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Art to Change the World (ACWis a non-profit multidisciplinary, cross-generational coalition of 40 social practice artists, educators, scientists, authentic/expert voices and other change makers who meet at the intersection of art and natural and social science. We aspire to investigate what divides us and discover strategies that might unite us, encouraging the marginalized, disenfranchised, underserved, and the established elite to join forces to DO Something about societal challenges. https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/mission

 Support a Team.  Become a ACW Team Member!   $1,000.00

ACW will host a two-week event with exhibition, performances and workshops around the theme of See. Say. DO What’s Your Issue? from Oct. 5-14, 2018. Over a dozen established and emerging artists and their authentic voice team members creating social and environmental justice works, transforming the cutting-edge art space Squirrel Haus Arts in South Minneapolis into an inviting and magical universe which draws the visitor into a thought provoking, interactive journey with the intent of inspiring action in our community.

Do you have a specific social topic you would like to sponsor? The artist/authentic voice teams need about $1,000.00 for both of them to research, travel, buy art and educational supplies/materials. Each artist has selected an authentic voice (or 2). We might also call these integral team mates a “primary source voice.” ALL of the team members learn from the other team members.  You will become a member of the team. We value your voice.

Support benefits included (all optional) :
Studio visit
Listed on website and programs
One ticket to VIP Event
Monthly artist news/networking/events emailed
Access to the Art to Change the World forum
Membership in book club
Invitations to celebrations and gatherings
ACW coaster set
ACW Hot Beverage Mug
ACW  Tote  Bag
Invitation to an authentic Maine Seafood Chowder dinner created by native  Mainer Barbara Bridges  OR   A small artwork created by an ACW artist : Review possibles: http://bridgescreate.com/mediums

Donate Here  https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/donate/ Post Director, Barbara Bridges, to indicate the amount and the artist you want to support  info@arttochangetheworld.org.  You will receive a letter for your taxes.  Call to discuss details with Barbara if you have questions: 612 845 0416.
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  Barry Scanlan      Project Description    Topic      Environmental Corporate Abuse

In a world that is constantly under environmental threat from unbelievable strains due to corporate abuse and apathy, my art strives to build awareness and thoughtful discourse. Using canvases and sculpture, and some humor, my work brings attention to local environmental issues and losses due to corporate and political decisions. My goal as an artist is to question the status quo, especially the current corporate power structure that rewards corporate executives and stockholders but does very little for the local environment we all live in.

My current work addresses the losses and possible extinction of insects native to Minnesota. I am also working on art related to the Polymet Mining Project in northern Minnesota. For this project I have been  working with the Minnesota Environmental  Advocacy Center. I also have art related to GMOs.

I hope my work shines a spotlight on how corporate decisions, driven by greed and apathy, impact the world around us.  https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/barry-scanln

Authentic Voice:  Aaron Klemz, Communications Director, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy  http://www.mncenter.org

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Biography    Barry Scanlan works out of his studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is first-generation Irish; his father’s parents lived in or around County Sligo before immigrating to Scotland then to America in 1920. Raised in Pittsburgh, Scanlan’s background is blue-collar; his father was a steel-worker as was his grandfather. He knows what it is like to sit in a bar surrounded by men who just left the mill, each drinking beers and shots of cheap whiskey.A Vietnam-era Marine Corps veteran, upon leaving the service he lived very close to the bone, with little money, drinking and using drugs, and making at-risk decisions, until he attended college with the GI Bill. Scanlan still makes at-risk decisions, just not as many.

Scanlan has a wide variety of experiences. He has worked in boatyards, built grottos and fences out of fieldstone, and circumvented Rapa Nui (Easter Island) on horseback while partaking in healing ceremonies to save the Earth. He taught in the elementary classroom for a couple decades, which is the hardest work he ever did. He most recently worked as a trauma response coordinator for Anoka-Hennepin Schools. He is a member of Veterans For Peace and has participated in El Salvador’s elections as an impartial observer.

Each of these experiences have shaped his artistic eye and motivation.

Always an artist, he began seriously painting in 2011. He took up painting as a way to deal with crisis in his position as a trauma response coordinator. He has been fortunate to have his art shown in New York City, Minnesota, California, and Louisiana, among other places. Scanlan enjoys working with acrylics incorporated with pumice, sand, gravel, leaves and other textures.  Scanlan won the 2005 Utne Independent Press Awards for his zine True Story!  

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