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Join Us May 28 for a Special Creative Enterprise Zone Give & Take Event

Also In this issue:

  • Listening Sessions, Survey Set Stage for Future Work in the Zone
  • Knight Green Line Challenge Open for Submissions!
  • MANIFEST Pop-Up Arts Festival at Dow Gallery
  • Partner With Little Mekong Night Market in 2015
  • Mayoral Ribbon Cutting for Smallest Museum in St. Paul
  • What Are We Working on in the CEZ?
  • Jacques Brel: When We Have Only Love

Get Ready! Creative Enterprise Zone Give & Take Coming May 28!

Thursday, May 28
Program starts at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm
Forecast Public Art
2300 Myrtle Ave #160, St. Paul, MN

Creative Enterprise Zone Give & Take is an interactive evening of presentations, games and surprises designed to celebrate creativity and connect you with others in our community. Creative Enterprise Zone Give & Take events tap the unique knowledge and curiosity of those who #MakeItHere, sparking unexpected conversations and new connections. Mark your calendars. The event is free and open to the public. 
Space is limited, RSVP NOW!
Presenters to include:

Shannon Forney, owner of soon-to-open WORKHORSE Coffee and the visionary behind “St. Paul’s Smallest Museum.”
With the help of the Knight Arts Challenge Shannon is transforming a vintage fire hose cabinet near the entryway to forthcoming WORKHORSE Coffee into an inspiring streetscape gallery featuring art, displays and scenes from a variety of local artists and creatives.

Jack BeckerFounder and Executive Director of Forecast Public Art
Forecast Public Art is a non-profit arts organization in the Creative Enterprise Zone that connects the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities, guiding their partners in creating public art that expresses the community’s sense of place and pride.

Lana Barkawi, Executive and Artistic Director of MIZNA
Mizna is an organization devoted to showcasing Arab-American art and providing a forum for its expression. Publishing the only international journal of Arab-American literature of its kind, and producing the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, Mizna is committed to giving a voice to Arab-Americans through film, literature, and art.

Read our previous feature on Lana and Mizna at!

Help Define the Future of the Creative Enterprise Zone

Upcoming opportunities to join the discussion and shape the future of the Zone

As energy and momentum continues to build around the Creative Enterprise Zone, positioning our work to best serve the creative enterprises, artists, entrepreneurs and others who make a living by their creative capacities here is paramount to the continued success of this creative community.
We want to hear from you. You can share your thoughts with us online at or join us for a series of lunch time conversations. Your perspective and input is invaluable as this area continues to grow and develop in exciting new ways. Please give us your thoughts in our brief online survey or join us for an upcoming listening session to begin planning for the future together.
Space is limited for the first two sessions. If you would like to participate, please notify Amy Sparks at The third and fourth sessions will be announced in our next newsletter, so stay tuned!

Listening Session #1

Creative Enterprise Zone: Defining Your District
What is a Creative Enterprise?
What does it mean to be in a “Creative Enterprise Zone?”

Join us for a discussion about the Creative Enterprise Zone and how people working here can engage with and benefit from the district.
Wednesday May 20, 2015 – 12:00pm-1:00pm
(Lunch will be provided)
Forecast Public Art
2300 Myrtle Ave #160
St Paul, MN 55114


Listening Session #2

We’ll take a look at centers of creative enterprise and innovation from around the country. What can we learn from them about how they brand, market and offer services? How are they organized and mostly, what can we learn from their examples?
Wednesday May 27, 2015 12pm-1pm
(Lunch will be provided)
Please RSVP to
Forecast Public Art
2300 Myrtle Ave #160
St Paul, MN 55114

Listening Session #3 and #4 will be announced in our June newsletter. Please stay tuned for our next listening session events. 

The Knight Green Line Challenge

Supporting vibrant neighborhoods along the Green Line

Applications accepted June 10 to July 10

Get ready for the second year of the Knight Green Line Challenge! The Knight Green Line Challenge is a community-wide contest that seeks ideas to tap into the potential of the Green Line to make surrounding neighborhoods more vibrant places to live and work. Knight Foundation is investing $1.5 million over three years in projects from innovators who aim to build a more successful St. Paul. Last year, 16 winners shared slightly more than $500,000. There's a pool of $500,000 available this year.
There are just two rules:
  • Proposed projects must take place in and benefit at least one of six St. Paul neighborhoods along the Green Line: Downtown St. Paul/Lowertown, Frogtown/Thomas-Dale, Hamline Midway, St. Anthony Park, Summit-University, or Union Park.
  • Ideas must tap into the potential of the Green Line to create impact in one or more of these three key areas:
  1. Exciting current residents and attracting newcomers to the Central Corridor
  2. Expanding economic opportunity and breaking down divides
  3. Strengthening the culture of civic engagement
Knight Foundation is looking for ideas from civic innovators of all kinds: individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and government entities. Dream away!
Applications will be accepted from June 10 – July 10, 2015. The application period will close at 12:00pm Central Time on July 10, 2015. Visit for details and to sign-up for email updates. The Challenge is sponsored by Knight Foundation and managed by The Saint Paul Foundation.

MANIFEST Pop-Up Arts Festival on the Green Line is at the Dow Gallery May 30th

Saturday, May 30th, 2015
Dow Gallery, 2242 University Ave

This pop­up arts festival will feature an exhibition, interactive projects, and art for sale while highlighting local businesses on the Greenline. The purpose is to rejuvenate the district by bringing the local community together. On May 30th, 2015, Manifest will take place at the Dow Gallery. There will be musicians and spoken­ word artists, a community participation project, and local food vender Sweet Science, as well as samples from Tin Whiskers Brewing. People who attend this pop­up will receive a voucher that will allow them to participate in the Little Mekong Art & Roll interactive activity with the local businesses in Little Mekong.
For the ultimate experience, come to MANIFEST POP­UP ARTS FESTIVAL!
For more information, contact Teeko Yang. Email :
Phone : 918­822­3162
Web Link :

The Little Mekong Night Market Will Be Bigger and Better in its 2015 Return to St. Paul!

Support this excellent work just up the line from the CEZ, and become a partner of the Second Annual Night Market Now!

Last year, the Creative Enterprise Zone’s neighboring Little Mekong brought vibrancy to the local Frogtown community in the evening hours by creating new opportunities for small entrepreneurs, artists, and cultural performers. The four-night initiative of Little Mekong not only opened a window into the festive night markets in Asian countries, they also fostered a space for cultural exchange between Minnesotans from all walks of life. In order to build upon the success of 2014, they need you to partner with them by offering financial help to expand and enrich this year's Night Market, which will be even bigger than last year. 
Head over to to learn more and become a partner of the Night Market in 2015.

Join WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR for the Mayoral Ribbon Cutting for the Smallest Museum in St. Paul

Wednesday, June 17, 8am-9pm
Workhorse Coffee Bar
2399 University Ave

Come celebrate the CEZ’s newest public art placemaking project from the newly opened WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR, 2399 University Ave. The Mayoral ribbon cutting ceremony for the Smallest Museum in St Paul, a community arts project funded by the Knight Foundation's St Paul Arts Challenge, will take place Wednesday, June 17, from 8am to 9pm. Mayor Chris Coleman will launch the official opening of the Smallest Museum in St Paul with remarks promptly at 8am.

One year to the week after the LRT Green Line began running, WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR is thrilled to be a thriving new Green Line business that supports and promotes the artists in our area.

Please join Mayor Coleman, WORKHORSE COFEE BAR owners/proprietors Shannon Forney and Ty Barnett, the talented artists and curators participating in #smsp's inaugural year for an opening ribbon-cutting event. Invited dignitaries will also include members of the Creative Enterprise Zone, local arts organizations, and Knight Foundation staff.

What Are We Working on in the CEZ?

In addition to the continued work and support of the Creative Enterprise Zone Action Committee (CEZAC), two volunteer-based working groups are busy bringing the Creative Enterprise Zone forward.
The Communications and Marketing Team is thinking about both long and short-term communications goals and strategy. They are working on crafting new messaging, developing new promotional materials, social media strategies, and other ways to get the word out about the Creative Enterprise Zone and all the amazing work happening here.
The Public Art team is working on two exciting ideas for highly visible art projects, as well as new ways to respond to and create more opportunities for artists to make their work more visible in the Zone.
If you’re interested in joining our work through these groups, email Amy Sparks ( to learn more about the Public Art Working Group, and Kyle Mianulli ( to learn more about the Communications and Marketing Working Group.

Jacques Brel: When We Have Only Love

June 11-21
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Created and Performed by Bradley Greenwald, Diana Grasselli (from the Creative Enterprise Zone’s Chanson Voice and Music Academy), Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard with Cellist Michelle Kinney and Guitarist Tim Sparks.
Capturing the major events of Jacques Brel's life through song, narrative, visual media, and vocal performance, this seasoned group of performing artists will present a challenging set of French and English language material, direct from the best of the Jacques Brel catalogue. With his great influence on popular American artists as diverse as Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, David Bowie, Sting, and Nirvana, audiences will be delighted to discover the depth and breadth of Brel's impact on the music of our time.

Tickets here:

Free parking is available in the lot on the southeast corner of 24th Street and Portland Avenue, courtesy of Lutheran Social Services.

Photo by Michal Daniel

Curious About the Creative Enterprise Zone?

Watch this video and take a walk through the Zone to learn more.

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What is the Creative Enterprise Zone?

The Creative Enterprise Zone, located mid-city between St. Paul and Minneapolis, has the goal to be recognized as a center of creativity and enterprise, a place where many people make a living by their creative capacities.
Showcasing a mixture of urban-industrial and innovative enterprises, the Creative Enterprise Zone promises to be a fertile laboratory of entrepreneurship, business incubation, artistic endeavor and eclectic urban design. Located along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line at the hub of the Raymond Station area, this dynamic nucleus of artisans and industry provides a unique sense of place that captures the imagination.

Regionally significant due to the central location and ease of access, the community offers a symbiotic mix of live and work opportunities. Cultivation of diverse, affordable spaces for entrepreneurial businesses, artisans and residents, and support systems for a tightly interconnected creative community, are high priorities.
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