Great Idea! Exchange is latest Streetlife/Remix event

The University of Minnesota's College of Design, along with Juxtaposition Arts, the Hawthorne Area Community Council, and the West Broadway Coalition, present the Great Idea! Exchange from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 at the Bean Scene Coffeehouse, 2220 West Broadway, Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public.

At the Great Idea! Exchange, a new Northside youth-arts collaborative will present a slate of youth-focused or art- and design-based projects for the public to vote on. Each project builds on the unique strengths of the collaborative's partners and uses the arts and design to benefit the Northside community. The winning project will be announced that night and implemented later this year. It will also receive funding.

The collaborative includes Juxtaposition Arts, Avenues for Homeless Youth, Homewood Studios, Hawthorne Area Community Council, Kwanzaa Church and the Northside Arts Collective.

Hosted by Minneapolis Council Member Don Samuels and community member Tish Jones, the event will also showcase the ongoing collaborative work of Streetlife/Remix, an interdisciplinary partnership between Juxtaposition Arts and the U of M's College of Design that strives to understand the complex problems and opportunities along the West Broadway corridor.

"It's exciting to see such a committed and talented group of organizations teaming up to benefit their community," said Kristine Miller, associate professor of landscape architecture at the U of M. "There will be an amazing set of projects presented during the event."

Streetlife/Remix: An interdisciplinary community/university partnership between the DI, Landscape Architecture and Juxtaposition Arts, with the goal of enhancing student learning through community engagement, developing new teaching and research models, and generating new knowledge that will increase the organizational capacities of community partners.