CHRISTOPHERAARON DEANES ARTIST/EDUCATOR
Christopheaaron’s goal is to create conversations and environments that challenge perceptions and assumptions. This level of critical thinking requires heightened relationships and improved social engagement. He enjoys finding strategies that connect with learners to foster stronger relationships and open spaces for frequent learning in educational settings.
While attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Christopher-Aaron Deanes created the Teach and Learn Program, which links the community and college together through education and arts. Christopher received National and Local Awards for this program (KARE 11 Award and the Jefferson Award). After graduating with a BFA from MCAD, Christopheraaron went on to get his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction in Education from the University of St. Thomas. He later completed the Administrative (Eds) program at St. Mary’s University. He currently works as a Positive Behavior Coordinator with Minneapolis Public Schools and facilitates murals and art projects around the metro area.
Christopheraaron has taught classes at various local elementary, middle and high schools, as well as Dakota County Technical College and MCAD. He is considered an emerging artist in the Twin Cities, working on public art projects to empower and engage the community.
The aesthetic of Chrisopheraaron’s work represents conceptual art as a result of constructed and planned processes, but as a painter the paint creates its own epilogue to the narrative of his work. This is evident with the rice grains that are embedded as texture of each piece; the rice is representative of all nations all people. Christopheraaron develops narratives that depict communities engaged in social, religious and political works while holding true to each one’s own identity and engagement of others. He is currently working with Minneapolis Public Schools assisting with developing critical thinkers commitment to creative, and democratic classrooms. He is also working with the John Bigger Seed Project, a public art project with the City of Minneapolis Public Works, The University of Minnesota’s Urban Research Department and Obsidian Arts. Christopheraaron is working with several other public arts projects and private commissions. In 2015 he started painting mini-oil paintings that are also available.