Lake Street Arts!

Pangea World Theater

Funding Received: 2014
Minneapolis, MN
$120,500
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

Lake Street Arts! is a multidisciplinary community and leadership development vehicle led by Pangea World Theater, in collaboration. LSA! centers People of Color, Immigrant and Indigenous artists as community organizers. This vehicle will contextualize Pangea's programmatic future through 2018.

"As we move forward as community-development leaders, we will be principled in our work to serve the revered and diverse ecosystem that is Lake Street, Minneapolis. Our guiding principles are meant to keep us accountable, emergent in design, and strategic. We seek to spark artistry and creativity while simultaneously working against the forces of gentrification. We ask from the beginning, what will remain of our work after the Poetry comes down from the windows."

Minneapolis, MN (population 393, 000) is home to Pangea World Theater who is partnering with a broad network of artists and businesses to install multimedia interventions along Lake Street. These include:

*A youth and young adult poetry exhibition in storefronts called 'Poetry in the Windows', a collaboration with Lake Street Council;

*a devised ensemble piece with Latinx, East African, and Dakota/Lakota/Ojibwe actors called Home; 

*Initiating creative coalitions like LUCA (Latin@s Unidos por la Cultura y el Arte) who center the arts and culture in their work across industry through events like dusk dance parties and open mic gatherings;

*Community learning gatherings and allied collaborations like the five-hour street event down East Lake Street called Lake Street Arts Cabaret with Patrick's Cabaret and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, with Elsa's House of Sleep, Himalayan Restaurant, and Ghandi Mahal Restaurant;

*LSA! Local Directing and Theater Institute, building performance capacity with community members building towards a street performance festival;

*LSA! Celebrate Indigenous Minneapolis Indigenous People's Day (formerly Columbus Day) on the 12th of October, and more!

Through the transformative power of the arts, we will help support cross-industry and cross-cultural dialogue -- creating, learning, strategizing, and organizing. We will grow together as leaders of the community. We will be able to source artist leadership starting within the Latina/o, East African, and Native American/ Indigenous communities to uniquely inform our work. Through various activities, we will contribute to highlighting Lake Street as a place where people love to live by, seek to work in, and a place where people come to learn and play.