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Minneapolis, MN—August 5, 2019—The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is pleased to present the Native Youth Arts Collective Exhibition, which highlights a variety of art projects produced by Native American teens and young adults residing in the Little Earth and East Phillips neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Featured artworks were developed in collaboration with MCAD, completed independently by the Native Youth Arts Collective, or in conjunction with their other community partners.

Native Youth Arts Collective Exhibition
August 16–September 6, 2019
Concourse Gallery
Reception: Thursday, August 22, 5:00–7:00 p.m.


Established in 2011, Native Youth Arts Collective (NYAC) engages and has worked with over thirty-five Native American teens and young adults residing in Little Earth and East Phillips in arts activities and connects them with the creative resources of the Twin Cities region. Through these activities, NYAC addresses the need for arts experiences that intertwine meaningful mentorship and skill building for Native American youth. NYAC fosters cultural awareness by exposing teens to historical and contemporary art produced by Native American artists and facilitating art making among participants. The youth actively help shape programming and receive modest stipends for participating. NYAC is an independent entity, but works closely with Little Earth of United Tribes, specifically Little Earth’s youth service program School Success and its college readiness program, Wiconi Wasté.


Over the past three years, MCAD has worked with NYAC on a number of projects, including:

  • Jointly designing and creating a mural that celebrates Native American history and culture along the Midtown Greenway Bike Corridor in summer of 2017;
  • Creating several large collaborative canvas paintings with artists Ed Charbonneau ’06 MFA and Jeremy Szopinksi of Rock9 Studios;
  • A paper- and print-making session at MCAD that incorporated traditional Native American medicinal plants during the summer of 2018;
  • A semester-long collaboration with MCAD’s Art in Community class during spring of 2019; and
  • A three-day session to design and produce a zine at MCAD in summer of 2019, taught by Michael Gaughan ’02.

The Native Youth Arts Collective Exhibition is a joint production of Native Youth Arts Collective and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Major funding provided by the Golberstein Public Art Fund, with additional support from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

MCAD and NYAC wish to acknowledge and thank Little Earth of United Tribes, Walker Art Center, High Point Center for Printmaking, Better World Museum, Rock9 Studios, the Minnesota Vikings, Melodee Strong, Kerry Morgan, AnaLaura Juarez, Michael Gaughan, Kate Mohn, Heidi Haferman, Joe Beaulieu, and Genevieve DeLeon for their support.


Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to visual arts education, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is home to more than 800 students and offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and continuing education classes for all ages.

Founded in 1886, MCAD was one of the first colleges to offer the BFA degree. The college has earned the highest accreditation possible and its four-year graduation rate is among the highest of all Midwestern visual arts colleges. College facilities contain the latest in technology with multiple studios and labs open 24/7.

MCAD Gallery Hours: 

Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. 

All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. For more information or to request any disability services, please contact Kerry Morgan, director of gallery and exhibition programs, at 612.874.3667 or