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Election Anxiety? A Guide for Twin Cities Mental Health Resources

By Mischa Kegan
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Sticky notes capturing Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council members’ responses to the election of Donald Trump

Anxiety, stress, and depression come up in different ways with every group of teens I work with at the Walker, every single year. It’s normal; people in their teen years are dealing with a lot and being pulled in many different directions. Among other things, I stress the importance of rest, eating full meals, drinking water, and being honest about your capacity to take on assignments (no one likes a half-stepper), and overall practicing self care so you can continue to work on what you are passionate about as well as the things you just have to get done.

These are complex and turbulent times. They always been, but because of the recent election, these feelings are amplified for many youth (adults too), and it feels like we have arrived in a new place in some ways. Or maybe we are in the same place, and now just fully exposed. As the Walker’s Teen Programs Coordinator, I work with 13 youth that have many intersecting identities. Most are youth of color, and many are Muslim, have parents who immigrated to the US, define as LGBTQ, and/or are young women. A recent exercise with members of WACTAC (the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council) underscored how youth today are experiencing increased anxiety and stress in relation to the election. Each wrote three or more sticky notes in response to the prompt: How are you feeling after the election? Many young people are worried their rights are going to be severely diminished or taken away entirely. They are unsure about how this election will impact their families and friends. They worry how hateful words, physical and mental violence, and discriminatory policies will impact those they care about and themselves directly.

I write all of this knowing that as a cis white man, this election will affect me in lesser ways. I find no comfort in that fact. I know the mistreatment and abuse of people has a damaging affect on all of us and that we are better and stronger together. I want to live in a world that is equitable, empathetic, and understanding that our differences give us both individual and collective power.

In the spirit of fostering a community of support, wellness, and understanding, Walker Teen Programs, in partnership with youth workers in our community, has created a list of mental health resources for youth in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to see the resource list or download a printable version of it. Please use the resources or share them in whatever ways makes sense.

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Twin Cities Mental Health Resources

Avenues for Homeless Youth provides “emergency shelter, short-term housing, and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood.”

Minneapolis Avenues: 1708 Oak Park Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55411, 612.522.1690 x1

Brooklyn Park Avenues: 7210 76th Ave N. Brooklyn Park, MN 55428, 612.522.1690 x2

GLBT Host Home Program: 612.844.2006

Minneapolis and Suburban Host Home Programs: 612.844.2014

ConneQT: 612.844.2014

Bridge for Youth. “From the moment you arrive at The Bridge for Youth, you decide what happens. You’re welcomed as you are, for who you are. If you want to talk, we listen. Without interrupting. Without judging. If you’re hungry, you can get something to eat. If you’re tired, you have a place to sleep. If you’re up to it, we get to know you better. And together, we figure out what’s next. When you’re ready. If you’re LGBTQ and between the ages of 10 and 17, you’re welcome at The Bridge.”

1111 West 22nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405, 612.230.6601

3010 West 78th Street Chanhassen, MN 55331, 612.230.6601

Face to Face “empowers youth to overcome barriers and strive toward healthy and self-sufficient lives.”

Health Clinic: 1165 Arcade Street Saint Paul MN 55106, 651.772.5555

SafeZone Drop-In Center: 130 East 7th Street Saint Paul MN 55101, 651.224.9644

Family Tree Clinic. “We believe each individual person—everybody—is deserving of not only high quality and affordable services, but also of affirming, individualized and respectful care. It’s what people should expect from their health care providers. And that’s exactly what we deliver. Through our clinic services, community education program and services for the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing community, we’re working towards a healthier community and ultimately, a healthier you.”

1619 Dayton Ave #205 St. Paul, MN 55104, 651.645.0478

The Icarus Project is a “support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We advance social justice by fostering mutual aid practices that reconnect healing and collective liberation. We transform ourselves through transforming the world around us.”

Julie Jong Koch at Watercourse Counseling Center 

Specialization in: Abuse & Neglect in Childhood, Adolescents, Adoption, Anxiety, Attachment, Disorders, Domestic Abuse, Children, Cross Cultural/Multi-Racial Issues, Depression/Mood, Disorders, LGBT Issues/Gender Identity, Shame, Trauma, Women’s Issues

3548 Bryant Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Julie also is available to meet at South High School), 612.822.8227, juliek@watercoursecounseling.org

Kente Circle supports you and your growth through recognition and affirmation of communal faith, health and genius. We provide quality professional therapy services for individuals, couples, and families while embracing community and diversity. Our therapists will help you and your family to combat the myths that prevent health and healing, working from a strength-based perspective.

345 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409, 612.243.1600

LGBTQI+ Youth event calendar, Twin Cities+ 

Melanie Alford. “I have experience working with individuals and families in a variety of settings for over ten years.  I am especially interested in helping people who are dealing with issues in the following areas: new onset and/or chronic disease or disability; experiences of physical and sexual trauma; relationship difficulties; depression, anxiety and anger.  I specialize in working with individuals from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and non-conforming gender communities. As a sex-positive practitioner, I enjoy helping individuals and/or couples who are exploring their sexual and relationship practices.”

The Shenandoah Building: 4749 Chicago Ave South #2D, 612.246.6689

MoveFwd works to “bring families together. Formerly Teens Alone, MoveFwd counselors have worked with more than 7,000 young people and their families since 1990. Our first goal is always to find a way for young people and their families to reconcile. Our counselors work with young people, their parents and their schools to find solutions for families to live together and kids to stay in school. Sometimes, however, the safest thing is to find other housing options for them, and sometimes young people are already homeless when they find their way to Move Fwd. While homelessness is a daunting and growing problem for our young people in the western suburbs, we know from experience that the safety net MoveFwd staff provides empowers them to stay in school and stay connected to their community.”

Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7, Room 237 Hopkins, MN 55305, 952.988.8336

Out Front Minnesota Resources – LGBTQ and Allied Organizations  

RECLAIM works to increase access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.  We offer therapy for youth and families, training for practitioners, and community partnerships for social change at the intersection of gender and racial justice.”

771 Raymond Ave St. Paul, MN 55114, 612.235.6743

St. Stephen’s Human Services, Handbook of the Streets provides resources and emergency assistance for people who become homeless

Twin Cites Radical Calendar 

Walk-In Counceling Center. “Our mission is to provide free, easily accessible mental health counseling to people with urgent needs and few service options. Our overarching goal is to help people stabilize during a time of crisis and resolve problems before they become severe.”

West Metro Minneapolis: 2421 Chicago Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55404, 612.870.0565, ext. 100

East Metro St. Paul (Walk-in partner site at Family Tree Clinic): 1619 Dayton Avenue, #205 St. Paul, MN 55104

Walk-in at Neighborhood House: 179 E. Robie Street St. Paul, MN 55107

Young Adult Housing and Employment (YAHE) at Resource “provides young adults with mental health support, living skills training, and a subsidized apartment. Eligibility: Ages 18-26. Must have a mental health diagnosis from a mental health professional. Must be working, in school, or wanting to pursue employment or education.”

1900 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404, 612.752.8000

Youth Link. “At YouthLink, we have over 40 years of experience connecting young people with a community of resources and support. Whether it’s basic needs, like a hot shower or a warm meal, assistance with employment or educational goals, accessing mental and physical health resources, or finding supportive housing, we can help young people at all stages of their journey.YouthLink is also the host site for the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC). The YOC is a unique collaborative model, bringing together a variety of organizations and agencies that provide resources young people experiencing homelessness may need—all in one location. Our one-stop-shop model helps deliver life-changing resources more effectively for the young people we work with.”

41 N. 12th Street Minneapolis, MN 55403, 612.252.1200

 

Aug
17

Issues at Hand: WACTAC Zine Addresses Inequity and Institutions

By Mischa Kegan

The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council’s (WACTAC) 2015–2016 year was an extremely political one. It makes sense: the videos of police violence against Native, Black, and Latinx people have been very present—bringing new eyes and a current context to the very old problem of systemic oppression of people of color. Donald Trump is running for president on a platform that relies on divisions of class, race, gender, and religion. There have been numerous mass shootings in a short period of time. So much violence, so much hate, and so many platforms and conversations about all of these things online […]

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Sep
16

Manufacturing Dissent: International Pop and the Relationship Between Art and Pop Culture

By justinandrews

International Pop not only presented Walker visitors with a pop art experience that went far beyond what typically constitutes pop art for a Western audience, it proved that pop art was a global phenomenon and a platform for the critique of contemporary culture throughout the world.  In light of the show’s recent closing, WACTAC alum Justin Andrews presents some opinions, reflections, and analysis on works and themes in the show.   “Art, it is said, is not a mirror, but a hammer:  it does not reflect, it shapes.” –Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Pop culture and artistic culture exist in a contradictory, dialectical […]

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Jun
26

Consumer_sm: a Response to IPOP at the Walker Art Center

By olliewollerman

Upon seeing International Pop for the first time, I was immediately blown away with the amount of color in the exhibition. From this initial observation of the show, I was inspired to incorporate the same kind of flat, graphic colors into an art piece. Throughout the show, many pieces integrated similar aspects of consumerism and capitalism. One of the overarching themes in the show was the idea of production and consumption, and this idea pushed me to tie in the corporate logos into the art piece. Many of the pieces in particular that inspired me had ideas like these, for […]

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Jun
24

CALLING YOUNG ARTISTS AND THINKERS

By Mike Massey

Hey YOU! Do you or anybody you know want to get involved with Teen Programs at the Walker? Apply to WACTAC and Youth Collective by June 30 (that’s next week!) and be invited to an activity day in July. Apply online here >>> http://wac.mn/1HIYyaA Do it! This video was shot and directed by Satya Varghese Mac, a graduating council member. Thanks to Lucy, Sarah and Justin for standing in all those places and all of that wavin’. Get with it!

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Jun
14

Museum Mixtape #6

By ingridtoppjohnson

Museum Mixtape is back! For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, museum mixtape pairs a piece/collection of artwork at the Walker Art Center with a song. The collection featured this time is INTERNATIONAL POP, an exhibition that looks at Pop Art as a global movement rather than a strictly American one. It encompasses a staggering diversity of technique and perspective. From Brazil to Japan to Germany, artists react to modernization, westernization, political unrest and the growing importance of mass media. These songs are meant to refract back the themes of this exhibit.   First song up is Eu Te Amo, Te […]

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Jun
5

How Can Museums and Artists Help Advocate for Social Change?

By Yonci Jameson

Members of the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) often discuss the role of artists and museums in social and racial justice—and these conversations have taken on new significance in light of recent demonstrations across the country calling for police reform and racial equity. To further these discussions and bring them online, we invited Yonci Jameson, a Twin Cities teen artist, queer black woman, and social justice activist, to share her recommendations for both artists and arts institutions interested social change. Growing up, art museums used to bore me. There was never anything captivating about artists I’d never heard […]

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May
7

Illuminate!

By sarahmaudegriffin

  On Saturday, February 28th WACTAC hosted and participated in Illuminate! a Twin Cities Youth Media Network (TCYMN) event. During the event there were representatives from various colleges in Cargill Lounge, stop motion videos being made in the art lab with local artist John Akre, and then a showcase of films made by youth from all over the metro area. During the showcase films ranged from music videos, LGBTQ+ rights, self love to even talking wolves. WACTAC during the showcase, Photo by Walker Art Center Two WACTAC members, Satya Varghese Mac and myself, were able to show original pieces during […]

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Apr
29

WACTAC Makes a Zine

By olliewollerman

  Front Cover of Awkwardness is a Feeling For the past few weeks, WACTAC has been working on a zine, for those who don’t know, a zine is an abbreviation for magazine or “fanzine”, a self published magazine that is made to be sent around and shared. We will be sending off the zine to other teen councils at different museums around the country and overseas. This project will spread the word about what is going on at the Walker, and possibly spur further interaction with other teen councils. Zines have been around for a while, and over time, have […]

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Apr
23

Teenage Coup

By Mike Massey

I am a WACTAC alumni (Class of 2004) and have been hanging out with the council lately, sitting in on their meetings and helping out a bit with this blog. I tagged along last week as WACTAC had the opportunity to tour the International Pop show with co-curator Bartholomew Ryan. The lauded exhibition displays a body of Pop art of the 1950’s through the 1970’s, with strong representations of artists and movements from Japan, Brazil and Germany, and some notable American works in the mix (Warhol and Lichtenstein, deified beacons of Pop, do secure a head count). While Pop art […]

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Apr
16

Art or Fart?

By awamally

During Art Basel miami beach, Andre 3000 and SCAD put together an exhibit at mana Miami. Titled “I Feel Ya: SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and Andre 3000 Benjamin” presented by SCAD Art Museum. A collection featuring Andres 47 jumpsuits which he wore throughout the Outcasts 20th reunion tour. The exhibit was accompanied by “Trumpets,” created by filmmaker Greg Brunkalla and painter Jimmy O’Neal. The purpose of ‘I Feel Ya’ is to get people thinking about random phrases, while building a connection between art, fashion, and film. The jumpsuits are a direct way for Andre to share his […]

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Apr
9

The Responsibility of Artists: An Interpretive Analysis of Coco Fusco

By justinandrews

Famed linguist and political theorist Noam Chomsky once wrote that it was the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies, especially in the context of the lies perpetuated by the dominant politico-economic power structure.  One could argue that a similar responsibility exists for artists:  In their works, artists must not only create art that is set against the backdrop of the current era, but must create art that actively critiques and challenges the status quo.  Artists must ruthlessly expose all that is rotten in society and call upon people to demand a better state of affairs. Not […]

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Mar
23

Flux With Us

By Mischa Kegan

WACTAC had the privilege to meet with one of the founding members of the Fluxus movement, Ben Patterson to talk about his life and work as an artist/musician. WACTAC interviewed him in the on going series Top 5 to talk about his favorite noises. WACTAC also performed Ben Patterson’s piece entitled Pond (1962) in the gallery.

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Mar
19

Dispatch: National YoungArts Week

By Mike Massey

From Teen Programs Affiliate Michael Hansen: It’s 6:42 AM. I’m walking around the MPLS – STP airport with a bottle of overpriced iced tea in my right hand. I feel numb. I’m wearing an orange t-shirt with the words “YOUNGARTS” scrawled across the front in some abnormal font.  I’ve been awake for a good three hours with nothing but a ration of granola in my system. I arrive at my gate and immediately spot a girl wearing a shirt identical to mine. She looks at me and smiles. She tells me that her name is Nicole, she’s from California, and […]

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Feb
25

WACTAC Meeting 2/12/15

By Calvin Hafermann

This past week, we once again met with artists Chrys Carroll and Nicole Smith known together as Dig In, who we have been working and meeting with for the past couple of months.  At this particular meeting, we glazed clay bowls we had created, based off of the begging bowls used by Buddhist monks.  For Buddhist monks, these bowls are receptacles for community donations of food that provides the monks daily sustenance.  For us, the bowls were meant more to represent how we will take care of ourselves and do what makes us happy, what Chrys and Nicole referred to […]

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Feb
19

Ava DuVernay’s Selma

By sarahmaudegriffin

“We’re going to have awful seats.” My friend and I paced down the hallway of the Southdale AMC Theater, arriving on the dot to see the 8:10 showing of Selma. We reached our theater and were surprised, and, in my case, disappointed, to see that the theater was sparsely filled. It was opening night. To be fair, this was due largely to circumstance: it was a holiday weekend, the roads were awful, and there were multiple other movies opening that same night. Though the audience was less than I had expected that night, the movie was not. Ava DuVernay, the primary […]

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Dec
16

Students Hold Court

By lucycomer

On November 22nd, a gathering of approximately twenty-five people of high school and college age came together and had a conversation about an exhibition at the Walker right now; Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. Our conversation was held at one of the pieces in the exhibition, the first one you see as you walk up to it, a long old table with eighteen chairs made of plastic and metal. They came from a former public elementary school in Chicago’s South Side, and now are setup in the exhibition as a classroom type setting in the gallery. The piece is called  See, Sit, Sup, Sip, Sing: Holding […]

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Nov
17

WACTAC to CAMHTAC

By janejackson

I’m not expecting palm trees. Not in Houston. In my mind, palm trees only exist in California, TV celebrity soaps, and Microsoft Clip Art. But there they stand, those disturbing trees, looming over my family’s rental car, 2:00am in the morning at the wrong hotel. And suddenly I know that palm trees will be to me what water is to cats; that unexplainable force that freaks and creeps me out beyond reason. It relieves me to see no palm trees stand anywhere near the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (CAMH). There are trees, though. Trees with branches decorated by pictures of […]

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Oct
30

The Problem with Halloween

By Mason Santos

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, Halloween is tomorrow, and for some of us (myself included) this means a quick stop to the store to create a last-minute costume for the holiday. However, as you get your costume together, keep in mind that there is a line between okay and downright offensive. Yep, I’m talking about cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and racism. Cultural appropriation is the act of taking a culture (that isn’t your own) and fixing it/changing it so it fits your life. Everyday Feminism has a fantastic article discussing it, as well as introducing the […]

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Oct
30

Music and Visual Aesthetics

By Calvin Hafermann

The accessibility of the internet has done many things to the music industry.  Obviously, it has enabled piracy of music, and it has enabled constant streaming via sites like Spotify or Pandora.  It has also given artists both big and small, nearly unlimited freedom; anyone can publish anything and it can be shaped exactly to the creators will.  I’ve noticed a few artists over the years taking advantage of this and crafting projects that are more than just music.  The artists design the visual aesthetic or merchandise for the band or create characters and worlds that transcend the music.  Here […]

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Oct
15

Museum Mixtape #5

By ingridtoppjohnson

  Museum Mixtape is back with a vengeance! For those of you who are unfamiliar, Museum Mixtape pairs a piece of art in the Walker’s collection, or one being exhibited there, with a piece of complementary music. In this edition, the art in question is the Cowles Conservatory located in the Walker’s Sculpture Garden. Since the conservatory is larger than much of the art surveyed in Museum Mixtape, it will be paired with three songs rather than one. The conservatory is a place for contemplation and escape. In the summer, the glass walls, imaginative plantings, and the giant fish sculpture […]

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Jun
20

A Visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

By Pablo Helm Hernandez

  While on vacation in L.A. with my family, My family and I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, also known as LACMA. It was very cool to explore a different museum with a large quantity of modern art besides the Walker. The Walker I know inside and out, but the LACMA was like exploring the Walker for the first time all over again. We found a parking spot across the street from the museum in front of a sketchy, gated apartment community that looked more like they were trying to keep the residents in rather than […]

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