April 18, 2008

"Creative Organizing: Focus on the Visual Arts"

In this Labor Education Service class taught by Deborah Rosenstein, LES staff, and Ricardo Levins-Morales, artist, learn how to use the rich cultural heritage of working people to strengthen organizing, community and political campaigns. This class will cover many aspects of creative organizing, but will have a special focus on visual arts, including cartoons and humor to break down fear and communicate your message.

This non-credit class is one session, Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Humphrey Center on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. Cost is $50. To register, call 612-624-5020.

April 7, 2008

Job Opening: WSAC

The Women’s Student Activist Collective Is Looking for part time staff member 10-20 hours a week!


The Women’s Student Activist Collective (WSAC) is looking for a part time staff member to work as a part time administrator and group facilitator.

The WSAC ‘s mission is to empower women and transgendered people on campus to effect positive change in society. Our group is run in a non-hierarchal manner and we make decisions together as a collective by consensus. WSAC have temporary “chairs? where responsibilities rotate between collective members, and in that way we still have a structure to work within.

The WSAC is looking for a person who’s passionate about the diversity of women’s issues as well as interrelated issues concerning social justice like race, class, GLBTA issues, the environment, reproductive rights, human rights and religion. As a staff member you mainly have an administrative responsibility where your workday will entail activities such as: keeping the WSAC office open during your office hours, sending out announcements on our list-serve, replying and following up requests through e-mails and/or phone calls, paying bills, preparing our annual Student Fee’s Proposal to obtain our annual funding etc.

You will sometimes also be part of planning events and projects and work as an advisor for the group. In short, you will work as the “hub? of the group.

A possible idea is to split the 20 hour a week position into two 10 hour a week positions, but this will be up to the applicants and the group to decide what would be most appropriate.

Compensation: $14/hour

At least 1 year of work experience and/or academic studies that relate to women’s issues

Please send any questions, your letter of interest as well as your resume to Mia Ljung at before Friday April 18, 2008

We will schedule an informational meeting for applicants in the week of April 21- 25, so please let us know your preference on time and date that week.

Internship Opportunity!

This is an exciting internship opportunity at the Weisman Art Museum for next academic year that may be of special interest to students in Women's Studies.

Students will be involved in a two-semester project that is focused on building their knowledge and skills of public engagement through art and museums. Their work will focus on the Weisman Art Museum's spring 2009 exhibition, "Changing Identity: Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam."

During fall and spring semesters, students will meet once a week (Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Weisman). Fall semester will involve learning about public engagement and art museums and about the spring exhibition. Students will help to plan programs, outreach, and publicity for that project, and perhaps an iPod tour of the exhibition. In spring semester, students will implement their plans and assess their success.

I teach the class with collaboration from other Weisman staff and other speakers.

This year, we named this special internship "SCOPE" for "student class on public engagement." We've done much good, spirited work this year with programs around the Paul Shambroom exhibition. I'm looking forward to working with a a new SCOPE group next year.

Students should register for Museum Studies 5020, section 2, for two credits. They will need my permission and a number from me to register. They may contact Colleen Sheehy at with questions or to get a registration number.

February 15, 2008

$5000 Artist Fellowship

Public Art Saint Paul is offering $5000 groundbreaking fellowships to 3 artists to explore environmentally-conscious, sustainable art making practices in their fields.

The Fellowship period is from April 2008-March 2009. Artists need to live or work in the Twin Cities Metro area. Artists do not have to be full-time professional artists, however, they must not be full-time students. (Faculty, alumni, and staff of universities and colleges are eligible.)

Artists do not need to have experience in public art, any medium is eligible, including painting, drawing, printmaking, crafts, photography, installation, performance, etc.

The application is due March 14, and the application is attached. The application can also be found on the Public Art Saint Paul website, at

Please contact Public Art Saint Paul at 651-290-0921, or see the website at for more information.

February 4, 2008

City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places

Artist-Designed Public Drinking Fountains
Public Art Project

The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places Program and the Department of Public Works are pleased to invite artists to apply to design public drinking fountains to be installed at seven different locations in the City. The vision of this project is to celebrate the role water has played in Minneapolis history and to foster a commitment to honoring and protecting water as fundamental to all life.

Artists or artist teams from Minnesota may apply. Final designs, and possibly one or two fountains, will be unveiled as part of the City’s celebration of its 150th anniversary in July 2008.

Application deadline: Friday, February 22, 4:00 p.m

Request for Proposals

Mary Altman
Public Arts Administrator
City of Minneapolis
350 South Fifth Street, #210
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1385