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Envisioning the Ends: A Concert, Celebration, Community Activation

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Sound-Arts-concertThe MCTC Sound Society student club, in collaboration with MCTC Student Life and local and national activist organizations, are excited to present Envisioning the Ends, a free celebration, concert and community activation event that will be held in Loring Park on Thursday, May 7. The concert will feature some of the area’s finest bands of young performers coming together for the purpose of envisioning the ends of all ongoing American civil wars and violent conflicts between American communities. This concert is about peace, hope, and not being afraid to stand up for them.

Music runs from 2:30–8:30 p.m., and the concert is free. Please share this with your communities!

Performances include:

  • Chastity Brown
  • PaviElle
  • Treading North
  • Haiku (from Ferguson, MO)
  • Lucien Parker
  • One False Move
  • and more!

Event emcees and hosts will be Joe Horton and Crescent Moon of Mixed Blood Majority

This event is taking place with the participation of:

  • 15 Now MN
  • MN Norml
  • Youth for Social Justice
  • Green Dot Anti-Violence
  • Citizens for a Loring Park Community
  • MAD DADS
  • and many more!

MCTC Open House, STEM Fair and Skills Rodeo April 8

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Open House banner

You are invited to join us for three amazing events at MCTC on April 8! Activities start at 10 a.m. and wrap up at 7 p.m. There’s something for everyone at MCTC on this action-packed day!

  • Open House, 57 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
  • STEM Fair, 10 a.m.7 p.m., T Plaza
  • Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway

Open House, 5–7 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
Whether exploring what the College has to offer, choosing your major or finding clubs that spark your interest, the Open House is for you! Invite your friends and family, stay for the other exciting events and be sure to pre-register! More information and registration are available here.


STEM Fair, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., T Plaza
Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, clubs and activities! At the STEM Fair you can:

  • Light your way through a cave lined with prehistoric cave paintings from across the world
  • Explore the Exploradome and its two distinct programs: a tour across the universe and a trip through the heart
  • Meet MCTC Engineering students and learn about their projects with a high altitude balloon, helicopters, a flight simulator and a drone
  • See MCTC student research projects previously highlighted at the state Capitol
  • Explore Biotechnology and other science demonstrations, hands-on activities and a human evolution display
  • Attend a presentation by Princeton University Molecular Biology professor Dr. Bonnie Bassler about how bacteria talk to one another
  • Watch the work of flesh-eating beetles, learn about animal decomposition and familiarize yourself with the flora of Loring Park
  • Learn more about MCTC’s STEM programs and student clubs!

Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway
Students from five career and technical programs will compete against one another in a chance to demonstrate their skills and vie for $2,500 in scholarships!

  • Photography: PHDI (Photography and Digital Imaging) participants will be asked to photograph portraits in front of a bright window. Students will have to balance studio lights with background light in order to create a mixed-light portrait.
  • Sound Arts: Sound Arts students will compete in a 10-minute sound frequency identification accuracy test involving music, frequency bands and filtering.
  • Barbering: Two Barbering students will compete by demonstrating their skills on live models in barber chairs, creating specific and specialized haircuts based on Minnesota State Barber Licensing exams. They will also present the logos they created for their proposed barber or hair salon business plans.
  • Culinary Arts: Culinary Arts student chefs will compete by creating the same dish which will be judged by a panel. The student with the highest score wins the scholarship, and the audience will be able to judge for themselves and eat the work of the competitors!
  • WeldingWelding students will compete at stations in the T Building welding labs to create specific challenging and sculptural welding projects within a limited time frame. A live video feed of the competition will be streamed to the T Skyway.

DJ music will be provided by students in The Sound Society student club.

Please join us for any of these amazing events April 8!

MCTC Alumni Receive Bush Fellowship for “Circuit Bending” Music

Posted on: June 17th, 2010 by insidemctc 7 Comments

Two MCTC alumni, Bianca Pettis and Jacob Aaron Roske (the conceptual electronic music duo Beatrix*JAR), received a Bush Artist Fellowship on June 14.

Chosen from a competitive field of more than 500 applicants, the St. Paul duo will receive a total of $50,000 in unrestricted funds and professional development support.

Roske (an MCTC Sound Arts program graduate) and Pettis (an alumna of the Video and Digital Arts program) formed Beatrix*JAR in 2004 over a shared attraction to non-traditional musical expression and unique musical instruments. They have traveled extensively spreading the word of D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) electronics and experimentation with conceptual sound art performances and hands-on Circuit Bending workshops. Their innovative and multidisciplinary work has essentially created a successful career-path where there was none before as “circuit-benders.”

Beatrix*JAR has been featured at Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore), High Art Museum (Atlanta) and Hammer Art Museum (Los Angeles). The duo has appeared on public television in Make TV and Think TV.

The Bush Artist Fellowships provide strong and promising artists with resources to deepen and advance their work, to foster their careers as artists and to explore work that stimulates community dialogue. One of the largest artist grants in the Upper Midwest, it is one of only two open-application artist fellowships of this size in the United States. This year’s fellowships focused on visual arts, media arts, and traditional and functional craft arts.

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