Seward Gateway Sculpture Project

2013 Seward Gateway Sculpture Project

What is our collective understanding of home and community?

Unveiling Event Sat. Dec. 7th, 10am at Firestation #7!

Schedule for the unveiling:

10am : treats and warm beverages, music
10:10am : artists presentation of sculpture
10:30am : sparkling cider toast
~10:40am : parade down Franklin Ave. (decorated bikes+Art Cars!!!)

DRESS WARM – this is an outdoor event. If it’s REALLY cold, we’ll move inside the firestation (actually that would be really cool). If bad weather hits, call our weather hotline (aka our Admin Coordinator’s cell phone) to see if we cancelled – 651.214.9354.

This summer and fall, Articulture and Connie Cohen are working with a group of teen artists to create a public art mosaic sculpture for Seward neighborhood that responds to the question, “What is out collective understanding of home and community?”. The sculpture is an 8′ tall house covered in a beautiful glass design. The artwork site is the west side of Seward Firestation #7, right on Franklin Ave. Partnering with Articulture in this endeavor are Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) and Seward Redesign.

Check back here and join Articulture’s email list to keep up to date on the project as it evolves! We’re also on Facebook, and Twitter. Twitter folk, use the hashtag #sewardgatewayart

Seward Gateway Sculpture Project Team:

Connie Cohen: lead artist
Carol-lynn Comparetto: Articulture Intern, teen recruiter and coordinator
Jessica Barnd: liason between project and City of Mpls, artist’s assistant, blogger
Luke Muyskens: Articulture Intern, assistant
Gina Gregory: Intern
Beth Gail: Intern
Anastasia Atheneos: teen artist
Grace Scribner-O’Pray: teen artist
June Haddow: teen artist
Larry Whiten: teen artist
Madeline Christy: teen artist
Maia Roberts: teen artist
McKayla Vega: teen artist
Mary Metchnek: Articulture Intern and teen artist
Natasha White: teen artist

Friends (donors and volunteers) of the project: Rachel Nicolay, Zipps, Seward Pizza Luce, Barton Player Pianos, Bruce Miller & Maureen Higgens, Peter Fleck & Mary Weber, Anonymous, Diann Anders, Jenny Larson, Seward Co-Op, Spokes, Peace Coffee, Baker’s Wife

Project Timeline (updated as things progress):

June 15th – deadline for teen artists to apply
August 15th – workshops begin, Thur. & Fri. nights from 4-8pm, and Sat. afternoon from 11am-3pm.
October 5th, Sat. from 4-6pm – open house! See panels in the making and meet the artists!
October 10th from 4-8pm – community workshop day (ages 14 & up!)
October (last week) – sculpture installation at the firestation, pending city approval!
Fri. Dec. 6th – Spokes bike decorating party, 4-6:30pm.
Sat. Dec. 7th (kicking off Day #1 of the Seward Winter Frolic) – unveiling event at 10am, outside Firestation #7

If your neighborhood organization, nonprofit, or business is interested in partnering with us, or if you’d like to volunteer to participate, contact Elizabeth Greenbaum at

Postings made by Deborah Ervin (Articulture’s Admin Coordinator) and Jessica Barnd (City liason & artist assistant)

Seward Gateway Sculpture Blog

Unveiling & Other Frolic Photos by Jennifer Larson posted 12/10/13 by Deb

Last weekend’s unveiling ceremony was a dream – all the hard work coming together finally, the joy of dedicating the sculpture, “What Is Home?” to the community. We had to move inside the firestation due to the cold, but it made the entire experience all the more special. 75+ Seward friends and community members braved a below zero windchill to join us inside. The firefighters gave many present a tour of the facilities, children crawled inside the cab of a truck. Olli, one of our teachers, played cheerful tunes on her accordion while guests gathered to hear the teen artists speak. The ceremony concluded with a toast, a promise for more public art projects to come, and an art car parade. Jenny Larson, who co-led our 2011 mural project at Seward Market with Mohamud Mumin, came with her camera and snapped shots of the unveiling and more – check them out here!

Connie Cohen, Lead Artist, Shares Her Thoughts posted 12/6/13 by Deb

Connie has been a teacher with us for years. We love her beautiful work with glass, and her bright energy and playful attitude. She was a great match for the project, working with the teen artists, and we’re so grateful to have the opportunity to work so closely with her on this project. Below are some of her thoughts on process:

As the lead artist on the Seward Gateway project, I have had the great pleasure of working with and steering a fabulous group of teens. From conception to completion, I saw my role as, a leader from behind – opening the space for the teens to learn, express their vision, and to take ownership of this fabulous project that represents home.

We began with a discussion of what home meant to them. From that discussion we came up with a sketch which then got enlarged into the pattern. It was at that point, seeing the full-size pattern, that we really grasped the enormity of what 110 square feet of mosaic would be. Looking at the full-size pattern, we placed our collective, overall, intention for the project. Words such as fun, easy, joyful were infused into the process.

Now, at the finish, I would say that the intention was met ten-fold. With the project that seemed daunting and unknown in the beginning, complete and ready for its permanent home, there is a collective sense of pride and accomplishment. Through vision, commitment, and fun hard work, what seemed impossible at the beginning is beautifully complete. Home now has taken on a new meaning. Home within community has inspired a sense of home within ourselves – knowing that we have connected to something larger and greater than ourselves in the process. Many thanks to all of the amazing people who have put their hands on this project, shaping and molding it into what is. With awe and pride!

Spokes Bike Decorating Party For The Parade!!! posted 11/30/13 by Deb

Why wouldn’t we have a bike parade in the middle of winter for our unveiling??? OF COURSE we would!

While you mull that one over, just know it will be fantastic and YOU’RE invited to join. The unveiling will conclude at 10:30am with a sparkling cider toast, and ten minutes or so later, we’ll launch into a fun-noisy-artsy-love fest of a parade down Franklin Ave. Just imagine: firetruck+decorated bikes+art cars. Oh, yeah!

Spokes, our friendly neigbhorhood hub for all things on two wheels, is organizing the bike section and is having a bike decorating party at Articulture on Fri. Dec. 6th from 4-6:30pm for bikes that will be in the Seward Winter Frolic Parade (on Sat. Dec. 7th at 10:30am).

Bring your own bike to decorate for the art parade – we’ve got the supplies!

Can’t make the decorating party? Meet up with the biker crew Sat. morning at 9am at Seward Cafe for last minute decorating and to warm up with coffee and tea! Do it!!!

Sculpture Installed! & Rachel Nicolay, Volunteer Photog, Shares Her Thoughts posted 11/22/13 by Deb

Rachel came to Articulture as a volunteer in 2011, helping supporting the Seward Market Community Mural. Since then, she’s traveled to Korea and gotten married. But upon her return this fall, she got back in touch and asked what we were up to that she could get involved with. The sculpture was installed yesterday morning (hurrah!), so we called together the artists for a celebratory toast at the firestation. Rachel joined us for the first time last night and you’ll get to meet her at the unveiling. She snapped some pics which you can see here on Facebook, and had this to say afterwards:

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a toasting ceremony for the 2013 Seward Gateway Sculpture Project at Fire Station # 7 in the Seward neighborhood. This was a great experience where lead artist Connie Cohen, the teen artists, Articulture Founder Liz Greenbaum and Administrative Coordinator Deb Ervin were able to connect with the hardworking firemen and women of Fire Station # 7, where the Seward Gateway sculpture is situated and the project unveiling event will be held.

It was fascinating talking to the team there and we all had many questions to ask. It was eye opening and we all learned a lot about how hard these men and women work for our community. Did you know they only have 60 seconds to get ready when there is a call? It doesn’t matter what they are doing; they must drop everything and go at the sound of the alarm. This includes sleeping, eating, and even showering! Once that alarm sounds, they are out the door in record time so they can save the day.

So, “What is our collective understanding of home and community?” I think one answer to this question is the men and women of Fire Station #7 opening up their ‘home’ to us at the station and teaching us about what they do; they even let us climb up on the trucks! It’s great to know the sculpture project will be placed at such an enriching community location.

Please RSVP to the Facebook event and join us Sat. Dec. 7th at 10am over at Firestation #7 for the unveiling!

June Haddow, Teen Artist, Shares Her Experience posted 11/22/13 by Deb

June (age 16) came to the project as a friend of Larry, one of the other artists. She was a little tentative at first. But after attending a couple workshops, she became heavily invested, one of the core artists. June developed exceptional mosaicing skills during the build process and turned out to be a natural! From June:

Doing this project has opened a lot of doors for me. The first time I came to Articulture, I told myself the reason I was so hesitant was because of the large commitment. Now I see it wasn’t the commitment at all, it was because I was afraid of not knowing anyone.

These worries were quickly eradicated after my first meeting. Upon entering, I felt like these people liked me, liked my work, and actually wanted to get to know me. They were happy to teach me what to do. I felt so welcome, and most I all, at home. I found myself looking forward to Thursdays and Fridays, and trying to come in to help as often as possible.

When I feel comfortable in a place, and I’m doing something I love, it becomes a second home for me. That is what this project was. I’m inspired to be that welcoming to all the people I know I’m going to meet, so that they can feel that sense if acceptance. I don’t know if I can fully express how glad I am I decided to be a part of this project.

The sculpture goes up! posted late 12/11/3 by Deb

Curious how the sculpture got to firestation #7? Gina Gregory, our assistant, captured it on camera here!

Installation In Progress & Firestation #7 Thoughts posted 11/18/13 by Deb

Roger Carlson (of Rainville Carlson, our fabricator – aka the fine folks who made the armature for our sculpture and are going to install it) is watching the cement base of the sculpture harden as these words are being typed. Yes, Folks – he’s watching cement dry. Forget watching paint! In all seriousness, though, the sculpture should be installed by the end of the week, provided the weather doesn’t turn too cold. That’s why Roger was out there checking in on the base – it’s harder for cement to harden in cold weather.

In other news, we stopped into the firestation to say hello, and see who was on duty. Did you know that firepeople work in shifts? There’s the A shift, the B shift, etc. Shifts change over quite a bit, so part of doing a sculpture there has meant meeting new folks every time we go in, and discussing the current stage of the project as if for the first time.

Captain Andre was on duty this afternoon and he took time out to look at photos we had posted on Facebook of the sculpture as it was being built. He said the firestation was honored to have our sculpture at their site.

Then he asked if they were represented at all in the glass design. The truth is, no, the firestation isn’t – a clear oversight which is painfully obvious in retrospect. Captain Andre gracefully made his point, and then reiterated how much everyone at the station appreciates the work that went into the project. But he also shared how the firepeople there feel connected to the Seward community. They make a point making themselves permanent fixtures at Birchwood Cafe and gladly attend block parties because of this, and it’s important to them they they are viewed as an integral part of the neighborhood.

The firestation will be acknowledged in a plaque on the sculpture, along with the artists and partner organizations. But Captain Andre made an excellent point which we want to respond to in two ways. First, even though the sculpture itself is designed and ready to go, we’re going to find a way to reflect the station on it somehow – the immediate idea is to add a tiny glass symbol for the firesation in the cement base itself. To be announced.

Second, we want to highlight this part of the Seward Gateway Sculpture Project’s story in the hopes that other arts organizations can learn from our experience. As much as we do right, we always have more to learn. This was a big lesson.

Firestation #7, we definitely see you as part of the community. Thank you for sharing with us, and embracing this artpiece at your site.

Natasha White, Teen Artist, Shares Her Experience posted 11/14/13 by Deb

Tasha (age 16) has interned with us the last two summers through Step-Up, a wonderful youth employment program that connects businesses with youth. Tasha has strong leadership qualities and is an incredibly dedicated and dependable young woman – she worked tirelessly from start to finish at every workshop on this project. From Tasha —

I have had a blast working with the mosaic team. Each of us putting in 80+ hours into this project has really paid off. We’ve created a remarkable symbol of home that will be shared with the entire Seward community. Each meet has been enthusiastic; bringing on new challenges to deal with and learn from while connecting with one another.

I learned that with every problem there is a solution, and that solution can be achieved when you work together. The part that I enjoyed the most was seeing the product of what we created. The different sections finally came together to form a strong, breathtaking representation of our vision.

I hope that the people of the Seward community will appreciate the work we have put into this project and find their own sense of home within the 110 square feet of beautiful glass. Home is where you you feel welcome, accepted, and safe, and I have found a sense of home within Articulture and our mosaic group.

Larry White, Teen Artist, Shares His Experience posted 11/13/13 by Deb

The mosaic is upright and the artists are covering the glass with grout, polishing it up and adding bits of glass here and there. The cement will be poured in the next few days and by the end of next week the sculpture will be installed. As the project nears its end, we’ve been reflecting during workshops on the project’s process, and meaning, and our personal experiences.

Below, one of the artists – Larry White, age 15 – shares some of his thoughts. Larry also interned with us this summer and has spent 12-25 hours a week here since the beginning of June. He’s been the superglue of the group, using his gift comic relief as a bonding agent, and making sure everyone knows when workshop are. We couldn’t have done this project without him!

I have done minor mosaicing before this project, but nothing this large of scale – not even close. I just glued some glass to a circle for my mom’s birthday. It really surprised me how addicting and fun it is! We have a set done time of 8:00pm but sometimes it was so fun we stayed till 9:30pm. We even went back one night at 10:30pm to flip the mosaic because we were worried about it collapsing.

I really enjoyed cutting class for the sky. (Making tons of triangles!) Whether it was using a glass cutter (which makes a very satisfying scratching noise) or the wheeled nippers which basically smashed through glass like it was nothing – I loved it all! I never thought I would be able to break so much glass in my life

One of the hard things about mosaicing is getting cut. I have been cut about 16 times, I would say. It is actually so surprising just how much blood went into this mosaic. Blood everywhere!

I really enjoyed working in a group – especially with some of my friends. I like the fact that we were so culturally diverse – people from different neighborhoods, walks of life, and even ages – and all bring something great to the table. I learned a lot, and made a lot of new connections. I also feel like people learned a lot from me.

I feel like home is what you make it honestly. I mean I could have decided not to feel comfortable at all in Articulture. But I did. Articulture is absolutely amazing! It is most definitely my second home. I will always consider it that way for the rest of my life. I will remember this experience and this wonderful place!

I hope the people of Seward really enjoy our mosaic. Because the big thing is that it is all of ours. And we have to take care and watch out for what is ours. I am really nervous for the unveiling but so excited as well. I hope people like it a lot. I’m scared for it to be outside for the first time, because we put so much work into it. It would suck if something bad where to happen to it. I am sure nothing will though!

Planning The Unveiling posted 11/7/13 by Deb

The group is still attaching the pannels to the house. Right now two sides and the roof are complete. We’ve also marked out the exact placement for the sculpture on the lawn of the firestation.

Concern about how snow might effect the sculpture continue, and the idea of using a base – or how tall of a base – is still being batted around. At this point, the only thing we can say with certainty is you’ll know what we did when you see it. Part of doing each of our three public art projects was dealing with issues as they inevitably arose – you can’t anticipate everything.

We don’t always practice the point of advice we’re about to preach, but experience gives us the credibility backbone to to say: we cannot stress enough how important it is to give yourself [more than] enough time when you approach creating a public art project, and to plan as much as you’re able. This isn’t something you can rush. Then the next trick is being willing to be flexible. The best laid plans, and all…

While working, the artist are discussing what they’d like to do for the unveiling. Surrounding the event, we’re planning quite the ordeal. Food, speakers, a parade perhaps. Nothing we’re ready to reveal yet, but it should be fun. Stay tuned and, as always, anyone is welcome to drop in during open hours to the see the in-progress mosaic. (Hours are Mon.-Fri., 11am-6pm). Anna, one of our volunteers dropped in yesterday and said, “WOW. Photos don’t do it justice — it’s gorgeous and uses color really well. Can’t wait to see the finished piece unveiled at the Winter Frolic in December!”

Last note for this post: the group, while working tonight, discussed what they’d like to share with folks who attend our unveiling. Connie nudged the discussion, starting with asking what individual artists felt they’d learned about the meaning of home. One artist sentimentally replied, “Articulture is home.”

Exciting News & New Challenges posted 10/24/13 by Deb

First, the exciting news: The unveiling for the sculpture will be officially held on Sat. Dec. 7th at 10am at the Firestation in conjunction with Day #1 of the Seward Winter Frolic! Details of the unveiling are TBA, but will becoming soon. It’s going to be a wonderful Seward lovefest. Put it on your calendars now. (We’re also having our free studio art day from 3-5pm, be sure to stop in for that, too!)

New challenges – file this under the Minnesota “interesting” – while stopping into the Firestation earlier this week, to share the good news about the unveiling with Cptn Steve and his crew, the firemen dropped some new information into our laps. Somehow, someway … during our careful co-selection of the exact sculpture site … we collectively failed to realize that the space where our sculpture is going to live … Get ready for this … Is where the snow from the bookending sidewalk and fire station driveway gets plowed to in the winter! Oh, the joys of public art in Minnesota.

The solution is probably going to be some combination of putting the sculpture up on a pedestal, and working with the plowing company to ensure careful activity around the sculpture. But for just the briefest minute, our hearts stopped. Please cross your fingers. Moving the location of the sculpture at this point would put the unveiling back by weeks (we JUST got final City approval two days ago).

In the meanwhile, the teens continue to attach their mosaic design to the house that was delivered last week. Anyone and everyone is welcome to stop in and see the mosaic as it’s being assembled. Open hours are 11am-6pm, Mon.-Fri.!

The House Arrives! posted 10/15/13 by Deb

Every step of the way on this project, people ask “how do you…?” It’s been a learning curve for us, too. Connie Cohen, our lead artist, has even been dipping her toes into new territory a little bit, creating such a large scale mosaic and doing things she might normally hire others to do.

Today the metal structure for the house has arrived! Photos with explanations / behind the scenes info are posted on Facebook here – enjoy!

The Final Piece! posted 10/11/13 by Deb

Last night, Thur. 10/10/13, the group finished the last of the mosaic. There’s a photo to the right of Tasha holding up the last piece of glass right before she placed it in the bright yellow sun. The group celebrated four months of work – 12 hours a week! – designing and collaborating with cheers. It was a little bittersweet. Everyone was a little sad that their regular workshop hours together had come to a close. But the undeniable fact that they’d created something really beautiful remained. They took a minute to gaze down and admire at the finished panel before cleaning up and heading home for the night.

Next steps:

The panels, while completely designed, still need to be covered with thinset (the cement that will hold them together). We still haven’t gotten a green light from the City in spite of near daily emails asking “what else do you need from us?”. But we’re getting closer on that front. Then, as mentioned in an earlier post, we can have our fabricator go ahead and make the structure for the house.

We’ve been talking with our partners at Seward Redesign and Seward Neighborhood Group and decided in the last week to hold the unveiling during the Seward Winter Frolic, instead of during November. Partly because we don’t know when the mosaic will be erected at the firestation (see previous paragraph), but it also makes sense – the community will also be coming together for ART all over Seward. This sculpture is intended to honor the neigbhorhood as a gateway piece and a tip of the hat to the residential nature of Seward. So the exact date and time is TBA but it will happen sometime during the Frolic, 12/6-8. You can read up about the Frolic here, and join the event on Facebook here.

If anyone want to be involved in planning – or volunteering/speaking/performing the day of – the unveiling, please contact Deb at We’d love to include as many folks as possible!

How DO You Make A Mosaic Sculpture? posted 9/29/13 by Deb

It’s easier than you think, but verrrry clever. We posted a photo essay on Facebook from Friday’s workshop to show you. Take a peak – it’s pretty neat!

Also (and this doesn’t have anything to do with this project directly), here’s video of a wicked mosaic installation piece. Mosaic is AWESOME.

Open House & Community Work Days Scheduled! posted 9/19/13 by Deb

The group is about to begin the fifth and final panel. Each panel has been taking about three weeks on average to complete. At this rate, the artwork is on schedule to be complete mid-October. Now we’re just holding our breath to get our variance from the City of Minneapolis – the final bureaucratic hoop. The second we get that, it will take 1-3 weeks for the fabricator we’re working with, Rainville-Carlson, to install the metal structure that will hold the entire house-sculpture up! Interesting, right?!

In the midst of all this logistical drama, we invite YOU to come visit and be part of the story of this project! We have three days to come – an open house for everyone to learn about the project and two community work days where you can get your hands dirty doing things like laying down actual glass, pouring cement, etc. Note: participants at the work days must be 14 years+.

Dates & Times:

Open House, Sat. 10/5 from 4-6pm
Community Work Day #1, Thur. 10/10 from 4-8pm (14 yrs of age+)
Community Work Day #2, Fri. 10/11 from 4-8pm (14 yrs of age+)

Feel free to drop in for a little, or the entire time – just put the dates on your calendar now! The artists, Connie Cohen, and Liz Greenbaum will all be on hand ready and excited to answer questions, put you to work, and tell you about the process in person!

Seeing the Light posted 9/16/2013 by Jessica

Wow! We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel as we continue to complete panels. The teens are entertained by the speed they are able to complete the mosaic work having a couple months of mosaic experience under their belts. Upated imagery on your right includes a detail section of the winter ice skaters and parts of the skyline in progress.

Liz, Connie, and various city workers have plotted the location of the sculpture on the Fire Station property. Next up, the appropriate paperwork is submitted to receive the building permit as the installation date is narrowed down.

In the meantime, we are planning community workshop days for the beginning of October. Interested in learning more about those communtiy sessions? Email Deborah Ervin at:

Building in Creative Company posted 9/10/13 by Jessica

We enjoy meeting new faces as our group of participating teen artists continues to grow. Besides teens, we have also welcomed two Art Therapy Interns from Adler Graduate School. Our lead artist, Connie Cohen, completed her Master’s work from the same school and is excited to extend this creative public art opportunity to the interns. This artistic group continues to meet Thrusday and Friday evenings, and Saturdays. Watch our Twitter @ArtiCultureOrg #sewardgatewayart and Facebook page for more images this weekend.

Progress posted 9/9/13 by Deb

The sculpture project is coming along nicely! The entire house will be a total sum of 110 square feet, comprised of four walls and a roof. As of today, four of the five panels are near completion (you can see some nice images here, and more on our Facebook page), and we’re hoping to host an unveiling party this fall – date is TBA.

Which brings us to another update: tomorrow Liz (our Executive Director) and Connie (lead artist) will be meeting with Mary Altman, the City’s arts administrator, to finalize the exact placement of the sculpture on the fire station’s front lawn. For those interested in such things, the proposed location will need to be sent to a planning department for approval – it involves “right of way” issues (we’ll leave it at that for now, it gets complicated). Please keep your fingers crossed for a speedy approval process!

Last but not least… Once the panels are complete, the group will need assistance fixing them together – about two weeks from now. Check back here for a notice of dates when you can stop in and lend a hand for an hour or two!

Follow up article on My Broadsheet by Rebekah Peterson! posted 8/21 by Deb

“A mosaic is a great big puzzle, and all of the pieces fit together to make a whole,” explained Connie Cohen. She’s leading teen artists in the Seward gateway sculpture project, which is destined for Fire Station #7 on Franklin Avenue as a welcoming piece for the neighborhood. … Full article here.

A Mosaic Marathon: 11 square feet, done! posted 8/15 by Jessica

Connie Cohen and the teen artists are putting in extended hours today. The group celebrates the completion of the roof section with a dinner break. They begin the tree panel this evening, 1 of the 4 side walls. View a few more snapshots to your right.

Tonight, the teens discussed the working process and what they have enjoyed so far:

“I love seeing the progress after working on it for hours,” Tasha White

“I enjoy everything about this project-cutting glass, hanging out with the group,” Adam Ahmed

“I’ve worked on a mosaic before, but not using glass-it’s so easy!” Larry Whiten

Many hands make work light posted 8/13 by Deb

The sculpture timeline is tentatively set to wrap up end of September. Connie and the teens are hard at work now, Thursday and Friday nights from 4-8pm, and weekend mornings.

Anyone who is curious is more than welcome to poke their head in and check out the project as it evolves weeknights. Any TEENS who would still like to become part of the core group of artists should send a note to Deb at Many hands will make the work light. Community build days coming soon – will be scheduled throughout the month of September!

First glimpse of the mosaic posted 8/7 by Deb

Look over to the right! Top pic is a model of the sculpture – it will be EIGHT FEET TALL. Pic below it is the beginnings of a mosaic house sculpture! First panel…!

Article on TC Daily Planet by Rebekah Peterson! posted 8/6 by Deb

Fudraising for Seward Gateway Sculpture Project In Minneapolis underway

Sketches & Kickstarter Update posted 7/31 by Deb

The Seward Gateway Project is moving along with our teen artists and mosaic artist, Connie Cohen. Their ideas are coming together and we have started working on the glass mosaic. The line sketches on the right depict the two sides that represent fall and winter.

Meanwhile, the project’s Kickstarter has raised just over $1,200 with 31 backers. Click here to visit our page, make a contribution, and PLEASE share with your network of friends!

Kickstarter!!! posted 7/18 by Deb

Creating a sculpture is new for us, so we are excited to get started. The working name is “What is Home and Community?” As mentioned above, this sculpture will be a mosaic in the shape of a small house that will function as a Gateway piece into the neighborhood located at Fire Station #7 on East Franklin Avenue. Our lead artist this time will be Connie Cohen, who has also had extensive experience working on public art projects. Though we are focused on working with a team of about twelve youth (ages 14 to 19), the involvement of adult community members and artists is welcomed and encouraged.

If you’d like to make a contribution, click here to donate to our Kickstarter – we have until Monday, August 19th to raise $9,000!

The project gives teens an opportunity to participate in something truly unique while gaining important life skills through a memorable experience. The outcome for them is something tangible and long-lasting that will be a great source of pride. What we at Articulture find rewarding is how the teens bond over time in ways that go beyond the project; that they start understanding how all the parts of their labor fit together in the process of completing the creative project; and that they start to personally feel how their participation becomes part of something bigger than its individual parts.

For this project we received a $9500 Community Connections grant in 2011, in partnership with Seward Neighborhood Group and Redesign. This spring an anonymous donor gave us the $5000 match needed to begin work! We can pay our lead artist and purchase mosaic supplies. We are now turning to you for the last $9000 to help with the costs of a professional metal worker to build and install the armature and base. We consider our teens to be working artists and want to give them stipends for their hard work. Once the materials and installation costs are covered, funds remaining will be distributed amongst the youth and will be used for a final public dedication celebration after completion.

As donors you become part of this community project! Click here to visit our Kickstarter page. Please join us and help us reach our goal!

Thank you!

Call for artists! posted 5/15 by Deb

Articulture is looking for teens interested in participating! Deadline to apply is June 15th.

You will become part of a cohesive group of teens who will work with a lead artist to collectively come up with an original design and prepare the mosaic for final installation as a public art piece. By participating in this exciting project, you will be working side-by-side with other teens, professional artists and community members.

You will be part of a core group of 8 to 12 teens that will use art in a unique and influential way to transform community image that fosters positive development. Through team building you will learn skills in negotiation and step-by-step planning. You will gain experience working with professional artists and nonprofits, and you will learn leadership skills by participating in community organizing with neighborhood organizations, local businesses and community members. The experiences gained through involvement in this landmark sculpture project will be valuable skills that will last you a lifetime!

Become part of this special public art project. Take action this summer and get involved NOW! To learn more and get involved contact Elizabeth Greenbaum by phone or email: 612.729.5151 or

Project needs a build space! posted 5/10 by Deb

While artists create the piece over the course of several weeks this summer, they will need an indoor build space in Seward to work out of. Many generous donors and sources of support are funding this project, and we’re hoping the neighborhood will support this project with a free build space. For more information please call or email! 612.729.5151 /

Want to get involved?! posted 5/10 by Deb

This is a COMMUNITY project and the more the merrier! We’ll need help with everything from PR, setting up a build space, the unveiling, blogging, photographers, etc. Maybe you have a special skill or talent, or maybe you just have time and enthusiasm – we’ll take it!

If you’d like to get involved, please send Deb, our volunteer coordinator, an email at Be sure to mention if you have a particular background that might be helpful. We’ll put together an email list and start sending out notices as soon as needs arise. Looking forward to hearing from you!!!