We demand cultural spaces run by the people who use them.
We create the space to remix categories, experiment, and learn what we do not already know.
Mess Hall explodes the myth of scarcity. Everyone is capable of sharing something.
The surplus of our societies should be creatively redistributed at every level of production and consumption.
Social interaction generates culture!
We embrace the creativity as an action without thought of profit.
We demand spaces that promote generosity.
Mess Hall insists on a climate of mutual trust and respect - for ourselves and those who enter our space.
No money is exchanged inside Mess Hall. Surfing on surplus, we do not charge admission or ask for donations.
Mess Hall functions without hierarchy or forced unity.
WE STRIVE TO BUILD AN ART PRACTICE THAT:
Makes the distinction between art and other forms of creativity irrelevant
Builds and depends upon mutually supportive relationships
Tests ideas without waiting for permission or invitation
Champions the work of those who are frequently excluded, under-recognized, marginal, non-commercial, experimental, and/or socially and politically provocative
Puts money and cultural capital back into the work of other artists and self-publishers
Makes opportunities from large museums and institutions more inclusive by bringing lesser-known artists in through collaborations or advocacy
Insists that artists who achieve success or renown devote more time and energy toward creating supportive social and economic infrastructures for others
IPPISSISSIM: Sunrise Detour of the Upside Down River
Come one, come all, come Sun! Together we’ll travel the upside down river. Let’s dip our toes into the waters that thrill and sustain us and turn past, present and future on end!
Par of this year’s Northern Spark festival, Ippississim is a sunrise cruise aboard the Jonathan Padelford riverboat, one of the last authentic sternwheelers on the Upper River. Shanai Matteson, Colin Kloecker and Ady Olson will present passengers with a limited edition collection of stories, inspired by Eduardo Galeano’s Memoria del fuego (Memory of Fire) trilogy, about the 6 miles stretch of Mississippi between downtown St. Paul and the Confluence.
After the spectacle of the night, this will be a contemplative morning cruise. We invite you to spend time with the stories we’ve gathered, and with the river itself. The morning sun will greet us as we pull back into Saint Paul just in time for Ananya Dance Theatre’s Dance of a Thousand Water Dreams sunrise ceremony.
Meet us at Lambert’s Landing at 3:30AM for boarding, we set off at 4AM sharp. Boarding is on a first come, first serve basis and there’s only room for 150 on this cruise, so arrive early to reserve your spot. There will be coffee and snacks available onboard. We’ll be back by 5:30AM.
We’re Project #7 in the Northern Spark Guidebook. Use the Twitter hashtag #nspk07 to follow along or add to the “meta-conversation.”
We are excited to announce “Everyday Ways” - a we made with artist/organizer Mankwe Ndosi.
“For the first time, the full scope of Mankwe Ndosi’s artistic life is captured in a single video—her activism, her art, her unique and beautiful outlook on life.” - Andrea Swensson
Four months in the making so that you can spend eight minutes with her today. Please share!
Hi everyone! Its Mai the new HECUA intern at Works Progress.
Today I got to tag along with Shanai and went out to meet Ariah Fine, a community organizer from the Cleveland Neighborhood Association to test out video and recording for the upcoming project: Street Forum.
Street Forum is a project that is still in the works in collaboration with the Cleveland Neighorhood Association. We are going to be outside in North Minneapolis in the Cleveland neighborhood by the bus stops presenting a short video about some information and thoughts on the new light rail being built through that area. We will be asking how the current transit system is affecting them and their opinions on the new transit system through video recording. With this, we will be able to capture the voices and visions of the community and present it to official public meetings about transportation. Since these meetings often take place at times and places that are inconvenient or inaccessible to the community residents, this project will be a great way to make voices heard.
Stay tuned for more updates! I am excited to see how this will all unfold.
We’re excited to introduce Mai Vang, our new HECUA intern this semester. Mai will be helping out on a couple of projects, including a series of short documentaries about the 2012 Corridors of Opportunity grantees. She’ll also be posting updates here, on Twitter and in our Facebook group.
Get to know Mai:
Mai Vang is a student at Augsburg College majoring in Sociology. This semester she is enrolled in HECUA’s Inequality In America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment program. This led her to an internship at Works Progress. She is passionate about social justice and equality and wants to change the world someday.
Mai was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota and has a huge passion for photography. She loves helping people and hopes to incorporate her photography into her social justice work so that others can see the stories that aren’t always visible.
After college, Mai would like to find a job in helping the community around her and the people who live in it. In the meantime, she is focused on HECUA and this internship so that she can be inspired and gain the necessary skills to be able to serve others around her.
Check out Mai’s photography, including pics from some field work today, on her photo blog.
The HECUA program that Mai is a part of is similar to the one that Shanai took in her last year of school at the University of Minnesota in 2005. The experience was highly influential for her so we’re happy to be able and give back to the program by hosting a student.
Welcome to the studio, Mai!
Happy New Year from Works Progress Studio!
As 2013 kicks off, we find ourselves reflecting on all of the amazing collaborators, new friends, big ideas and hard work that made 2012 such a great year here at Works Progress Studio. Rather than write it all down in a long (probably boring) newsletter, we thought we’d share a few highlights in a short (hopefully entertaining) video newsletter.
Thanks to all of you for sharing your creative energy with us over the past 12 months. We’re looking forward to another great year!