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Two Rivers Gallery Prepares For Remodel

Two Rivers Gallery Prepares For Remodel

A drum with fresh ID tag waits to be photographed Curatorial Assistant, Sydney Ockenga secures an ID tag to materials in the collections Photos by Lydia Four Horns by BEN HEATH As the Minneapolis American Indian Center on Franklin Avenue gears up for its expansion over the next few years, Two Rivers Gallery is taking care of the art. Arts consultant Lydia Four Horns has the task of locating, identifying, documenting and safely storing all the works of art that Two Rivers Gallery has collected since its first art show in 1975, held at what was then the Minnesota Regional Native American Center. Since that first show, the gallery has built an extensive collection of works by Native artists from across the country. Some of the many artists represented include JoAnne Bird, Darren Vigil Gray, and Fritz Scholder. The estimated number of artworks held by the gallery is around 1,000, including the newly acquired American Indian Movement archives. Additionally, the immense George Morrison wood piece spanning approximately 700 square feet on the building exterior will be uninstalled and receive extensive restoration before being stored until construction is complete. Currently, Four Horns is working on an inventory of items. She says the process includes “photographic documentation and object condition reporting, with museum standards of proper storage and handling methods.” There are also plans to develop a long range preservation and conservation strategy. “A part of these goals will be to improve storage conditions and make the collection accessible to our community and for scholarly research, onsite and virtually.” After reopening in the summer of 2025, the expanded building will have more than 20,000 additional square feet, and the Two Rivers Gallery will relocate to the center of the Franklin Ave side, alongside the Gatherings Cafe. “This will allow the general public more accessible accommodations to move throughout the front areas, with [...]

September Events

September Events

Free Thursday Evenings at ASI 3 PM – 8 PM American Swedish Institute 2600 Park Avenue South Free Explore the ASI galleries and the historic Turnblad Mansion with free admission beginning September 1. https://asimn.org. There will be live music on select Thursdays, starting with Scott Keever on Sept. 1st. Keever is an award-winning fingerstyle guitarist who combines an American roots sound with other far ranging styles. https://asimn.org/event/music-thursdays-at-asi-scott-keever Noojimo (She Heals) Through September 17 All My Relations Arts 1414 East Franklin Avenue Free Noojimo (She Heals) celebrates the importance of Aunties in Indigenous spaces. In many Indigenous communities, the Auntie serves as an extra parental role – one who provides mental, physical, and spiritual support to younger relatives. http://www.allmyrelationsarts.com/noojimo-she-heals/ Art Design by Alice Butts Through Our Eyes Festival September 9 – 18 Open Eye Theatre 506 East 24th Street Sliding scale, $20 - Free Open Eye welcomes Exposed Brick Theatre’s Through Our Eyes Festival, featuring the world premiere of two plays, Freeing Assata, by Sterling Miller, and A Love Story in 8 Scenes, by Siddeeqah Shabazz, along with a variety of workshops celebrating the power of storytelling. Both shows are directed by Simone Williams. https://www.openeyetheatre.org/through-our-eyes-festival East Phillips Improvement Coalition Community Permaculture Trainings September 9th, 10th, 12th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 29th 4 PM - 8 PM East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Avenue South OR East Phillips 17th Avenue Community Garden, 2428 17th Avenue South Free Permaculture promotes the best ways we can mimic nature to live in balance with the earth and not against it. It supports no-waste, holistic living while acknowledging community values. This is an introduction to permaculture and how it [...]

Events August ’22

Events August ’22

Compiled by LINDSEY FENNER and JESSIE MERRIAM Gizigos-Dakise (Ojibwe, your aunt is cool), Ne-Dah-Ness Rose Greene, All My Relations Arts Puss in BootsPhoto provided by Hinterhands Puppet Company Natalie Mendez taught participants how to make spring rolls at the Celestial Garden in North. Her next cooking class will be at Tamales y Bicicletas in September. Will Allen will teach vermiculture (using red wiggler worms) as part of WEI’s composting class at Farmer Training Weekend, Sept 24-25, 2022. (w-e-i.org) Free Classes for the Phillips Community Women’s Environmental Institute Amador Hill Farm, Cambridge, MN w-e-i.org Through the classes available in August from Women’s Environmental Institute (at no cost if you live, work, play or pray in the Phillips Neighborhood of South Minneapolis) you can learn to grow peaches in cold climates, take a monthly herb walk in the woods with Heather Mashuga, learn methods of canning tomatoes and making salsa, or discover how to make elderberry syrup. This year there will also be several other classes offered in Phillips Neighborhood itself. Check w-e-i.org for more information. Women’s Environmental Institute also offers an annual special event September 24-25: The Will Allen Farmer Training Weekend. Urban farmer, educator, and food-justice activist Will Allen returns to Women’s Environmental Institute for his 12th Annual Farmer Training Workshop. Over the years these workshops have covered such topics as creating healthy soil, building affordable hoop houses, mushroom growing, aquaponics, and growing microgreens. Each year Will convenes a supportive community of farmers, from experienced veterans to farming-curious dreamers. Will welcomes everyone. The experience includes healthy food, good conversations, question/answer sessions, hands-on farming projects, a little sweat, a little dirt, a Saturday night fireside chat with Will, and the blossoming of new friendships. Those who live, work, [...]

We Are Still Here at All My Relations

We Are Still Here at All My Relations

As part of the inaugural collaboration between Hennepin Theatre Trust and All My Relations Arts, We Are Still Here features the culmination of works completed by the artists during their eighteen month cohort. The artworks include digital designs previously featured on billboards in downtown Minneapolis, along Hennepin Avenue, and throughout the Twin Cities. These works served to uplift Native voices and highlight truth-telling by changing the narrative of Native people in Minnesota. The art highlights contemporary Native culture while dispelling stereotypes through education, humor, and bold, thought-provoking designs. By interweaving contemporary and traditional storytelling, and the allyship of Indigenous communities here in the Twin Cities, We Are Still Here connects the Native history of the land and continued connections to our past through the powerful visuals and current narratives of contemporary Native artists. We Are Still Here Featuring Ray Janis, Sheldon Starr and Missy Whiteman, with mentor artist Jonathan Thunder. All My Relations Arts 1414 East Franklin Avenue May 24th – July 2nd, 2022 Closing Reception: Saturday, June 25th 6-8pm For more information visit: allmyrelationsarts.com

Library News May 22

Library News May 22

By CARZ NELSON All information listed here is accurate as of April 15, 2022. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS HOSMER LIBRARY HOURS Monday 9 AM to 5 PM 12 PM to 8 PM Tuesday 12 PM to 8 PM 12 PM to 8 PM Wednesday 12 PM to 8 PM 12 PM to 8 PM Thursday 12 PM to 8 PM 9 AM to 5 PM Friday 9 AM to 5 PM 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM 9 AM to 5 PM Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM 12 PM to 5 PM PEOPLE OF PHILLIPS SPECIAL COLLECTION Local historians and fans of neighborhood research will be happy to learn that the HCLib Special Collections department now houses minutes, correspondence, and other records created by People of Phillips, a neighborhood organization that dissolved in 1998. The collection includes documents from 1988 to 1994. You can view this material, as well as many other interesting items from the city’s history, at Minneapolis Central Library.. THE RETURN OF COFFEE & CONVERSATIONS - CLYDE BELLECOURT Coffee & Conversations has resumed! In May, Franklin Library will distribute free copies of Clyde Bellecourt’s book, Thunder Before the Storm. Fridays, May 6 and May 13 at 10-12. RAPTOR CENTER VISITS FRANKLIN LIBRARY In honor of Minnesota American Indian Month, the Raptor Center will visit Franklin Library. Takeaway meals will be available. Wednesday, May 11 at 3:30 FAIR FINANCIAL VISITS FRANKLIN LIBRARY Community Ambassadors for FAIR, a program through Prepare & Prosper, will answer questions and sign people up for this financial service. Friday, May 27 ART BY JAI JAMI This month’s art exhibit on Franklin Library’s lower level features Jai Jami, a self-taught multimedia artist who analyzes grief through the lens of Rootwork and Somatic Healing. RESOURCES AND SUPPORT The Bridge for Youth visits Franklin Library the fourth Wednesday of each month, 2 to 5 PM. They connect people with resources and provide hygiene [...]

Inkpa Mani at Two Rivers Gallery

Inkpa Mani at Two Rivers Gallery

Two Rivers Gallery is pleased to present “Pseudonyms | Contemporary Indigenous Portraiture,” a solo exhibition by Inkpa Mani. The show is on display through May 18, 2022. The exhibition consists of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, and textile hangings depicting visual understandings and the cultural definitions of Indigenous Lakota/Dakota names. In this body of work, Inkpa Mani examines individual portraits from a Native American perspective and their given Indigenous Names within a modern lens. Two Rivers Gallery is an exhibition space for emerging Native American artists located in the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1500 E Franklin Avenue –Two Rivers Gallery

Library News

By CARZ NELSON All information listed here is accurate as of February 15, 2022. For the most recent information, check out the library website at www.hclib.org. FRANKLIN LIBRARY HOURS Monday    9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday    12 Noon to 8 PM Wednesday    12 Noon to 8 PM Thursday    12 Noon to 8 PM Friday        9 AM to 5 PM Saturday    9 AM to 5 PM Sunday        12 Noon to 5 PM LIBRARY SERVICE AND COVID PRECAUTIONS Everyone must wear a mask in the library and in all county buildings. Children under two years old are exempt. People who tested positive for COVID 19 or who are experiencing symptoms should not enter the library.  DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS The upstairs display case at Franklin Library currently features photographs from the Glanton collection. The photographs, taken by John F. Glanton, depict the lives of Black Minnesotans after World War II. The community is invited to view the photographs and learn more about John Glanton and this period of history in the Twin Cities Black community. Other new displays at Franklin include a Black Authors Matter display, a celebration of Black hair, and an exhibit of books on sports in the Winter Olympics. FAIR AT FRANKLIN- GET HELP MANAGING YOUR MONEY Have trouble opening and keeping a banking account? FAIR is a program that can help you with banking services. Their goal is to help people cash their paychecks, build credit and increase their financial literacy. FAIR offers accounts with predictable fees and no overdraft penalties. FAIR ambassadors will be in Franklin Library’s community room on March 25 to answer questions and sign up new people who may be interested in the program. For more information, call Build Wealth Minnesota at 651-262-2173. HELP FINDING RESOURCES AND SUPPORT The Bridge for Youth visits Franklin [...]

Avenues of Creation opens at All My Relations Galley

Avenues of Creation opens at All My Relations Galley

Through his lifelong artistic career, multi-disciplinary artist and designer, Steven Premo, of the Mille Lacs Band of the Ojibwe, learned that there are many different avenues for creation, and each requires a particular medium. In his Twin Cities solo exhibition debut, Steve reflects his pride in his Ojibwe heritage through a variety of retrospective works highlighting narratives of the Mille Lacs Ojibwe people and the evolution of Ojibwe art forms. “My own art is a reminder of our history and the continuation of our existence and expresses our cultural influence across the community and beyond..”  - Steven Premo    All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Avenue http://www.allmyrelationsarts.com/On View: February 14th – April 16th 2022Opening Reception: Thursday, February 17th, 6-8:00 p.mCommunity Art Activity: March 26th, 1-3 p.m.Artist Talk: March 3rd 6-7 p.m

January 2022 Issue

January 2022 Issue

biskaabiiyang  at All My Relations

biskaabiiyang  at All My Relations

biskaabiiyang (returning to ourselves)  is a group exhibition investigating Indigenous Futurisms and the interconnectedness of nows through video installation, interactive gaming, mixed media and digital illustrations curated by Emerging Curators Institute Fellow, Juleana Enright.  Featured artists: Santo Aveiro-Ojeda, Sequoia Hauck, Reyna Hernandez, Elizabeth LaPensée, Coyote Park, and Summer-Harmony Twenish.  Biskaabiiyang is an Anishinaabeg word meaning the enactment of ‘returning to ourselves’ through the regeneration of our Indigenous ways of knowing. A counter to Western constructs of sovereignty, ownership and time, the works of biskaabiiyang explore the process of decolonization through ancestral knowledge, land stewardship, water protection and body and identity sovereignty. Using the context of an imagined future, we challenge our erasure and create ourselves into being, aligning past, present and future. It is always now. October 14- December 11, 2021, All My Relations Arts, 1414 E Franklin Avenue http://www.allmyrelationsarts.com/

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