The Role of the Arts and Artists in Social Justice Movements is the second program in the February event series, Exploring History and Culture in Central Minnesota – The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery. The program will feature a combination of videos and panel discussion. Participants will view two videos created by MAAHMG – the making of the Black Lives Matter mural and Un-Heard, followed by a panel discussion with artists, Melodee Strong and Joe Davis. The panel discussion will be moderated by Georgia Fort and will include the Black Lives Matter mural in Minneapolis, public art, and the role that artists have played in the fight for racial justice in the Twin Cities, particularly after the killing of George Floyd. The panel will discuss how art can bring about social change and spur people to action. The free online event takes place Saturday, February 13th, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Exploring History and Culture in Central Minnesota event series is a partnership project of the Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Morrison County historical societies. The project seeks to foster greater understanding and awareness of cultures that have been and continue to be part of Minnesota and its history. The series brings unique programming from highly acclaimed Minnesota museums to central Minnesota. This year’s programming will be presented by the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) in honor of Black History month.
The three programs in the series will take place via Zoom the first three Saturdays in February (February 6, 13, 20). The first event in the series, A Conversation with the Cofounders of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG), takes place on February 6th. The final program in the series, Save the Boards to Memorialize the Movement, takes place on February 20th.
For more information, contact the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007, the Benton County Historical Society at 320-253-9614, the Sherburne History Center at 763-261-4433, or the Stearns History Museum at 320-253-8424. To register https://www.rethos.org/classes.
The February 2021 event series is sponsored by Sourcewell and Rethos: Places Reimagined.