At Studio 213 we start with basics and move youth through a process of learning how photographs create meaning.  

Studio 213 & The Digital Journey

Youth storytellers are at the core of our work at In Progress.  Our history as an organization started with youth that were bursting with curiosity, creativity and a need to be heard.  Here in our north end neighborhood we offer opportunities for young people to explore, study and create.   


DIGITAL JOURNEYS is a unique mentorship activity for youth that are looking to learn the art of digital storytelling.  Here youth come by Studio 213 every Wednesday to meet with professional artists to learn how to speak through video, music and photography.  Classes are free, but we recommend that youth interested in Wednesday activities  commit to coming each week mentorship takes place.  Those that stick it out are guaranteed to create powerful artwork that will be shared publicly.  Sessions take place as follows:

Wednesdays 6-8PM

Open:     October 5th - November 16th
Closed:   November 23rd, Thanksgiving Holiday

Open:     December 1st - 14th
Closed:   December 21st - January 25th
Open:      February 1st - April 5th

To register please  CLICK HERE

OPEN STUDIO offers youth and their families a place to drop in, meet our artists and explore digital art making with a great staff of teaching artists.  

Learn how to write and record a song, make a video or take powerful photographs.  

All sessions are free and open to the public.  See dates we are open below:

Saturdays 12-3PM

Open:     October 8th - November 19th
Closed:   November 27th, Thanksgiving Holiday

Open:     December 3rd - 17th
Closed:   December 24th - January 21st

Open:     January 28th - April 8th

To register please  CLICK HERE

Wednesdays 6-8PM:  DIGITAL JOURNEYS 



MUSIC NIGHT FRIDAYS  are dedicated to informal creative practice in our music studio.  Artists Vong Lee and Eemanna Rivers are available to assist you in taking your ideas into creative production.  Sessions are open  from 6-8PM - first to show are the first to be worked with.


Fridays 6-8PM

Open:     October 7th - November 18th
Closed:   November 25th, Thanksgiving Holiday

Open:     December 2nd - 16th
Closed:   December 23rd - January 27th
Open:       February 3rd - April 7th


To register please  CLICK HERE

FAMILY PORTRAITS  brings photographers Tomas Leal & Quanisha Hill dedicate 2 hours every month to honoring families through the art of photography.  Everyone is welcome to stop by with friends and families to capture a moment and honor the people you love and respect.  Digital images are uploaded to a site where you can save for use on social media or send out for prints.  Sessions take place at our studio at 213 Front Avenue and are free to the public.  Dates are listed below:

Sundays from 2-4PM on the dates listed below.  If you would like to let us know you are coming to a photo shoot, please RSVP by clicking on any of the dates listed below:

December 4th              January 8th
February 5th                March 5th
April 2nd                      May 7th



PORTFOLIO opportunities are offered to youth actively participating in STUDIO 213 activities.  Here newly developing artists may request one to one training and guidance as they begin to build their digital portfolios learning specific skills as they produce meaningful artistic works.  These sessions are offered as requested.  To request more information simply CLICK HERE.

Young artists and teaching staff will come together to share what they have learned, eat a nice meal, and have some fun.  Families, fellow artists, youth and their families are encouraged to join us to see and hear what young people have to say about and through their art.   This activity is free and open to the public but we encourage you to RSVP below.

Saturday, January 21st  12-2PM

To register please  CLICK HERE

Saturday, April 15th  12-2PM

To register please  CLICK HERE

PORTFOLIO CREATION- by appointment

In Progress would like to extend a very special thanks to the Youthprise, Foundation, the Best Buy Children's Foundation, The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Heartland Racing Pigeon Federation Inc. Gambling Fund, and the many individuals that continue to support our work with young artists.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.