We’re moving to 3747 Minnehaha! Details on our move and how you can help

We are excited to announce that the Minnehaha Free Space is moving to 3747 Minnehaha Avenue, three blocks south of our current location! We’ll be closing from June 17th through July 31st for planning, packing, painting and fancying up our new digs. Read on for more about the new space and how you can help us make the move a success.

The space

3747 Minnehaha Ave. is in the IUE-CWA building right next to the studio of Ricardo Levins Morales, a fantastic radical artist and friend of the Free Space.  We’re looking forward to being neighbors with union activists and with Ricardo.

The new space has a lot to offer, including a large and attractive main room, parking in back and four separate offices which will house our kids’ room, our library and new projects still in the works!  A three-year lease will give us stability while keeping us in Longfellow and close to the friends we’ve made in the neighborhood.

Projects like Movie Mondays, youth days and event hosting will continue in the new space, along with new and exciting things we’re still dreaming up.

two fans of the Free Space who are excited about our move to 3747 Minnehaha

The move

Did you help us get ready to open last year?  It was a whirlwind few weeks and we couldn’t have done it without our friends.  But it was a fun whirlwind! This time around, we hope you’ll join us to help organize, pack, clean and paint.  The times you can help are from June 18-28 (unless we finish early), 4-9pm on weekdays, 2-7pm on Sat/Sun.  Please come to 3458 Minnehaha to help (not to 3747).

Ongoing events

Although we can’t host meetings until after August 1st, we’ll be glad to take event requests for events occurring after then.  Just contact us via the event request form here.  If you have an ongoing event that you’d like to continue hosting at the new space, please get in touch with us and we’ll make sure you’re on the calendar for your usual time.

We’re really looking forward to being in this great new location and we hope you are too!

Follow us on facebook (facebook.com/minnehahafreespace) twitter (twitter.com/minnehahafree) and minnehahafreespace.org to stay in the loop.

Update: Re-opening Wednesday 4/25

Update: We’ll be re-opening for regular open hours starting Wednesday, April 25. Sorry for the inconvenience of the last few days!

MFS is still having plumbing problems today (Tuesday), so we’ll be closed again today.  Sorry!  The plumber is coming this afternoon and should have it fixed by tomorrow.

Minnehaha Free Space Open Forum-TWO DATES-4/21 and 4/26

To those who have organized or attended concerts, art nights, meetings, panels, discussions, dinners, workshops and classes at the Free Space,
To those who have checked out library books, played pool, had political discussions, used the computer, listened to music, plotted resistance, played with toys, watched movies or just hung out,

You are invited to the Minnehaha Free Space Open Forum!
The Minnehaha Free Space, run by the Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space collective, has been open for almost a year at our location on 35th and Minnehaha. This past year has been a time of learning, growth, building, successes, mistakes, making connections and much more. The MARS collective and volunteers have often had discussions about the direction of the space, what goes on inside, and what the future could hold. But we realize that we are not the ones who make up the living breathing creature that is the Free Space. The Free Space is made up of every person who walks in our door, and so at this juncture we are coming to you (yes you!) to help us decide how to move forward with this project.   We will be having a moderated open discussion.

We will be having TWO open forum dates so that people with differing schedules can attend:

Saturday, April 21st from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

and

Thursday, April 26th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

at the Minnehaha Free Space
3458 Minnehaha Ave S.

Some potential topics of the discussion include:

What have been the experiences at the Free Space you have most valued?

What do you wish you would see more?

What has made you not want to come to the space or feel uncomfortable or unwelcome?

Our lease is ending at the end of June, should we renew at our current location? Move to a new one? Squat? Blast off in a spaceship to Mars?

Do you think that the organization of the space is transparent and accessible?

How do you feel MFS does or doesn’t promote the resistance, revolution or transformation that you are fighting for?

Hope to see you there!

In struggle,
The MARS collective

MARS Attacks Prisons! – A Dance Party Benefit for WPBP – 3/16

Join us for the last “MARS Attacks” benefit at Sisters’ Camelot’s current location!

A dance party benefit featuring:

The Pleasure Principle DJ Team / Hipslur DJs / DJ Tanner / and more TBA…

Suggested donation: $5-15 (sliding scale)

Location: Sisters’ Camelot, 2310 Snelling Ave., Minneapolis

Time: Friday, March 16th, 9:30pm-1:30am

A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Women’s Prison Book Project. Of the approximately 2.4 million people incarcerated in the U.S., around 70% are people of color and about 200,000 are women, most of them mothers. WPBP provides much-needed reading materials for women and trans*-identified prisoners, building connections through the walls.  Visit wpbp.org to learn more.

Other proceeds will support the Minnehaha Free Space – now in its 8th month of existence.  Help keep the free space alive while dancing the night away!

MFS Group Art Show – 3/11

Submit your Artwork to the First Art Group Art Show!

This upcoming Sunday (March 4th) you are invited to bring artwork to hang on the walls during our normal art group time of 6-9pm. We will be hopefully hanging the entire show that day, so come early and pick out a good spot. You can bring old work, new work, and/or work you made during the art groups. Please stay and help hang or work on more artwork. Then take a stack of art show fliers ( we have two great designs) and pass them out to friends, family and at places you visit around town. The art show opening:
Sunday, March 11th
6-9pm
At the Minnehaha Free Space
3458 Minnehaha Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Looking forward to seeing you and your artwork this Sunday! Let’s make this show a great one.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/227620360668029

RadFam Meeting – 3/9

Friday, March 9
5-6:30pm at the Free Space

Radfam is a discussion group where you don’t have to justify your definition of family. The nuclear, biological family is not the norm here. Instead, we are interested in promoting individual autonomy in defining what family means. We discuss issues that are at the intersection of families and social justice. We are committed to supporting reproductive justice, queer politics and radical family planning, recognizing that these are concepts to be talked about and negotiated. We are interested in including, not excluding you so if there is something in this definition that raises a question for you, feel free to email radfamilies@gmail.com.

For more info, visit http://radfam.tumblr.com.