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The FAIR School is a public 9-12 fine arts high school located in downtown Minneapolis that is rooted in equity, innovation and creativity.  

African American Art and Culture exhibit features FAIR students
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 3:00 PM

This month Minneapolis Public Schools is highlighting the amazing artwork of students from around the district — including the FAIR School — in a showcase titled “Cultural Resiliency: African American Art and Culture.”

The display is ongoing at the John B. Davis Gallery, located in the Minneapolis Public Schools Educational Service Center in North Minneapolis, now through February 27th.

Among the other schools represented, 13 visual artists from FAIR have a total of 18 creations on display.

FAIR senior Yanni Richardson used cardboard and plastic flowers to create her piece: Her junior year, she shares, was tough — so the flowers symbolize happiness. “I didn’t think it’d turn out good,” she says. “But it turned out pretty awesome.”

DeYannis' artwork made with flowers

Yanni’s art, entitled “Personal Logo Design”

Any interested people are invited to attend a Family Dance Party on Thursday, February 27th at 5:30 pm. The evening will feature student artwork, a light meal and refreshments, and an hour of Black history programming including guest performances from step teams, UNC Drill Team, and Voice of Culture. Childcare will be available.

“The student artists are talented and have tapped into ancestral talents,” says Charisma Smith, an Engagement, Education & Outreach Specialist with Minneapolis Public Schools who was the inspiration behind the exhibit. “I encourage families to come out on Thursday, February 27th and celebrate the art from students who have manifested the way they see the world through their art.”

The FAIR artists with work appearing in the exhibition are Layla Macklin, Laniah Jenkins, Makyla Campbell, T’aaliyah Smith, Tyler Longtin, Faaya Adem, Jersey Jones, Yanni Richardson, Iris Tyler, Savanah Johnson, Keyura Donald, Kendal Luttery, and Latreese Brown.

As a district-wide show, featured artists hail from FAIR, North High School, Franklin Middle School, and Bethune Community School. The exhibit at the David Center is free and open to the public during normal business hours.

The exhibition is a collaboration between MPS Student and Family Engagement and MPS Arts.

FAIR student Jersey Jones wins art award
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:55 PM

Jersey Jones, a visual artist and senior at the FAIR School, has earned a big statewide honor for her artwork.

The Art Educators of Minnesota (AEM) just announced their winners for the Youth Art Month competition. Jersey received third place in the high school category for her piece, “The Friendly Giant.”

Jersey’s art will now be on display at the Minnesota State Capitol as part of the Youth Art Month Student Exhibition.

“Having my art in the Youth Art Month Student Exhibition is a great opportunity to showcase my art,” Jersey said. “Thanks to Ms. Conwell and Mr. Nelson! I am extremely grateful to have won third place.”

Jersey's' painting, entitled "The Friendly Giant"

This accomplishment is a big testament to Jersey’s talent. Each year AEM members from around the state can submit student works of art to the central organization. Jersey’s art was submitted by FAIR teacher Amy Conwell.

Members of the public are invited to view the exhibition, including Jersey’s piece, at the State Capitol. The 2020 art show runs from Monday, February 17th through February 29th. The building is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm each day. On Saturdays, it’s open 10:00am-3:00pm, and on Sundays, it’s open 1:00pm-4:00pm.

This year’s art show is taking place earlier, rather than in March, to accommodate an art educators’ conference taking place in the Twin Cities.

a Target employee stands holding a poster board about design; next to them, a FAIR student holds a design prototype made of tape
FAIR students talk marketing, design at Target
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 12:45 PM
FAIR students in the junior and senior classes represented our school last week at a creative event hosted by The BrandLab at Target Corporation
Students’ day involved deep discussions around marketing, advertising, and design. They proudly presented their own ideas on design and had the chance to hear different professionals at Target share stories about how they decided on their career. 
“It was a really cool experience because we got insight into how the marketing process works — in a fun way,” said senior Masnoo Adem.  
Thanks to The BrandLab and Target Corporation for the awesome day of learning! 
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Visual artists showcase work at skateboard art show
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 1:25 PM

Earlier this month, our amazing artists joined youth from around the Twin Cities to showcase original skateboard art pieces in "BLANK SLATE– A Students Skateboard Art Exhibition."

As part of the FAIR+ after-school program, nearly a dozen FAIR students used blank skateboards as a canvas for artistic expression. Facilitated by Rivard Art Education, the experience culminated in a Jan. 16 art show at Cal Surf

“It was a good opportunity to learn and grow as an artist,” said Grace Anderson, a FAIR senior. She painted the underside of her skateboard with a sunset backdrop behind a house on a cliff.

Hanging next to Grace’s board, sophomore Emmett Bostic’s work featured Leg Cow, a character he created a few months ago that fits the name: It’s the head of a cow with no body and very long legs. “It was cool seeing Leg Cow in a gallery setting,” Emmett said.

“Blank Slate,” a title conceptualized by the students, represents the idea of materializing a thought or an idea into the physical world through the creative process — starting with a blank slate and working to create original art grounded in self-expression. 

Facilitated by Rivard Art Education, the art show took place at Cal Surf

School picture of Eric Gomez wearing a red plaid shirt in front of a gray background
FAIR student awarded intern of the month at Target Corporation
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 11:40 AM
FAIR students work hard toward their college and career ambitions. Today, we owe a special shout out to Eric Gomez, a senior who was recently named Genesys Works Target Intern of the Month for December! 
Eric works with the Hi-Tech team at Target, providing computer and equipment support for employees at Target’s corporate headquarters. Genesys Works is an organization that places students from FAIR and other schools in professional internships with Fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities. 
“Eric always comes to work with a smile on his face and has gained a strong leadership role among his peers,” says Geraldine Mpetey, a senior coordinator at Genesys Works. “We are all really proud of the work that he is doing.” 
Supervisors describe Eric as highly motivated and committed to serving Target team members with a positive attitude and proactive communication. He has taken his internship as a chance to expand his professional network and meet senior leaders at Target — all while balancing these early career opportunities with school work at FAIR. 
Before starting at Target, Eric completed a summer training program with Genesys Works. The intensive training gave him a chance to bond with other members of his cohort while learning about business, information technology, and professional norms. 
“It really got me ready to come into the workforce,” Eric says of his training with Genesys Works. And now that he has this internship experience? “I’m ready to push forward so I can be the best that I can.” 
FAIR students interested in future internship opportunities should talk to our college and career counselor, Nicole Mayo. 
Eric’s advice once you start that internship experience? “Asking for help is key,” he says. “Ask for help, learn from it, and then from there you’ll grow and you’ll know.”  
The FAIR School, your choice for high school!
Monday, January 6, 2020 9:45 AM

At The FAIR School, we are already getting excited about the 2020-2021 school year! The Minneapolis Public Schools school request lottery is open now, with a deadline of February 7th. 

FAIR is the Downtown Minneapolis premier community school. Rooted in arts, equity, innovation and creativity, we provide rich programming, relevant instruction, and a robust network of partnerships that help engage and empower students in personalizing their learning experience. 

Tours of our beautiful building are available every Thursday at 9:30 am. For more information, please contact counselor Joe Kane by emailing or calling 612-668-1076.

You may also join us for an open house information night on Thursday, November 21st. 

To learn more about all MPS schools, including FAIR, visit the Explore MPS website.  

For info on the school request process, please see the below document: 

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