These metal enamel panels started as I worked for the City of Minneapolis project, the John Biggers Seed Project (Seed). It is a public art and collaborative design effort that engages renowned African American artists in mentoring emerging artists in place making by educating them about African American art and community history, providing career development and transferable skills, and creating a sense of place that speaks to the culture of North Minneapolis. These panels you see in the portfolio are specifically for a project that were hung in the fall of 2016 in North Minneapolis over 94W. I participated in the design and fabrication of this project.
Each Plate 12 ml. width (enamel painted fired in a kiln)
Oil, Pastel, Rice on wood
As a public artist I am excited about the possibilities to explore attention grabbing images that will both engage the public and challenge the ways that we see images through exploring history, culture and education. My hope is to expand the way people see each other and themselves.
Restorative practices is a social science that integrates developments from a variety of disciplines and fields — including education, psychology, social work, criminology, sociology, organizational development and leadership — in order to build healthy communities, increase social capital amount communities and peers. I use this process in schools mainly to integrate processes of empathy to inform better ways of responding to behaviors.
COMPAS has been putting creativity into the hands of Minnesotans for over 40 years. We’re not just a non-profit arts organization; we’re a non-profit education organization that teaches through art. Our professional artists work alongside students, teachers, senior citizens, hospital patients, teens, and just about any other community member to spark their imaginations and infuse their lives with creativity.
Creativity isn’t a matter of the haves and have-nots. It isn’t the privilege of the young or a luxury of the old. It is an essential piece of humanity. Through art, we aim to empower everyone to change their lives and change the world.
We are all about community. We have a grass roots perspective and our mission is to embrace, support and nurture other Visual Artists of color. We want to be an integral part of the fabric in our community and seek to educate our people about how art can be a powerful force for unity, empowerment and change.