Top 5 with Ben Patterson

The Walker Art Center Teen Art Council (WACTAC) met with one of the founding members of the Fluxus movement, Ben Patterson to talk about his life and work as an artist and musician. WACTAC interviewed him in the on going series Top 5 to talk about his favorite noises. Check out all of Walker Teens’ videos here!

SPNN Youth at the Allied Media Conference

In June, four Youth producers from SPNN had the thrilling privilege to attend the Allied Media Conference held in Detroit, MI. Kyle’s video highlighting the conference workshops, found below, is just a small sample of the production work that Darartu, Destiny, Theng and Kyle were involved in at the conference. Besides documenting the youth-led media workshops, our Youth Producers also led workshops and found themselves engaged in a variety of non-stop events.

SOL and Createch at SPNN


by Kao Choua Vue, SPNN Youth Programs Coordinator 

SPNN Open Labs (SOL) is up and running again for the fall! Lots of youth have been stopping by to work on media projects. We have returning youth from the Hmong Pioneers who came in to complete their final video from the summer. A member from this summer’s Youth Intern Program is also back to produce a video for a school class on bulimia, and a participant from the Createch Studio is working on a documentary about the impact of social media on youth. We encourage middle and high school youth to come in and work on independent media projects during this open time.

In addition to SOL, the Createch Studio is now happening on Tuesdays at the Arlington Hills Community Center. Teens are learning how media tools can be a career exploration opportunity. Recently, youth have expressed interest in photography, drawing and voice characters. We are helping teens learn how they can express themselves through talent,visuals and stories in media. We will be planning photoshoots for November, as well as workshops on voice character with animation, and how to draw on a tablet in Photoshop.

Teens from the Createch Studio have displayed a strong interest in strengthening their skills and participating in SOL at SPNN. We have seen the time we spend with teens foster creativity and artistic risk taking. We are excited for another year of SOL and Createch, and hope to see you there!

  • SOL takes place at the SPNN Youth Media Lab every Monday during the school year from 3-6pm (excluding SPPS holidays). SOL is free and open to all St. Paul middle and high school youth.
  • Createch with SPNN Youth takes place every Tuesday from 4-6pm at the Createch Studio in the Arlington Hills Community Center.

IFP Minnesota Announces Move to Vandalia Tower January 2015

Vandalia-AR-Plans Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP Minnesota) has announced that it will be an anchor tenant in Vandalia Tower, a new development by First & First, located at 550 Vandalia (off of University Avenue) in the heart of Saint Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone. “We’re thrilled to be one of the first organizations to make the move to Vandalia Tower,” said IFP Minnesota Executive Director Andrew Peterson. “This move will support and centralize our growing programs, focus attention on the Twin Cities’ thriving independent film community, and create a dynamic, new space that will attract artists across all disciplines.” Opening in January 2015, IFP Minnesota’s new media arts center will feature multiple classrooms (all equipped with projection and sound), screening space, video editing stations, a dedicated youth space, and a photography gallery, as well as offices and meeting space. JuiceMedia, IFP MN’s after school program, will begin in the new space on January 20.  To apply for JuiceMedia 2015 go to:

Join us for the TCYMN Happy Hour!

It’s your chance to meet TCYMN members, connect with media artists, and learn about opportunities for youth to showcase their work—all over free beverages and snacks. Plus, you’ll have the chance to win prizes like a gift certificate to the Walker Shop and passes for the Walker Cinema.

We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, September 24
@ The Walker Art Center in the Art Lab (1750 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403)

Please RSVP to Mischa Kegan at if you can make it!Not sure? Feel free to show up if you haven’t RSVP’d.

When you enter through the Vineland Place doors, head straight back towards the elevator and bathrooms. Take the small staircase down and the Art Lab will be on the right.

By Bus: The Walker is served by Metro Transit bus lines 4, 6, 12, and 25.

By Car: If heading east on I-94, take 231A and go south on Hennepin/Lyndale. If heading west on I-94, take Exit 231B and go north on Lyndale/Hennepin. If heading east on I-394, take Exit 8A and go south on Lyndale/Hennepin.

Parking: There is varied street parking on Groveland Terrace and Vineland Place -pay attention to the signs! Paid parking is available at $4 for up to 12 hours. Enter the underground ramp from Vineland Place near Bryant Avenue. Once inside the ramp, take the ticket from automated dispenser—keep this ticket with you rather than leaving it in the car.

IFP MN & MN School of Business collaborate on music video

TCYMN is all about youth media organizations helping youth media organizations.  A partnership between Independent Filmmaker Project MN and Minnesota School of Business this summer is a prime example.  MSB was gracious enough to offer the use of one of their sound stages to a group of young filmmakers from IFP.  As part of a week long music video camp, the group spent an afternoon filming the band performance element of their music video at MSB’s facility in Edina.  Narrative elements of the video were filmed on a second day of shooting along the Mississippi River.  Youth learned that an in-door sound stage can be far more comfortable location (if also far louder)  than along the buggy shores of the Ol’ Miss.  But it was all worth it!

The resulting video of the band Lovely Dark’s song “Dark Heart of the Wood” made the weekly top videos list at both The Current and City Pages.  Thanks MSB!  Thanks also to Northern Outpost for their support of the young filmmakers!