Jonathan Blaseg is interested in the intersection of Landscape, Urban Planning, Architecture and Art and their role in creating spaces that have the ability to create change within our society. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from St. John’s University and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota where he investigated design methods – from the physical to digital – and means of representation. Currently he is involved with several design competitions, freelances as a rendering artist, practices at a Landscape Architecture firm, and is working with the Minneapolis Parks Foundation to organize a design conference in early 2012. The conference will focus on North Minneapolis in line with the Foundation’s mission to enhance the quality of life for the community by visioning, investing in, and advocating for the Minneapolis park system and other open green spaces.
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The Education & Community Programs department is asked a handful of talented writers and artistic interpreters from distinct perspectives to serve as Citizen Journalists and correspondents for the Living Classroom, with a focus on generating community-centric documentation of the event. We sought individuals from distinct perspectives — people interested and grounded in communities facing the issues at hand. Sonja Kuftinec, Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Minnesota, and an organizer for the Imagining America conference happening in Minneapolis September 22-24, provided recommendations, with final selection by Associate Director of Public & Interpretive Programs Susy Bielak and Open Field Coordinator Scott Artley.