Free Space Video!

Happy New Year! This is our new video about the autonomous radical space that is the Minnehaha Free Space.

We will be sad to leave this beloved space. We want to find a new one. We move on January 15th and are still searching for a new place we can afford.

If you can share a few bucks or a few words on your page about why you support the space, we would appreciate it so much.

Thank you to all who came to the party and everyone who has visited the space these last few years.

Here’s to another year of resistance!

Love, MARS




We have an update! We negotiated with the landlord and agreed to vacate our current space on January 15th. Affordable places in South Minneapolis are scarce, but we are working with realtor Tim Little and we are going on another tour this week to look at more options for a new space.

We have some events planned before we move, including a party on Friday, December 30th from 6-11pm. There will be massive art-making options and puppet-making for kids upstairs, cranio-sacral sessions for sliding scale donation in the library, and Feminist Video Collective multimedia screenings downstairs. We will give away a lot of stuff from the space at the party, so you can take a souvenir home to remember the space. Our video will be done by then, courtesy of Sami, and we will show it for the first time at the party. You can share and invite folks to the Facebook event here:

We want to thank you for reaching out to us in email and in person at our events, telling us how much the space means to you and asking what you can do to help. It has been wonderful hearing from everyone. Right now you can help by donating to our GoFundMe, sharing the page, and posting a note about why you support the space. You can invite friends to the party on the 30th, donate big boxes to help us with our move, volunteer to help us in the days leading up to January 15th, and let us know any other ways you would like to lend your support. With all the uncertainty, we haven’t been able to plan and host the events that normally bring in donations. While we are talking to other groups about ways to share space, we will definitely need your support to gather money for a deposit on a new space. We would appreciate any and all help in these next few weeks of our transition.

From Jenell: Our space ship will be taking off on January 15th. Please keep sending us donations for rocket fuel.

You are all a part of the support system that carries us through. Thank you for everything you do for each other and for us. We hope to post another update soon.


Friday 12/15 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM



Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Turmeric, Sage, Cinnamon, Ginger, Garlic, and more. Learn about common culinary herbs for healling. We’ll talk about the healing properities of these herbs and creative ways to use them for therapies.

Friday, December 30 at 6 PM – 11 PM: Party at the Free Space!

Come one and all to celebrate the Free Space!
Show some love to this beloved space and all the folks who have passed through its doors!
Death art conspiracy upstairs
Feminist Video Quarterly multimedia downstairs
Sliding scale donation cranio-sacral sessions in the library
Bring ya friends and kids and donations to help us find a new space
No one turned away
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Big Music Festival!

The biggest music festival in Minneapolis!


“Xaundra classifies her music as soul punk. She finds it hard to write a happy song, when there are so many wonderfully dreadful things to heart break over.”

H.I.F. makes electronic music. Hardware, analog, beats, melodies, these are just a few of the things one might hashtag when talking about H.I.F.

Jenny Oo. Hansen
Singer/songwriter going through a solo folk-pop phase because of their bad spending habits and spotty social skills. Some piercing shrieks, some mumbling, some pretty melodies.

Holo Lue Choy
Holo Lue Choy is a Minneapolis based interdisciplinary performance artist. Her work prioritizes the experiences of historically oppressed groups, especially transgender people and people of colour, and how such identities effect the way one interacts with the world.

Ashley Mari
Creator of Worldz amongst many through Music, Poetic Energy, Visual Artist with a deep connection to the cosmos and love for humanity with exudes her essence through performing. Performance is always from the Universe’s Vibez. Trippy Hippie with a side of Gangstah ❤

City Counselor
City Counselor is the solo project of Nicky from Lunch Duchess and BOYF. Down-tempo, vocal driven pop music about political life and all its corresponding feelings.

Anxious Twerp
Queer anti folk punk acoustic that will make you laugh but also make you cry and you’ll probably contemplate on the lyrics later and feel something weird in your stomach.

Osiris Lane

The Lunch Ladies

Suggested donation of $5-20 to attend.
30% of the donations will benefit the Free Space to help with the move and the remaining 70% will be divided amongst the performers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds

There will be dinner potluck style, bring a dish if you can!


Sunday 12/4 from 1-3pm: Community Conversation about Survivor Support

Thank you for your support of survivors in our community! We had great turnout for our first meeting, close to 30 people came together to learn and share knowledge about survivor-centric models to hold perpetrators of assault accountable and keep people safe in our community. It was amazing to see so much energy dedicated to this very important work!

We are scheduling another meeting for December 4th, 1pm to 3pm, at the Minnehaha Free Space. Please rsvp using this link: to let us know how much food we should provide and if you’ll be needing childcare.

We’ve recently been talking with lots of different groups about supporting survivors of sexual assault. We’ve been hearing from the community a lot of interest in furthering and expanding these conversations.

Please take a few moments to complete this survey before the event:

December Craft Fair/Flea Market

december-2016-craft-fair-flierIt’s time for another craft fair/flea market at the Free Space! Let’s come together with our community, support local crafters and vendors, and support the Free Space, too.

IF YOU WANT TO SELL STUFF that’s great! Crafts & flea-market-esque stuff is welcome. (If you haven’t been to the Free Space before, check out our website to get a feel for what we do: Each vendor will have half of a 6′ table. $15 for upstairs tables & $5-$15 sliding scale for downstairs tables due on the day of the event. Upstairs tables are sliding scale for folx who need to be upstairs due to mobility concerns. Email Oliver at for details and to reserve a table.

IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER that is super great! You can help set up, clean up, provide child care or whatever you feel like offering. Email Oliver at & let them know what/when/how you wanna help out.

The event will be, as always, kid-friendly with childcare provided as needed. The upstairs of the Free Space is wheelchair accessible with an accessible bathroom available upon request. All bathrooms are gender neutral.


Tuesday 11/29 from 5:30-7:30: The Perfect Cup of Chai

In this workshop, we’ll delve into the world of Chai-Brewing. We will learn about classic Chai spices and other herbs that can compliment these flavors and support our bodies. We will learn how to brew Chai using a traditional method, and some techniques to make it more simply. This workshop is offered in the Gift Economy. All gifts will go toward my current Healing Justice work: Medicine Making for Standing Rock.

Friday 12/2 from 6-8pm: Indigenous History before 1492

Co-hosted with EXCO!

Indigenous issues are at the forefront for all humanity. I’m going to
emphasize the need to think of one’s own indigenous roots, as well as
the stories of indigenous people that existed on this land before
1492. We all came from somewhere, and the sooner we realize these
attachments, the better off we’ll be. In other words: learn from the
people who were here first, and learn from our own indigenous roots.

Indigenous history did not start in 1492, it started way before that
period. In fact, events of 1492 were a terrible, horrible
interruption. There were people on this land evolving in every way
conceivable before Columbus came along. As an Italian, I am proud to
denounce Columbus. (In fact, he reminds me of a couple cousins of
mine, so the heck with them).

Get beyond the fry bread, casino gambling, pow wows, all the stuff
that gets associated with indigenous humanity today, and to tell a
different story. If we don’t have knowledge of a pre-Columbian past,
then we don’t have a post-Columbian future.

About the facilitator: Ray has worked with Kalpulli Turtle
Island Multiversity, Hamline University, and has taught dozens of EXCO classes over the years on indigenous issues.