When North Minneapolis natives DeAnna and Roger Cummings founded Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA), they envisioned “a space where kids could have the opportunity to understand what they're good at.” More than two decades later (and with help from LISC), JXTA is a creative and entrepreneurial outlet for hundreds of young people, a force of community revitalization, and a flourishing anchor institution capable of leading a $14 million capital campaign to expand their impact into more neighborhoods, for more youth.
In recognition of Black History Month, we are spotlighting the Mississippi-based group MACE, a longtime LISC partner with an illustrious past rooted in the Civil Rights movement, and a deep and continuing track record of comprehensive community development. Before anyone ever called it that.
In the final post of his blog series, Chris Walker, LISC’s director of research, explains how creative placemaking leverages the power of local artists, culture and history to create economic opportunity and improve their overall quality of life in urban and rural communities alike.
The Steel Yard, a refurbished former metalworking plant in Providence, RI and longtime LISC partner, functions as an industrial arts and jobs training center. Its Weld to Work program readies un- and underemployed residents to take on living-wage positions in the metal trades and is now an official part of the state’s new workforce development initiative, Real Jobs Rhode Island.
As part of LISC's recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we look back, and forward, to essential collaborations in Latino communities all across the country.