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The Power of Art series of talks and workshops focuses on art's ability to raise awareness, cultivate community, and promote social change. The series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.



Virtual Artist Lecture: Working as a Teaching Artist

with Julie Boada

May 12  |  12PM-1PM  |  Virtual  |  Free

Julie is an Anishinabe artist, storyteller, puppeteer and arts educator. She has worked regionally and nationally for the past 23 years, both with In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre and independently. Julie has served many roles­­—as designer, performer and director. She has over a decade of experience working on the annual Mayday Parade with Heart of the Beast.

Julie has a B.A. in Studio Arts and American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about work that inspires, builds community and fosters cultural pride.



Family Workshop: The Places We're From

with Julie Boada

May 21 | 12PM-3PM | DAI Lincoln Park Building | Free, open to all, families encouraged

Toy theater, also called paper theater, is a form of miniature theater dating back to the early 19th century in Europe. Toy theatre has seen a resurgence in recent years among many puppeteers, authors, and filmmakers.

Using simple toy theater techniques, explore your family history, struggles, values, and joys in a celebration of resilience. With markers, watercolors, scissors, and glue, create a little set design for performance or display.

Please register once per family and indicate the number in your group. We mean family in the broadest sense. This event is open to all.



Past Power of Art Series Events


Virtual Artist Lecture: Marking Space with George’s Blues 

with Seitu Ken Jones

March 17, 2022  |  12PM-1PM  |  Virtual  |  Free

Inspired by the work of George Washington Carver and his use of everyday materials, Seitu Ken Jones looks at food, sustainability, and visual art at the intersection of self-care and the Beloved community. George Washington Carver created over 300 paints, stains and dyes using Southern soils and plants. 

In his FREE virtual lecture, "Marking Space with George’s Blues," Jones will delve into artistic responses to the environment, specifically how African American artists continue to shape and sustain their well-being. In addition, Seitu will share how he and others have used simple and subtle techniques to mark the sometimes-forgotten presence of people of color on our streetscapes.

All talks and workshops in the Power of Art series focus on art's ability to raise awareness, cultivate community, and promote social change. The series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.



Workshop: Sacred Sidewalk Shadows 

with Seitu Ken Jones

March 20, 2022  |  11AM-2PM  |  Duluth, location TBD

Free, registration limited to BIPOC artists and community members

Find a creative space specifically for BIPOC artists and community members at the first FREE Artist Salon in the Power of Art series: Sacred Sidewalk Shadows with Seitu Ken Jones.

Working on the Vernal Equinox, Seitu Ken Jones will work with a small cadre of artists to capture and trace our shadows. He will then guide the workshop participants to create stencils to create rain or water-activated shadows. Using water resist created by a Seattle artist, we will apply the shadows to sidewalk panels in a sacred location in Duluth. These shadows will mark the historic and contemporary presence of people of color in the Duluth region.

All talks and workshops in the Power of Art series focus on art's ability to raise awareness, cultivate community, and promote social change. The series is made in part thanks to a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.


Via DAI social media:

The DAI celebrated the spring equinox with semi-permanent shadow shapes, Spirit Shadows. Led by @seitukjonesSeitu Ken Jones, community members traced their shadows onto the cement using cardboard stencils and a product that repels water to claim visible space celebrating the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in our Duluth community. Take a stroll to the Depot after a spring shower to see the shadows magically emerging from the wet pavement!


Virtual Artist Lecture
Life & Art Intertwined: Portraiture & Storytelling

with Leslie Barlow

April 6, 2022  |  12–1PM  |  Virtual  |  Free

Barlow examines our relationship to our racial identities, healing our collective understanding of belonging, and what it means to be family. Her life-sized oil paintings serve as both monuments to community members and explorations of how race entangles the intimate sphere of love, family, and friendship. Her work is colorful, tender and nuanced, inspired by community dialogue and personal experience. Barlow believes art is both healing and liberatory: through the power of representation, witnessing and storytelling, in the words of bell hooks, art is “one of the rare locations where acts of transcendence can take place and have a wide-ranging transformative impact.”



Workshop
Murals & Sharing Community Stories

with Leslie Barlow

April 23, 2022  |  12–3PM  |  DAI Lincoln Park Building
Free, limited to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Are you a local artist interested in public art projects? In this workshop, Leslie Barlow provides insight, experience, and guidance about properly planning and implementing a public art project that accurately engages community stories. Participating artists will gain community engagement tools, reflect on missing narratives, and learn mural creation techniques. By the end of the 2-hour workshop, artists will be better equipped to respond to calls for public art that foster more vibrant and equitable public spaces.



Art Critique
Painting & Drawing Small Group Artist Salon

with Leslie Barlow

April 24, 2022  |  1–3PM  |  DAI Lincoln Park Building
Free, limited to drawing/painting artists

Artists who practice drawing or painting are invited to bring one original work for discussion and critique with Leslie Barlow. Find community, grow as an artist, be inspired, and gain fresh perspectives while discussing your own art practice and sharing ideas with Leslie and other attending artists.








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