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Intermedia Arts is proud to present the Catalyst Series, a platform for transformative, socially engaged new work. Through performing, media, and visual arts, the Catalyst Series sparks lasting dialogue in provocative and visionary ways, showcasing work by today’s emerging and vangaurd artists. 


In Our Theater ...

Community Spotlight: Dance
Sistah Solo | Being Brothas
Strong. Sophisticated. Spiritual. Bold. Brilliant. Breathtaking. 
April 21-22, 2017 | Friday-Saturday | 7PM

Celebrate the unique voices of women and men of color through film, dance, music, movement, and spoken word. More Info

In Our Gallery ...

The Invisible Bridges Across Class and Consciousness
Featuring work by Adja Gildersleve, Anna Min, and Tina Cho

Exhibition Dates: February 16 - April 29, 2017

Opening Reception: February 23, 2017 | 6-8PM

Gallery Hours: Mondays 12 to 6PM | Tuesdays-Fridays 10AM to 6PM | Saturdays 12PM to 5PM
Admission: Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested

Twin Cities artists and community leaders Adja Gildersleve, Anna Min, and Tina Cho explore the experiences of FOrmerly PoOR Folx in personal, cultural, and historical contexts; culminating in an interactive multimedia exhibit designed to spark thought and conversation about the acquisition of wealth and privilege and living in-between classes. Presented in partnership with Min Enterprises Photography, LLC
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UP NEXT ...  

Multidisciplinary Performance
Part of the Radical Experiments Series
Created by Shá Cage i
n collaboration with Jayanthi Kyle, Johanna Easley, Felicia Perry, Bill Cottman, and E.G. Bailey.
May 20, 2017 | Saturday | 12PM & 2PM
$12 in advance, student, senior | $15 at the door

An interdisciplinary theater performance in response to our politically charged times against the backdrop of sisterhood, resistance and community. #TESTIFY blends elements of storytelling, movement, music, puppetry and video seamlessly. More Info | Get Tickets 

Interactive Performance
Part of the Radical Experiments Series
Led by Marcus Young, Ananya Chatterjea, and Dr. Joi Lewis
May 20, 2017 | Saturday | 4-6:30PM
Sliding Scale $5-25

Participation + Meditation + Movement = An experiment in Radical Self-Care. 
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Brown CINEMA Café: Waist Up - Short Films About Youth
June 1, 2017 | Thursday | Free, but RSVP Required
6:30PM | Music Mixer + Snacks
7PM | Film Screening

June's Brown CINEMA Café features a series of short films created by and about youth. More Info | Get Tickets



Brown CINEMA Café: Selections from the America Now! Film Programme

Presented in partnership with IFP Minnesota and Tru Ruts
August 30, 2016 | Tuesday | 6:30PM

August’s Brown CINEMA Café features selections from the America Now! Film Programme which premiered at the Tampere Film Festival in Finland.
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NuSkein Jazz Ensemble

Featuring J. Otis Powell, Davu Seru, and Donald Washington 
Part of the Inside/Out Festival
September 22, 2016 | Thursday | 7:30PM
Sliding Scale: $5-25 per person

These three artists create work around the transformation and identity shifts that occur throughout life, producing new skin and enlightened consciousness. More Info


Carry the Stones

An Interactive Visual Art Installation By Ellen Hinchcliffe
Part of the Inside/Out Festival
Healing Ritual: September 22, 2016 | Thursday | 7PM
Installation Dates: September 22-25, 2016 | Thursday-Sunday

A living installation for grief and healing. More Info


P2P Outta The Park
Co-presented by RARE Productions
Part of the Inside/Out Festival
September 23, 2016 | Friday | 6:30PM
Sliding Scale: $5-25 per person

For the past 15 years, this intentional people of color performance space has lived within the framework of Twin Cities Pride. Don't miss this rare opportunity featuring Queer and Trans artists of color, by artists of color! More Info



The (Fabled) Life and (Imaginary) Death of Eric F. Avery
Created and Performed by Eric F. Avery 
Part of the Inside/Out Festival
September 24, 2016 | Saturday | 6:30PM
Sliding Scale: $5-25 per person

Join the fictional (or maybe not-so-fictional) guide Eric F. Avery as he does his best to navigate the changing landscape of an unsure world. From celebrating at his wedding, to creating a new civilization, to witnessing his death(s), audiences experience and share in the rituals, milestones, and moments that connect us. More Info



The Sankofa Film Festival: Shorts
Presented by Tru Ruts and Intermedia Arts in partnership with IFP Minnesota, the MSP Film Society, and the Walker Art Center
Part of the Inside/Out Festival
September 24-25, 2016 | Saturday-Sunday | 2PM
Sliding Scale: $5-25 per person

The Sankofa Film Festival features films that showcase narratives of the divergent and dynamic stories of Black life in the US and internationally. Saturday's program For the Fam features short films for families and younger audiences. Sunday's program Lens Afrique features short films from the Diaspora. More Info


Directed and Choreographed by Rosy Simas
October 21-22, 2016 | Friday-Saturday | 7:30PM
October 23, 2016 | Sunday | 2PM & 7:30PM
$15 Advance, Student, Senior | $18 at the Door

Skin(s) shares the beauty and diversity of how urban Native people identify, examining the contradictions, pride, joy, pain, and sorrow that arise out of our multi-dimensional identities.

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A Film by Jac Gares | Executive Produced by Laverne Cox
October 29, 2016 | Saturday | 8PM
$7 Advance, Student, Senior | $9 at the Door

On her way to the store with a group of friends, CeCe McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed. After a coercive interrogation, CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota. An international campaign to free CeCe garnered significant support from media and activists committed to exploring the role race, class, and gender played in CeCe’s case. In the end, CeCe emerged not only as a survivor, but also as a leader. This documentary pushes past the everyday narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere.

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Experimental, Multidisciplinary Works Featuring Emerging Ideas and Artists 
November 4-5, 2016 | Friday-Saturday | 7:30PM
$12 Advance, Student, Senior | $15 at the Door

A multidisciplinary, artist-centered performance series featuring a new movement piece by Magnolia YSY, a multidisciplinary investigation of depression by Queen Drea, and a theatrical experience exploring identity and freedom by brianne a. hill.
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Curated by Heid E. Erdrich
Exhibition Dates: October 11-November 5, 2016
Opening Reception: October 21, 2016 | 6:30PM
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday | 10AM-6PM
Saturdays | 12-5PM

Admission: Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested

Skin(s) is an exhibition of artworks by Minnesotans who ​express multi-dimensional identities from Dakota, Ojibwe, Ponca, Lakota, Navajo, and​ ​other indigenous nations ​​revealing the power and diversity of urban Native artists.

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Performed by Shá Cage
Directed by E.G. Bailey

November 28, 2016 | Monday | 6:30PM and 8:30PM
$15 Advance, Student, Senior | $18 at the Door

An immersive, multi-sensory theater performance in response to our media-saturated contemporary times against the backdrop of racially motivated violence against women. Theater, puppetry, song and testimony tell the story of a girl named womyn who demands that somebody, anybody say her name!
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Brown CINEMA Café: Women's Work
Short Films By and About Women
December 15, 2016 | Thursday | 6:30PM Mixer + Snacks | 7PM Film Screening

December's Brown CINEMA Café will feature a series of short films created by and about women. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the full line up! 
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Directed by Bhojrat Bhat
February 3, 2017 | Friday | 7:30PM
February 4, 2017 | Saturday | 2PM 

$7 in advance | $9 at the door | $5 for groups of 8 or more

A documentary film telling the story of a group of teenage girls in Nepal’s most remote district, Mugu, who overcome towering obstacles to pursue their passion of playing soccer. 

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Dimensions of Indigenous &
Cultural Identity Politics

Curated by Gordon coons, Ojibwa, Lac Courte Oreilles
& Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, Xinka-Lenca, El Salvador 
Exhibition Dates: November 28, 2016-February 4, 2017

Gallery Hours: Mondays 12 to 6PM | Tuesdays-Fridays 10AM to 6PM | Saturdays 12PM to 5PM
Admission: Sliding scale; $3-10 per person suggested

Artists Gordon Coons and Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra explore dimensions of Indigeneity and cultural identity politics through the modern expression of color and paper cuttings. 
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Written, Choreographed, and Performed by Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto
March 3-4, 2017 | Friday-Saturday | 7:30PM

A Hip Hop / Butoh dance duet addressing the intersection of urban and environmental crisis, social resistance, and identity. More Info


Experimental, Multidisciplinary Works Featuring Emerging Ideas and Artists
April 7-8, 2017 | Friday-Saturday | 7:30PM

Intermedia Arts’ multidisciplinary, artist-centered performance series returns this Spring with a Hip Hop theater experiment by TruthMaze, a collection of songs and stories from the mouth of a candy witch by Emily Zimmer, and an interdisciplinary one-woman show sifting the elusiveness of Black Girl Magic by Vie BohemeMore Info


These presentations are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota

A Part of Intermedia Arts' Catalyst Series