April Newsletter

Face Forward Family,

We started the 2015 season with wonderful reflection on the future. We have started looking forward with a new and positive direction for our artist and friends community. It’s exciting to see Face Forward take on new and fun projects this year, while sticking to the beautiful mission of social change through art. We can see nothing but amazing potential for an incredible season of change and growth. Remember to check out our events as well as your fellow artists!

Looking to the future with Teresa Konechne at our March Artist Dialogue

Artist Gathering

circleWhen: Saturday, April 11th
Time: 12pm-2pm
Where: HUGE Improv Theater
Free and open to the public!

Come and join us for a discussion about the concept of safe spaces. This is an important topic, with definitions that vary from one person to next and is one of the most important aspects of Face Forward. The staff will continue to work hands on with the group as we delve into the 2015 season. We will finish off with a chance to perform at our 30 minutes of open mic! Light refreshments will also be served.

Artist Dialogue

When: Tuesday, April 14th
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Boneshaker Books
Participation costs $10: Register Here

Come join us as we dig deeper into what it means to be a part of a truly safe space with facilitator Adam Rangel.

Adam Gabriel Napoli-Rangel a.k.a. SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

has been described as a “Chicago Institution”, “Walking creativity”, “The hardest working, most unjustly slept on artist in the Twin Cities”, and “Everything I love about hip hop”…This award winning hip hopper is a Twin Cities Native, Chicago transplant, MC, Poet, Producer, Engineer, Visual Artist, Actor, Educator, Thinker, and Lover. He is also a recipient of the 2012/13 VERVE Grant from Intermedia Arts…SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE has done years of youth work through hip hop and spoken word dealing with social justice, identity, and community engagement issues, has performed at countless venues and festivals and spoken at and facilitated workshops at various social justice conferences and retreats. SEE MORE aims to inspire, uplift and open doors to possibility and imagination with an invitation to self discovery through meditations on community, history, and the expression of pure imagination.

Coffee and PB&J will be served. Bring your own mug and get ready for new perspectives!

This April take some time to reflect inward, appreciate yourself and your art. Love your life, reach out to your community, and recognize the art that touches you from the moment the sun kisses your cheeks. We all offer a different hue of creativity that paints our city and world, into a more fervent and wonderful place to live. Step back, appreciate the joy you contribute, and know that you are a piece of art from head to toe.


Current Internship Opportunities…

If you have a passion for writing and believe in social justice, then Face Forward needs your help!

We are always looking for blogging interns:

Create content by attending local performing arts/social justice events, as well as conducting interviews with some of the most edgy, talented, up and coming performing artists in the Twin Cities. If you or someone you know might be interested, send a cover letter and resume to faceforwardminnesota@gmail.com

April Event Lineup

Friday, April 10th
Artist: Love Nocturnal w/ Alma Andina
Time: 10pm
Event: Concert
Where: Bedlam Lowertown Theater
*$10 cover at the door

Soul Beautiful Quad Cities Tour
Dates, Times and Locations:
Thursday, April 16th @ 6pm
Cool Beanz Coffee House in Rock Island, IL

Friday, April 17th @ 7pm
Rozz Tox in Rock Island, IL
*Towels and Toiletries Donations Drive. All items donated to Project Now.

Saturday, April 18th @ 8pm
Muddy Waters in Bettendorf, IA
Event: Concert

Saturday, April 18th
Artist: Katia Cardenas w/ TCCAN
Time: 8pm-10pm
Event: Concert
Where: Town House Bar in St. Paul
One of our artists is performing in North Dakota!

Sunday, April 19thArtist: Joe Davis
Time: 2pm-4:30pm
Event: BoomSlam Minot’s Third Annual Teen Poetry Slam
Where: MSU Beaver Dam

Saturday, April 25th
Artist: Soul Beautiful at St. Paul Arts Crawl
Time: 12pm
Event: St. Paul Arts Crawl
*Venue TBD–In St. Paul, MN
Watch for updates on venue here

Wednesday, April 29th
RAW Artists Showcase featuring Face Forward friend Jendayi Hogan Berry
Time: 7pm
Where: The Pourhouse
Ticket price $15. Tickets can be found here