Mixed Blood fosters healthy communities, using art as a tool to improve education, safety, employment, transportation, recreation, and health care.
Mixed Blood’s Cedar Riverside neighborhood has long been a home for immigrants and refugees, including one of the nation’s largest concentrations of African and Muslim immigrants and refugees in the U.S. today. Mixed Blood is working on multiple fronts to engage with its neighbors:
Health Care — In partnership with Hennepin County Medical Center, Q Health, Cedar Riverside People’s Center Clinic, and Riverside Plaza Tenants’ Association, Mixed Blood uses artistic endeavors to help health care providers improve patient-centered care for the residents of Cedar Riverside
Education — Mixed Blood resident artists teach drama classes to neighborhood youth and host performances and workshops for teachers who serve the schools that Cedar Riverside children attend.
Safety — Through Mixed Blood’s work, Minneapolis Police officers and young adult Somali men, change places to gain knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity of the other’s experience and perceptions. One recent participant entered the police academy and is currently an intern for Transit Police.
Performance — Mixed Blood hosts plays by Somali writers and directors as well as story circles with Somali elder women.
Assembly — In a neighborhood choked for common space, Mixed Blood’s auditorium and rehearsal hall provides a steady place—without charge—for meetings, performances, trainings, and social and political events.
For nearly 20 years, Mixed Blood has produced mainstage and touring productions about disability, with artists, audiences and writers with disabilities. The company has hosted two festivals of disability-related plays and led a national initiative to infuse disability programming into theaters across the country. A Disability Advisory Council guides Mixed Blood’s efforts.
The firehouse is fully accessible, with adjacent handicap accessible parking spots, projected supertitles for every show, audio description for all performances, mats for service dogs, ASL interpretation once per run, and tactile tours for people with vision loss. Free transportation to and from the theatre is available for people with disabilities, and Radical Hospitality allows anyone with a disability to reserve admission without charge.
Since 1989, Mixed Blood annually has produced at least one production by, about, for, and with Latinos, performed in Spanish and English by bilingual actors. A Latino Advisory Council guides Mixed Blood’s efforts. Stay tuned for details of the 2017-18 season.
In the past three seasons, Mixed Blood has expanded its mission to include trans directors, designers, actors, and box office and front of house staff. This effort will deepen in 2018.
About Mixed Blood
Using theater to illustrate and animate, Mixed Blood changes attitudes, behavior, and policy by paying positive attention to difference.