As a public artist I am excited about the possibilities to explore attention grabbing images that will both engage the public and challenge the ways that we see images through exploring history, culture and education. My hope is to expand the way people see each other and themselves.
Metal Enamel panels started as I worked for the City of Minneapolis project, the John Biggers Seed Project (Seed). It is a public art and collaborative design effort that engages renowned African American artists in mentoring emerging artists in place making by educating them about African American art and community history, providing career development and transferable skills, and creating a sense of place that speaks to the culture of North Minneapolis. These panels you see in the portfolio is specifically for a Projet that will be hung in the Fall of 2016 in North Minneapolis over 94W. I participated in the design and fabrication of this project.
Each Plate 12 ml. width (enamel painted fired in a kiln)
CoChair, Eliminating Racial Disparities Committee with Hennepin County Present
Working to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities and disproportionalities from entry point through re-entry within the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice System.
Developing a collaborative forum where representatives from Hennepin County, Minneapolis City, Public Officials, Public Education Districts, and Community work as one to reduce the number of juveniles placed in secure detention and enter into the deeper ends of the correctional system, with a focus of eliminating ethnic and racial disparities.
Member, Youth Violence Prevention Multi-Jurisdictional Committee Present
Developing alternatives for juveniles involved in violent crimes
Monitoring social engagement of juvenile violence
Connecting trusted adults and social programs with appropriate number of Arrests for aggravated/simple assaults
Youth Injuries based on the social impact and need of communities
Monitor and work to reduce homicides of juveniles and young adults occurring in Minneapolis