Art to Change the World Studio Visits

Art to Change the World Studio Visits

University of Minnesota OLLI event. This is OLLI

Art to Change the World (ACW) is an international non-profit, diverse coalition of artists, educators, scientists, topic experts, and other change makers who join forces in service of positive social change. We employ the arts, education, audience engagement, and organizational partnerships to invoke positive discussion, reflection, and action. Review our first event. Seven hundred people attended.

Your authentic experience will start with an interactive discussion session focused on the topic “CAN art change the world? “ with ACW artists.  The sessions following will be held at the studios of the following social practice artists. Each session will be from 10:30 to 12:00 with an optional special partnership price at one of the unique North East restaurants. Max. 15.


Program Survey Results:

High points:

  • Loved Barb Kobe Dolls
    * learning about the breadth and depth of creative people and mediums in NE Minneapolis.
    *The studio visits- both the people and the art
    * I loved meeting the artists and having the art explained by the artist. Loved the format.
    So original! opened up a whole new world of art and creativity for me. Unique experience and so generous of artists to open up their homes to us.
    *  Barbara B’s house and Barb Kobe’s studio.
    All classes and experiences were wonderful. Beautiful art in all its different forms!
    * Barbara’s communication and organization of the program
    *Lunch conversations!
  • Suggestions for next time:
    * More classes
    *Let us make art
    * Stairs were a challenge for me

Thank you to the following sponsors of the OLLI series:   Chimborazo and Gardens of Salonica Restaurants

March 27, 2019  10:30-12:00  
Art to Change the World artists will participate in an interactive discussion and inquiry based experience focused on discovering the nature of social justice art and answering the question, “CAN art change the world?”  Read More

April 3, 2019  718 6th St. SE
Dr. Craig Harris is a composer and theater artist who creates multimedia dramatic work and interactive installations, whose work integrates old and new technologies, relentlessly focused on the story being told. Craig will demonstrate and talk about his work in his studio, where he creates work on his recently rebuilt 7-foot 1898 Steinway grand piano, on one of his digital keyboards, and on his three computers with several large display spaces and projectors.  LUNCH FOLLOWING. Please RSVP to Craig. 

Studio Visit Reflections

April 10, 2019   10:30-12:00  2505 Howard St. NE, Mpls. 55418
Layl McDill is an international leader in a unique media. Her technique and materials are also very mysterious. She primarily uses polymer clay with the ancient technique of millefiore. Tiny images that cover every surface of her sculptures inevitably make the viewer wonder “How did she do that?” And even though she have been doing it for twenty years it still seems amazing that she can create a tiny picture inside a chunk of clay. In her new studio located in NE and get to experience creating some of the magic yourself. LUNCH FOLLOWING. Please RSVP to Layl.
Studio Visit Reflections

SCHEDULE AND TIME CHANGE  May 1,  2019  10:30-1:00  4032 Kentucky Ave N, Crystal, MN

Barb Kobe is a Mixed Media Artist, Professional Teaching Artist, Author, Mentor and Creativity Coach. She has a BA in Psychology with an emphasis in expressive arts, as well as, a Practioner Certification in Neuro Linguistic Programming. She is trained as an ARTbundance Creativity Coach and a Licensed Journey Path Facilitator. Participants will discuss how making three-dimensional figures (art dolls) can express emotions and facilitate healing responses in the body, mind and spirit. If time, will make a small, personal doll.  I am in Crystal.  LUNCH INCLUDED.  Served by the artist. Please RSVP to Barb.  


May 8, 2019  10:30-12:00  2323 Monroe St. NE
Dr. Barbara Rogers Bridges has been an artist and a teacher/college professor for over 40 years. Her work has been exhibited internationally. Bridges taught K-12 art in Minnesota, Maine and the Virgin Islands and trained teachers in higher education at the University of Minnesota and Bemidji State University. Barbara creates social practice art from fabricated components in a variety of media and rescued “power objects.” She manipulates the objects to create meaning and provoke discussions and reflection on a wide variety of social topics. Her current topic is recovery from trauma and the studio visit will include an interactive experience with her 6’ X 8’ cabinet sculpture.  LUNCH FOLLOWING. Please RSVP to Barbara.   Lumch at Chimborzo  Reflections at Barbara’s