WeDo is home to a unique and vibrant community-focused activation unlike any other in the country: 5 to 10 on Hennepin.
This project, presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust, reimagines the underused spaces in WeDo with new and unexpected experiences, putting the spotlight on artists and creative-minded members of the community. A pilot of this project focuses on engaging human service and community organizations — with artists leading the charge.
Five community collaboration groups were chosen to come up with ideas and implement creative and engaging experiences that helps usher in a new era of ‘placemaking’ along Hennepin Avenue.
This Thursday (October 20), Kulture Klub Collaborative and Gaia Democratic School will take to 5th and Hennepin as their stage, performing spoken word and hip-hop dance with the five-story Bob Dylan mural as their backdrop.
Crystal Brinkman, executive director of Kulture Klub Collaborative, talks about the partnership and the positive impact it has on local youth and the broader community.
“Kulture Klub Collaborative, a non-profit arts organization engaging youth experiencing homelessness, is excited to be in collaboration with community partner YouthLink for 5 to 10 on Hennepin. Located in downtown Minneapolis, these two organizations and the youth that access them have a close relationship with the neighborhood.
“In planning for this opportunity, youth felt passionate about taking advantage of the mobile stage to showcase their talents in what many of them consider their own neighborhood,” Brinkman says. “We have curated an open mic that will feature young artists singing, dancing, rapping and reading poetry. There will be live screen printing on items to give to community members that will feature the theme of ‘Increase the Peace’ that evening.
“The intersection of 5th St. and Hennepin Avenue is a significant one for youth downtown. Youth felt passionate about selecting that location to infuse positivity and creativity into. Thursday, October 20 will be truly transformational for our young folks and their relationship to Hennepin Ave. We look forward to giving back to the neighborhood!”
This one-of-a-kind pilot has also caught the attention of local filmmaker D.A. Bullock. He is currently working with Joan Vorderbruggen, public art and placemaking director at the Trust, to coordinate filming around each of the groups involved. Bullock is an award-winning cinematographer, writer and director in Minneapolis, and his work was recently featured at the Walker Art Center.
Learn more about Kulture Klub Collaborative by watching the following documentary the youth produced for the Guerrilla Girls Takeover last February.