Jeanne Calvit's Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts

Arts & Culture Jennifer Simonson · ·

1 Jeanne Calvit, Interact founder and director, in the center's gallery space Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 in Minneapolis. More than 125 artists with disabilities work in Interact's theater and studio arts programs. 
2 Interact founder Jeanne Calvit, center, talks to artist Luke Lyons about his drawing during an afternoon open house for the Interact visual artists Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 in Minneapolis. 
3 Artist Naa Mensah, left, and Interact founder Jeanne Calvit visit during an open house for the studio artists Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at the Interact Center in Minneapolis. 
4 Interact actors Laura Mullins, left, and Billy Tomaszewski, who plays the part of French artist Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, perform during "Madame Josette's Naughty and Nice Cabaret" Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at the Interact Center in Minneapolis. The holiday show takes place in a turn-of-the-century Parisian cabaret and features music, dance and comedy. 
5 Dominic Zemans, left foreground, plays the part of a distressed lover in "Madame Josette's Naughty and Nice Cabaret" Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Interact Theater. The show features Interact artists with disabilities and without, as well as guest artists. 
6 Guest Artist Josette Antomarchi plays the part of Madame Josette in Interact Theater's holiday show, "Madame Josette's Naughty and Nice Cabaret." The show takes place in a turn-of-the-century Parisian cabaret and features singing, dancing and comedy. 
7 Interact artist Michael Wolfe, left, performs with the Hat Dancers in "Madame Josette's Naughty and Nice Cabaret" Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Interact Theater. 
8 Madame Josette's cancan dancers perform during Interact Theater's holiday show, "Madame Josette's Naughty and Nice Cabaret," Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 in Minneapolis. The show features Interact artists with and without disabilities and includes music, dancing and comedy. 
9 Interact artist Matt Dahlstrom plays the part of an American dining in Paris who is trying to communicate with waiter Mohamed Yabdri, a guest artist, during the Interact Theater holiday show, "Madame Josette's Naughty and Nice Cabaret," Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. 
10 Interact artists Scotty Reynolds and Laura Nelson, center, are joined on stage by most of the cast for a song during "Madame Josette's Naughty and Nice Cabaret" Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. The theme of the show is light and finding illumination within and features Interact artists with and without disabilities. 
11 Artist Ansen Chow works on a drawing Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at Interact in Minneapolis. Many of the artists work in a shared studio where they paint, draw, make puppets and jewelry or work with ceramics and fiber arts. The artists can work on their own or under the direction of staff artists who teach and mentor. 
12 Interact artist Andrew Bauer works on a painting Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at the Interact Center in Minneapolis. About 75 artists with disabilities take part in the studio arts program. 
13 Artist Gail Harbeck painting in her studio space Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at the Interact Center in Minneapolis. 
14 Painter Gail Harbeck reworks a painting she made seven years ago Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at the Interact Center in Minneapolis. Harbeck said she doesn't often revisit paintings but felt as though more paint could add a sense of movement and more playfulness to this one. 
15 Artist Gail Harbeck paints Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at the Interact Center in Minneapolis. When she first started painting in 2003, Harbeck said she painted themes from nature, but now she's gravitating toward self portraits.