All My Relations Arts
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All My Relations Arts honors and strengthens relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations, between artists and audiences of all ethnic backgrounds, and between art and the vitality of the American Indian Cultural Corridor.
All My Relations Arts envisions a community in which:
In partnership with Hennepin Theatre Trust
"THE RETURN", DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION/ANIMATION, BY WE ARE STILL HERE ARTIST MENTOR, JONATHAN THUNDER. THE RETURN REPRESENTS SOVEREIGNTY, STRENGTH, AND HOPE.
We Are Still Here is a multi-year initiative with the aim to uplift Native voices and stories in Minneapolis. This collaborative partnership between the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) and Hennepin Theatre Trust will bring large-scale, high profile public artwork created by an emerging network of Native artists to both downtown Minneapolis and the American Indian Corridor highlighting contemporary Native culture and dispel stereotypes. The initiative will also establish a sustainable framework for ongoing engagement among the Trust and other downtown Minneapolis stakeholders.
This 18-24-month initiative will serve as a learning cohort featuring three artists who will work with project mentor Jonathan Thunder to create digital designs, full-motion animation, projects, and a possible large-scale mural. We Are Still Here will promote native storytelling for the built environment along Hennepin Avenue. Through pilots, prototypes, and a final project that will be a central feature for the reopening of Hennepin Avenue after a four-year reconstruction project culminating with the Hennepin Theatre District centennial celebration in 2022.
Hennepin Theatre Trust and NACDI selected local Native artist Jonathan Thunder as the cohort mentor for We Are Still Here. “As a culture-bearer, working in contemporary media, Jonathan is the ideal mentor for this group as he brings a wide range of skills from large scale painting to digital animation and installations,” said Angela Two Star, All My Relations Arts Director. Thunder, Red Lake Ojibwe, is a multi-disciplinary artist known for the surreal imagery he uses to address the subjects of loss and recovery of indigenous sovereignty, environmental welfare, and humorous social commentary through his paintings, animated and experimental films, installations, and illustration work.
Engaging with native artists and community has been the mission of NACDI since its founding in 2007 and the early creation of the “American Indian Community Blueprint” in 2010. Angela Two Stars, NACDI’s All My Relations Arts director shares, “by interweaving contemporary and traditional storytelling, and the allyship of Indigenous communities here in the Twin Cities, we are able to connect the Dakota history of the land and continued connections to our past using the powerful visuals of our contemporary artists.” NACDI’s long-standing commitment to public engagement has enabled them to be a source of leadership and guidance among its network of Native artists and community.
Hennepin Theatre Trust transforms the place and spaces in the Hennepin Theatre District to a more vibrant and inclusive environment and welcomes the opportunity to work alongside NACDI to broaden the awareness of Native truth-telling. Nerenhausen said that he is confident that We Are Still Here will be a catalyst to weave Native culture back into Hennepin Avenue with temporary and permanent art engaging Native and non-Native people.