See. Say. DO

Schedule and Reservations (Click Reservations for more details)

Oct 4 Thursday
8-9:30   Ricci -Borealis Dance Co. Threads of My Cloth  $10.00 Reservations

Oct 5 Friday
* 5:30-7:30  Friends of ACW Fundraiser  Includes Threads   $75  Reservations
* 8-9:30  Ricci -Borealis Dance Co. –Threads of My Cloth $10.00  Reservations

Oct 6 Saturday
* 10-12:00    Gilbert – Water: Beauty in Peril workshop  Max 10.  $5    Reservations
*  1-4:00  Corser –Fish Tales & Climate  workshop  Max 15 $5  Reservations
*  7-10:00  Public Opening:   FREE  Donations Welcome. No Reservations Needed.

Oct 7 Sunday
* 11-1:00  Kuehn –The Physics of Turbulence  workshop  Max 15. $5    Reservations
1-5:00   FE Love – Compassionate Conversations   Max 15  $5  Reservations

6:30-8:00    Erik Helgeson/Tim Benjamin/ Madelynne Engle
Film The Real Story & Satin of Knowingness    Pay What You Can $0-25   Reservations

Oct 8 Monday
* 10-1:00  FE Love – Compassionate Conversations  $5  Invite Only  Read More
*  5:30-7:30   Non-profit Networking   FREE   Reservations

Oct 9 Tuesday
* 6:30-7:30  Bianchi / Ricci –Body Image   Pay What You Can $0-25  Reservations
8-9:30 Laura Mann Hill – Race/Identity    Pay What You Can $0-25   Reservations

Oct 10 Wednesday
  * 6-9:30  Waterhouse Bill Doherty  Opposite (of) Sex Workshop Invitation Only
*  7-9:00 Richter/ Fisher Mother of All Confessions Pay What You Can $0-25  Reservations

Oct 11  Thursday 7-9:00 Harris- SenseAbility     (CTSD)  $10.00  Reservations
Oct 12  Friday 7-9:00 Harris- SenseAbility     (CTSD)  $10.00  Reservations

Oct 13 Saturday
* 10-12:00    Barb Kobe Endangered Feelings  Max 15 $5  Reservations
1-5:00    Wesley May – Identity Workshop  $5  Max 15  Reservations
 * 5-7:00    Post May Workshop and  Pre Film Discussion on Truth, Healing and Reconciliation with  Anton Treuer, Wesley May, Sarah Edstrom, Michael Goze, Jim Randall, James Barta, Tony Xiaha. Pay What You Can $0-25  Reservations
7-10:00   Dodging Bullets – Film   Pay What You Can $0-25  Reservations

Oct 14 Sunday
* 11-1:00 McDill Persuasive Technologies  Workshop  Max 15 $5  Reservations
1:00-3:00 Bridges – Recovery  Workshop  Max 15  $5  Reservations
* 7-10:00  Take Action Pop-Up Performance Night  Pay What You Can $0-25  Reservations
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Grace Bianchi   – Body Image    SOLD!   Read  About Project

Barbara Bridges -Recovery   Become a Team Member Learn More  

Kira Corser   – Climate Change /Human Rights  Become a Team Member  Learn More

Madelynne Engle  – Truth and  Resilience  SOLD!  Read About Project   Power Wheelchair Giveaway

Maris Gilbert  – Water Quality  Become a Team Member  Learn More

Craig Harris – Human Senses-CTSD  Become a Team Member  Learn More

Laura Hill 
  -Reclaiming our Narratives: Exploring Race & Identity SOLD! Read About Project

Anne Kleinhenz   – Heart Listening  Become a Team Member Learn More

Barb Kobe – Emotional Nature – Embodied Knowing – Empathetic Connection  Become a Team Member
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Candy Kuehn  -Dark Energy/Brain Neurology  Become a tTeam Member  Learn More

Felecia Lenee -FE -Compassionate Conversations  SOLD!  Read  About Project

Wesley May – Identity   SOLD!  Read about the project

Nikki McComb   – Art is my Weapon  Become a Team Member  Learn More

Layl McDill    – Persuasive Technologies  Become a team mate Learn More

Rebecca Ratzlaff  – Labor/Unions  Become a Team Member Learn More

Kate Renee – Seven Deadly Sins-Glutthoney  Become a Team Member  Learn More

Danielle Ricci  –   Ongoing Refugee Crisis  Threads of My Cloth  SOLD!   Read about the Project 

Shira Richter  –  Motherhood: Women, Men and Money SOLD!  Read About the Project

Barry Scanlan    Environmental Corporate Abuse    Become a Team Member    Learn More

Jill Waterhouse  -Gender/Sexual Equality  Become a Team Member Learn More

Welcome to Our Dialogue

February 17 – April 15, 2018  Minimum 6 and maximum 10.

UBUNTU Inquiry Group  UBUNTU =I AM WHAT I AM BECAUSE OF WHO WE ALL ARE. Read More About Ubuntu
 We will read a film/book for one- two months and discuss the writing and the topic, but more importantly, reflect on how these (hopefully) new ideas inform our practice.  These film/book discussions will not focus on critiquing the work as a piece of literature. If there is anything that bores me, it is a book club meeting that starts out with someone saying ”I liked it “ or “ I did not like it” and then everyone comes out swinging in defense of their position!

Barbara Bridges

Answer to a question I just received and that many of you may have.  I have been doing this for so long that I forget that many may have not been communicating in this digital  mode.

I will have one Zoom meeting and then asynchronous discussions. This means you will come in at YOUR convenience from 6-60 (!) times and  chat with those who are there.  We will bring in other resources and ask and answer questions.  I will be a facilitator.  An optional F to F party in Minneapolis at the end of March.  Invite others outside ACW!  Hope this clarifies!

Fantasyland: How America  Went Haywire  Discusses our nationwide willingness to embrace a factual relativity. Kurt Anderson

In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not something new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by hucksters and their suckers. Fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA.

Over the course of five centuries—from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P. T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials—our love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we’ve never fully acknowledged. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies—every citizen was free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails.

Discussion/Workshop/Training
The purpose of these asynchronous virtual gatherings is to provide a safe place for a multi-generational/alternative perspectives dialogue. Getting into our “Like-Thinkers Silos” , as we call them, does not appear to effect much change.

Kira Corser will lead the first discussions starting in February.  This activity will give us the opportunity to get to know each other, work on our learning curves and build our community. Kira,  and YOU,  will be talking about Human Rights and Climate Change. 

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Please send us reading recommendations.

Member Suggestions for a book or movie or other data point:
Fantasyland: How America  Went Haywire  Discusses our nationwide willingness to embrace a factual relativity. Kurt Anderson

Leonardo Di Vinci  The most famous intersection of art and science.  Walter Isaacson

The Blazing World  Siri Hustvedt  A 60 something artist hires men to beard her work.

Exit Through The Giftshop  Bansky, River and Tides    A documentary on Outsider Art.

Who does she think she is?  Pamela Tanner Boll  A Film looking at women, mothering and art making.

Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference   John Capecci  A comprehensive guide to telling your personal story as an advocate for a cause or organization.

Embrace by Taryn Brumfitt    Embrace uncovers why poor body image has become a global epidemic and what women everywhere can do to have a brighter future.

 13 Reasons Why  Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why” tells the fictional story of 17-year-old Hannah Baker, a troubled high school student who takes her own life. She leaves behind a series of audio tapes describing the “13 reasons why” she did it. The themes are graphic and intense, tackling not only suicide, but also sexual assault and underage drinking.  Very Controversial. Good topic for  cross generational discussion. 

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Artists need to encourage viewers to embrace cognitive dissonance. What does this mean? Why is it so difficult and why is it so important?
Cognitive Dissonance occurs when what you believe to be true is in direct conflict with what you see to be true. It happens when you realize that your truth is truth- not THE truth.In order to learn and remember, you generally have to physically “break” an old memory and put it together with a new one – a new synthesis. Learning occurs on top of old learning. It’s a physico-chemical process of creation. You don’t get what you had before. So most memories don’t stay the same for very long. They change.Brains are not collections of facts laced together into permanent storage, like DVDs. Memories are remade on the fly. Select Dialogue and drop down window Discussion Forum. Click here to raise your voice.

Final See Say DO report

See . Say. DO Report. Respectfully submitted, Barbara Bridges, Director-Art to Change the World

Proposed significant outcomes:

1. Create change by building cross-cultural conversations and providing a space for individuals to develop individual action steps to solve community social problems.

2. Increase our participants’ engagement and community access to the arts and a myriad of other resources to build community and effect change

3. Create new art-based models/formats to be inclusive of more community voices.

4. Engage participants to consider, “What are you willing to contribute to transform the world into a place that is equitable and inclusive of all voices?”

How DID we DO?

Artists worked with their topic experts and developed their artworks, performances and workshops in an entirely different way.  They informed each other as the work was developed.  The scientists, counselors, feminist voices, American Indian youth, school police, technology K-12 teacher, disability rights publisher and water quality non-profit partner collaborated to design interactive art works with widened perspectives. The audience benefited.

Our strategy to provide access to all worked! Seven of the 9 performances were pay-as-you-can and we offered an ALL EVENT “Curiosity Pass” for $25.  We attracted over 700 attendees.

We now have almost 140 members who come from many cultural, age and differently-abled backgrounds. Our 10 person Take Action Pop Up performance was coordinated by three young performers from the Twin Cities. Our Friends of Art to Change the World event enjoyed 9 sponsored tickets given to  people who could not have attended otherwise. All artists and voices were stationed by their artworks and engaged the audience in many interactive conversations. Entertainment was spoken word artist Jill Waterhouse and author/poet Nick Cocchiarella. Thirty students from South High School with 5 youth leaders, the school police officer and the assistant principal, worked with an international program, Compassionate Conversations, co-founded by two ACW members, FE Love and Kira Corser.

ACW employed many strategies to insure, in an empirical way, that the audience reflected on what THEY could do to make the world a better place. The most exciting was our DO hand strategy. The ACW artists had several work days where they created 6″ cast resin DO hands (like a large milagro). This also built the ACW community. The attendees were asked to write, in a phrase, what they were willing to DO going forward on the DO Hand and on a poster. They kept the DO Hand- to remind them of their commitment to action. Data below.

Impact

Historical Trauma Event and Dodging Bullets screening: This event was one of the projects which birthed a discussion group going forward.  We are pleased to report that Dr. Treuer signed his name to be part of that ongoing conversation. The discussion event included a community hot dish meal which was a big hit and got a lot of play on NPR.  Thought Leaders Michael Goze from the American Indian Community Development Corporation;  Steve Barberio, Executive Director of Bet Shalom temple; Herman Milligan, African American managing partner of the Fulton Group, and Tony Xiagg from the Hmong community were compelling contributors.  People were especially moved by Tony’s story of a man who has permanent damage from being quieted with opiates on the long silent march out of the country when he was a child.

The Recovery from Trauma Workshop. This event also earned a conversation group going forward. Led by  David Swarthout, a psychotherapist specializing in addiction, and ACW  sculptor Barbara Bridges.  The workshop invited EVERYONE who has a connection with TRAUMA to join them for two hours of resource sharing, art-making, conversation and most importantly – identifying strategies for change.   Participants will be invited to select a recovery talisman from the drawers and cupboards of Barbara artwork “TODAY, I’m Alright”  to share at the workshop and then take home to help in their ongoing recovery.

Wheel Chair Give Away. A $4,000 motorized wheelchair, contributed by the family of Erik Helgeson,  was given away by ADA /Bush signing pioneer and Access Press editor, Tim Benjamin and ACW artist, Madelynne Engle to the Christi Michaels family who wrote a compelling essay of need.

South High School.  The 30 South High School students  may be installing their Peace Post and reading the writings completed by the 6 youth leaders with Compassionate Conversations leaders FE Love and Kira Corser. ACW members Jill Waterhouse and Denny Sponsler are also involved in the planning.  We had 12 of the students sign up to be part of our new ACW Youth advisory board which meets an important part of the ACW mission. The Minnesota Humanities Center  and The Givens Foundation for African American Literature partially funded this event.

We are discussing a project which would work towards the goal of funding more screenings of Dodging Bullets with the purpose of starting more discussion groups.  The youth leaders at South are very excited about joining ACW and starting this project.  We may have a meeting scheduled with Peggy Flannagan for support. Anton has agreed to continue his involvement. I may be writing a study guide for the Dodging film-gratis.

In discussions with Shira Richter about PTSD/Mother project in Israel.

Populations and communities served.
We heard over and over how ACW was different from other “arts organizations”. That is because we ARE!  We brought over 700 people into the Longfellow community, and the non-profit venue Squirrel Haus Arts earned tremendous exposure.

See our target audiences following the events

Pop-Up Performance     Oct 14  Youth and marginalized individuals. Topics spanned 10 different societal concerns.

Barbara Bridges Recovery/Trauma Workshop     Oct 14 ALL people in recovery from ALL trauma.

Layl McDill Device Persuasive Technologies         Oct 14 ALL people addicted to their devices.

Dodging Bullets and Historical Trauma Discussion with Anton Treuer Oct 13 ALL people trying to understand how historical trauma works at a DNA level.

Wesley May Identity Workshop Oct 13 Wanting to understand who they are and why.

Barb Kobe- Endangered Feeling  Oct 13  Interested in using art to heal emotions.

Craig Harris- SenseAbility  Oct 11 Oct 12 Interested in the Palestinian crisis.

Shira Richter & Kate Fisher MotherCare Oct 10 Mothers and their role/challenges in society.

Laura Mann Hill Race/Identity    Oct 09  Interested in understanding multi-ethnic origins and the challenges.

Grace Bianchi/ Danielle Ricci Body Image  Oct 09 Interested in understanding how social media affects people and body image–especially the youth.

Engle, Benjamin, Helgeson, Film The Real Story & Satin of Knowingness  Oct 07 Interested in challenges for the differently-abled.

Candy Kuehn Turbulence-Hats workshop Oct 07 Interested in strategies to help emotional turbulence.

Kira Corser Fish Tales & Climate Change Oct 06 Interested in climate change strategies.

Maris Gilbert Water: Beauty in Peril  Oct 06 The journey of the Mississippi water.

Danielle Ricci Threads of My Cloth       Oct 04 -Oct 05 Understanding the Hmong migration.

Who Was Served?

We are building our 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.

We are proud to report that over 700 people attended our event. This includes over 100 on Opening night.  Over 60  ACW members were actively involved in staging the event–strengthening our ACW community.

We chose Squirrel Haus Arts because it was on the light rail and had an edgy grass roots ambiance which we hoped would be welcoming to everyone.

ACW believes we have just planted our first community-building  garden with our See. Say. DO event.  We plan face to face social gatherings; discussion groups, both digital and  face-to-face; and supporting small projects of ACW members going forward. We also acted as fiscal agent for ACW member, Wesley May, and expect to serve many more ACW members in this capacity going forward.

We believe the over 200 commitments to action will “serve” hundreds in the rippled acts of kindness, change and support.

ACW believes we have empowered all who participated, and reflected, at the See. Say. DO event. They will be moved to live in the world in a more mindful and pro-active way.

How did this project or program broaden access and/or increase engagement?

Our assertive and successful efforts to seek funding support from individuals and in-kind contributions from many vendors enabled us to offer most programming as pay-as-you-can. This and our Curiosity Passes – distributed to all artists, experts, volunteers and students who Director Barbara Bridges spoke to at the U of M and Metro State, brought people to the event who may never have attended See. Say. DO otherwise.

Art To Change the World was deliberately designed to put as many people as possible in leadership roles.  The artists, expert topic voices, performers, volunteers and other members (you do not have to be an artist to  be an ACW member) all have their circles of potential audience members.

The list of programming in the previous section also illustrates how the many and various topics also brought new audience members to the See. Say. DO event.  Again, many mentioned that they had never been to an art exhibition.

Finally, all the 20 artists are social practice artists.  Almost every one  designed audience interaction into our work.   Many of us collected data in the forms of surveys, video footage, and audience testimonies.

ACW member Kira Corser created several videos:

Compassionate Conversations  https://vimeo.com/294360852

Shira and Barbara  https://vimeo.com/294579862

ACW Trailer   https://vimeo.com/294364464

Trailer 2   https://vimeo.com/294889143

Compassionate Conversations 2    https://vimeo.com/296466777

Were there any unanticipated results, either positive or negative?

Positives:

We were thrilled with our over 700 attendees.  Art to Change the World is a 9 month old non-profit.  We were an unknown. We now have a reputation for excellence (according to our testimonies and data collection) and will be able to build on that success going forward.

We really took a chance hiring Anton Treuer with the hope his presence in our project would earn us credibility and viability in the press, word of mouth buzz and on the radio. We also hoped he would bring us high potential large donors.  Dr. Treuer won an NPR interview and our registration for the Historical Trauma event spiked on airing. Over 100 people attended the HT event.  Dodging Bullets co-director, Sarah Edstrom  did a wonderful job leading an after film discussion. The film has been screened multiple times at Forest County in Wisconsin and is currently screening there on a monthly basis. It also has been screened in Morton, MN as well as Whittenberg, WI.

We hoped  Dr. Treuer’s involvement  would drive attendance  to all events and we believe it did.

The extreme challenge of the technical support for so many performances created the need for an additional hire which created an overage on the budget and an out of pocket donation from the event coordinators.

What Did We Learn?
Friends of Art to Change the World Fundraiser.   Almost 100 people attended the Fundraiser. Fifty three paid to attend. We collected a random sample survey of 40 people 23 females and 17 males.

Age Range Residence
0 – 25 = 5 Out of State  = 7
26 – 40=11 Mpls/St. Paul =15
40 – 60=8 Suburbs=10
61 and above =16 Greater Minnesota = 8

 

We earned $1, 683 on the silent auction.  The wine was donated by Alexis Bailly Vineyard and Austin Brown from The Second Street Spirits and Cider Werks.  Pat Rogers donated the food from Holy Land bakery. Majentah Aquarius skated the donation hat through the crowd to great effect and Jill Waterhouse and Nick Cocchiarella provided entertainment.

We asked for one word reflections:
Well done, Magical, Lovely, Exquisite, Intrigued, Incredible, Spectacular, Wonderful, Diverse, Cool, Awesome, Interesting, Fantastic, Diverse, Fun, New, Great Job, Good Food, Wonderful, Inexplainable, Good, Energetic, Creative, Lively, Sincere, Eye-opening, Like it!, Great, Fantastic, Beautiful, Interesting, Fun, Variety, Beautiful, Moving, Eye-Opening, Blown Away, Eclectic, Diverse, Lively, Inspiring, Peace.
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It is important to note that the ACW Director hired out of her pocket well-known non-profit consultant Herman Milligan, who contributed to the success of See. Say. DO in a significant way.

The  grant proposal and reporting questions really made us reflect deeply on our purpose and mission and what we could/should do to meet that mission.

It was very discouraging to discover that  grant after grant we were denied funding support as a group (no proven history) which many of us would have received based on our individual levels of achievement. We appreciate the Humanities Council giving ACW  the opportunity to prove what we could do.

Without their support, none of the artists would have been able to receive the historical stipend payment.  Artists were paid for participation in an exhibition! Historic!! Artists need to be recognized for their contribution if we want to continue to have artists in our world.  Thank you.

What will we change moving forward?

The need to move forward on the faith that we would find funding for our unique model with grant funding. because of our brand new status, was very stressful for many concerned.  Our battle cry moving into the future is FUF. Funding Up Front!!

We were disappointed that there was not more interest in our 7 workshops.  Several were full but most were sparsely attended even though we advertised them extensively.

What are your future plans for sustaining this project or program?

Our original design intended to use the See. Say. DO event as an incubator for developing our works with the intention of  moving forward with our themes and works.

Craig Harris modified his “Elijah”  work and is planning on an international tour.  Barry Scanlon plans a New York exhibition of his corporate abuse series, Madelynne Engle’s Satins of Knowingness will be traveling to other venues and Barbara Bridges has had several offers to install her TODAY, I’m Alright sculpture in venues where it will be used for trauma recovery workshops.

With the success of the See. Say. DO event and the empirical evidence we collected, the ACW collective is well positioned to move forward to seek funding for future projects.

How Will We Share Our Findings?

We collected data in a variety of ways and plan to share it on our website and in articles submitted to print, TV and radio by ACW Director Dr. Barbara Bridges and others.

We had an ACW member circulate on VIP and Opening night and collect name, gender, age, city and reflections phrase. See results above.

ACW hired Film North to shoot 5 days of footage of events and interviews to be used to create a See. Say. DO documentary. We will have to seek funding to complete this project.

We managed to collect over 200 “DO” commitments with our DO hand strategy. Dr. Bridges will also analyze these action commitments and they will be shared on ACW’s See. Say. DO outcomes web page and in all media. https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/events-b/ Here are a few examples:

*Love everyone, Love Myself, Everyday
*Build Community, Further Develop  writing craft response to issues of justice. Finish another novel-this one called *History/Artist.
*Respect the Earth
*Use camera to document /cement love of family
*Advocate for Justice
*Promote artists who address global warming solutions
*See underneath what is happening
*Connect with water organizations in Minneapolis and in Florida. Be active with caring for water
*Justice for ALL
*Found my people. Found a new direction
*Try for not so much scary talk. We can not afford to be paralyzed
*Make more music
*Echo the transformations which happen here.  Berlin:Israeli -Palestinian Women Think Tank.
*Make art that promotes social justice and ends the WAR
“TALK ART” to all who will listen
*Love Everyone, Love Myself, Everyday.  Respect the Earth. No Littering.
*Advocate for Justice
*Make art that promotes social justice and ends WAR
*Stand on Every Corner
*Think More about the water I drink-and work to make sure it is safe.
*Not so much scary talk- we can not afford to be paralyzed.
*Raise Artists, Musicians, Dancers and Provocateurs
*Donate
*Publish more essays written by people with disabilities
*Call my legislator
*Write my book
*I will be constructive
*Put my thoughts down on paper
*Volunteer for Literacy
*Spread the Knowledge
*Be honest with myself and others
*Write the change
*Keep freakin’ out the squares
*Be Local. Build Community.
*Step Up Speak Up Support
*Talk to people I sit next to on the bus more often
*Encourage
*Get elected to the school board
*Amplify minority voices
*Stand on every corner
*Continue Thinking
*EcoWorks
*To Authentically Follow my Path
*To share Truth. My Truth. Even if it is hard to share
*Sight through time with eyes closed
*Defend the water
*Defend my culture
*Fight against the expatriation of my people
*Love the earth and everyone on it
*Continue writing and drawing and voting and communicating and living with Fervor and Passion
*Educate
*Let go and smile
*Ask family and friends to learn and tell their family’s story of immigration
*Volunteer for literacy
*Donate
*Understand that your truth is only one truth
*Spread Love and Kindness
*Spread the new Knowledge
*Talk too much ;))
*Advocate and Educate Technology “Playpen or Playground”
*Promote tolerance by example in everyday life
*Promote Teachers!
*Become a dedicated water protector
*Write the change
*Draw ; 0 ))))
*Support Women: financially, emotionally, in politics, in the home
*Learn more!!
*Center children’s voices and listen to their ideas
*Advocate for the arts daily
*Find my cause to make a positive change
*Write a mental health memoir
*It’s OK to be different
*Create time for me to reflect
*Be respectful
*Death Awareness
*Being positive and never losing what makes you unique
*Become an elementary school teacher
*Educate and love
*Act with integrity and love to the my highest understanding
*Art CAN change the world. It has done so throughout history.
*Just try to keep going…and help others to plan to vote
*Support the School
*Use literacy skills to promote a shared mental model promoting positive adaptive change at my hospital
*I will look beyond myself and my own needs
*Connect with people
*Protect water
*Look outward- not inward
*Connect with my legislator
*Be present
*Smile often
*Join a club
*Spread happiness
*Community Outreach
*Tell people you are worth it
*Show up even if you do not want to
*Believe in Change. Hold onto Hope. The arts give us a vision of what could be
*Help those in need
*Respect
*Use art to share our stories and experiences
*Help to get out the vote
*Eschew tolerance . Promulgate empathy
*Witness from the heart. How the artist animates the spirit
*Listen and discuss
*Spread Positivity
*Live a good life
*Love sanity
*Engage
*Love  more freely and smile
*Lead
*I will smile when others are not
*I will compassionately listen to survivors
*Workout and be healthy
*Be a good wife and mother
*Create public sacred space
*Motivate
*I will not park in handicapped carping- even though I have certification
*Work harder
*Fund the film and raise awareness
*Live with Happiness
*Meet people
*Help others
*Put thoughts into action
*Intentional conversation
*Persistence
*Door knock to get out the vote
*I will make more of an effort to actively collaborate with more community partners
*Help Others
*Amplify women of color on social media
*Encourage others
*Quilts for people that are homeless and homes to be in
*Be an example. Stretch myself in awareness, conversation and sharing empowerment
*Enjoy spending time with my mom  and cherish that time.

ACW member, Kira Corser created several videos which have been widely distributed:

Compassionate Conversations  https://vimeo.com/294360852

Compassionate Conversations 2    https://vimeo.com/296466777

Shira and Barbara  https://vimeo.com/294579862

ACW Trailer   https://vimeo.com/294364464

Trailer 2   https://vimeo.com/294889143

See. Say. DO was partially supported by the Minnesota Humanities Council, the Israeli Consulate, Lynn Olson, Jim Randall, Barbara Bridges, Donald Helgeson, Pat Rogers, and The Givens Foundation for African American Literature whose support is made possible by Target. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

      



Testimonials:

Barbara,  Thank you so much for your dynamic leadership in pulling this event together. You really hit a home run and I am confident that you have generated real momentum for positive change through art, film, social movement, and human connection. I was very proud to be part of Art to Change the World’s See. Say. DO. event.      Anton Treuer, Professor, Author, Activist

*Congratulations on an epic production of grande proportions!  It should not go without saying and I was remiss in leaving without shouting it from the rafters…you saw, you said, you did!  Hopes for some well deserved rest!  Paul  Brown, technical expert volunteer

*Barbara,   You are a wonderfully generous soul- take good care of you, and thank you so much for birthing this brilliant, urgently needed community.   Abrazos,   Anya Achtenberg, Author

*For Grace Bianchi: The see, say, do event with art to change the world was a very eye opening and engaging event to see how a new generation is affected by social media. Growing up in a generation where the Internet was just starting out, it was intriguing to see the issues social media brings to girls body image, never being enough, and seeking that perfect life. It was interesting to hear how these young ladies handle it and make choices to support a healthier lifestyle where they are enough. It gave me compassion for a generation dealing with things much bigger than themselves, and how I can support and have conversations with them in a different supportive way!   Emily Thelemann, Custom Jeweler, Shimmering Carbon Studio

*The Art to Change the world events I attended in the See. Say Do! series gave me hope in the power of art to make a difference!  The series involved such a diverse array of mediums, stories and experiences—all together it was immersive and empowering.  I really appreciated how all the artists made the audience and the audience’s interaction and impact so central to their work.  Deacon Warner, Videographer, Film North

*Barbara Bridges knows how to dream big, set a goal and put her manifesting brilliance in action. Thank you for including me and my art and exposing my manifested dream of publishing my book to a wider audience.  Barb Kobe, The Healing Doll Way

*Barbara, you too have traveled far far far away from a secure “home” in this project you have birthed, and birthing includes pain. physical emotional and mental. You had to run fast in order to do it. I know. It is very very lonely to lead. Now your soul, like ours, needs “to catch up” with the miles you and us have gulped and devoured. Give it time. Rest. Heal. Allow slowness back into the rhythm. True to your name, you have built quite a lot of bridges.

Thank you for creating this “Framily” (great word!). Without you it would not exist. I received many gifts from many. I learned so much. I heard amazing human stories. I came home with gifts of authentic human connection.  I value this greatly.

Naturally, there are a few crinkles in such a new collective, which can be soothed out later. Thank you from the deep rivers and waters of love and appreciation. I love this project and the people and works, issues and intentions you all have chosen. Each one is a unique gem.   Shira Richter, Artists, Author, Activist

*Sweet  – you did a fabulous job   Nikki McComb Art as My Weapon Leader and ACW Artist

*When I joined the See. Say. DO. project in a supporting role, I was immediately struck by the variety of genuinely talented artists and topic experts that Barbara Bridges had assembled. Her skill at managing the logistical and administrative aspects of the project was evident from the outset, but it was Barbara’s gift for marshalling the creative energies of such a diverse and deeply passionate group that ultimately ensured its success.

The See. Say. DO. event was unlike anything I’d experienced before: provocative, tangible and exciting. I was proud to be part of it.  Christopher Powers , Software Engineer,  Filmmaker

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Art to Change the World: Moving Forward

And so it Begins: Connections & Collaborations Moving Towards Positive Change

Testimony of ACW Artist, Jill Waterhouse

 

  • I connected at the ACW Friends Fundraiser with Perpich student, Dante Baza, a musician and artist. We are planning a collaboration between his music and my performance poetry, to be performed (hopefully) at Perpich. I also connected Dante Baza with ACW painter, Barry Scanlon, as Dante would like to be mentored by Barry in developing his painting.

 

  • I connected with students and the Assistant Principal of South High at the ACW Compassionate Conversations workshop; we hope to collaborate on a performance of my written pieces with potential curriculum/Q & A session. I also hope to exhibit my large sculptural piece based on “The Chasm between the Divides” and to have students participate by sharing their stories, emotions, thoughts and beliefs stirred by the piece. And, based on discussions I had with Denny Sponsler, former South High teacher (and MN Teacher of the Year), ACW is also in conversation to donate Native artist Wesley May’s mural – which was made in a workshop as part of the “See.Say.DO.” exhibit – to South High.

 

  • I will be collaborating with ACW artist, Rebecca Ratzlaff, to get her 14 foot x 9 foot quilt, “The Union Label” into public spaces to explore the importance of union labor as a deterrent to child labor use around the world. We will also be working to get her piece sold to the textile union – or one of the U.S. unions – to promote the importance of their work and to use the images of her quilt in a campaign for union labor.

 

  • I’m in the process of connecting “Take Action” Pop-Up Performance singer, Gabrial Rodreick with a friend of mine who just opened his recording studio. Gabe is now in a wheel chair due to an accident, so his resources are limited. But, I believe my friend will be willing to work with him at a rate Gabe can afford to record his music professionally for the first time.

 

  • I helped connect Barb Kobe and her feeling/healing dolls to The Emily Program, where it is my belief her work as a professional – with her extraordinary dolls – can help create a deeper level of trauma healing for the women and men in the program. (I am also hoping to connect to the clients in the program via art work I have done in this arena.)

 

  • I also connected with The Emily Program director and head psychologist around presenting Grace Bianchi’s/Danielle Ricci’s piece, “Body Image and the Mirror of Distortion: Creating a Self in the Age of Social Media” for their staff and clients. (And I gave Grace and Danielle the program’s information from a recent fundraiser I catered.)

 

  • I am connecting with Deacon Warner of Film North to produce my “Take the Knee” performance and send it to key players in the industry (Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Colbert etc) to begin to break down the myths that “Taking the Knee” is an action that disrespects the flag and that “all white people” are against this form of protest. Some of us are not only allies, but accomplices.

 

  • I am currently researching options for presenting Laura Mann Hills’ piece on race and identity with her authentic voice, Veronica Qui Quillien into the schools and/or local theaters, as both students and adults desperately need the emotional, educational and “discovering their own identity” aspects of their presentation. This was true for people of color and white people in the audience. It was an astonishing performance of great depth, authenticity and intelligence!

 

  • I am in discussion with Chowgirls Killer Catering, Second Harvest Heartland, and Michael Goze to get food donated to the encampment on Cedar and Hiawatha. I am also seeking additional caterers to join this campaign in the hopes of working towards food justice for the larger Native population also.

 

  • I am working with performance artist, Magenta Aquarious – and brought her into the ACW collective – where she wowed us with her prowess as an artistic skater AND her public speaking skills.

Dec 8 Maine Chowdah Feed

Authentic Maine Chowdah Feed

ACW  Director, Barbara Bridges, is a Maine native.  She makes a famous seafood chowder with seafood she flies in from Maine.  It is her Grammy LeBlanc’s recipe. Cheesy biscuits accompany and the traditional blueberry pie with ice cream finishes.  There will be a Seafood Chowdah feed on  December 8 at 5:30 at her unique home and studio for all ACW Patrons who have contributed  $500 and above.

Lynn Olson
Sherman Auger
Mary Wilson

Preparing the Chowdah.  The seafood arrives.  It takes the better part of a day to cook and shuck out the clams and lobsters. It is a labor of love.  Barbara demonstrates how to shuck a lobster.  https://www.dropbox.com/s/o7nv17ogf9mjkzz/IMG_6455.MOV?dl=0

Other Benefits:

  • Belonging to an international and diverse networked community
  • Leading and participating in Ubuntu film/book and workshop/discussion
  • Listing in the membership directory
  • Use of ACW as Fiscal Agent for grants
  • 4 Artist-led studio tours and discussions per year
  • ACW hot beverage cup
  • 1  ACW T -Shirt
  • 1 VIP ticket to all events
  • Dinner/gathering with Patrons, Executive Director and Board

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See. Say. DO Testimonials

Barbara,  Thank you so much for your dynamic leadership in pulling this event together. You really hit a home run and I am confidant that you have generated real momentum for positive change through art, film, social movement, and human connection. I was very proud to be part of Art to Change the World’s See. Say. DO. event.      Anton Treuer, Professor, Author, Activist

*Congratulations on an epic production of grande proportions!  It should not go without saying and I was remiss in leaving without shouting it from the rafters…you saw, you said, you did!  Hopes for some well deserved rest!  Paul  Brown, technical expert volunteer

*Barbara,   You are a wonderfully generous soul- take good care of you, and thank you so much for birthing this brilliant, urgently needed community.   Abrazos,   Anya Achtenberg, Author

*Art does matter which Art To Change the World proved over and over again during their See, Say, Do exhibit of art, dance, film, music and discussion. A beautifully executed display of collaboration, creativity and community.

Congratulations to the collective of amazing talent coming together in support of the arts but also humanity and our environment. We were honored to host ACW at Squirrel Haus Arts and look forward to working with you going forward.

Michael & Donna Meyer, Owners, Squirrel Haus Arts

*For Grace Bianchi

The see, say, do event with art to change the world was a very eye opening and engaging event to see how a new generation is affected by social media. Growing up in a generation where the Internet was just starting out, it was intriguing to see the issues social media brings to girls body image, never being enough, and seeking that perfect life. It was interesting to hear how these young ladies handle it and make choices to support a healthier lifestyle where they are enough. It gave me compassion for a generation dealing with things much bigger than themselves, and how I can support and have conversations with them in a different supportive way!   Emily Thelemann, Custom Jeweler, Shimmering Carbon Studio

*The Art to Change the world events I attended in the See. Say Do! series gave me hope in the power of art to make a difference!  The series involved such a diverse array of mediums, stories and experiences—all together it was immersive and empowering.  I really appreciated how all the artists made the audience and the audience’s interaction and impact so central to their work.  Deacon Warner, Videographer, Film North

*Barbara Bridges knows how to dream big, set a goal and put her manifesting brilliance in action. Thank you for including me and my art and exposing my manifested dream of publishing my book to a wider audience.  Barb Kobe, The Healing Doll Way

*Barbara, you too have traveled far far far away from a secure “home” in this project you have birthed, and birthing includes pain. physical emotional and mental. You had to run fast in order to do it. I know. It is very very lonely to lead. Now your soul, like ours, needs “to catch up” with the miles you and us have gulped and devoured. Give it time. Rest. Heal. Allow slowness back into the rhythm. True to your name, you have built quite a lot of bridges.

Thank you for creating this “Framily” (great word!). Without you it would not exist. I received many gifts from many. I learned so much. I heard amazing human stories. I came home with gifts of authentic human connection.  I value this greatly.

Naturally, there are a few crinkles in such a new collective, which can be soothed out later. Thank you from the deep rivers and waters of love and appreciation. I love this project and the people and works, issues and intentions you all have chosen. Each one is a unique gem.   Shira Richter, Artists, Author, Activist

*Sweet  – you did a fabulous job   Nikki McComb Art as My Weapon Leader and ACW Artist

*When I joined the See. Say. DO. project in a supporting role, I was immediately struck by the variety of genuinely talented artists and topic experts that Barbara Bridges had assembled. Her skill at managing the logistical and administrative aspects of the project was evident from the outset, but it was Barbara’s gift for marshalling the creative energies of such a diverse and deeply passionate group that ultimately ensured its success.

The See. Say. DO. event was unlike anything I’d experienced before: provocative, tangible and exciting. I was proud to be part of it.  Christopher Powers , Software Engineer,  Filmmaker

October 8  South High School Project  10:00 – 1:00   Invitation Only

Compassionate Conversations

Fe Love and Kira Corser, co- founders of Compassionate ARTS, will host a 2-week mentoring series with a select group of 5 to 6 exceptional and diverse youth to form a Compassionate ARTS Youth Leadership Council at South High School. These youth will use their leadership skills to help facilitate on, Oct 8th, at the ACW: See. Say. Do workshop event with 30 participants, most being their peers. The goal is to help teach, and empower, these youth leaders at South High School in the process of having Compassionate Conversations with law enforcement in a peaceful manner that creates a safe space to share concerns about safety and knowledge on our constitutional human rights.

During this process the youth leaders will be asked to each write an essay, or personal creative literary piece, on “How to use your power and influence now to affect change in a compassionate way.” These essays will be collected and shared on the ACW website, at South High School  and possibly other publications.

Together the “Compassionate ARTS Youth Leadership Council” will create a list of actions to support “Safer Schools and Safer Communities”, without the decriminalization of a marginalized group.

The Youth Council will communicate their ideas and inspire their peers in a Compassionate ARTS workshop designed by them for their peers on October 8th at the  ACW: See. Say. Do. event. In the the workshop, the youth will have an opportunity to invite “Compassionate Cops”, legal support and government officials to join them and make art on Peace Posts.  Posts can include facts, inspiring quotes, drawings and more. By using art as community civic engagement,  we help support solidarity and reduce the stigma and intimation from all participants.

Participants: 30  (youth)

Duration of Workshop: 3 hours
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Minnesota Humanities Center

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Support for this activity is also made possible by Target and the Minnesota Humanities Center.   

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Felecia Lenee, better know as Fe Love to her fans is the host and creator of the Artist Eclectic pLAygROUND, a “pop-up” event space that supports new as well as established artists and innovative entrepreneurs primarily in the Pasadena and Greater Los Angeles area. She is on the Leadership Team for CompassionateCalifornia.org and co- founder of the Compassionate ARTS IN ACTION. She works as the Youth Program Director and Creative Strategist for  the national project, Posts for Peace and Justice.Felecia has a B.F.A. from CALARTS where she trained as an actress. Her goals are to support youth, with a focus on health, public safety and social justice. Felecia’s recent public appearances highlighting youth include: March for Our Lives, Los Angeles, CA; Youth Action Summit, Memphis, TN, the U.S. Human Rights Network National Conference, Atlanta, GA. and the 26th Anniversary of the American Disabilities Act, at the White House. Felecia was has also been invited to India as a official delegate to the World Summit for Countering Violent Extremism  Felecia Lenee is a community healer and a certified massage therapist with a concentration on energy balancing. She has been in 16 films, has over 25 years of performing live on stage as a host and entertainer, and in several podcasts promoting racial, gender equality and justice.

Kira Carrillo Corser has designed and produced art throughout California, and the USA for 22 years, in addition to working as staff photographer at KPBS (10 yrs.) and later at California State University Monterey Bay (8 yrs.) Based in San Diego County, she works in partnership with other artists, musicians, nonprofits, community and civic leaders.

Art projects have been awarded: The National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Encinitas Rotary Peace Maker of the Year 2017, San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst 2014 with Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and the DNA of Creativity Grant from the San Diego Visual Arts Network.

She is a co-founder and co-directs the POSTS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE NATIONAL PROJECT, Art is the Next Peace: Connecting Communities (Ca Silk PaintingsandSea Changes ACT with local scientists and artists.   These projects are collaborations with intergenerational communities and promote peace and nonviolence.

Exhibitions and participants include: The Carter Center with President Carter and International Human Rights Defenders; Inter-Dependence Day Celebration, a Compassionate California PartnershipSacramento (2017); Semi-permanent installations include the Atlanta BeltLine, as Installation Artists, (a collaborative multi-year fellowship) where 25,000 people see the work weekly, Atlanta Georgia (2015 – 2017.) and 12 California schools, including El Cajon, San Diego, and Fallbrook.  ARTAr  Artist/Educator  San Diego, California   Read More

 

Let Us ASTOUND you

Friends of Art to Change the World Fundraiser

You are invited. Join us for an unusual VIP experience before the See. Say. DO opening night.  Our event will be a lively, fun, interactive night, filled with open conversations about society’s pressing issues.  Attendees will have the first opportunity to view and purchase the art, bid on ACW artist art from the silent auction, discuss the issues featured in the art show with the 20 artists and their topic experts, and share the issues they are most passionate about.  Nametags will be small signed artworks from ACW members. Tickets are $75 each, and, in support of ACW values of inclusion, all patron-level attendees are encouraged to donate a ticket to a youth/artists/first time attender.  ($50 of ticket price is tax deductible)

See sample silent auction art, precious objects and experiences:  https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/silent-action-acw-art-and-precious-objects/

  • Creative nibbles from Holy Land, locally brewed beers and distilled bourbon from The Second Street Spirits Company and fine wines will be served.
  • Silent auction including ACW artist work, Maine Chowda Feed event, historical artifacts, Artist workshop and studio tours and more.
  • ACW poetry reading by Nick Cocchiarella.
  • Your ticket will also include entrance to the  8-9:30  Danielle Ricci -Borealis Dance Co. –Hmong Refugee Story Threads of My Cloth and an ALL EVENT ticket to all performances and workshops (still need to register). ACW is committed to joyful change. This event will be a night of both fun, rich and meaningful dialog!  Learn More about Threads of My ClothOngoing Hmong Refuge Crisis  Click Here  and here  https://vimeo.com/275504471

Buy Tickets Here! https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3591980

Read about us: https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/mission/

 

Read about the See. Say. DO event:   20 Artists and 20 Topic Expert voices, 10 Pre/During and Post-Performance Discussions, 8 Workshops, Non-Profit Networking Night, Take Action Pop-Up Performance Night,  Dodging Bullets Discussion and Filming.  https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/events-b/ 

3450 Snelling Ave S, Squirrel Haus Arts in South Minneapolis.

McCoomb


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Project Description and Workshop   – Nikki McCoomb Topic:   Art is My Weapon

The photo stories are made to raise awareness in these areas:
Remembering forgotten victims taken by gun violence in Minnesota
Prompting people with information being compelled to come forward in unsolved cases
Reaching policy makers and elected officials to support the campaigns efforts
Ensuring community is aware of unsafe gun laws being authorized within legislation
Reaching those who need help in removing themselves from dangerous living situations or barriers that may have them feeling the need to possess and use illegal weapons in crimes against others
Sharing stories of mental health and other underlying issues that lead to violence
Giving those who suffer from any of the topics of focus a voice to use through art

Not being a policy maker or an elected official or a person who can change the laws and change people’s minds and behavior by myself I needed to find a way to send powerful messages for others to unify and support. I chose photos to do this. I had absolutely no idea that this campaign would have an immediate demand for constant attention and I just can’t do it alone, BUT I MUST DO IT ………………

The photo stories are made to raise awareness in these areas:
Remembering forgotten victims taken by gun violence in Minnesota
Prompting people with information being compelled to come forward in unsolved cases
Reaching policy makers and elected officials to support the campaigns efforts
Reaching those who need help in removing themselves from dangerous living situations or barriers that may have them feeling the need to possess and use illegal weapons in crimes against others

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Giving family members of victims lost to gun crimes a powerful yet wordless way to share their messages, hope, pain and stories through my images such as this image that may have prompted a tip to investigators within 12 hours of social circulation

Biography 

Nikki McComb’s public safety campaign titled  #ENOUGH uses art as a catalyst for change and social disruption. Taking on the trenchant problem of illegal firearms, McComb uses photographs and video to reach people from the street level to the legislative arena and to help provide communities an outlet where they feel safe enough to seek help, empowered enough to give help, provoked enough to work harder to unify, and unified enough to make change collectively through art. For seventeen years, McComb has applied her artistic interests and skills to working relentlessly in North Minneapolis and

 Art to Change the World  (ACW) is a 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 provoke discussion, reflection, and action.  https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/mission

                                           Support a Topic Team.  Become an 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 20 established and emerging artists and their topic expert team members are 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 positive action in our community.

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

Support benefits included (all optional) :
Studio visit  * Listed on website and programs * Two tickets 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 Steel water bottle. Invitation to an authentic Maine Seafood Chowder dinner created by native Mainer Barbara Bridges  OR   A small artwork created by an ACW Artist. 

Donate Here  https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/donate/ Post Director, Barbara Bridges, to indicate the amount and the artist team. info@arttochangetheworld.org.
You will receive a letter for your taxes.  Call to discuss details with Barbara if you have questions: 612 845 0416.

 
Project Description and Workshop   – Nikki McCoomb Topic:   Art is My Weapon

The photo stories are made to raise awareness in these areas:
Remembering forgotten victims taken by gun violence in Minnesota
Prompting people with information being compelled to come forward in unsolved cases
Reaching policy makers and elected officials to support the campaigns efforts
Ensuring community is aware of unsafe gun laws being authorized within legislation
Reaching those who need help in removing themselves from dangerous living situations or barriers that may have them feeling the need to possess and use illegal weapons in crimes against others
Sharing stories of mental health and other underlying issues that lead to violence
Giving those who suffer from any of the topics of focus a voice to use through art

Not being a policy maker or an elected official or a person who can change the laws and change people’s minds and behavior by myself I needed to find a way to send powerful messages for others to unify and support. I chose photos to do this. I had absolutely no idea that this campaign would have an immediate demand for constant attention and I just can’t do it alone, BUT I MUST DO IT ………………

The photo stories are made to raise awareness in these areas:
Remembering forgotten victims taken by gun violence in Minnesota
Prompting people with information being compelled to come forward in unsolved cases
Reaching policy makers and elected officials to support the campaigns efforts
Reaching those who need help in removing themselves from dangerous living situations or barriers that may have them feeling the need to possess and use illegal weapons in crimes against others

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Giving family members of victims lost to gun crimes a powerful yet wordless way to share their messages, hope, pain and stories through my images such as this image that may have prompted a tip to investigators within 12 hours of social circulation

Biography 

Nikki McComb’s public safety campaign titled  #ENOUGH uses art as a catalyst for change and social disruption. Taking on the trenchant problem of illegal firearms, McComb uses photographs and video to reach people from the street level to the legislative arena and to help provide communities an outlet where they feel safe enough to seek help, empowered enough to give help, provoked enough to work harder to unify, and unified enough to make change collectively through art. For seventeen years, McComb has applied her artistic interests and skills to working relentlessly in North Minneapolis and surrounding communities in youth and family achievement. In addition to being an art educator, she has organized exhibitions, including Art Is My Weapon, a program whereby local artists select decommissioned guns to then create new work for display. McComb is The Creative Community Coordinator at Pillsbury United Communities She is also a 2017 recipient of The Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, a 2016 recipient of a Micro Grant for photography and a 2014 and 2015 recipient of several community leadership awards.  Artist Minneapolis, Minnesota  Read More

ed exhibitions, including Art Is My Weapon, a program whereby local artists select decommissioned guns to then create new work for display. McComb is The Creative Community Coordinator at Pillsbury United Communities She is also a 2017 recipient of The Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, a 2016 recipient of a Micro Grant for photography and a 2014 and 2015 recipient of several community leadership awards.  Artist Minneapolis, Minnesota  Read More

Name tags for the Oct 5 Friends Fundraiser are small artworks by participating ACW artists. Join us and support our dream of providing

Friends of Art to Change the World Fundraiser

You are invited. Join us for an unusual VIP experience before the See. Say. DO opening night.  Our event will be a lively, fun, interactive night, filled with open conversations about society’s pressing issues.  Attendees will have the first opportunity to view and purchase the art, bid on ACW artist art, workshops, Chowdah feeds and other precious objects from the silent auction, discuss the issues featured in the art show with the 20 artists and their topic experts, and share the issues they are most passionate about.  Nametags will be small signed artworks from ACW members. Tickets are $75 each, and, in support of ACW values of inclusion, all patron-level attendees are encouraged to donate a ticket to a youth/artists/first time attender.  ($50 of ticket price is tax deductible)

  • Creative nibbles and fine wines will be served.
  • Silent auction. Bid  on ACW artist art, workshops, Chowdah feeds and other precious objects
  • ACW sneak peek performances by Grace Bianchi and Nick Cocchiarella.
  • Your ticket will also include entrance to the  8-9:30  Danielle Ricci -Borealis Dance Co. –Hmong Refugee Story Threads of My Cloth. ACW is committed to joyful change. This event will be a night of both fun and rich and meaningful dialog!  Learn More about Threads of My ClothOngoing Hmong Refuge Crisis  Click Here  and here  https://vimeo.com/275504471

Buy Tickets Here! https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3591980

Read about us: https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/mission/

Read about the See. Say. DO event:   20 Artists and 20 Topic Expert voices, 10 Pre/During and Post-Performance Discussions, 8 Workshops, Non-Profit Networking Night, Take Action Pop-Up Performance Night,  Dodging Bullets Discussion and Filming.  https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/events-b/ 

3450 Snelling Ave S, Squirrel Haus Arts in South Minneapolis.


 

Each person to attend a See. Say Do. event will receive a hand made token created by ACW artists when they write on the back… what will they DO when they leave the inspirational See. Say. DO call to action..

 

 

 

Susan Huhn Bowles , Jill Waterhouse, Layl McDill, Danielle Ricci , Craig Harris and Herman Milligan work on nametags and tokens.

We are BOLD

Art to Change the World could be seen as a pretentious name for our fledgling non-profit. Someone actually said that to me. It bothered me a little bit so when Layl and I took our Bush grant over to Springboard for a review, I asked Noah what he thought. “I think it is bold”, he replied.  I am going with bold.

In this era of uncertainty, I see everyone getting in their silos and hunkering down.  This is going to take us no place good.  ACW is in the business of busting down the silos.  We represent many  alternative perspectives across age, gender, culture and  differently abled.  We ARE raising our voices. For example, our community potluck and discussion focused on the historical trauma experienced by the American Indians in the award-winning film, Dodging Bullets, has expanded to include the voices of Thought Leaders from the Jewish, African American and Asian community.  This is the difference ACW is bringing to this discussion with our See. Say. DO theme.  Our goal is to walk away from all our events with a commitment to PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS. Read More about Dodging project

There are many social justice groups out there doing great work but they often preach to their choirs. With our 20 artists and topic expert voices we are using art to “Romance the Street”, as I call it. Our See. Say DO. event might introduce audiences to issues which threaten the fabric of our society and who might never involve themselves in more formal social action.

We are BOLD. We are using Art to Change the World.

John Capecci challenged us to come up with 6 words- not five- not seven.

Jane:  Art Has Already Changed the World

Kristi: Art Challenges one’s beliefs, experiences , perspective.

Layl: Art sparks awareness leading to action

Barry: Art can create transformative experience together

Kobe: Art reflects emotion and story

Craig: Art breaks down traditional barriers & Communication

Susan: “Soul screamed, art answered, changed myself”

Louisa: “Catalyst for change in turbulent times”

Madelynne: “You’re not well- go make something”

Kate Fisher: “You touch it therefore I know”

Anne: “Eyes of hearts may be enlightened”

Jill Waterhouse: “Art inspires change, motivates change makers”, “Civilizations will collapse, only art survives”

Elissa: “Art led me to confront racism”

Maris: Meaning-making, tangible, evocative, whole-brain, healing, emotional

Shira: “Art is human being’s mother tongue”

Rebecca: “Ayn Rand threaded words into lynchings”

JR: “Art lifts us beyond now”

Grace: “Art challenges our perspective = Change”

Gail: “Picasso told the world about Guernica

Danielle: Thought, response, action, connection, kinesthetics

Kira: “Changing hearts through art changes worlds”

Barbara: “Art makes people embrace cognitive dissonance” OR “Art makes people think and feel”

Kris: “Inspires, connects, involves, touches, expresses, affects”

Olson: Accessible, subversive, questioning, educating, exposing, permeating”