Reflections on the Downtown 100 exhibit

Reflections on the Downtown 100 is a vibrant, honest, visual and audio installation created last year at Kulture Klub Collaborative and on display Aug. 30-Oct. 24 in Cargill Hall at Minneapolis Central Library.

All are welcome to attend the opening reception Tuesday, Aug. 30, 5-6:30 p.m., in Doty Board Room at Minneapolis Central Library.

For the exhibit, YouthLink connected young people ages 18-24 with Kulture Klub and artists-in-residence Witt Siasoco and Alexei Moon Casselle, who facilitated workshops capturing stories and experiences of criminalized, marginalized and overlooked youth in downtown Minneapolis.

The workshops allowed youth to tell their own stories and reflect on their own experiences using artistic practices. Youth were asked questions like: What is your relationship to downtown? When was the first time you visited? What kind of police interactions have you had? As a result, youth were empowered to move beyond labels placed on them by others and to see themselves as productive, positive members of the downtown community.

Young people identified for the project are participants in the Downtown 100 Initiative, a joint effort between city, county and downtown development groups to reduce area crime and connect groups of individuals that have had a high frequency of police interaction to social services and housing.