Art to Change the World is a diverse coalition of artists, educators, scientists, topic experts and other change makers who have joined forces in service of positive social change. We
Art to Change the World is a diverse coalition of artists, educators, scientists, topic experts and other change makers who have joined forces in service of positive social change. We are employing the arts, education, audience engagement and organizational partnerships to provoke discussion, reflection and action, and to nurture an emphatic, socially-aware and action-oriented community.
To that end, twenty established and emerging artists – local, national and international – have come together to create art around critical issues that they are passionate about – in the hopes of affecting real change. Nothing new about that, you say?
But, here’s the catch – and what just might make them successful – each artist is working with an expert in the field or an individual who’s had intimate, authentic experience with the artist’s topic. These “topic voices” are helping to shape the dialogue, and to change the trajectory of the art process in a way that is enriching the experience for the artist, and hopefully for our audience, as well.
The artists and their topic voice team members are creating social and environmental justice works that will transform the cutting-edge art space at Squirrel Haus into an inviting and surprising universe. This “new world” is intended to draw the visitor into a thought provoking, interactive journey which is aimed at inspiring action within our community and beyond.
The artists in ACW are working within 3 thematic areas: Human Rights; Environmental Awareness & Action; and Mind/Body Wellness & Healing.
And, the artists are working on subject matters within those themes that are as diverse as:
*Race, Identity & Historical Trauma: Truth, Healing & Reconciliation – An opportunity to heal the wounds & grow community
*Black/Brown Youth Rights & Justice – a Compassionate Conversation with Law Enforcement
*Body/Image & the Mirror of Distortion: Creating the Self in the Age of Social Media – A “talk back” performance of choreography, spoken word and classical violin.
*Addiction/Recovery: Joyful & Practical Solutions to Compulsive Behavior
Artists in the Exhibit Include: Grace Bianchi, Barbara Bridges, Kira Corser, Madelynne Engle, Maris Gilbert, Craig Harris, Laura Hill, Anne Kleinhenz, Barb Kobe, Candy Kuehn, Felecia Lenee, Wesley May, Nikki McComb, Layl McDill, Rebecca Ratzlaff, Kate Renee, Danielle Ricci, Shira Richter, Barry Scanlon, and Jill Waterhouse.
One of our most exciting and comprehensive days of programming will be Saturday, October 13th, beginning with a workshop on Identity lead by Wesley May, a young American Native who’s been mentored by Dr. Anton Treuer, author, speaker, trainer and professor. May’s workshop will be followed by a “bust the silos” community conversation on historical trauma with American Indian, African American, Hmong and Jewish community voices. This power and potentially historical conversation will include a community meal, and will lead seamlessly into the award-winning Minnesota documentary, Dodging Bullets, a moving portrayal of Native American historical trauma. There will also be a post-film discussion with Bob Trench, the film’s co-director and Dr. Anton Treuer. This promises to be one of the most engaging and memorable event series in the Twin Cities, with key community and thought leaders on these issues.
october 4 (Thursday) - 14 (Sunday)
Squirrel Haus Arts
3450 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406