North Minneapolis—zip code 55411—is known to much of the Twin Cities only through news coverage of its struggles with violent crime. But the reality of the community is more complex. While nearly two-thirds of its residents are considered low-income, many falling below the poverty line, North Minneapolis’ wealth is plentiful: nearly 50% of the people who live there are under 18, the highest concentration of youth anywhere in the city. As a way of nurturing these young people, celebrating the creativity and diversity of this neighborhood, and working in solidarity with more than 50 Twin Cities groups dedicated to nonviolence, the Walker is participating in the citywide PEACE (Public Engagement and Community Empowerment) Games, a two-week Olympic-style festival of arts and athletics running from July 31 to August 14.
Young people will compete in nine sports and three artistic disciplines—dance, spoken word, and visual art—at venues throughout North Minneapolis to showcase their skills and enjoy both cooperation and competition. As the festival nears its close, the Walker will host the PEACE Games Arts Showcase on August 11, highlighting some of the best young and adult artists of the North side. Continuing its deep commitment to youth, as evidenced by the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) and its dedication to civic engagement, the Walker is pleased to be part of this summerlong celebration, and invites you to join in a salute to peace—and art—in North Minneapolis. Copresented by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the PEACE Foundation.
For information about the PEACE Games arts component, call 612.375.7683. For details on PEACE Summer events, visit citypeace.org or call the foundation at 612.521.4405.