Save the Boards to Memorialize the Movement is the final program in the February event series, Exploring History and Culture in Central Minnesota – The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery. The program will consist of a conversation with Leesa Kelly and Kenda Zellner-Smith who joined their organizations and are collaborating with MAAHMG to collect, preserve and archive the plywood art murals that were created after the killing of George Floyd. Leesa and Kenda have collected over 500 boards from Twin Cities businesses. An outdoor exhibition of the plywood board murals is being planned for May 2021. Hear about what motivated them to start this project, how they joined forces and why preserving these artworks is important to the Black community. The free online event takes place Saturday, February 20th, from 11 a.m. to noon.
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 second program in the series, The Role of the Arts and Artists in Social Justice Movements, takes place on February 13th.
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.