Invent Present

Invent Present Outcomes June 2019

June 20 Opening and June 28  June 29 Workshops

As part of the Art is My Weapon exhibition, curated by Minneapolis photographer, Nikki McComb, Homewood Studios is offering a healing workshop.  The Art is My Weapon exhibition opens at Homewood on June 20, 2019. Join us from 5:30-7:30 for the opening reception.  Homewood Studios  2400 Plymouth Avenue North  Minneapolis, MN 55411    612-587-0230

June 29, Saturday  Community healing workshop.  All ages.

2:00-4:00  Workshop
4:00-5:00  Pizza and Conversation
The workshop is FREE but there is a maximum registration of 15. Register by emailing George Roberts and use Invent & Present Workshop in the subject line.

June 28, 2019  High School Workshop

We have 5-8 candidates from South High School and 5- 8 candidates from North High School.  I think this is a brilliant idea.

12:00 Meet and Greet over Pizza
1:00-3:00 Workshop

Invent & Present! is a partnership project which seeks to provide the opportunity to work with TODAY, I’m Alright, a large interactive healing cabinet created by twin cities sculptor, Barbara Bridges. Participants, led by Barbara, Laura Mann-Hill from the Children’s Theatre Company and George Roberts from Homewood Studios, will imagine and embody their dreams for the future. They will work collaboratively to “build their own life raft” by creating a unique presentations using music, visual and performance strategies.

The participants will explore the cabinet and talk about the healing objects they find in the cabinet with the workshop leaders and each other. The participants will also choose an object from the healing cabinet that they will take home. To read more about TODAY, click here:    To read more about this partnership, click here and scroll down:

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 invoke positive discussion, reflection, and action.
* A positive, non-competitive, collaborative community across disciplines, age, race, economics and abilities.
*A safe space for change makers where all voices and multiple perspectives are empowered.

South High School, Minneapolis
South High School is a public high school with over 80% black and brown students.  ACW has a partnership with South and are collaborating to provide access to the Art Is My Weapon exhibition.

North News is a grassroots print and digital community news source and youth journalism training program in North Minneapolis. We seek to deepen understanding and empathy for the Northside through our deep, interrogative, and community-sourced journalism. Our goal is to expand local and Twin Cities-wide perceptions of this place, which is often reduced to a single, negative narrative – one of crime, poverty, blight, and disparity. We dig deep beneath the surface to lift up North Minneapolis’ nuanced truths. We are a source of great pride within our community. Our monthly print paper has a circulation of 10,000 through 400 public bulk drop sites and home subscriptions in the 14 neighborhoods that make up North Minneapolis.

Homewood Studios is an artists’ workspace and galley/meeting space in North Minneapolis serving a predominantly African American neighborhood, is designed for local artists and their neighbors in the belief that a visible presence of working artists contributes to the vitality, self-image, and coherence of our community.

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people and serves a multigenerational audience. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for more than 295,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to creating world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.

Art is My Weapon, lead by Minneapolis photographer, Nikki McComb, aims to use art and creativity to spark social change. Following the momentum of The Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibit We hosted a gun buy-back in the Twin Cities. Supported by the Minneapolis Police Department and The City of Minneapolis the weapons were decommissioned and distributed to Minnesota artists to create statements about the impact of gun violence in our community. We have been able to engage the public, community leaders, organizations, elected officials, and the media etc. in respectful nonpartisan conversations around gun violence that ultimately lead to greater public awareness, conscientious community action and responsible solutions to reducing gun violence.​