CEZ: We Make It Here Mixer Features Textile Community
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Pop-up Mixer at Collective Spaces to Feature Textile Entrepreneurs

Thursday, Jan. 28
2500 University Ave.


In This Issue:

  • January 'CEZ: We Make It Here' Pop-up Mixer
  • Sewing Community in the Zone
  • MOI Presents: Conversation with Dave Eggers & Marlon James
  • SPNN Films at Frozen Film Festival
  • Save the Date! February 'CEZ: We Make It Here' Mixer, Alchemy Architects
  • PHOTOS: Give & Take Event at Vandalia Tower
  • Next Month at Workhorse Coffee's Smallest Museum
  • Local Funding Opportunity from SAP Foundation
  • Old King Koil Factory is Still a Dreamland (Park Bugle)
  • Raymond Ave Gallery Opening: Patterns & Colors in Nature
  • On the Green Line Marketing Survey

THIS WEEK: Pop-up Mixer to Feature Textile Entrepreneurs

Pop-up Mixer
Thursday, January 28
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Collective Spaces
2500 University Ave.

A growing community of costume, sewing, fashion and textile art workshops and studios at 2500 University Ave will host the kick-off to a yearlong celebration of economic and creative development in the Zone. As the first featured enterprises in the "CEZ: We Make It Here" project, they will be hosting a pop-up mixer on January 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at  2500 University Ave. W.
Collective Spaces, a shared costume and sewing studio for professionals, Tulip DesignScoundrelle's KeepGina Sekelsky Design, and KMK Designs are the first featured enterprises in the “CEZ: We Make It Here” project, which will highlight a new creative enterprise in the Zone every month in 2016 through August. As part of the project, they will also unveil a unique textile display in the storefront window at 2506 University Ave. to draw the attention of passersby and highlight the work of this unique creative community thriving in the Zone.

This event is free and open to the public! Let us know you're coming.

Learn more about this exciting community, and those who Make It Here in the feature article below.

Sewing Community in the Creative Enterprise Zone 

By Camille LeFevre 

Inside the Midway Commercial Building (aka, The Triangle Building) a burgeoning community of textile artists and entrepreneurs, fashion designers, costume creators and sewing students are behind the resurgence in industrial sewing and “maker” textile culture in the Twin Cities. They’re not only creating costumes for theater, dance and fantastical events (think Comic-Con, Steampunk gatherings and the Renaissance Festival), but also designing couture. They’re learning, teaching and sharing their knowledge, wisdom and insights, as well as their stitching skills and business savvy. Together, they’re making the Midway Commercial Building a hotspot for art, innovation and creativity in the textile arts. 
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Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute Presents Authors Dave Eggers and Marlon James

Thursday, February 4
8:00p.m. (doors at 7:30pm)
Central Presbyterian Church
500 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN


Local non-profit tutoring organization Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute presents authors Dave Eggers and Marlon James to discuss topics related to recent books, 826 National, Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute and education. Eggers is author of The Circle, The Wild Things, A Hologram for the King, Zeitoun, and A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius. Marlon James is author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women, and winner of the Man Booker Prize. 

All proceeds from the event supports Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute’s creative writing and academic programs. Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills and homework, emphasizing cross-curriculum creativity.

Learn more here

SPNN’s Doc U Films to be Featured at 2016 Frozen Film Festival

February 5-7
Doc U films screened Feb. 5
Starting at 3:30pm

Come catch the fine work of local filmmakers from SPNN's Doc U program at this year’s Frozen Film Festival, as part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival. A recent transplant to the Zone, the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) works to empower people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice and build common understanding. Their Doc U program is a 16-week mentorship in documentary filmmaking, offered to low-income adults.
“The diversity represented in the Doc U films is a testament to the vibrant culture that St. Paul supports and we're very happy for the opportunity to have another wonderful platform to share the Doc U participant's documentaries,” says SPNN.
The Frozen Film Festival will take place February 5-7 and the Doc U films will be screened February 5th starting at 3:30 at the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium. 

Save the Date! February 'CEZ: We Make It Here' Mixer Features Alchemy Architects

Thursday, February 25
Alchemy Architects
856 Raymond Ave, St. Paul, MN

This year’s CEZ: We Make It Here project continues in February with featured enterprise Alchemy Architects. This local architecture enterprise has garnered national attention for their innovative and smart designs. They’ve made a big splash with their weeHouse designs. Their vision and creativity can be seen right here in the Zone, too. Alchemy worked closely with Bang Brewing to design their signature grain bin brewery on Capp Rd. in the Zone. Meet the Alchemy team and check out their cool space at the mixer Thursday, February 25.

[PHOTOS] Give & Take Vandalia Tower

Thanks to the many people who joined us for a delightful evening of creativity and connection at our last Give & Take Event, January 14 featuring some of the fantastic tenants of Vandalia Tower. Special thanks goes to our wonderful and engaging presenters: Thomas Oliphant and Lynn Barnhouse, SPNN Youth, and Union Park Marketing. Also, thank you to IFP-MN for opening your doors to the community and sharing your exceptional space. Here are a few photos from the evening.

Coming February to the Smallest Museum: Crocheted Replica of Coffee Bar 

Coming to the Workhorse Coffee Bar's Smallest Museum in February, Artist Anne Jin Soo Preston’s Smallest Museum Installation will feature a miniature crocheted replica of the coffee shop, including contributions from the community that focus on different themes such as Sci-Fi, Beach, and Prehistoric. Read all about it in the Park Bugle.
Preston will also host workshops on Guerilla Yarn Art at Workhorse February 6 and 20 from 2-4pm. She’ll also hold more casual gatherings for yarn enthusiasts February 14 and 28. Check in at Workhorse Coffee Bar for details.

Upcoming Local Funding Opportunity from the St. Anthony Park Foundation

Applications accepted Feb. 1-28
The 2016 grant cycle for the St. Anthony Park Community Foundation is fast approaching. Applications will be accepted Feb. 1-28. The Foundation offers large grants up to $5,000 and small grants up to $1,000 to ideas and projects that benefit the St. Anthony Park neighborhood in St. Paul, of which the Creative Enterprise Zone is a part. In keeping with its mission “to nurture the unique community assets of St. Anthony Park to secure a strong and vibrant neighborhood for future generations,” the Foundation has identified the following priority areas for its grants program:
  • Improving Our Environment
  • Strengthening Learning Opportunities
  • Enhancing Livability
  • Supporting Aging-in-Place Solutions
  • Promoting Business Vitality
  • Cultivating Life-long Appreciation for the Arts
  • Projects that foster volunteerism and collaboration among organizations are strongly encouraged. 
Not-for-profit organizations, neighborhood and community-based groups serving the needs of St. Anthony Park are eligible for funding.
Visit the SAP Foundation website for more info and to apply

Old King Koil Factory is Still a Dreamland

By Judy Woodward

Park Bugle
It used to be a mattress factory, so you might say that the building at 550 Vandalia St. at the edge of south St. Anthony Park has always been in the dream business. These days, though, the old King Koil factory is fostering the kind of dreams that emerge when young entrepreneurs and artists stay wide awake.
Under the leadership of the First & First Developers of Minneapolis, the renamed Vandalia Tower campus is becoming a hive of activity for arts-related and creative businesses in the area’s burgeoning Creative Enterprise Zone. Vandalia Tower already numbers more than 40 tenants, and the presence of the Green Line Light Rail continues to provide impetus for further development...
Keep reading in the Park Bugle 

(Photo credit: Kristal Leebrick, Park Bugle)

Raymond Ave Gallery Opening: Patterns and Colors in Nature by Potter Wade Scheel

Opening Reception  
Friday, Feb. 19
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Ave, St. Paul

Wade Scheel is a Master Potter, Glaze Chemist and Lead Potter at Deneen Pottery (also in the Zone). He has also been an Instructor, Studio Artist and Gallery Artist at the Northern Clay Center and a Kiln Building Technician with Master Kiln Builders.

“My desire in making art is to bring a little bit of peace into the day of the person who owns it, holds it, or simply looks at it…While my pottery is truly utilitarian and created to be used every day, I like to view each piece as one of a kind, possessing its own place in the world. Therefore I rarely duplicate a piece," Scheel says.
Catch Scheel’s work on display at the Raymond Ave Gallery February 19-March 25

SURVEY: On the Green Line Marketing Possibilities

Do you use the Green Line for work or play? On the Green Line is conducting a survey of rider habits and district marketing preferences. Take the survey and you'll be eligible to win one of ten gift certificates to a Green Line restaurant! 
With this survey, they hope to collect information about how you are using the On The Green Line Marketing resources and how you would like to use these resources moving forward (if at all). The information we collect will help guide procurement of resources and marketing efforts in years to come. 

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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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