Art Connects Us - July 2020 Artists
Hennepin Theatre Trust partnered with Clear Channel Outdoor to produce ten works of original artwork by Minnesota-based artists to be featured on digital billboards across the region with messages of hope and gratitude to those who are working on the front lines in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trust has expanded the scope of Art Connects Us to include reactions to the local and national conversations demanding the breakdown of systemic racism “This injustice in our city and beyond must not be ignored,” said Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. “While the arts can be a source of unity, we are committed to joining other voices in the community that are calling for equity and justice in Minnesota.”
Joan Vorderbruggen, director of Hennepin Theatre District Engagement, reached out to artists for additional designs to reflect those themes. Due to the positive response focusing on social justice will now be included in rotations for July and August. “We are grateful to our artists for the opportunity to expand our Art Connects Us billboard project to include meaningful responses to the killing of George Floyd and the worldwide outcry for change,” said Vorderbruggen.” The ten previously scheduled designs relating to COVID-19 for July and August will be featured in September.
Participating artists in July 2020 include:
Andrew Hammond is a writer and artist at the Northrup King Building in Minneapolis. His work focuses on expressing the people in the African American dispersion.
Christopher Harrison lives and works in his studio practice in Minneapolis as a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer. He is currently a museum arts educator at Walker Art Center.
Connor Rice a mixed-media artist from Minneapolis. He takes visual inspiration from hieroglyphs and graffiti. His work chronicles the issues and motifs of pan-Africanist realities across time and space.
Galen Higgins is a Minnesota raised dancer, photographer and designer. He primarily creates images with dancers.
Jessica Williams is an emerging artist from the Twin Cities Metro Area. Her vibrant artwork often includes a combination of representational imagery like animals and body parts with geometric abstraction.
Kulture Klub Collaborative (KKC) engages art and artistic practice to provide enriching opportunities for youth ages 16-24 experiencing homelessness and artists to grow individually and to transform community.
Mary Plaster is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, facilitator and activist; artistic director/founder of Duluth All Souls Night.
Monica Sheets creates platforms for communication as a means of civic engagement for herself and other participants.
Ta-coumba T. Aiken’s public role as an artist is community-building and beautification. He creates art to heal the hearts of the people and their communities by evoking a positive spirit.