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O50 (Youth Development Programs)
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ORGANIZATION'S MISSION OR MOST SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES JUXTAPOSITION ARTS ( JXTA) IS A YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM, TEEN-STAFinsD ART & DESIGN ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY CULTURAL SPACE AND ART -BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPER LOCATED IN A MAJORITY AFRICAN AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOOD IN NORTH MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA ITS MISSION IS TO DEVELOP COMMUNITY BY ENGAGING AND EMPLOYING YOUNG URBAN ARTISTS IN HANDS-ON EDUCATION INITIATIVES THAT CREATE PATHWAYS TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY.
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Evidence of Impact
Juxtaposition Arts engages young people from under-served areas to engage them in the creative workforce. Through a social enterprise model, Juxtaposition Arts offers high-quality arts training to young people in the community and employs them in the organization's local design firm, which is patronized by local business owners and nonprofits. Juxtaposition Arts is also heavily involved in community revitalization and place making in the community, through their work in neighborhood beautification projects. This work changes the neighborhood in many ways and changes public perception about the area's young minority population.
Juxtaposition Arts was founded by a passionate and knowledgeable couple, and their leadership has been a powerful force for the organization. Juxtaposition Arts is also known to be a great collaborating organization, seeking out helpful partnership. The organization's social enterprise model and well-crafted strategic vision are also great assets. They are thoughtful and intentional in their approach. Juxtaposition Arts’s commitment to their mission of connecting young African Americans to the arts is evident throughout their work.
Areas for Improvement
Juxtaposition Arts could improve by adding stability to their finances. The organization has devised a strategy to reach this goal, and the coming years will be critical for them. They could also improve by raising the organization's visibility to gain more participants and recognition. Within the organization, they might consider developing ways to share and cultivate leadership opportunities for staff members who are not the organization’s founders. They should also consider expanding the Board of Directors to help ensure longevity. Lastly, Juxtaposition Arts should consider helping to nurture similar start-up organization and serve as a model and mentor.