I usually have a couple of recipes and ideas in my blog queue for MONTHS, but I’m laughably behind now. I’m trying to enjoy the last bits of good weather and really concentrating on quality time with my family (i.e. eating take-out by the river) which is why you haven’t seen much from me. And with everything that’s going on in the news, I’m overwhelmed. It doesn’t mean that I will stay silent or passive: I just plan on channeling my energy into other places.
This post is to introduces Gina, an MCAD alumni. Here she describes some ups and downs she’s experienced since graduation, and what it’s been like pursuing work in non-profits. Gina has also started up SOMOS MN Corporation, a LatinX collaborative.
When did you graduate and what has your life after graduation been like?
I graduated on December 16, 2011. My life after graduation can be summed up with a mental visual of the “Wheel of Fortune” prize wheel. My turns on the wheel have given me a spectrum of emotions and career prizes that have ranged for “Bankrupt” to “Bonus.” However, after nearly ten years, I think I’ve finally landed on the “Money Train Express”…and I even know how to solve the puzzle! I Side note- I swear I’m not an avid “Wheel Watcher”, this show was just an integral part of my grandmother’s babysitting regimen burned into memory.
Graduation from MCAD for me came with a degree in Visualization (which no employer could fully comprehend), a fully operational Mexican ice-cream business, Pick-A-Paleta LLC, and a 350 member organic CSA, The Bistro Farm. It was an amazing time, but busy summer business left me with long unfulfilling winters, so I volunteered with various youth programs during the downtime. The impact of working with youth was so incredibly fulfilling that I decided to diverge from my entrepreneurial endeavors and blindly jump into youth non-profit. I’ve never been one to take the easy road so starting a new career at 30 in the non-profit world seemed like a genius idea.
It was definitely a shift financially, mentally, educationally, and let me repeat, financially. On this new path I needed to climb the ladder fast, so I involved myself in every type of youth development organization I could find while taking on multiple non-profit jobs to establish a foundation. I became an expert in the service-learning curriculum, creating experiential training models around inequities in education. I also facilitated youth outdoor survival camps, taking groups of inexperienced urban middle schoolers on their first camping experience… to the Boundary Waters…let’s not go there…ever…again. I gave the most visually stunning presentations to youth about goals and dreams. I worked to develop sensory based programs to youth with emotional behavioral disorders (EBD). I revitalized and rebranded an urban CSA Farm, built a hydroponic hoop house on the Lake Street Greenway, and all while learning how
to make and provide wood-fired pizza from scratch on-site because it would be a great marketing strategy.
Describe what you do for work and how you got your job.
Now, I work for my dream organization, the Girl Scouts. For two years, I’ve established diverse program partnerships for the entire council of Girl Scouts River Valleys. For those that graduated in the ES program with me, they know my passion for the organization. Now that I have achieved my dream of having the exact job I thought I wanted for the past nine years, I am feeling an overwhelmingly powerful sensation of…meh…what’s next?
To be honest, I’ve always known I’m an entrepreneur at heart and for some time I’ve had an idea in mind for an innovative type of business, but something wasn’t clicking. After George Floyd’s murder, I worked with and am part of councils and coalitions helping to revitalize Lake Street. The experiences, conversations, and connections made during that time clarified for me why I was called to take that questionable path, and also gave me the vision and mission for the business that I needed to create: SOMOS MN CORPORATION- A Latinx Youth Collaborative.
How did the bachelor of science (Visualization, BSc, Entrepreneurial Studies) program help prepare you for your career path?
It’s been an interesting road. Going into a world of non-profit where most people have an educational background in education, social services, political science, and other non-creative degrees definitely made me an outlier. I always think in terms of sensory experiences and take on projects as if developing a business. Colleagues are always “wowed” by my work, how I think, ideate, and plan visually. I’ve never said this out loud, but in every position held, I’ve always been asked, “What are you doing here?“ I honestly owe much my growth and development as a creative, as a competitor, and as in innovator to what I learned at MCAD.
Where do you want to see yourself in the next few years?
Expanding SOMOS into other communities of color.
Are you excited to return to MCAD and have your new business as a client in two ES courses?
I am elated! I can’t believe it and am excited to share this experience with some of the youth creatives I’ve hired and have known since they were in sixth grade.
Where is your favorite spot to get work done?
My three-season porch!
If you could give advice to anybody in the Entrepreneurial Studies program or at MCAD what would it be?
Take advantage of EVERYTHING! Also, play that student card for as long as you can. There always seemed to be much more access to people, services, and opportunities as a student.
Best thing you ever got/saw on the free shelf?
I was traumatized by the free shelf the first time I ever approached it. I can’t escape the trauma of a used bra…I can’t go into details.
What are some recent experiences/highlights you’d like to share?
SOMOS is ready to launch our first line of t-shirts and posters on October 1! The theme is the Latinx VOTE!
In 1986, when Prince wrote the track “Sign O’ the Times,” it felt like the world was on fire. The AIDS epidemic was raging, President Ronald Reagan was rattling sabers with the Soviet Union, and in Minneapolis, the murder trial of a teen potentially killed at the hands of a gang known as the Disciples was ongoing. Prince had also just experienced a literal earthquake in California.
The Sign O’ The Times remastered Super Deluxe Edition is dropping today. Most of the eight-CD collection was recorded from the end of 1985 to the beginning of 1987, a time for Prince that was incredibly prolific, experimental, and transformative. Over the course of this year and a half, Prince put together and scrapped three albums: Dream Factory, Camille, and Crystal Ball. All three of these albums were essential in getting to Sign O’ the Times, released on March 30, 1987.
The first album, Dream Factory, was recorded between March and July of 1986. Prince created and recorded the double album with his band the Revolution, working in close collaboration with the musical duo Wendy & Lisa, a.k.a. Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman. Due in part to a desire from Prince to go in a different creative direction as well as strained relationships with the band, Prince disbanded the Revolution shortly after the group’s European tour in the summer of 1986 and dropped the album as a result. He would take eight songs off of Dream Factory and ultimately put them on Sign O’ the Times.
Concurrent with Dream Factory, in mid-1986 Prince was developing his feminine alter ego of Camille and creating a solo album around her, Camille. Prince had played with shifting his own high register even higher electronically, and based Camille around this androgynous, pitch-shifted sound and style. He had intended to release the album without any allusion to his own identity, and it’s assumed that Warner Records felt iffy about releasing a record without Prince’s name or image attached to it. The project was dropped, with three songs off of it eventually making their way to Sign O’ the Times.
Put together in late-1986, Crystal Ball was ambitious. Prince added new material along with eight songs from Dream Factory to craft the three LP album. Warner believed the hefty project wouldn’t perform well and requested it be pared down. It’s worth distinguishing this unreleased album from Prince’s 1998 compilation, also called Crystal Ball, of unreleased songs from his over-flowing vault. 15 of the 1986 Crystal Ball’s 22 tracks ended up on the 16-track Sign O’ the Times, with “U Got the Look” as a new addition to the final product.
Prince didn’t like the word “experiment.” To him, it implied creating something left to be unfinished. Though Dream Factory, Camille, and Crystal Ball remained unreleased, the work Prince and his collaborators did on them, the months of tinkering and playing with these tracks, culminated in the album that many regard as his greatest artistic achievement. They weren’t wasted then and they are certainly not wasted now.
The Super Deluxe Edition is massive. It includes all the audio material that Prince officially released in 1987, 45 previously unissued studio songs recorded during this time, a live audio performance from the Utrecht, Netherlands stop on his Sign O’ the Times Tour, a DVD containing a complete, previously unreleased 1987 New Year’s Eve benefit concert at Paisley Park, images of archive assets including original analog tape reel and studio track sheets, and a 120-page hardcover book containing Prince’s previously unseen handwritten lyrics.
Above, see Kaitlyn Bryan’s infographic charting how the album evolved (click here for high-res); and below, listen to playlists that now — with the release of the new Vault material — for the first time ever give us the opportunity to track Prince’s progress through this fertile period. For more on how Sign O’ the Times came to be, listen to the audio documentary series Prince: The Story of Sign O’ the Times, brought to you by The Current in collaboration with the Prince Estate, Paisley Park, and Warner Records.
Plus, listen to Purple Current starting at 10 a.m. as Sean McPherson highlights each of these unreleased albums and then, ultimately, Sign O’ the Times as we know it. (10 a.m.: Dream Factory; 12 p.m.: Camille; 1 p.m.: Crystal Ball; 3 p.m.: Sign O’ the Times)
“Behind that dizzying scope lay a disorganised, almost chaotic, recording process. Prince was creatively on fire, sometimes completing two or three songs in a day. At the same time, he got engaged to and separated from his creative muse, Susannah Melvoin; and fired his beloved backing band, The Revolution.”
Dining Out For Life is usually each year in April and it raises money for the needs of people suffering with HIV/AIDS, even including the needs of their pets! 🐶 Each year, participating restaurants give a percentage 20-50% of their sales for both dine-in and take-out, and also people that come in can donate more themselves too, if they’d like to. Tooties has participated in it for about 10 or 12 years now. This year they postponed the April date to today. Also- they are not requiring restaurants to donate a specific percentage- just what they can,.. as they know restaurants are struggling this year.
Please call us at 612-529-0200 after 2 PM today, to reserve a table for this evening, or to grab some take-out-all for a good cause. We are open 3-8.
A portion of your purchase will go to help DOFL and you will receive some info on what they do and how to donate further. ❤️ 💜 💙
* Today’s very special specials and desserts- (including this beautiful tart from Dancing Bear Chocolate), will be posted this afternoon.
The Dallas Stars are currently playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. Until 1993, the Stars were the Minnesota North Stars, Minnesota’s first NHL team. Before the North Stars, though, local fans rooted for the Minneapolis Millers.
Minneapolis Millers hockey team had their beginnings in 1917, when they faced
off against the St. Paul Athletic Club team at the original State Fair
1926-1931 the Millers were part of the American Hockey Association (AHA), competing
against such teams as the Duluth Hornets, the St. Louis Flyers, and the Kansas
the AHA folded, the Millers continued playing until 1963, when their name was
changed to the Minneapolis Bruins (by this time they were a farm club for the
Boston Bruins NHL team). The Minneapolis Bruins moved to Oklahoma in 1965. Two years later, the North Stars made their NHL debut.
Bellcour Bakery, a revitalized version of Gavin Kaysen’s French bakery and bistro in Wayzata, opens Saturday (9/18) at Cooks of Crocus Hill in North Loop Minneapolis!
They’re offering more savory goods and meals to-go in this concept, and you can still get the beloved crepe cake.