Andrea Jenkins is a writer, poet, performance artist and activist. Other than serving as Grand Marshal for Twin Cities Pride this weekend, she recently became the oral historian for the Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota, among many other roles in the community. She will be documenting the stories and voices of the LGBTQ community in Minnesota.
As she said in an interview with Intermedia Arts, “Art serves many purposes; it can heal, educate, entertain, and challenge. Art is a tool for speaking out because it has the ability to transform people. I try to use my art to give agency and dignity to Transgender people and Black people all over the world.”
Listen to an interview and a poem by Andrea about the color purple. She read this during last week’s Queer Voices showcase. Interview done by Allison Herrera.
Click the audio below:
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Jenkins would like to recognize Jen Chilstrom, Kjurek, Tessa Louise and Karen Morris Milliner from Showroom for their work with her designer clothing for Pride weekend, her DJ for her exhibit Michelle Be in the third to last photo, and her granddaughter in the last photo.