At-risk kids photo exhibit featured through Art in the Mayor’s Office Program

The creative talent of at-risk kids in the Twin Cities area highlights the late spring feature in the Art in Mayor’s Office Program. ‘Being Seen/ In-Between,’ a photography exhibit generated by homeless teens from Kulture Klub Collaborative, will be open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., now through June 30 in the mayor’s conference room and reception area, Minneapolis City Hall rooms 331 and 333, 350 S. Fifth St.

Jonathan, being seen in-between

Kay, being seen in-between

larnell, being seen in-between

Terrell, being seen in-between

The art work is a selection of work created by 31 youth in Kulture Klub Collaborative’s 2006 Artist in Residence program with artist Peter Haakon Thompson. The youth were asked to create self portraits that represent meaningful and emotional responses to places and spaces they occupy. The exhibition was developed to be displayed in different public spaces as a means to offer these artists and their personal expressions to be seen and recognized.

Kulture Klub Collaborative is an independent nonprofit arts organization that brings together artists and homeless teens at Youthlink’s Project Off Streets. Kulture Klub has been a bridge for at-risk youth to move from isolation to expression, towards finding a voice of participation in their communities for more than 15 years.

Art in the Mayor’s Office Exhibition Program, which began in 1995 and includes a juried competition, provides a prominent setting for local artists to display their works in City Hall.

Published May 5, 2009