Kulture Klub Collaborative (KKC) will celebrate the opening of This Is Our Downtown, a multi-media exhibition of original artwork by youth experiencing homelessness. The exhibition will be installed at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s new gallery located at 900 Hennepin Avenue; an opening reception is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Remarks by artists and youth will begin at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibit is the result of a yearlong series of artist residencies, and offers unique perspectives of downtown Minneapolis. Participants, young people between the ages of 16 and 24, collaborated with photographer and 2018 McKnight Distinguished Artist Wing Young Huie, photographer Nancy Musinguzi, filmmaker John Marks, and videographers Ryan Stopera and Adja Gildersleve of Free Truth Media to create 16mm film, photographs, posters and videos that capture their views of a rapidly changing downtown where they spend much of their lives.
KKC’s Executive Director Crystal Brinkman describes the exhibit, “Kulture Klub Collaborative continues to examine and uplift our youth’s relationship with downtown Minneapolis. Young people have always been an important part of the neighborhood. Their perspectives are often unheard and it’s powerful to witness them emerge through creative practice.” This Is Our Downtown captures a moment in Minneapolis’s history through the eyes of those who know it best.