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Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Living Classroom

Conversation in any way you can imagine: over ping-pong, on the dance floor, and at the drawing table

Part of Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Come hang out with spoken word/theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and many other local and national artists to exchange ideas exploring “what sustains life in your community?” while sharing some of their favorite activities.

Meet local and national artists, including Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, Brett Cook-Dizney, Leah Cooper, Jim Denomie, Desdamona, Marlina Gonzalez, Allison Herrera, Bethanie Hines, Wing Young Huie, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Rick Lowe, Leah Nelson, and Tish Jones. Marc Bamuthi Joseph will also present an excerpt of his work-in-progress performance red, black and GREEN: a blues. Collaborating with many members of the Twin Cities “ecosystem” of local organizations, Living Classroom is created in partnership with Citizens for a Loring Park Community, Conway+Schulte Architects, Cultural Wellness Center, Imagining America, Intermedia Arts, Juxtaposition Arts, Kulture Klub, Line Break Media, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, and others.

Collective Collage

2–7 pm, Open Field
Spoken word artist and educator Desdamona facilitates a Collective Collage around the question “What sustains life in your community?” Using magazine cut-outs, written word, and drawing, the public creates a backdrop for the evening performance.

Drawing Club

2–7 pm, The Grove
Join Carolyn Anderson, Julie Buffalohead, and Jim Denomie for communal drawing and socializing, as they demonstrate their respective drawing skills and discuss community and history with expert strokes.

Ping and Sing with Wing: A Third Place Event

2–7 pm, Gallery 8
Join in ping pong, communal karaoke, and a slide show with photographer Wing Young Huie. He and fellow ping-pong enthusiasts/artists John Kim, Peter Haakon Thompson, Jenny Schmid, David Petersen, and others lead mini-tournaments throughout the day.


2–7 pm, The Grove
Share stories and thoughts on healthy living and communities over dominos with artist/urban designer/activist Rick Lowe.

Instructions for Peace

2–7 pm, The Grove and Bazinet Lobby
Join curator Marlina Gonzalez for this project inviting instructions for peace in the 21st century. Use an iPad application or your own personal media to create a three-step Instruction For Peace.

Voices on Sustainability

2–9 pm, U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge; Reception at 5:30
This video, by youth from various neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Line Break Media, and spoken word artist Tish Jones, investigates questions and themes on what sustains life in community.

Juxtaposition Arts S.T.E.M. Expo

3:30–5 pm, The Grove
Juxtaposition’s S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students share their concepts and models around sustainable environmental design.

Community Walk About

3 and 6 pm, Meet at the Vineland Place entrance to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Local architect Marcy Schulte leads a walking tour of the neighborhood and conversation about animating public space in our (and your own) community. In partnership with Citizens for a Loring Park Community and Friends of Loring Park.

Story Circle

4:30–5:30 pm, Sky Pesher
Stretch your imagination with storytelling games for kids and adults, led by theater artists Leah Cooper & Anton Jones.

Messaging Your Community: Twin Cities in Frame

6:15 pm, FlatPak House
Map characters, conflicts and solutions while developing a narrative around community in the Twin Cities. A session lead by Line Break Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the storytelling of individuals and groups working for justice in their own communities.

Dance X/Masego

6–7 pm, Open Field
Leah Nelson/Nubia, OYIN - a Dance Collective, and special guests will perform throughout the space.

Community Renga; Sneak peek: red, black and GREEN: a blues

7–8 pm, Belvedere in the Sculpture Garden
Spoken word artist Tish Jones and guests perform a Northside Renga Community Poem—a writing project compiling line submissions from Northsiders. Spoken word/theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph offers us a taste of his new multimedia work presented at the Walker in March 2012.

OSO presents Bomba

8:15 pm, Vineland Plaza
Join OSO and Luis Ortega in traditional Puerto Rican rhythms, song, and dance known as Bomba.


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Major support is provided by the Margaret and Angus Wurtele Family Foundation.