What’s Your Issue? 

Opening Night October 5, 2018    6:00-9:00
3450 Snelling Ave S, Squirrel Haus Arts in South Minneapolis

         October  5-14, 2018 

Art to Change the World (ACW) is 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, under-served, and the established elite to join forces to DO Something about societal challenges.

The purpose of the non-profit Art To Change The World is to create opportunities for partnerships to defend human and civil rights and to protect the environment and build a safe and nurturing community for all people who seek to live a considered life and meet at the intersections of art and natural and social sciences. The purpose of these events and exhibitions is to provoke discussion, reflection and action on a wide variety of topics and to nurture an empathic, socially aware and action oriented community. We aspire to investigate  what divides us and discover strategies which might unite us. Our specific mission is to encourage the marginalized, disenfranchised, underserved, as well as the ruling elite, to DO Something.   Although our organization is new, our collective spans age (18-75), race, gender, physically challenged, education and more. Many are seasoned and experienced veterans.

Events. The purpose of our events and exhibitions is to provoke discussion, reflection and action and to nurture an empathic, socially-aware and action-oriented community. A workshop with John Capecci (Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference) is scheduled in April. ACW will host a two-week event with exhibition, performances and workshops around the theme of See. Say. DO from Oct. 5-14, 2018. Over a dozen established and emerging artists and their authentic/expert 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. An example of  authentic voice team mates who will work with the Recovery artist are an author in recovery from addiction  and David Swarthout, a psychotherapist specializing in addiction. Marya has already influenced my thinking. She indicated when people ask her if she is “in recovery” she responds with strength, contentment, and peace of mind “Today, I’m alright.”  .  The team will learn from all the “voices” as they build the art object and workshops. Topics include Recovery, Gender/Sexual Equality, Climate Change, Water Quality, Human Rights, Wellness, CTSD, Compassionate Conversations and Labor/Union issues.
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Current Topics
Craig Harris – Human Senses-CTSD  Become a team mate  Read More
Barbara Bridges -Recovery   Become a team mate Read More  
Anne Kleinhenz   – Heart Listening
Rebecca Ratzlaff  -Labor/Unions  Become a team mate  Read More
Candy Kuehn  -Dark Energy/Brain Neurology
Jill Waterhouse  -Gender/Sexual Equality  Read More and become a team mate
Maris Gilbert  – Water Quality
Barb Kobe – The Healing Doll
Margie Rotondo  -Water Quality
Kira Corser   – Climate Change /Human Rights
Barry Scanlan    Environmental Corporate Abuse  Become a team mate  Read More
Madelynne Engle  –  Satin of Knowing
Layl McDill    – Device Addiction
Danielle Ricci  –   Ongoing Refuge Crisis
Shira Richter  –  Motherhood: Women, Men and Money
Grace Bianchi   – Body Image
Kate Renee – Seven Deadly Sins-Greed
Felicita Lenee -FE -Compassionate Arts in Action  Become a team mate  Read More
Wesley May – Identity
Laura Hill   -Reclaiming our Narratives: Exploring Race & Identity
Nikki McComb   – Art is my Weapon

Support a Team.  Become a Team Member!   $1,000.00
SPONSOR A TOPIC TEAM: 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/expert 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.  For example:    You will become a member of the team. We value your voice.

Support benefits included (all optional) :
Studio visit
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   An artwork created by Barbara Bridges: Review possibles:

Donate Here  Post Director, Barbara Bridges,  to indicate the amount and the artist you want to support  You will receive a letter for your taxes.  Call to discuss details with Barbara if you have questions: 612 845 0416.

Event Ideas

Membership Benefits  All levels

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You must be an active member of  the ACW community to  be a featured artist in the “What’s Your Issue” Event.  This might include participation on  discussion boards, book group, contributing to data bank,  support of community members events and exhibitions and/or other service to the organization.

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Left : Liberty and Justice for All
Kate Renee  Read More

Picture to right:  My Brothers Keeper  Nikki McComb  Read More

Member Events Past, Present and Future

Fall 2020
Found In Our Waters

Our concern for the quality of our water should be a national and international dialogue. The Maine shrimp disappeared in 2013. The clam and oyster shells are 40% thinner than a decade ago. There is a toxic alert on the salmon caught in Lake Superior. The future water concerns are here today.

We seek collaborators to stage exhibitions, panel discussions, student workshops, and school visits. It is our belief that social practice art invites the participants to consider serious social issues while experiencing the joy of collaborative creating. Location on Route One to be selected by participants. Route One Project

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We seek artists who would like
to participate in studio visits
from small groups of Area
Learning Center Students.

Layl McDill:  Polymer Clay Workshops

High Schools September 2017

International Day of the Girl

Contact  Barbara Bridges

Banner photograph of  The Path : Choreographer Danielle Ricci