The mission of ACW is to build a supportive community of voices who aspire to encourage change through positive knowledge, collaboration, and sometimes humor. We seek artists, scientists, educators, change makers and all supporters to meet us at the intersection of art and science.
The specific purpose of the non-profit Art To Change The World is to create opportunities for partnerships to defend human and civil rights and to protect the environment and build a safe and nurturing community for all people who seek to live a considered life and meet at the intersections of art and science. The Foundation will partner with artists, scientists, change makers and supporters to pursue funding and advancement of social practice art exhibitions and events. The purpose of these events and exhibitions is to provoke discussion, reflection and action on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to, Social Equality, Recovery, Agricultural Practices and Water Quality. The Foundation will also sponsor a book club, discussion forum, Day Job community listing , and a retail gallery.* We are a 501(c)3 organization overseen by a six person board of directors.
- Members apply for grants and ACW will act as the fiscal agent.
- ACW hosts Events. The first one will be “What’s Your Issue” Apply Here!
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- ACW is a collaborative change making community. Become a Member Here.
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ACW Community Values
- Use the power of art to change the conversation – and the world.
- Build a positive, caring and supportive community.
- Empower ALL voices and honor multiple perspectives. Your truth may be ONE valid truth not THE truth. Avoid semantic debates-seek positive action.
- Tend your own tent.
ACW will build a non-competitive collaborative community across disciplines. ACW will be a safe space for changemakers to meet, develop and present change making events.
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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 Paintings) and Sea 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 Partnership, Sacramento (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
Kate Renee is an acrylic painter from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has been a professional artist since 2008 and works out of her space in the 2010 Artblok building where she also offers creative coaching and arts business assistance for artists.
Kate actively participates in the local arts community but is also building a national reputation as a fine artist. Her work encompasses technique where resin and acrylic paint are layered to create a three dimensional effect. She is recognized for her twisted series, Beauties Behaving Badly, which was a grant supported series of work that nearly sold out at her solo exhibition at Gamut Gallery. Her latest series called, 7 Sins, paired the seven deadly sins with known characters and cultural icons. Artist Minneapolis, Minnesota Read More
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
Craig Harris Craig Harris is Artistic Director of Interference Arts and is a composer, performer and writer. Harris creates multimedia stage works and interactive sculptural environments. He has collaborated with dance theater companies Ballet of the Dolls, Zorongo Flamenco, Off-Leash Area and Katha Dance Theatre, and served as Music Director on many theater projects.
Harris received a 2016 Right Here Showcase Commission, and has received support from McKnight Foundation, American Composers Forum, Hanson Institute for American Music, 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. Harris received a Ph.D. in Composition at Eastman School of Music. Artist Minneapolis, Minnesota Read More
Jill Waterhouse (the one in the middle) has been a practicing artist for over 35 years, as well as a published author, performance artist, community activist and curator. Her work is primarily sculpture, installations and perfomance/social practice art. She has exhibited extensively in museums, galleries, and alternative spaces in the United States, including the Walker Arts Center and Mia, her home town arts institutions. Her work was also included in the 1995 NGO Forum exhibition in China.
Waterhouse has been heavily involved in a number of large community/social art projects and public performances. She has been a long time member, mentor and former director of WARM (Women’s Art Resources of MN) and a long time member and chapter president/co-president of WCA MN (Women’s Caucus for Art MN). She has also been involved with the Art Car and Art Shanty Projects for years, a member of “What We Need is Here,” an environment and arts group at The Phipps in Hudson, Wisconsin. She has received grants and awards from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minneapolis Arts Commission. McKnight/Annenberg/Horncrest Foundations. Artist Minneapolis, Minnesota Read More
Elissa Raffa has a B.S. in Secondary Science Education and an M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing, both from the University of Minnesota, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Bemidji State University. She is licensed in Minnesota as a district superintendent and as a teacher of high school physics, chemistry and earth/space science. She has also been active in arts education and has published a novel and several short stories, essays and performance pieces. A founding director and current executive director of Minnesota Online High School (MNOHS), Ms. Raffa served for three years on the Minnesota Online Learning Advisory Council and has been active state-wide in preparing pre-service and in-service teachers for the rigors of online education. Before starting MNOHS in 2005, she worked as a teacher and program developer for seven years with the Mindquest Learning Network in Bloomington and for twelve years at Loring Nicollet Alternative School in Minneapolis. She lives part of each year in Greece where she has served as a consulting expert in faculty development, technology integration, and science education for the American Community Schools of Athens, the American College of Greece, and most recently the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society funding program. Scientist/Educator Athens, Greece
Kenneth Rivera In 2010, I moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota to further my education in the arts. I received a Masters in Arts Education at the University of Minnesota and I am currently working as a public school art teacher. Teaching art is a practice and I believe that encouraging youth to express, explore and develop artistic skills helps them build a foundation for mindful learning. The arts are the cornerstone of communication and everyone has a unique story to tell. I love to foster this in the youth through my teaching.
Teaching also provides me with endless inspiration for my personal artistic expression.
I use painting to process my dreams and nightmares. Exploring identity, family, and love, in my work plays between the worlds of waking and dreaming with a fantastical style. Ugliness and beauty swirl around my work, which speak to the power our minds have to imagine, to frighten, and ultimately to heal. Artist Minneapolis, Minnesota Read More
Why I Am Participating in ACW…
…Because without art, and those who support it, history would be written on water. And sometimes dirty water at that. As I help write a few pages of history with the raw materials available to me, Art to Change the World is an opportunity to participate more fully in my world…and to shape the forces that are creating it.
…Because for those around us and coming after us, sorry is nothing without change. This is a time in history when creative thinking can be, must be masterfully productive in our prime contributions to humanity.
…Because in a life that barely separates itself from the art it creates, I am singularly uninterested in the visual equivalent of mashed potatoes. Or in the mundane act of living an unexamined life. There is muscle in imagination. I’m betting that the combined creativity in ACW has enough muscle to move mountains.
…Because there is a special satisfaction in creating rather consuming. To do so in the company of some robust creative minds is not to be taken on lightly. It is like catching a rising tide. You know, the one that lifts all boats. Collaboration is a renewable resource that sows hope, surprise, and inspiration. It’s like playing tennis with a better player: it makes me up my game. Or hitting with a partner who expects me to cover my part of the court. Barbara is that trusted beacon summoning us to up our game.
…If you are in my life, you are in my art… and one of the forces that shape it. Artist Ann Arbor, Michigan Read More
Barry Scanlan As an artist with University degrees in literature and writing, I attempt to incorporate ideas from literature and history into many of my paintings. I want my paintings to tell a story or raise questions. Many of my paintings are very textured, as I utilize acrylics, pumices and gels, as well as sand, clay and gravel from Minnesota. I also paint with oil pastels, oil sticks, and enamel latex paints.
I am intrigued by ideas of other dimensions and things difficult to explain. Things that have had a history, which have been touched by joy and sorrow, which are slowly falling apart, intrigue me. I am drawn to old abandoned buildings and farmhouses faces, and the untold stories each holds. Artist Minneapolis, Minnesota Read More
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 Film “Two States of Mind” (2002) about women’s voices regarding the Israeli Palestinian conflict and UN resolution 1325. Artist Creator of Two large scale photography-text-video exhibitions about motherhood; The Mother Daugther and Holy Spirit (2006) about the secrets of the transition into motherhood, and INVISIBLE INVALUABLES- photography, light, video installation (2011) About the value of mother/care/parent labor in the economic economy, which developed into a co-authored book chapter titled “If Mothers Counted- Status symbols for the invisible art of mothering” published in the feminist economics book “Counting on Marilyn Waring- New Advances in Feminist Economics” by Demeter press. Chapters about her “out of the box” perspective” are published in best selling Israeli books on Mother work (Lehiot Ima) and Subjective feminine sexuality (Erot). Hertzliya, Israel
Established in 2008, El Refugio de Potosí is a private, not for profit, 7 hectare ecological park located in the ‘coastal tropical dry forest’ in the region of Barra de Potosí, Guerrero, Mexico. The park is the expression of the desires of Pablo Mendizabal and Laurel Patrick to promote conservation of the local native species. Under a framework of preservation, exhibition, education and research, we are striving to create a foundation of environmental awareness for current and future generations.El Refugio opened its doors to the public in August of 2009. Phase one development is complete and includes native garden paths, botanical displays, an iguana habitat, macaw roosts, a 60 foot sperm whale reconstruction project, hummingbird feeding stations, a wild life pond , native wild birds and an 18 meter observation tower.
Laurel Patrick, Naturalist. Barra de Potosi, Guerrero, Mexico Read More
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. She was voted Art Teacher of the Year twice in Minnesota.
Barbara has partnered with various Minnesota institutions such as the Minneapolis school district, the Minnesota online high school, Perpich Center for Arts Education, the Walker Art Center, the Mpls. Institute of Art, the Weisman Museum, and the Minnesota Museum of Art. The online curriculum site and discussion group, ArtsNet Minnesota, came out of those collaborations.
Barbara has served as a professor for 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 and 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. These programs were the first online teacher licensure programs in the nation. Minneapolis, Minnesota and Zihuatenjo, Mexico Read More
Danielle Ricci is an educator, choreographer, director, and dancer. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from University of California, Irvine in 2006 under direction of Donald McKayle. In 2014 she graduated with an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She currently an ‘MFA in Choreography’ candidate at Jacksonville University (2018). She has studied at The Ailey School in New York City as part of their Certificate in Dance Program. Danielle has danced professionally in California, Texas, and Minnesota and has also performed on stage with members of Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, and Minnesota Dance Theatre. Danielle is the Founding Artistic Director of Borealis Dance– a professional modern dance company based in Minneapolis. Her choreography has been recognized as “Best of the Festival” at the Frontera Fringe Festival in Austin, TX in 2010. Read More
Jane Leopold. While not an artist myself, I worked in publishing for many years, and served on the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization for more than a decade. I have lived and worked with artists all my life, as the daughter (Crossley Atherton), wife, and mother of artists. Barbara Bridges has been a close friend for more than 30 years, and I know her fierce dedication to her life as an artist and educator. This foundation is a long-imagined dream of hers, and I am proud to be a small part of it. I also believe that art can change the world. Supporter Charlottesville, Virginia.
Left: Ex-Virginia Governor Terry MCaullife. Next POTUS?
Right: With Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
Margie Rotondo I am a Mosaic/Mixed Media Artist. I have a Violin “Grandfather’s Treasure” that is now on Display at the MSP airport, which took home a 1st place ribbon. I am also involved and working on a project for art is my Weapon, watch for upcoming Minneapolis shows. I Upcycle 3D items into Treasures, from Violins, Guitars to Bowling balls. I also do Stained glass pictures and Jewelry. I work with Mirror, Van Gough, Stained glass, Home made tiles, Cabochons, Shells and Beads. Now working on a art display if Guns. Artist Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Don Scott Blues Duo, comprised of Don Scott and Rosanne Licciardi, travels around the US and Mexico seven months of the year. The duo recently played in Ireland capturing attention on Scotty’s original songs, “The White Man Still Runs The BIA” (Bureau of Indian Affairs) and “JP Morgan, Citibank, Wells Fargo.” Artist Rochester, Minnesota You can follow them on www.donscottblues.com.
Remember that feeling when you went to a museum and saw all the mysterious old tools from ancient worlds laid out in row after row? Or maybe you got a peek inside some broken electronic and saw all those circuits. Then there are all the times when something mysterious about nature is explained and still you just can’t hardly believe it. The word that comes closest to describing that fantastic feeling that drives you to pursue more knowledge and fills you with joy is “wonder.”
I use wonderment as a mechanism to show the things we live with everyday in a new perspective, like the green hills you drive by everyday or the laundry hanging on the line. When you are surrounded by my polymer clay sculptures it is as if you are seeing the world through a patterned lens where the mundane is much more precious and mysterious.
My technique and materials are also very mysterious. I use primarily polymer clay with the ancient technique of millefiore. Tiny images that cover every surface of my sculptures inevitably make the viewer wonder “How did she do that?” And even though I have been doing it for more than twenty years, it still seems amazing that I can create a tiny picture inside a chunk of clay.
I have spent my artistic career rendering versions of the world we live in into windows of wonderment. With my most recent work I hope to tingle the viewer’s imagination towards opening their mind to seeing something in a new perspective. In one of my recent pieces, “The Root of the Problem,” a tree grows above a bulb of roots filled with antique mirrors. “Air Celebration” is a joyful piece that makes you think about our most precious invisible necessity. Both of these pieces speak of awareness or even possibly give a subtle nudge towards activism to change our impact on the earth. Read More
Viewers are drawn to the magic and wonder of my work. They will be not only fascinated by the technique but presented with some thoughts about ways to look at the world we live in and given their daily dose of wonderment. Artist Minneapolis, Minnesota Visit her website
Photo by Sara Whiting
Rebecca Ratzlaff is a fiber artist currently working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She worked extensively in ceramics and foundry as an undergraduate at UW-Whitewater, and she received her MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005.
One of her recent works, Look For the Union Label, sought to address the volatile human rights violations that undergird the economic practices of our country in a rapidly globalizing world. The American hybrid of “commercial patriotism” is often used as a tool to obscure the fact that Americans are essentially merchandising themselves out of the workforce. Meanwhile, a parallel of our own troubled history of labor equity and human rights is playing out in the present time of other workers, in other countries, creating products charged with our own patriotic symbols of merchandising. A world without boundaries has emerged in which wars of commerce, trade, and basic human survival are haplessly intermeshed.
Sally Gibson is approaching 50 years of service as an art teacher in Minnesota. She has been honored several times as the Art Teacher of Minnesota. She finishes her career at a Twin Cities Area Learning Center where she works with at risk students using art to explore and reflect on their issues. Sally was a pioneer in online curriculum development and delivery when she developed the first art methods course for Bemidji State University’s teacher licensure program-DLiTE. DLiTE was the first online/hybrid teacher licensure program in the nation.
- As an art educator, I have had the opportunity to watch magic happen when Barbara Bridges encourages students to find their voice and communicate a personal viewpoint.
- I have always believed that visual art is more than making something pretty. It is a vehicle for communicating fears, dreams, questions—all that is part of the human experience—it certainly can change the world.
- Barbara Bridges shares this opinion, she is an agent of change! I support her and her vision! Educator Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sheryl Maree Reily
Sheryl Maree Reily is a self taught multi-disciplinary artist advocating for human and environmental health.
Born in New Zealand, Sheryl came to the United States during construction of the Alaska Oil Pipeline, to work in healthcare. She now calls Alaska her home and continues to travel widely.
While the communities she participates in may be geographically distant from one another, they share in the struggle to balance economic and cultural survival, with human and environmental wellbeing.
It is her intention to generate dialogue among individuals and constituencies, through work that is necessarily collaborative, conceptually motivated and pointed toward progressively deeper integration for the sake of environmental and human health.
Recent recognition of her creative contributions to environmental and human advocacy work, include awards from, the Elmer E. Rasmuson, Theo Westenberger and Helene Wurlitzer Foundations, National Park Service, and Santa Fe Art Institute.
In 2017 her photographic work earned five honorable mentions in the International Photography Awards (IPA).
Sheryl’s photography is represented by Getty Images, and she is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). Read More
Conceptual artist, human and environmental health advocate Ester, Alaska Read More
Why I became a member of Art to Change the World
I first heard of ‘Art to Change the World’ from a friend and creative colleague who is aware of my work and its intent. I thrive on new experiences and learning! Art to change the World holds incredible potential for both possibilities. By providing opportunities, such as working closely with other creative professionals, and building partnerships with businesses, organizations and individuals, ACW is helping artists connect with communities. Art to Change the World is an innovative tool I can use to pursue my goal of contributing to the improvement of the human and environmental condition.
Candy Kuehn creates wearable art, costumes, wall pieces, and sculptures in numerous media. She makes art pieces that are functional, reversible and have multiple uses that sometimes change with the passage of time. Many works live as well on the wall as they do on the body, on the ceiling, on the floor and on the stage.
As a painter her medium ranges from cloth to ceramic glazes. Her work features whatever makes a person or piece of art beautiful and moving. Her work has appeared at the Textile Center of Minnesota’s Art-in-motion shows, the St. Paul American Craft Council Fair and the Minnesota Craft Council Fair Market Place at the State Fair grounds. She has also created costumes for the dance theater company Ballet of the Dolls productions of “The Red Shoes,” “Enchanted Night,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Nutcracker (not so” Suite,” and “Cinderella”).
Candy was artist-in-residence in the Textile Center Dye Lab for 2007-2009 school years. Her digital photo drawings and portraits have been exhibited in several shows, Southeast Minneapolis Public Library had three shows and fabric installation in children’s area over the last six years, the Fine Art Show at the Minnesota State Fair for three years, and for WARM at several venues.
She received honorable mention at the WARM 40th anniversary show. She created digital illustrations for large scale projections and costumes for the Interference Arts production “It is She Who I See”, and “Elijah”. Candy’s “Human and Earth History” panels were selected to be part of the City of Hopkins’ Art Street public art program, was seen on the outside wall of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, and won Children’s Choice Award. Candy created costumes and large digital projection images for ‘Conviviere” and ‘The Palabras Project’ for Zorongo Flamenco, and costumes about Picasso’s earliest paintings, a Zorongo commission in New York City. The Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, commissioned an electrical box cover, for ‘Fresh Boxes’ which can be seen in Dinkytown, Minneapolis Minnesota. Her digital works have shown in The Hudson Hospital Rehab Wing and Westfield Hospital in Wisconsin and a show in Owatonna Hospitals, in Minnesota, Spring 2017. In 2016, Flow Arts Gallery, curated her work into several group shows, and her digital work was also chosen for “The Paranormal Show” at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Anoka, Minnesota and “National Parks; Personal Perspectives”, at The Phipps Center for the Art , Hudson, Wisconsin. Read More
Sandy Gillespie exhibited throughout Alaska, her home for 22 years. Her work is held in the collections of the Anchorage Museum, the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North, the Alaska State Museum and Alaska’s Contemporary Art Bank. She has received Individual Artist grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. As a co-founder of SoNot, a coalition of six Fairbanks artists, Gillespie organized exhibitions throughout the state, including Double XX, the first comprehensive look at contemporary women artists in Alaska. Gillespie has worked for both the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Fairbanks Arts Association as Visual and Literary Arts Director, and for UAF’s Summer Fine Arts Camp as Visual Arts Director.
Since moving to Minneapolis five years ago, Gillespie has had one solo show and has participated in several group shows. She has served as Curator for a Pop-Up Show for WARM members, a panelist for the Minnesota State Arts Board grants program, and Juror for the Powderhorn Park annual arts fair. She is working toward a Certificate in Book Arts at the Minnesota Book Arts Center.
Gillespie has been a resident teaching artist in Alaska schools, and she taught for many years as an Adjunct for the University of Alaska. Her MFA is in creative writing, and she has published poems in Calyx: a Journal of Writing and Art by Women and in Building Fires in the Snow, a University of Alaska Anchorage anthology and finalist for a 2016 Lambda Award. She has five poems in AROHO (A Room of Her Own) Foundation’s forthcoming anthology The Waves. Read More
I am a retired school counselor, 40 year veteran social studies teacher and lover of art, in particular, Barbara Bridges’ art. The world needs saving and I am delighted to be part of that effort here. I am looking forward to participating in the dialogue. I believe art and humor can change the world. I am particularly interested in the intersection of art, science and spirituality. I’ll leave the humor to the late night pundits and support art through “Art to Save the World.”
Educator Sandy Point, Maine and Melbourne, Florida
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!”
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
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 CURRICULUM VITAE
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…
- I believe in the power of Barbara.
- I want to change the language of “starving artist” to “art entrepreneur.” Something that changes the paradigm.
- I feel creativity is the power of the future.
- There’s a lot of potential. As an educator, potential is power.
- 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 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
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 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 artisvist mothernist Shira Richter Hertzliya, Israel