According to the University of Minnesota's Racial and Ethnic Diversity Index, North Minneapolis is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis.
Diversity has always been a positive term in my book, but there can be two sides to every coin. The positive side of diversity brings new opportunities and people into the community making it a wonderful place to live. The flip side is that inequality still exists and separation of people and opportunities continues.
I feel art can be used as a bridge to get people to come together and find common ground. Doors Open is a city-wide celebration occurring on May 18-19, 2019. The goal of the event is to bring the community into spaces they don't usually get to see. I'm participating to share the story of the North Side and to get community members who don't normally get to meet together and learn the story of the community we all share.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 10-5:00PM
Sunday, May 19, 2019 10-5:00PM
Plymouth Avenue Art Studios
2404 PlyMouth Ave. N.
We are still very excited about the big blue box project! We have collected over 400 toiletry items and boxes to date. We have already distributed some boxes to needy folks at the Night of Hope event in Minneapolis on September 25th.
We would love for more groups to come out to create art for boxes and help pack boxes. Our next scheduled Big Blue Box workshop day is scheduled for:
Saturday, October 7, 2017
The Big Blue Box Project is coming along well! A continued thanks to all those who have come out and donated their time, money and resources.
St. Stephen's Street Outreach is one organization we hope to create a continued partnership with. Click on the link above for more information about the organization.
First, I would like to thank all the community members who came out to help paint and create drawings for the Big Blue Box Project. To date, community members have created 300 boxes and unique works of art and donated 100 toiletry items.
For those who don't know, the Big Blue Box Project is a community art project that brings together local artist, youth and members of the community to create art boxes/hygeine kits for homeless community members. The purpose of the project is to engage community members, increase awareness of the problem of homelessness and provide works of art to people in need.
This project was born during my travels to the West Coast and Cuba this year. I saw poverty and homelessness out in the open on a large scale. Homelessness is often hidden and not talked about, This experience opened my eyes to the problem of homelessness so when I returned home to Minneapolis I wanted to do something in my own way.
If you are interested in creating a box our next Art Box Workshop is scheduled for:
Saturday June 10, 2017. 11 am-4pm
Plymouth Avenue Art Studio
2404 Plymouth Ave. N.
MPLS, MN 55411
For Donations of toiletry items contact Shirley Jones 612-470-2787 for drop off times.
The April 15, 2017 Big Blue Box art work day was a success. Thanks to all those who came out to Plymouth Avenue Art Studio.
Volunteers assembled and decorated over 100 boxes.
The next work day is scheduled for April 22, 2017 10am-5pm. Contact Us for additional information and RSVP.
The word gems gives the impression of expense and luxery but they often glam up a simple outfit with very little expense. I often wear an older pair of jeans, a long sleeve white tee and a triple-strand genstone necklace and I am ready for anything! Try it, get the wow factor with a simple gemstone necklace and give any pair of jeans a new life and you are good to go too!
This is one thing I know for sure. My hands take a beating making and repairing jewelry all day long. I need a hand cream that works on the roughest hands. This recipe for tough hand cream is one of my favorite recipes.
1/4 cup of Vaseline
2 teaspoons of sugar
10 drops of tea-tree oil
One pair of old socks
Mix the vaseline, sugar and tea-tree oil all together in a clean food container with a lid (optional, microwave all ingredients in the food container for 30 seconds). Let mixture cool if microwaved. Rub a thick layer of cream on both hands. Next slip a sock over each hand, keep on overnight. Next day, you're good to go!
This is one of the best ways to clean your jewelry. Put ¼ cup of dishwashing detergent, 2 teaspoons of vinegar and a ½ cup of warm water into a clean plastic container that has a lid. Place your jewelry in the container and put the lid on tight. Give it four or five shakes. Open and remove the jewelry. Rinse the jewelry off with warm water and pat dry with paper towels. And you are good to go!
Shirley Jones, MFA is a Minneapolis based artist, educator and studio owner. You can find Shirley most days creating and building works of art in her basement studio in North Minneapolis.