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St. Paul Art Crawl Starts in the Creative Enterprise Zone

In this issue:

  • St. Paul Art Crawl Starts in the Zone
  • St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge Open for Submissions!
  • Knight Arts Q&A at the Dubliner, April 28
  • Creative Enterprise Zone Give & Take Coming May 28
  • Trains, Mini Golf and Brewing: A Peak Inside the New Orton Midway Complex
  • Women's Drum Center Concert Marks 12 Years
  • Shop the Co-op Throughout Construction
  • Creepy Crawly at the Textile Center
  • Potential Flagpole Project in the Zone

St. Paul Art Crawl Features 3 Locations, Dozens of Artists in the Creative Enterprise Zone

April 24-26
Friday 6:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm-8pm
Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

Experience some of the most creative locations on the Green Line during the St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend April 24-26. With three Art Crawl stops right here in the Creative Enterprise Zone featuring the work of local artists and makers of all types, you don’t have to go far to get a taste of some of the top artistic talent in the city.


Here are the stops in the neighborhood:

Carleton Artist Lofts
2285 University Ave West
Carleton Lofts BuildingThe 2015 St. Paul Art Crawl starts right at the Carleton Place Artist Lofts in the Creative Enterprise Zone--the event's Westernmost location. The community of artists at this creative hub located mere steps away from the Raymond Ave Green Line station will open their studios for Art Crawlers to visit, tour, mingle and purchase original works. Join Artist Arsenal MN and LoCAL for a weekend full of art, music, comedy, spoken word, kid-friendly activities and more!

Artists: Alexandra Betzler, Mickey Jurewicz, Pilgrimage Designs by Paige Tighe, Joshua W Murray Studios, Tim Monsters!, Steve Chollar Photography, The Studio Project, AK Hed Vincent, Earth Angel Jewelry, Erik Pearson, Annie Zimbe - Tarot by Annie, Matthew Krousey Ceramics, and many more!
Visit for more information including performances, times and more.
Dow Building
2242 University Ave
Dow Gallery BuildingEnter through the front of the building off University Ave to experience the artistic array of the newly-opened Dow Art Gallery, which will feature work from more than 50 local artists, including paintings, drawings, fiber art, sculptures, printmaking, pottery, photography and more! Don’t forget to work your way past the gallery to tour some of the many artists studios in the Dow Building including the watercolors and oil paintings of Marjorie Moody, the jewelry and drawings of Rosemary Heiman, and more. Stop in to Caufield Clayworks around the backside of the building for a tour of the spacious studio and porcelain and wood fired pottery of both Kevin Caufield  and Jason Kaping. 
Bindery Building
708 Vandalia Street
Bindery BuildingGet a glimpse of the artisan bookbinding and original journals of E&L Bindery. Tour the space and see first hand how books are bound and experience the craft behind the process. Artist Carol Strait will also be showing her distinctive and emotionally evocative paintings of animals.
Artists: E&L Bindery, Carol Strait
Visit to learn more and plan your trip!

 Don't forget to download your free Metro Transit pass right here! 

St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge Now Open for Submissions! What Idea(s) Will You Submit?


Submissions accepted: April 20 – May 18, 2015


The door is (officially) wide open, St. Paul: You now can send in your best ideas for the arts for a chance at funding through the Knight Arts Challenge.

It’s your turn to inspire St. Paul’s arts scene.You’re here because, like us, you believe the arts are the highest form of human expression. They describe beauty, speak to our soul, engage and enrage. They celebrate our community’s diversity and etch our shared experience. The arts inspire.

The Knight Arts Challenge draws the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to transform the community through the arts. 

The deadline is May 18th, the application is available at, and there are just three rules to follow:
  1. The idea must be about art.
  2. It must take place in or benefit St. Paul
  3. You must find additional funding to match the Knight Foundation grant.
If your idea falls within these three rules, you’re eligible. And that means everyone from private companies to nonprofit organizations and individuals. You don’t have to live or work in St. Paul either. Your idea just has to take place in or benefit the city. The Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul is truly open to anyone.

Apply Know

Knowing the rules and being told the challenge is open to anyone can still leave a lot of questions. You can attend one of Knight Foundation’s Community Q&A sessions April 27-29 to get answers.
Learn more about the challenge at one of the upcoming Q&A events:
  •  6 p.m. April 27, Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave., Minneapolis
  •  8:30 a.m. April 28, The Dubliner, 2162 University Ave. W, St. Paul
  •  6 p.m. April 28, Rondo Library, 461 N. Dale St., St. Paul
  •  8:30 a.m. April 29, Walker West, 760 Selby Ave., St. Paul

Get Your Knight Arts Challenge Questions Answered at the Dubliner, April 28

Tuesday, April 28
The Dubliner, 2162 University Ave

Have a great idea to submit to the Knight Arts Challenge in 2015? Maybe you have 10. These Q&A events are great opportunities to get all of your questions about applying answered and learn how to submit the best possible idea(s) for consideration. Join us at the Dubliner Pub, 2162 University Ave, in the Creative Enterprise Zone Tuesday, April 28 at 8:30 a.m.

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 promoting Arab-American culture and providing a forum for its expression. Publishing the only international journal of Arab-American literature of it’s kind, Mizna is committed to giving a voice to Arab-Americans through literature and art.

Read our previous feature on Lana and Mizna at!

A Peak Inside the Future Creative Hub, Orton Midway Complex on Prior Ave

An 18-hole artist designed mini golf course and brand new brewery are just two of the exciting new tenants slated to open in a newly renovated American Can Building at 755 Prior Ave. Orton Development, Inc. is in the midst of renovating the 480,000 square foot complex (also commonly referred to as the Silgan Building) into a large-scale creative center, many hope will bring plenty of excitement and new energy into the neighborhood. The development will be phased in over the next two years, with early tenants like Can Can Wonderland and Black Stack Brewing hoping to open as early as the end of this year. While there’s still a significant amount of work yet to be done, the sense of rejuvenation and renewed energy is palpable. We can’t wait to see this exciting new development come to life in the Creative Enterprise Zone. Here are a few photos from inside the building:
Top Row: 1.) One of two heritage passenger rail cars currently being housed by Friends of the 261 in the same space that Can Can Wonderland will build an 18-hole artist-designed mini golf course, restaurant, and performance venue. This train is fabled to have been a favorite of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack as they toured across the country. 2.) Looking over the future site of 18-holes of artist-designed mini golf awesomeness.
Middle Row: Panorama of the future home of Black Stack Brewing, currently under construction.
Bottom Rom: 1.) The old former canning factory is full of these terrific sliding fire doors. 2.) One of the more naturally well-lit large-scale spaces on an upper floor has three full walls of windows.

Women’s Drum Center Concert Marks 12 Years

Saturday, May 16
7:00pm- 9:00pm
Augsburg College,
Sateren Auditorium (Anderson Music Bldg)

Get your tickets now:
Join the Women’s Drum Center for their 12th annual benefit concert, “Sounds Wild,” which will highlight how drumming rhythms from around the world are found in Nature. Sometimes the rhythms are from the voice of a bird, the sounds of a river, or the pattern of ice cracking on the surface of a lake. These connections will be demonstrated with a variety of dynamic and fun instruments, world drum music pieces, and interesting arrangements designed by Women and the community at the Women’s Drum Center. The event will also include a silent auction. Doors open at 6:00pm for the auction, the concert will take place from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Tickets for the concert are available at, and the day of the concert.
The mission of the Women's Drum Center is to provide opportunities for women and girls to learn, teach, and play percussion together and to energize the community at large through performing. World music is emphasized at the center.
Visit the Dow Art Gallery and Picture Framing Facebook page for even more photos and to keep up on all the latest happening at the gallery and shop.

Shop the Co-op Throughout Construction Season!

Construction has returned to Raymond Ave again in 2015 as phase two of the three phase project rolls out. You’ll likely see closure signs on Raymond Ave over the next month and half due to the replacement of damaged sewer lines, and later this summer the section between Manvel and Energy Park Drive will close for construction.
Despite the closures, you can still get all your fresh produce and wholesome, healthy, delicious food from the Hampden Park Co-op all summer. Just look for the detour signs. Show our local co-op you support them, even through the hassles of construction.

Creepy Crawly: An Entomological Investigation of Textile Pattern by Jennifer Angus

Catch it at the Textile Center March 6-May 16

3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis MN, 55414

Jennifer Angus’ whimsical, provocative exhibition features thousands of real insects pinned directly to Textile Center’s gallery walls in continuous patterns that reference familiar textiles. Pushing the boundaries of fiber art, this wallpaper-like installation envelops the viewer in a push-pull of attraction to the beautiful surface design and revulsion at the creepy crawlies.

Potential Flagpole Project in the Zone

The CEZ Public Art Working Group has some intriguing ideas about how to use flagpoles in the Creative Enterprise Zone. Is there a flagpole on your building? Do you know of one elsewhere? Used or unused, we want to know about it. Email

Curious About the Creative Enterprise Zone?

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

Get Connected!


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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