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Our Mission: To collect, preserve, and make accessible to the public the plywood art that emerged following the Minneapolis Uprising of 2020 that was a direct reaction to police brutality in our community. This will ensure that the story of these historic events that occurred are told by the voice of the Black Community who experienced them. Our work is meant to honor the original purpose of the boards, which were a means of protest and memorialization of the time and place in history. We will accomplish this through continued action.
Long-Term Goals: Our most ambitious goal is to have a gallery space where this art can be displayed and accessed by the public so they may learn from the story being retold by these pieces. As our name implies, these works need to be memorialized and this moment captured. It is through historical preservation and storytelling that we are able to learn lessons from the past to create a better future.
This space also needs to be able to store the boards in a climate-controlled setting. We are currently utilizing space in the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis. However, we are quickly outgrowing that space, as we have collected over 800 boards to date with plans to continue collecting this art, and it provides no opportunity for the presentation of the boards. We are looking for supporters that believe in this work to help us find and purchase a space and continue our programming.
School Programming: We have formed partnerships with local schools to implement programming that teaches students about public art and the role it has in our history and forwarding public discourse. The student population we are currently working with has a high percentage of minority students and these lessons carry extra importance for them. The schools we work with are taking on large-scale art projects as a class in order to develop an understanding of expressing their ideas and emotions and forwarding social justice through public art.
Preservation Initiative Consulting: Since starting this project we have been approached by several organizations attempting to do similar work. We are one of the few that is led by a Black woman and many of the organizations that have approached us, like many arts organizations, are led by white people. It is important that this Black history is not monetized for the gain of white arts groups, whitewashed and valued simply for its aesthetic qualities rather than its historical significance, and the narratives are told by those who experienced the story this art is about. We have been offering guidance to organizations wishing to pursue this work in ethical ways that honor the art and the story it is telling.
Exhibition and Presentation Opportunities: This art is not meant to be kept in the hands of the few and the conversations and stories they tell are not meant to be forgotten. We have been displaying the boards at free public events, our own annual exhibition of the boards, and plan on loaning the art out to other organizations around the country that have been making the art accessible to others in their communities in order for the public to interact with them.
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