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You're Invited: January Events to Highlight, Connect Prominent St. Paul Creatives


Also in this issue:

  • Give & Take Presenter Profiles
  • Green Line Marketing for the CEZ
  • Textiles Artists Kick-off "We Make It Here" Project
  • C4Ward Tour in Photos
  • Workhorse Coffee's Smallest Museum Continues to Pique Imaginations, Creativity

Range of Creative Talents at New Vandalia Tower Featured at GIVE & TAKE Event

Thursday, January 14
6:30 p.m.
IFP – MN at Vandalia Tower
550 Vandalia St #120

This interactive evening of short presentations, games and other surprises is designed to celebrate creativity and connect people. For this installment of the Creative Enterprise Zone GIVE & TAKE, we’re tapping the unique knowledge and curiosity of those who “Make It Here” in the newly renovated Vandalia Tower building at 550 Vandalia St. The event will be held in the stunning new home of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). Join us as we delve into this vivacious center of creativity at the heart of the Zone, sparking unexpected conversations and forging new connections. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Check out our exciting lineup of presenters below.
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Presenters to Include:


Thomas Oliphant 

Thomas Oliphant makes furniture and furnishings for contemporary living, including tables, seating, hardware, and lighting. His professional practice is inclusive and collaborative with work in the collections of distinguished institutional, corporate and private clients nationwide. Thomas Oliphant teaches in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota and the Graduate Program at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He retired young as an Architect and holds degrees from Cranbrook Academy of Art and the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology. |

Lynn Barnhouse

Lynn Barnhouse’s talent and wide range of interests have been informing the design of some of the country’s finest residential, corporate, and institutional architecture for over thirty-five years. Known for her collaborative working style and her skill at integrating thoughtful interior design into the building process, she is respected for her common sense, her openness and honesty, and her ability to listen to and focus on the needs of her clients. She frequently works concurrently on residential and commercial projects, finding that the resources used and lessons learned from each cross-pollinate, to the enhancement of both. |

SPNN Youth

SPNN Youth Programs provides Saint Paul youth with the opportunity to create community media with a lasting impact. Through their fun and engaging programs, youth develop skills in media production, critical thinking, and community awareness. They are a place for exploration and diverse voices, for artistic vision and award-winning quality. As an alternative to mainstream media, they work to increase youth media visibility on their channels and on the web. They believe in the power of youth media to stimulate dialogue and create social change. |

Union Park Marketing

Union Park is a women-owned content marketing agency that builds modern, relevant brands by bringing together data analytics, consumer behavior expertise, social listening, and strategic editorial content within an agile business environment. Come hear them talk about the innovative and successful Kickstarter campaign they led to fund the comeback album of The Suburbs, one of the cornerstones of the local indie-rock scene in the Twin Cities. Working closely with the band, they helped them raise close to $75,000 towards their first album in nearly 30 years, allowing them to “be their own record label". |

IFP - Minnesota

IFP Minnesota’s mission is to advance a vibrant and diverse community of independent film and media artists through networking, education, funding, and opportunities for showcasing their work. IFP MN envisions a world where expression through images is encouraged and valued. It is the goal of IFP MN to lead the way in supporting the independent filmmaker by creating a healthy and viable filmmaking community in Minnesota.

Visit the Studio of Costumers and Clothing Designers of the Creative Enterprise Zone

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

Enter into the studios of Collective Spaces to kick-off a yearlong celebration of economic and creative development in the Zone. As the first featured enterprise 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 Collective Spaces, 2500 University Ave. W.
Collective Spaces is a shared costume shop space that has grown into a supportive creative community that, along with several other textile artists and businesses, is making this unassuming building in the CEZ a regional hub for artistry in needle and thread. Collective Spaces is home to a multitude of artists including: Tulip Design, Judy Hornbacher, Amy B. Kaufman, Sarah Thorson, and Dunwoody students and graduates of the Industrial Sewing Program. By providing a unique and affordable space for costume makers and textile artists, Collective Spaces offers an excellent opportunity for artists to launch their own business or house an established one. They also offer sewing lessons, and are looking for new ways to contribute to and connect with the surrounding community.
With the aim of growing this burgeoning textile community, Collective Spaces is the first featured enterprise 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.
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How Can We Leverage the Green Line to Market the Creative Enterprise Zone?

Community Discussion
Wednesday, January 13
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Urban Growler
2325 Endicott St
St Paul, MN 55114

The launch of the Green Line came with some heavy marketing - directories, websites, bus-stop ads & more. But what’s happening now? How can we harness the Green Line marketing tools to serve the Creative Enterprise Zone today? Please join us for a conversation over a free lunch to explore how we can best utilize these existing resources, and continue to draw new energy and investments to the Zone. Attendance is limited - please email Amy Spark at to let us know you're coming.
In addition to attending the upcoming discussion, please take 5-10 minutes to complete this short survey:

C4Ward: Arts And Culture Along the Green Line

Creative Enterprise Zone Tour

We had the pleasure of giving some wonderful folks a tour of the Creative Enterprise Zone as part of C4ward: Arts and Culture along the Green Line last month. Though you can only scratch the surface of the depth of creativity and enterprise that thrives in the Zone in a single day, we had a great time showing off some of the many highlights of this part of the Central Corridor. We hope you'll come out and explore more for yourself! Here are a few photos of the day. View the whole album on our Facebook page
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Smallest Museum Continues to Pique Imaginations, Inspire Creativity at Workhorse Coffee Bar

This December, CEZ artist Joshua W. Murray took a look at the history of the Security Building and surrounding area with an inquisitive collage installation in the Smallest Museum outside Workhorse Coffee Bar. Using his own photographs along with archived historical images of the building, he created a collage that resembles a digital glitch. Several QR codes placed within the collage lead to web pages that tell an extended history of the building and the Raymond-University intersection. If you haven’t explored the installation yourself, yet, head over to Workhorse Coffee Bar, 2399 University Ave. W. to check it out before it’s gone! Learn more about the artist and the project here.
Coming to the 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 this feature in the December Issue of 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.

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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