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Working against poverty by making beautiful works of art

The Art Shoppe, a commercial space for artists jointly sponsored by Mount Olive Lutheran Church (ELCA), A Minnesota without Poverty, and the Jewish Community Relations Council, held its grand opening at the Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis, on November 5. This micro-entrepeneurial start-up gives local artists in poverty and/or disability an opportunity to display, demonstrate, and sell their work.

The Art Shoppe gives local artists micro-loans and an opportunity to sell their works. Photo provided by A Minnesota Without Poverty

Ten artists have entered into this joint venture. They are developing a business model, furnishing the shop, displaying their work, and forming a cooperative. The ultimate goal of The Art Shop is for participating artists to become financially independent, so that they can repay the loan they received. With the loan repayment, other micro-endeavors can be initiated into the program.
The artists use a variety of media and many of their creations are uniquely fashioned. Participating artists include Raelene Ash, Kim Buell, Terry Day, Linda Danielle Jones, Judy Cooper Lyle, Arlene Innmon, Kate McEvoy, Aziz Osman, Kip Shane, and Keegan Xavi.
The shop is located at 920 East Lake Street in the Midtown Global Market. It is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For more information, contact the Rev. Nancy Maeker, executive director of A Minnesota Without Poverty. She can be reached at 612/879-6235 or

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