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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Read More About the Topics  Become a teammate sponsor for $1,000

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
Learn More

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. 

Read More about Event

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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. 

Click Here to Join the Discussions


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.

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

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”

Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Barbara Rogers Bridges – Director
Why did I  start ACW?  I wanted to create an organization for change of which I would want to be a member. Over eighty percent of student learning is consumed visually, according to recent research. The time for artists to raise their voices for maximum impact is NOW.  I include a rather lengthy overview of my life so far to assure you that if I say I am going to do this – I will!”

The Artist
Barbara Rogers Bridges has been an artist and a teacher/college professor for over 40 years. Her social practice sculptures have been exhibited in Maine, Miami, the Virgin Islands, Maryland, Chicago, Mexico, Spain, Canada, and throughout Minnesota. Bridges taught K-12 art in Minnesota, Maine and the Virgin Islands.

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 including agricultural practices (Ode to Gluten), living a considered life (Talking Chairs and Academia Nuts), water quality (Found In Our Water), recovery (Reflection Pool) and Feminism (Three Waves, Wonder Woman and La Mujer).  See bridgescreate.com  She is a sculptor on a mission to demonstrate how art can serve as a catalyst for social change and is committed to creating, and empowering others to create, high quality art objects which honor their powerful message. Read More about the Art

The Art Teacher
Barbara Bridges seeks to empower all people to embrace the creative process. Barbara’s teaching career began in Maine in 1976 where she was an art teacher. Since then she has expanded her sphere of influence to Mexico, the Caribbean and Minnesota.  Barbara has partnered with various Minnesota institutions such as the Minneapolis school district, the Minnesota Online High School, Perpich Center, the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Weisman Museum and the Minnesota Museum of Art. The online discussion group, ArtsNet Minnesota, came out of those collaborations. ArtsNet Minnesota  boasted a membership of over 600 as well as a site that contained over 8,000 pages of material. Barbara has a passion for giving the gift of creativity back to her students. She believes, if motivated and informed, everyone can be creative.

Amongst her proudest achievements were three Educator of the Year awards in 1998 and 2008, from the Art Educators of Minnesota and the National Art Educators Association. Testimonies for Dr. Bridges

The Professor
Barbara has served as a professor for over twenty years at the University of Minnesota and Bemidji State University and has contributed in a variety of ways. Her appointment includes teaching Foundations of Education, Human Relations and Critical and Creative Thinking, also serving as the architect of the unique DLiTE (Distributed Learning in Teacher Education) – a hybrid online K-8 teacher licensure partnership program and the FasTrack secondary initiative designed for previously degreed candidates who wish to teach high school. The combined programs have served over 6000 teacher licensure students average age 35, working, and place bound with children. Although Barbara serves Bemidji as a general education specialist, she has been a powerful force in art education for many years. Barbara led a National Art Educators Fellows Institute at her home in Maine which included the President of the National and International Art Educators. http://www.bridgescreate.com/fellowsb/

Bridges-Barbara Resume

Bridges CURRICULUM VITAE
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Kristi Hemmer

Board Member Kristi Hemmer is a social entrepreneur, storyteller, sojourner, albanil and MOXIEmaker. As an educator for 25+ years, Kristi saw firsthand how SUPERstar girls/women shrink in a classroom, boardroom, and conversation; it made her mad enough to quit her six-figure job, travel the world learning about social entrepreneurship and the GIRLeffect, and start her own social business AWEinc. (Academy for Women’s Empowerment). AWEinc unleashes the potential in each woman by disrupting the status quo four ways: Corporate America, Youth Programs, International Travel and Social Entrepreneurship. AWEinc. teaches women and girls to be brave NOT perfect. Learn more at www.puttingwomeninpower.com  www.facebook.com/aweinternational

I am joining the Social Art Project because…

  1. I believe in the power of Barbara.
  2. I want to change the language of “starving artist” to “art entrepreneur.” Something that changes the paradigm.
  3. I feel creativity is the power of the future.
  4. There’s a lot of potential. As an educator, potential is power.
  5. I want art and social justice and entrepreneurship and __________, to be more inclusive. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Board Member, Dr. Patricia L. Rogers is currently the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Winona State University.

Prior to serving at WSU, she was the Founding Dean of Health Sciences and Human Ecology and the School of Graduate Studies at Bemidji State University in Northern Minnesota. Previously, she was the Founding Dean of the School of Education and Graduate Studies at Valley City State University in North Dakota. She has been an educator in higher education for 21 years.

Other administrative experience includes her work as the System Director for Instructional Technology at the Minnesota State Office of the Chancellor, and ten years as the co-leader of the Health Studies unit in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Rogers’ doctoral preparation includes a double-major in both Art Education and Instructional Systems and Technology from the University of Minnesota. She is a graduate of the HERS Academy (2011), completed American Council on Education 78th National Leadership Forum in Washington, DC, (2012) and successfully completed the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Becoming a Provost Academy in 2013. She is the recipient of the 2014 Minnesota American Council on Education Networks Women Helping Women Award. In 2016, she completed the Minnesota State Executive Leadership Program.

Dr. Rogers is a Getty Fellow (1996 Dissertation Fellowship from the Getty Center for Arts in Education) and a Fulbright Scholar (2000-2001), designing distance-learning programs (Iceland University of Education: formerly Kennarahaskola Islands). She was awarded the first annual Minnesota Online Council’s Pioneer Award for leadership in online teaching and learning has served for six years as a Higher Learning Commission peer-evaluator. In 2017, she was selected as one of 32 Digital Fellows with the Association of Chief Academic Officers, a project funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Rogers currently serves on the Great River Shakespeare Festival Board and the Winona County Historical Society Board.

I am honored to join the Art To Change The World Board because:

  • I have known Barbara for well over twenty years and have seen first-hand her commitment to social justice, defense of the environment, honesty in her ethics as an artist and educator, and dedication to creating inclusive and truly welcoming communities among her students, her friends and family.
  • Supporting a plurality of voices, finding true connections with people, and making safe spaces to enable challenging conversation is a passion of mine as an educator and academic leader. Working through visual and performing arts and sciences to both reflect and move the world is a powerful form of advocacy and activism that ensures change and creates spaces for these critical conversations.
  • I look forward to working with artists, activists, advocates, scientists, educators and so many more who know that art can change the world!   Winona, Minnesota

Board Member, Intern   Grace Bianchi is a senior at Roseville Area High School. Currently she is working on her senior service project focused on double standards and girl bashing. Through her video, she is hoping to make some changes in the school culture by raising awareness. Grace is an active member of AWE inc. changemaker course/group, and has been a member since 2015.  Her responsibilities for AWE include, co-facilitating International Day of the Girl 2017, leading empowerment exercises, and facilitating small group discussions. She is excited about supporting other girls in their empowerment, self-discovery, and leadership. Grace is a student at MacPhail Center for Music. She has played the violin for 15 years and received several music awards. She is active in the community outreach programs and was selected to perform with Black Violin 2017, a sold out show, at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. She mentors younger musicians in both high school and the Suzuki program. She draws on her own experiences to encourage young girls in their own musicianship and self –discovery.

I am excited to join the Art To Change The World board because:

  • I feel it is important to provide a diverse range of artist a platform for expression.
  • I believe art and culture holds the potential for deeper conversations. I will offer a youthful voice with a different perspective on many issues.
  • I come from a long line of artist and have seen first hand the power of art to make meaningful connections and inspire change.
  • I am excited to surround myself with people who are passionate about art and social justice. Roseville, Minnesota

Board Member Craig Harris is Artistic Director of Interference Arts and is a composer, performer, and consultant in the nonprofit arts field. Harris creates multimedia dramatic stage works and creative story spaces, and has been a consultant and nonprofit arts organization leader for three decades, with a focus on arts-based community development. Harris has received support from McKnight Foundation, American Composers Forum, Hanson Institute for American Music, the Right Here Showcase and Rimon: the MN Jewish Arts Council. As Executive Director of Ballet of the Dolls and the Ritz Theater Foundation, he led the initiative to renovate the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. He was Managing and Interim Director at the Playwrights’ Center, President of the International Computer Music Association, and Executive Director of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. He has presented at many international festivals and conferences, including the International Symposium on Electronic Arts and the International Computer Music Conference. Harris received a Ph.D. in Composition at Eastman School of Music.

Why am I joining this Board?
+ Bring my experience and leadership skills to join an engaged group of people focusing their energy on using art to reveal truth and positively impact the world.
+ Bring my experience and relationships working in diverse creative communities to work towards common goals.
+ Help to break down disciplinary boundaries to expand inclusion and deepen impact.  Minneapolis, Minnesota


Board Member Lynn Cloonan Olson  I have  always delighted in teaching, beginning that career as a high school teacher of English for 2 years in Nigeria, West Africa. Later I taught English at the grade school and high school level in both Pennsylvania and Illinois. Since coming to Minnesota I’ve spent 36 years as a lawyer and judge, teaching many law seminars and courses to attorneys.

Learning languages has been a constant source of pleasure for me throughout my years as a teacher, attorney and judge.  Immersion programs in Switzerland (French), Guatemala  (Spanish), and Costa Rica (Spanish) helped me to better understand and converse with the people who appeared in my court. I also speak some German and am now studying Somali  so I can understand  what my students are laughing about.

I have enjoyed all of my work, but have concluded that teaching is my first joy! I recently completed an intensive course on teaching English as a foreign language and am now certified to do so. I believe that English can and will improve life for so many who find themselves surrounded by a language and, perhaps, a culture they cannot understand.

I also believe that learning can and should be enjoyed. I intend to create enthusiasm and fun in the classroom through games, music, films, food, and laughter. No one should fear learning English, especially when the atmosphere in our classroom will be one of informality, relaxation and pleasure.


Board Member, Joan Vaughn is a writer, visionary, and entrepreneur.

She has extensive experience in business development:

·         In 1999, Joan created Communities of Care, a home care nursing agency, which she still owns and operates.  (https://communitiesofcaremn.com )

·         She coaches other entrepreneurs in the EOS/Traction business method in her business consulting company, How to Train Your Visionary. (https://howtotrainyourvisionary.com)

·         Joan is also a co-owner of 5 Sisters Organics, a farm in Northern Minnesota that has belonged to her family for over 100 years.  (yes, there are really that many sisters)

She has participated on many non-profit boards including Entrepreneur’s Organization, Oak Hill Montessori, and is a founding member of Professional Home Care Coalition.

Previous careers include teaching English and 10 years in a medical device company, Guidant.

I am joining the board of Art to Change the World because

·         I believe in the mission and values of the organization.  Together, art + collaboration can transform people, create new possibilities, and change the world.

·         I am happy to help develop a strong board of directors that will guide ACW.   I have extensive experience with board development, and I am happy to share my experience.

·         I look forward to being in community and collaboration with a diverse group of creative people who are intentionally joining together to create positive change in the world.


Board Member Shira Richter is a practicing, multidisciplinary Research-thinker-Artist-Speaker who has been ARTiculating Motherhood/Mothering/ MotherValue & Worth (care work) in the socio-political-economic and artistic context, for nearly two decades. She is the Director of internationally award winning woman-adventure documentary  films,  Artist Creator of two large scale photography-text-video exhibitions about motherhood and has published several books.   Read More

Why am I joining the board of ART TO CHANGE THE WORLD:

Because Barbara Bridges builds bridges between people and their souls, people and their thoughts, and other people’s souls and thoughts. She does it with a smile, with honesty, with enthusiasm creativity and humor.

Because art is looked down upon by mainstream education- Art is the first to be cut when there are budget cuts. This is a tragedy for our children and for the next generation.

Because for me creativity and art are spiritual practices equal to practicing in a synagogue, a mosque, or a church.

Art is our first mother tongue and the language of soul.

Art can transform a person the same way meditation can.

Art can discover new paths the same way science can.

Because we say we want diversity but keep the arts out of the conversation.

Because isolation is a killer, and for the same reason mothers need mothering-  artists need a supportive community.

Because I have lived long enough to see how encountering my art has changed people’s lives for the better. First mine, then many others.

Feminist artivist mothernist   Hertzliya, Israel