Counterspaces began at the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) as a collective healing project for community members who have been impacted by the existing and increasing acts of racialized violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Curated by Rochester Art Center Curator Zoe Cinel and UMR Assistant Professor Yuko Taniguchi, the exhibit is dedicated for listening to the stories, thoughts, and feelings of marginalized community members. Counterspaces is intended to be safe social space which offers support and enhance feelings of belonging in marginalized individuals existing in spaces that are not made with them in mind. Write exhibit organizers: “A counterspace is much more than just one of safety. It is a place of possibility for empowerment and transformation. And it is more than just a space of survival; as it is a space where critiques of and understandings on how oppression operates at the local level are collectively understood and acted upon at the larger, structural one.”
Art and Faith Bridging the Jewish and Black Communities:
The University of Minnesota Religious Studies Program and its partners will host an exhibit and two-day community-oriented opportunity to learn about and engage with the intertwining histories of the Jewish and Black communities in North Minneapolis. The exhibit and symposium, titled Art and Faith Bridging the Jewish and Black Communities: Stories of a His
The World Inside You:
Investing in North Minneapolis
August 5 through September 12
The Investing in North Minneapolis exhibition presents community-informed student projects supporting an equitable and green North Minneapolis. In fall of 2021, North Minneapolis residents worked with University of Minnesota architecture students to develop urban planning ideas for North Minneapolis. Ranging from after-school activity centers to green art streets, Investing in North Minneapolis is an exhibit of those ideas in 20+ large format sketches and architectural renderings.
Through August 3, 2021
About the Artist
Sarah Sampedro is a Minneapolis-based photographer interested in social systems, relationships, community, and belonging. Her interest lies in revealing some of the hidden factors that construct social relationships: she has photographed her Minneapolis neighborhood in the midst of an argument over historic designation and gentrification, created a multi-media installation using racially restrictive real estate contracts from Hennepin County, and traveled across Europe to research and photograph border walls.
Minnesota Black Fine Art Virtual Show
"N the No"- February 1 through March 28, 2020
Artivist Ta-coumba Aiken brings his distinctive, healing-focused renderings to the UROC Gallery for "N the No." Part exploration, part investigation, the show asks, "What is the truth? How might you live differently if you knew the truth?"