Riding the River

Longboards for the North Mississippi

Youth apprentices from Juxtaposition Arts built longboards and designed river-inspired art that was screen-printed on them as part of a project inspired by JXTA’s recently completed Skate-Able Art Plaza. The MWMO has partnered with Urban Boatbuilders to bring this experience to the apprentices, who are also responsible for the maintenance of the installed raingardens in the plaza.

The Juxtaposition Arts Environmental Design Lab and Textiles Lab researched the history and science of the Mississippi River, and drew inspiration from the work of Emory Douglas, Jenny Holzer, Jacob Lawrence, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy to create these layered screen prints. These unique designs examine and celebrate the Mississippi River and its complex relationship to North Minneapolis.

Come see the exhibit of these custom boards and designs this fall at the MWMO Stormwater Park and Learning Center.

Exhibit Dates

October 23, 2019 – November 27, 2019

Community Event

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: The Juxtaposition Arts youth apprentices will present their process for building and designing the longboards starting at 7 p.m.

More Info

Juxtaposition Arts

Urban Boatbuilders


Michaela Neu
Youth and Community Outreach Specialist
mneu@mwmo.org or 612-746-4975

Niko Kubota-Armin
Environmental Design Lab Lead
niko.kubota@juxtaposition.org or 612-964-0251