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The Bright Sunshine of Human Rights: Hubert H. Humphrey and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In the UROC Gallery October 14 to January 30, 2015

Terry Williams draws inspiration from growing up in North MinneapolisTaking its title from Hubert H. Humphrey’s 1948 speech to the Democratic National Convention, this exhibit uses archival objects and photographs to explore the role of one of Minnesota’s greatest leaders in the passage of America’s landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Co-sponsored by the University’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Office of Public Engagement and Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Public reception: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 28

The Diastema Project: There is Much to Be Said About a Gap-Toothed Grin

In the UROC Gallery May 12 through September 27, 2014

Depending on where you call home, a space between your front teeth may be the sign of a lustful nature, good fortune or the highest form of beauty. Blessed with "the gift of the space," photographer Stephanie Morris decided to explore the topic after a routine visit to the dentist where she learned diastemas provoke strong opinions and that people of African descent are most likely to have diastemas. The exhibit is a result of her year-long journey to seek out others who have chosen to “rock the gap.”

Public Reception: 5 p.m. Thursday, June 12.

U.S. Congressional Arts Competition

In the UROC gallery through Sunday, April 27


Visual Art from High School Students in 
 Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District 

U.S. Congressional Arts Competition
Held by
U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison
in partnership with
the University of Minnesota 
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
A juried show of artwork by local high school students participating in the 2014 U. S. Congressional Arts Competition which aims to recognize and encourage artistic talent among high school students throughout the country. This year's Fifth District judges include: Director of the University of Minnesota Weisman Art Museum Lyndel King; painter Jimmy Longoria; photographer Stephanie Morris; potter and photographer Chrys Carroll, artist and co-owner of Homewood Studios George Roberts; Art Institutes International of Minnesota instructor Lisa Loudon; and mixed media artist and painter Phira Rehm. Reception and award ceremony with Congressman Keith Ellison and Executive Director of Generation Next R. T. Rybak: 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

City of Angles and the Textures of Northside Life

In the UROC Gallery through March 22, 2014

Terry Williams draws inspiration from growing up in North MinneapolisArtist Terry Williams draws inspiration from growing up in North Minneapolis. Through 3-D sculptural paintings, Williams documents memories ranging from his involvement in the University of Minnesota’s 4-H community gardening program to the support of a network of mentors and single mothers of the neighborhood who helped keep him safe and on a positive path. Williams, together with the Northside Arts Collective is a 2013 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Public reception: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 22

Seitu Jones: Collard Greens Manifesto

In the UROC Gallery October 17, 2013 through January 11, 2014

In his newest show, visual artist Seitu Jones takes takes us on a parallel journey of his ancestors and the plants he holds dear. The exhibit's drawings, paintings, pottery, and living, growing plants, compel us to ponder a greener existence—and explore creating a manifesto of our own. Public reception: noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Deep Roots, Lush Leaves:
Transformation of Hmong Dance in Minnesota

In the UROC Gallery through September, 2013

Hmong Dancer on stage in a blue costumeThrough stunning photos and lavish costumes, this exhibit explores the sometimes conflicting role that dance has played in presevering Hmong history while embracing new cultures.

Currated by Iny Xiong, artistic director of Iny Asian Dance Theater, and coordinated by See Xiong and Ange Hwang, this exhibit is presented in conjunction with Asian Media Access and funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Selling Kenya: The Traditional and Contemporary Arts of East Africa

In the UROC Gallery through March 30, 2013

Kenya native Hellen Keraka takes us on a tour of the arts and crafts of her homeland.

This exhibit is the result of Keraka's two-year odyssey to bring Kenyan-made jewelry, baskets, textiles, and paintings to Minnesota.

Keraka, a UMN Extension educator, hopes the exhibit will inspire others to take a deeper look at the people, places, and things of her native land.


Black, Brown, and Green: Abstracts and environmental portraits by photographer Dudley Edmondson
UROC Gallery Show

September 20–January 12, 2013

Photographer Dudley Edmondson celebrates
wilderness and the human spirit with abstract
nature studies and portraits of African
American environmentalists and outdoor
enthusiasts. An author, filmmaker, and educator,
Edmondson is a passionate advocate for
connecting youth and people of color to the
natural world. His award-winning photography
has been shown by the Conservation Fund,
Sierra Club, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

'Mentoring Peace through Art': The Student Canvas Project
UROC Gallery Show

Through August 31, 2012

Jimmy Longoria is a Chicano artist who specializes in murals and large works through layers of contrasting colorful and vibrant brush strokes. The second phase of this three part exhibit features more than 100 works by Step-Up Achieve and university students who participated in Longoria's Mentoring Peace Through Art summer 2012 program at UROC.

UROC Gallery Show

baby birdThrough April 26, 2012

A juried exhibit of work by Northside Arts Collective members. The collective is dedicated to uniting, enriching and advancing the Northside community through the arts. Gallery hours are Monday though Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists Reception: 5–8 p.m., Wednesday, April 11

'From Kindergarten to Senior Year: Hall International and North High School Art Show': UROC Gallery Show

Through February 29, 2012

A mixed media exhibit featuring works by students from Elizabeth Hall International Elementary School and North High School. Gallery hours are Monday though Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Opening Reception: 3–6 p.m., Tuesday, February 21

'Of Sadness and Hope: Images from the Northside Tornado': UROC Gallery Show

Through January 27, 2012

Inspiration in the wake of the May 2011 Minneapolis tornado is the subject of this moving exhibit of people and places photographed by students at Nellie Stone Johnson and Jefferson Community schools. The exhibit was produced with help from local photographer Wing Young Huie as part of the Minneapolis-based GeneroCITY after-school program. The program, which engages students in activities and discussions about social justice and diversity, is a collaboration between Minneapolis Public Schools and Twin Cities-based nonprofits Edit the World and Bolder Options. For more information on GeneroCITY, visit All images are available for purchase, with proceeds donated to local nonprofits involved in post-tornado support. Gallery hours are Monday though Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Group tours are available upon request at

'Profiles in Partnership': UROC Gallery Show

Through December 31, 2011

"Profiles in Partnership: The people behind the partnerships of the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center" A photographic exhibit representing a few of the many University of Minnesota and community people who work together to advance the vision of UROC. The 12 large-scale portraits were taken in September 2011 by acclaimed documentary photographer Scott Streble.

Pictured: Louis King II, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Summit Academy OIC, and Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, UROC community liaison, who collaborated on relief efforts in the aftermath of the May 2011 tornado in North Minneapolis.

UROC Community Day 2011 in Pictures

Snapshots from the September 2011 open house … including visit by University President Eric Kaler

President Kaler with members of Urban 4H, an Extension program based at UROC.Right, President Kaler with members from Urban 4H, an Extension youth development program based at UROC.

See more UROC Community Day snapshots

Cornerstones: a History of North Minneapolis

Documentary produced by University of Minnesota in collaboration with tpt, Twin Cities Public Television.

View documentary, see web extras, and more

Meet UROC Executive Director Heidi Barajas

UROC executive director Heidi Barajas discusses UROC's role in the University's outreach-engagement mission and the advantages of UROC's place-based location.

Watch video interview with Heidi Barajas



The University of Minnesota UROC building at Plymouth and Penn avenues in North Minneapolis is open Monday–Friday
from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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