We Are Still Here – featuring Ray Janis, Sheldon Starr, Missy Whiteman, with mentor artist, Jonathan Thunder. As part of the inaugural collaboration between Hennepin Theatre Trust and All My Relations Arts, this exhibition features the culmination of works completed by the artists during their eighteen-month cohort. The artworks include digital designs featured previously as billboards displayed in downtown Minneapolis, along Hennepin Avenue and throughout the Twin Cities. These works served to uplift Native voices and highlight truth-telling by changing the narrative of Native people in Minnesota. The art highlights contemporary Native culture while dispelling stereotypes through education, humor, and bold, thought-provoking designs. By interweaving contemporary and traditional storytelling, and the allyship of Indigenous communities here in the Twin Cities, We Are Still Hereconnects the Native history of the land and continued connections to our past using the powerful visuals and current narratives of contemporary Native artists.
PROGRAMMING DATES Opening Reception: Saturday, May 28, 6 - 8 p.m. Closing Reception: Saturday, June 25, 6 - 8 p.m.
Image credit: Top left: We Will Always Be, Missy Whiteman; Top right: The Return of the Freaky Deaky Mashode Bizhiki, Jonathan Thunder; Bottom left: Caution: Rebooting, Sheldon Starr; Bottom right: Hechina maka akan unko iyanpi, Ray Janis.
All My Relations Arts presents the work of American Indian contemporary fine artists and hosts events showcasing the beauty and strength of art of all kinds from Indian Country. All My Relations Art's mission is to honor and strengthen 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:
Both American Indian and non-Indian audiences have broad access to quality American Indian art that presents the contemporary American Indian experience in all its diversity.
Our neighborhood, community, region, nation, and beyond experience increased visibility and value of American Indian art, and the history and presence of indigenous cultures.
Minneapolis and the American Indian Cultural Corridor are known as an important national destinations for American Indian art and artists—and those who appreciate them.
A partnership of All My Relations Arts/NACDI, Todd Bockley Gallery & Denomie/Wilson Family
Throughout his highly successful career as a visual artist, Jim Denomie was committed to encouraging younger artist to believe in themselves and their talents. Jim’s heartfelt support for emerging artists helped sustain a vibrant, dynamic and thriving arts community in the Twin Cities.
To continue Jim’s legacy of mentoring emerging artists, we have created a Jim Denomie Memorial Scholarship fund to offer an annual award to a Native artist who best exemplifies the values Jim demonstrated in his own career: commitment to excellence; generosity of spirit; and engagement in community.