Past Community Commons Exhibitions
Located on the museum’s first floor, adjacent to the Family Center, the Community Commons is a gathering area featuring art by youth studio students and artists participating in our community partnership programs. It’s an ideal space to check out some art, interact with one of our participatory activities, bring a coffee from the cafe and get some work done, or relax while recharging yourself or your device.
Artwork on view in the Commons regularly rotates, representing selections from our Youth Studio classes or Community Partnerships.
There is flexible seating available for working individually or in small groups of up to 8 people. Phone and laptop charging ports are also located throughout the hall.
Artist and educator-designed activities can be found here, which explore ideas, themes, and materials found in the museum’s galleries.
Challenging Stereotypes Series by Art Team
Wings of Hope 2020
As part of the Minneapolis Monarch Festival, organized by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, visitors were invited to take a selfie in front of this new set of butterfly wings, created by Argentinian artist Claudia Valentino (Clau).
Juxtaposition Arts: Contemporary Face Jugs
Over the past months, Juxtaposition Arts’ teaching artists Sayge Carroll and Jordan Hamilton worked with apprentices to create the face jugs displayed here. As Folk art, face jugs have become a significant feature in the history of African-American art.
Día de los Muertos
In partnership with Centro Tyrone Guzman, Mia presents a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar by artist Monica Vega. Día de los Muertos is a cultural tradition from Mexico when families remember those who are no longer with us and, in doing so, keep their spirits alive.