How can artists help us see data in ways that emphasize the individual as much as the issue?
How can bread making change how we view our neighbors?
Where does the Mississippi meet the Ganges?
How does song heal bound bodies on a move toward freedom?
ArtChangeUS REMAP: Twin Cities Schedule
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ArtChangeUS REMAP: Twin Cities Workshop Descriptions
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10am-1pm | 9.23-9.24
Hearth & Heart: Bread Making for Community Strength with Seitu Jones | Frogtown Farm, N Milton St & Lafond Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
How can bread making change how a community shares knowledge, heritage and space? How can cooking for our community transform relationships? Through this workshop focused on process and direction, St Paul visual artist, community organizer and urban farmer Seitu Jones will share how communal kitchen baking can function to build heart in a neighborhood. Practice outdoor baking technique, learn heritage grain-based recipes from around the world, bread breaking and engage with baking as a form of community solidarity building.
Stories of Strength & Resiliency with Rosalie López | Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Whether it be mental, physical, or spiritual, all of us have experienced and witnessed remarkable examples of resilience in the face of adversity. How can we celebrate these stories of human perseverance and creativity? LA-based Chicana Latina installation artist Rosalie López’s works activate new methods of storytelling that strengthens the collective voice and builds cross-cultural connectedness. In Mexican culture, and many others around the world, the practice of building an altar to preserve and venerate individuals, faith, and history is a sacred, ancient practice. In this workshop, learn to interpret memories and knowledge from your own life, family, or someone you know into flores de papel (paper flower) altar sculptures, gathered together to share a dynamic story.
Tracing the Ganges & Mississippi: Confluence and Community with Carlton Turner, Meena Natarajan and Dipankar Mukherjee | Pangea World Theater, 711 W Lake St # 101, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Ganges and the Mississippi are old rivers that carry ancestral stories. Using the metaphor of the river, performing artist Carlton Turner of Jackson, Mississippi, joins Twin Cities-based playwright/director Meena Natarajan and theater director Dipankar Mukherjee to explore the racial and class chasms and intersections in and between the communities that we are rooted in, asking the question: Can the intersections between our diverse communities lead to authentic relationality as opposed to a transactional paradigm? How do we use the power of story to grow relationships that bring us closer together across diverse cultures and communities, without the imposition of assimilation? This workshop will dig deep into this question with participants bringing stories, songs and movement that will emerge from the group. Open to all.
3pm-6pm | 9.23-9.24
ArtMatrix with Ananya Chatterjea and Marcus Young | Ananya Dance Theater, 1197 University Avenue, St. Paul MN 55104
How can we build spatial awareness and use sound and embodied movement to galvanize collective action and protest? Twin Cities-based choreographer and dancer Ananya Chatterjea and behavioral and social practice artist Marcus Young will share their techniques for collaborative ensemble work in dance and movement to help us hold space for self and community. Responding to a set of prompts, we will work improvisationally to create a movement and sound score that models inclusivity and collaboration. Please be ready to work barefoot and feel free to bring instruments that you might already practice.
Counting Coup with Cannupa Hanksa Luger | Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Santa Fe-based ceramicist and multi-media artist Cannupa Hanska Luger creates art that brings large issues to a human scale, from Standing Rock to Atlanta and beyond. In this workshop, he will guide us through techniques in interpretive methods of representing data about our Twin Cities communities affected by alcohol abuse. Participants will build beads as part of a social collaborative piece and meditation; shifting how we view health, recovery and social stigma associated with alcohol abuse. Participants will also build mycelium-compounded slip casts to be placed at sites where people have lost their lives as a result of this disease. As these cast return to the earth, they will mark the site of those remembered with a promise of growth and healing. Counting Coup is an ongoing series by artist Cannupa Hanska Luger of regionally-specific projects that interpret cultural data through social engagements, hands-on workshops and collaborative art-making.
The Freedom Chamber with Ron Ragin and Rebecca Mwase | Penumbra Theatre, 270 Kent St, St Paul, MN 55102
Drawing upon freedom songs of the Black Diaspora, New Orleans-based theater artists Rebecca Mwase and Ron Ragin will experientially activate people’s sense of justice and harmony. This work seeks to build relationships, improve our understanding of our voices as catalysts for transformation and interrogate embodied pathways for freedom and liberation.
“We believe that communal singing strengthens our individual and collective voices, helping us to improve movement-building work. We are drawn to the practice of communal singing as one defined by individuals raising their unique voice in collaboration with others. Our fondness for this practice comes from its lack of material necessity other than the body. In slavery, as in our current context of mass incarceration, people are left with little space to exist outside of themselves. Our process, particularly with currently and formerly incarcerated folks, is about both remembering our voices and reminding ourselves of our humanity in relation to a system that seeks to dehumanize us through shame, fear, and invisibility.”
Wild Seed: Imaginative Building and Play for Liberation with Junauda Petrus | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Wild: uncontrolled or unrestrained, especially in pursuit of pleasure
Seed: the beginning of something which continues to develop or grow
Minneapolis native, creative activist and multi-dimensional performance artist Junauda Petrus will lead a workshop focusing on imaginative play, grounded in Afro-futurist contemplations of new realities, transformative technologies and ancestral healing. Using foundational puppet, mask and costume building skills, we will create a tangible existence of our fantasies. Inspired by Octavia Butler, June Jordan, adrienne maree brown, and other dynamic dreamers, reflect on the social justice and activist lineages that shape visions for the future, then create a world and design attire that reflects it. After making our original world and our magical costuming, we will play and be free! Bring all of your youthful wildness and bliss out on your vision for a new world.
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ArtChangeUS REMAP: Twin Cities is supported by the Bush Foundation, Ford Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the MAHADH Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America is a project based at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) that seeks to explore and understand the dramatic demographic transformation of the United States and its profound impact on arts and culture.