Self-Portrait - Sylvia Konior.

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How Great Art Transcends Disability

When Judy first arrived at Creative Growth, says Joyce, “they couldn’t get her to do much of anything.” Judy did not like painting, sewing or sculpture class. Then she found her medium in a fiber arts class taught by textile artist Sylvia Seventy. She started wrapping. Yarn disappeared. Magazines disappeared. Even chairs and bike wheels disappeared. All of it would emerge later in colorfully woven sculptures. She even created pieces that looked like twins reaching towards one another.

"As she became more confident about her art, she became more confident about her place in the world," says Ilana. "She became more extravagant, wearing scarves, head wraps, jangly things, necklaces." With intense concentration, Judith worked five days a week for eighteen years, producing over 200 cocoon-like sculptures. "If you came to visit her while she worked," says Ilana, "she would shoo you away." Judith became the first artist with Down’s Syndrome to be featured in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work is in permanent museum collections in New York City, Paris, and London.

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Meet up at the posted time, roll out 30-60 minutes later!

Tuesday July 15

Kick-off Bike Parade
Time: 5:00
Place:Matthews Park, 25th Ave and 29th St. S, Minneapolis
Desc: Featuring a visit from the amazing Pedal Bear! Fantastical bikes, fabulous people, and a potluck bbq ending at Powderhorn Park.

Minneapolis Mural Tour
Time: 6:00
Place: The Hub, 3020 Minnehaha Ave. S
Desc: 15 miles, conversational pace, murals, food!

Mediate and DESTROY
Time: 7:30
Place: Powderhorn Park
Desc: Meditation bike ride with DharmaCore Queer Meditation Community

Wednesday July 16

2D Cloud Bicycle Distro
Time: 12:00
Place: Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Ave. S, Minneapolis
Desc: Ride with 2DCLOUD and distribute books to stores around the cities! (Free 2DCLOUD book with ride!)

Autostraddle Grand Rounds Ride and Picnic
Time: 6:00
Place: 10th Ave Greenway Ramp
Desc: A queer picnic crawl on paved trails with the Twin Cities Autostraddlers

It’s Your Birthday Bike Ride!
Time: 7:00
Place: Brackett Park Rocketship, 36th Ave. S & 28th St.
Desc: We’ll all pretend it’s our birthdays and throw ourselves a bike-ride party (no actual birthdays required)

Half The Road: The Passion, Pitfalls, and Power of Women’s Professional Cycling (film)
Time: 7:00
Place: St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 SE Main St.
Desc: Explore the world of women’s professional cycling, both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female athletes face in male dominated sports.


Thursday July 17

Overlooked Parks of St. Paul
Time: 6:30
Place: Franklin Ave Bridge (east end)
Desc: A bike ride to six “overlooked parks” of Saint Paul, hosted by urban geographer and writer Bill Lindeke.

Seward Neighborhood History and Architecture Ride
Time: 6:30
Place: Spokes, 1915 E 22nd St.
Desc: Learn about the eclectic architecture  of Seward Neighborhood’s varied history on a relaxing ride, hosted by author Bob Roscoe.

Grease Rag Open Shop Night
Time: 7:00-9:00
Place: Sunrise Cyclery, 2901 Blaisdell Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Desc: Grease Rag’s mission is to encourage and empower women/ trans/ femme (WTF) cyclists in a collaborative and fun learning environment. Join us for an open shop night, bring in a project to work on, or come to help or hang out.  

The Replacements Ride
Time: 7:30
Place: 700 Nicollet Mall (IDS Tower)
Desc: Ride to sites frequented by the band or honored in their songs, and conclude by toasting all regulars at the CC Club.

Friday July 18

PEDALOPOLIS Tour de Breweries!!!
Time: 5:00
Place: Town Hall Brewery, 1430 S. Washington Ave.
Desc: Pedal your way through the lands of our great Brewing Industry!

Time: 7:00
Place: TESTOSTERDOME (3334 Columbus Ave S.)
Desc: Music and Biking - meet up at 6, roll at 7

The Secret Society of Midnight Cyclists
Time: 11:00
Place: The Hexagon, 2600 27th Ave. S
Desc: Ride to a secret location which only the leader knows. Less than 5 miles, muppet speed.

Saturday July 19

Time: 12:00
Place: Recovery Bike Shop
Desc:  A free storytelling series that happens to take place on bikes - every story happened somewhere.

Bedlam to Bedlam Short Jorts Ride
Time: 7:00
Place: Bedlam Community Design Center, 2714 E 27th St.
Desc: Bedlam Theater leads a short jean-shorts themed ride from the Minneapolis Bedlam Community Design Center to the brand new Bedlam Lowertown in Saint Paul.

Time: 10:00
Place: Bedlam Lowertown, 213 4th St. E, Saint Paul
Desc: Djs, drinks, dancing, and the shortest cut-offs you’ve got. Music by the River City Soul Society. Suggested donation $3-5

Sunday July 20

Malt Shop Mayhem
Time: 10:30
Place: Gold Medal Park, 2nd St. and 11th Ave. S
Desc: Love malts? Love bike rides? Me too! Our destination is Tommy’s Malt Shop in idyllic Chaska, MN

Time: 12:00
Place: Powderhorn Park, 34th St. and 5th Ave. S (near the basketball courts)
Desc: Shake off your Dance Party hangover with a slow ride, brunch, and your cure-all of choice.

Grease Rag Open Shop Night
Time: 12:00-3:00
Place: Grease Pit, 2750 Bloomington Ave.
Desc: Grease Rag’s mission is to encourage and empower women/ trans/ femme (WTF) cyclists in a collaborative and fun learning environment. Join us for an open shop night, bring in a project to work on, or come to help or hang out.  

PEDALOPOLIS Sequin Sparkle Glitter Beach Shine Ride!!!
Time: 2:00 
Place: Gold (Glitter) Medal Park
Desc: Tour the Cities most Sparkletastic Spaces & end at Cedar Point Beach for an afternoon of sparkly BIKEFUN!