John Akre, Animator, Etc.

Minneapolis Beneath the Asphalt Part 6: Open Streets West Broadway

Find out more about Minneapolis Beneath the Asphalt, a public animation project taking place over the summer of 2016, staarting at Art-A-Whirl and continuing at outdoor events like Open Streets.

I am an animator, a teaching artist, a videomaker, and I write and make books and comics. I have made over 100 animated shorts and three animated features that have screened all over the planet. I have over 20 years experience teaching animation and other media to young people in schools, after school, and summer programs. I have worked with many non-profit organizations and individuals to tell their stories on video, and have documented the city I live in and many of the things that go on there. I like history and community and creaky old forms of media, and these interests have driven me to combine them into my traveling stop motion animation studio, which I can bicycle to places and locations and create spontanteous cartoons with the public. I just like this stuff.


Find out about Demolition Dreaming, my animated feature.

I organize an animation festival called MinnAnimate.

I'm writing occasionally about Minnesota film in Marcus Guidance.

Find out about my Street Animation Station.

Teaching Artist

See what students in some of my recent teaching artist projects created.

Check out the Animation Station in the Northrup King Building during Art-A-Whirl.


Check out, the production company that I co-own with my partner Beth.

Watch Filling the Void, my documentary about an incredible public art project.

Find out about Bing Thisby, my animation archaeology and graphic novel project.

Danse Macabre, a public animation project at the Minnesota Orchestra

North by Northeast at Northrup King Building

Free Range Film Festival Trailer 2014 from John Akre on Vimeo.

I am a teaching artist, an animator who makes short and feature-length animated work, a comic book artist and writer, and create documentary video work. Check out what I can do, read about me, and hire me to do some work for you!

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