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Whittier is an active urban residential neighborhood
south of downtown Minneapolis.
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Winter Event
Dec 21, 2013 -
Mar 28, 2014


AiS5: Cineteca
Short films in vacant and under used storefronts
"Film 4M" free weekly cult classic film screenings!

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Artists in Storefronts has featured over 120 local artists, created 6 permanent murals, and hosted more than 40 live music and performances since April, 2012.

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Whittier Alliance presents:
Artists In Storefronts 5: CINETECA

Artists in Storefronts

December 21st, 2013 to March 28th, 2014

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For the fifth run of the award winning and highly-acclaimed Artists in Storefronts project creator & curator Joan Vorderbruggen teamed up with multidisciplinary artist Jaime Carrera for a completely different approach to this beloved community art event: short films!

The artist-created shorts have been presented in various small playlists in multiple 40" flat screens placed in the storefronts in the heart of Whittier’s commercial corridor during the darkest months of winter for the public's viewing round the clock.

A special weekly film screening project curated by Tom Siler titled, “Film 4M” will screen art house and eclectic cult classics in the Black Forest Inn’s Banquet Room every Thursday for the duration of the project.

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Still from Jaime Carrera's film "Felix"

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About Artists in Storefronts

The Artists in Storefronts project matches local artists with vacant and under-used storefronts to create a non-traditional gallery and exhibit space accessible for all to enjoy In the Eat Street commercial nexus of Whittier. Since the 1st round of AiS in April of 2012.

Over 160 local artists, emerging and professional, ranging in age from 5-80 years old have exhibited
   
74 vacant or underutilized storefronts & frequently graffitied walls have been used as exhibit space
   
7 vacant commercial spaces with a combined vacancy of nearly 15 years have been leased
   
Permanent commissions have included a mosaic mural by Angela Carlson Talle, a stencil art mural of an Aztec Warrior by Taylor Lindgren, a 300’ street art mural on a private residence by Erin Sayer, Wundr, and CAW, a large scale mural on Sunrise Cyclery by Wundr. A large scale panda mural was created in honor of Rainbow Chinese restaurants 25th anniversary also by Erin Sayer.
   
Several ambitious and interactive street art projects have been implemented such as Candy Chang’s “Before I Die” chalk wall, as well as her “I Wish This Was” vinyl sticker project. A 64’ moss graffiti mural was placed on Rainbow Chinese. A “Little Free Library” was donated by George Wurtzel, a wheat pasted mural was created by Carrie Thompson and Anthony Carchedi, and a large sculpture of a play house animated the vacant lot at 26th and Stevens by Mary Jane Mansfield.
   
30 public walking or biking tours of the Artists in Storefront exhibits have been sponsored -- these are free and open to the public. An average of 15 people participated in each tour.
   
AiS has hosted over 45 live performances in alternative spaces including the wildly successful “Outlet Performance Series”.
   
AiS closed AiS 1 with “Busk till Dawn” part of the 2012 Northern Spark festival.
   
AiS hosted multiple community engaging activities and events such as a children's coloring party at Whittier Park, an ethnic dance celebration, a runway presentation, a live mural event on the Greenway, and animation of the 24th Street Pedestrian bridge and subsequent community party.
   
AiS has generated huge amounts of publicity for Whittier, engaged the local residents and businesses, brought business and visitors to the neighborhood and has leased vacant storefronts.
   
The work (coordination, space cleaning, exhibit installation, etc.) is done by primarily by volunteers. The permanent art installations were done at a deep discount.
   
AiS addresses one of Whittier’s Strategic Plan Commercial Corridor goals by visually linking one area of the neighborhood to another via self-guided or guided walking tours that highlight the art and neighborhood

For more information please contact Arts Coordinator Joan Vorderbruggen at 612-205-8516 or info@artistsinstorefronts.com.

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