja Messiah, and Nick Demeris graced our space with their talents and added to the mix. It was here that our sacred performance space was named ‘The Living Room’.
The Deep End
Kulture Klub Collaborative was fortunate enough to have Minneapolis-based musician and rapper Kristoff Krane with us for a residency based on performance, writing, and recording in our studio. Young artists drew inspiration from videos of performances by Nina Simone, Amiri Baraka, Lauryn Hill, and Gil Scott Heron. Discussions about identity, race, police brutality, homelessness, foster care, and family were the sparks igniting the flames of explosive creativity. Guest artists Dem Atlas, Sarah Greer, MaLLy, Joe Horton, and Adriana Rimpel graced us with their stories and skill