Friendship Academy

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This fall, Raygen Samone is leading ten weeks of classes called “How to be Creative” for students at Friendship Academy in South Minneapolis. Here are some pics from the first week!

For Kids Like Us

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By Raygen Samone I’m so excited to share that Inverted Arts and I partnered with three Minneapolis youth to create this creative piece encouraging young ones going back to school to remember who they are, lean into family in good … Continued

Meet Our New Scholarship Recipients

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Eliza Nyemah – Liberia Eliza contracted malaria as a child which affected her ability to walk. She survived poverty and Civil war and was finally taken in by Sister Sponsa at the Mission of Hope. Eliza’s dream is to become … Continued

Where Are They Now?

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In this episode of “Where are They Now?” we hear from former scholarship recipient Kevin Fraji of Nairobi, Kenya! “It’s been a good experience (both good and bad) since l graduated five years ago. I am currently working with TV47, … Continued

Pasadena Art Camp Cancelled

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We have sad news to report that our annual Art Camp in Pasadena in partnership with Montrose Church – Bresee Campus has been cancelled due to a Covid outbreak that impacted some staff and students who were planning to attend. … Continued

We’re going to NYC!

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 WE’RE GOING TO NYC  This seems unreal, but our film “Young Roots, Deep Rhymes: a film about Priest” is an official selection in the Hip Hop Film Festival NYC “Priest Jones is a young emcee from North Minneapolis who released his … Continued

Hope Art Exploration 2021!

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We just finished our eleventh year offering Art Exploration classes for middle school students during summer session at Hope Academy! This year we offered five class options: Spoken Word with Joe Davis, Visual Art with Delphin Niyonkuru, Photography with Raygen … Continued

Meet Terry and Damian

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Meet our newest Artist Mentors who will be working with Hope Academy students! Terry Vincent – Minneapolis, MN (photo above) Terry Vincent (Terry V) is a local artist, producer, and designer who makes music, graphics, and clothing. His passion for … Continued

“Young Roots, Deep Rhymes” Premiere

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“One of the most rewarding moments in creating a film, a song, a painting, etc.. is witnessing the response that your creation evokes in someone else. The Q&A after the “Young Roots, Deep Rhymes: a film about Priest” premiere was … Continued