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Connect to Create at the Give & Take 

Thursday, August 15th, 2013
6:30 PM
The Lyric, 765 Hampden Avenue N.
All Are Welcome!

There are amazing people all around you. It’s especially true in the Creative Enterprise Zone. Come out at meet some of them in a fun and creative environment. You never know the potential value of a single connection until it’s made.

What do you know? What do you want to know? Give & Take uses these simple questions to launch an interactive evening of presentation, performances, and surprises in the Creative Enterprise Zone. It’s a simple way to celebrate creativity and connect with others in your community. The event will feature three presentations:
  • Kevin Ward and Gretchen-Sage Martinson from Avalon School will present on doing school differently with project-based learning and a teacher-led model.
  • Sheila Smith, executive director of MN Citizens for the Arts, will talk about organizing for the arts.
  • Asia Ward, artist and educator will coordinate a giant interactive musical instrument using conductive elements like skin, chairs, aluminum, water, and food using the free open source software called Scratch, developed by the MIT Media Lab.
Bring your own picnic blanket for what is sure to be an inspiring night. Get more information and RSVP here. This event is made possible with the support of Works Progress Studio, St. Paul Cultural Star, the Creative Enterprise Zone Action Team and St. Anthony Park Community Council. It is free and open to the public.


Major Development to Focus on Mixed-Use, Creative Space

By: Kyle Mianulli

The Creative Enterprise Zone might be looking at a new center of activity soon. A major project to renovate the multi-structure complex at 550 Vandalia Street has the green light from the City of St. Paul and developers are looking to turn it into an innovative mixed-use space with a creative focus.

 “We would like to get a real buzz with this building that is more creative,” said Dave Clark, chief executive of WCL Associates, Inc.
The building is already home to a number of creative enterprises, which Clark says they hope to keep as tenants and will continue to work with through the development process. The hope is to increase the number of tenants to between 300 and 400. 
A large, shared event space is also part of the plans, along with a cultivated courtyard.  The hope is that unique shareable spaces will attract people to the area and foster collaborative and creative activity.
“We really want people who will actually live around this area, and work in this area producing things,” Clark said.
With the opening of the light rail line on University Avenue, many are concerned that a surge in development will raise rent prices and push out many of the creative enterprises that currently call this area home.
Developments like the one at 550 Vandalia are a reassuring sign that preserving the creative ethos of this area is both possible and a priority worth pursuing. 

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Irrigate Strives for Lasting Impact in Final Stretch

One conversation underway in the Creative Enterprise Zone is how to outwardly display the inspirational work happening here. When people step off at the Raymond Station Lightrail stop, what will it be that signals they have entered an area defined by creativity and entrepreneurship? How do we make the otherwise invisible, visible? If these questions interest you, check out one of Irrigate Arts final placemaking* workshops. Whether you’re an occasional doodler or an accomplished creator of any kind, don’t miss this opportunity to make a lasting, positive impact on your community.
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More and more Wayfinding Art Bikes are popping up around the Creative Enterprise Zone. What started as an Irrigate project has taken on a life of it's own. Artist groups of all kinds have been putting their talents to work constructing imaginative bikes that display distance and transit time by foot and bike to popular destinations around the neighborhood. 

More Events at Rockstar

The Big Deal: An artist-designed community game night
featuring artists Emily Stover, Molly Balcom Raleigh and Janaki Ranpura
September 12, 20136pm-10pm | FREE
Rock Star Supply Co.
2388 University Ave W.
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Live and Local Musical Chairs: A Furniture Fundraiser 
September 19, 7pm-9 pm
at Rock Star Supply Co.
2388 University Ave W.
Saint Paul, MN 55114

We're Moving on Facebook

We have launched a new Facebook group page for the Creative Enterprise Zone and need your help recruiting members. If you haven't joined yet, now is a great time to do it. While you’re at it, invite five of your friends to join, too. It will now be much easier for you to connect directly with others in the zone.

In addition to getting information out about the extraordinary people, projects and activities going on in the Creative Enterprise Zone, we hope this page will serve as a point of connection and collaboration. This is a group for and of creative entrepreneurs. Use it however will be most beneficial to you and the creative community around you.

Art Arsenal MN to Host Trivia Night Fundraiser

August 24
The Dubliner Pub,  2162 University Ave.

Come enjoy some drinks and art trivia while supporting an exciting new organization in the Creative Enterprise Zone. Artist Arsenal MN is working to bring together artists and arts organizations of the St. Anthony Park neighborhood to activate the Creative Enterprise Zone by creating and promoting monthly local events such as open studio nights, pop-up galleries, family-friendly interactive arts activities, outdoor/indoor music and theatrical performances, and other creative programming. Put your art knowledge to the test as you compete for fun prizes. Even if your trivia game is off, stay for the live music and dancing to follow. Good times will be had.

Upcoming Events at Rock Star Supply Co.

Saturday, August 17, 8 p.m. 
$15 donation requested

Arab Music Workshop 
Sunday, August 18, 5-8 p.m.
 $40 registration fee
Both events at Rockstar Supply Co.
2388 University Ave W, St Paul 55114

Join Rockstar Supply Co. and Mizna for an intimate concert of Arab Music with Syrian oud master Essam Rafea. 

Oud master and Damascus native Essam Rafea has recently settled in Dekalb, Illinois. He is the Chair of the Arabic Music Department at High Institute of Music in Damascus and the principal conductor of Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music. Essam has performed in France, Spain, Morocco, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, and Syria, and won first prize in the oud category at the 2000 Cairo Improvisation Competition. 

Listen to his songs with Twais:


Essam will also be offering a hands-on workshop on Arab music for local musicians. Topics will include ornamentation, improvisation, and maqamat (the melodic modes of Arab music). The focus will be on developing fresh ways of elaborating melodic sentences. All instruments and levels of ability are welcome; participants should be able to read staff notation, and of course should bring their instruments. The $40 registration fee will be collected at the door (cash or check, please). For more details, and to reserve a space, write Matt Rahaim:
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