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Creative CityMaking, which embedded seven artists in the Long Range Planning Division of the City's Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED), is wrapping up. Wing teamed up with theater engagement artist Ashley Hanson and City Planner Jim Voll to re-imagine community outreach and engagement in North Minneapolis.

You can see the results of a year's worth of engagement strategies on the new website

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Wing Young Huie's Latest Project: We are the Other

Business Owners of Covet Consign and Design and 38th Street Boutique in each other's stores.

Wing Young Huie photographed the businesses, residents, organizations, places of worship, and street life on Chicago Avenue from 32nd to 42nd, using conceptual concepts to connect those who don’t know each other well or at all. He photographed in his usual documentary and portrait style. His goal was to take 100+ photographs that reflect the dizzying cultural diversity of the corridor.

All of the photographs are currently displayed inside of various businesses and organizations and in store windows along the corridor, and will remain there through summer of 2013.

Several of the connecting concepts Wing uses in his work involve people holding chalkboard statements in which people who don’t know each other well will be paired. Wing asks them a set of questions that they’ll discuss and help choose each other’s answer. Sample questions include: What defines you? What advice would you give to a stranger? What is important?

Another concept is the “neighbor diptych” in which business, residential, and faith neighbors who don’t know each other well, will be photographed together in their respective spaces. This project is part of Arts on Chicago.

Wing Young Huie and Ashley Hanson chosen for Creative CityMaking Project

Wing Young Huie and Ashley Hanson have been chosen as one of four artist teams working on Creative CityMaking, a year-long
partnership between Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis that fosters collaborations between local artists and City planners to develop fresh and innovative approaches for addressing the long-term transportation, land use, economic, environmental, and social issues facing Minneapolis. Ashley, formerly of Public Art Saint Paul, was the project manager for Wing's University Avenue Project.

We're excited about the possibilities of this innovative collaboration! Read more about it on Intermedia Arts' website.

Wing Young Huie Workshop Featured on Fox 9 News

In Collaboration with Free Arts Minnesota and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), Wing Young Huie worked with more than 75 at-risk youth. Inspired by the Sports Show at the MIA, Wing's workshops addressed the role of photography and the media in shaping perceptions of both athletic events and personal identity.

Fox 9 News recently aired a news report that covered one of Wing's workshops for this program, which is viewable here.

You can see the amazing photos these children and teenagers created during the workshop on display at the MIA Sunday, August 12 through Saturday, August 18, 2012.

Announcing a New Collaboration with Douglas Hartmann, Ph.D. and

In conjunction with the launch of Wing's new blog,, Wing is beginning a new collaboration with sociologist Douglas Hartmann, Ph.D. Wing and Doug will explore the intersection of photography and sociology through their respective web platforms in a series called Changing Lenses. Doug wrote a great piece on what to expect from the collaboration and what's new at his own website:

Douglas Hartmann, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath and co-author of Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World. Hartmann just completed a term as Editor (with Christopher Uggen) of Contexts, the award-winning American Sociological Association magazine that brings sociology to broader public attention, and is currently finishing a book called Midnight Basketball: Race, Risk, and the Ironies of Sport-Based Crime Prevention in Neoliberal America. Professor Hartmann was the recipient of the Midwest Sociological Society’s inaugural Early Career Scholarship Award in 2008, and his work and comments on sport, race, popular culture, religion, and multiculturalism have been featured media around the world. His newest venture is, an online hub designed to make social science accessible and relevant for the public, including reporters, pundits, policy makers, educators and students.

Retrospective Exhibition in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Gallery

Documentary Photography and Community: Wing Young Huie will open November 15 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery in Kenosha. Curator Patricia Briggs's description of the show, as well as gallery hours and more information, can be found here. Wing will also be giving an artist's talk at noon on November 17 at the UW-Parkside Cinema.

Traveling Retrospective in China

Identity and the American Landscape: The Photography of Wing Young Huie is an 80-photograph retrospective, culled from eleven of Wing’s projects, is traveling throughout China in 2011. Facilitated by Arts Midwest and the United States Embassy in China, the exhibition opened at the SZ Arts Center in the renowned 798 Art District in Beijing in December 2010.

It's since traveled to the cities of Xi’an, Shanghai, Wuhan, Dalian, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou. The exhibition has attracted over 100,000 visitors and has been featured in newspaper, radio and television media, with audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

SZ Art Gallery, Beijing, China

A Ping Pong Retrospective by Wing Young Huie

Wing was one of over a hundred artists participating in Northern Spark: a nuit blanche, in which he installed 10 ping pong tables and projected 1300 images in a public space adjacent to the Nomad World Pub on the West Bank, near the University of Minnesota. Northern Spark is a new MN Festival modeled on a nuit blanche or “white night” festival—a dusk to dawn participatory art event along the Mississippi and surrounding areas.