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Exhibition Statement

This exhibition aims to explore the history of mutual aid in the Twin Cities and how historical and present day mutual aid work helps us imagine radical futures of community care. As a community based public history initiative, all of the content of the exhibition will be created by residents of Minneapolis and Saint Paul through a series of free public programs scheduled from October, 2020 through May, 2021 which will invite participants to reflect on local histories of mutual aid and envision the future of their communities through a variety of mediums. Local historians, artists, educators, and organizers will be paid to lead programs such as archival exploration, zine making, and youth photography. 

The vision for the art, writing, and digital media generated through six public programs is to collectively contribute to an outdoor exhibition titled History for the Future. This final exhibition will be placed in a community lot owned and operated by the independent bookstore, Moon Palace Books in May 2021. The exhibit will also be intentionally put against and in tension with, the space occupied by the MPD 3rd Precinct in South Minneapolis. 

Goals of public programs: 

  1. To use archives to inspire artistic and creative interpretations of the impact and the radical goals of mutual aid work in the Twin Cities
  2. Create space for community dialogues about shared histories and radical futures of community care
  3. To challenge dominant narratives of philanthropy, charity, and welfare, which are ultimately perpetuations of exploitative and white supremacist modes of capitalism

Programming Timeline

DateEvent descriptionFacilitator/Artist Lead
OctoberCommunity history discussion / Project Launch Andrea Manolov / Acoma Gaither
NovemberYouth photography workshopClarke Sanders
December[No scheduled programming]
January-Panel Discussion -Community art workshop for mutual aid zineCommunity Organizers Commissioned Artist
FebruaryCommunity art workshop (To be specified)Commissioned artist
MarchYouth workshop (To be specified)Commissioned Educator
AprilCommunity History workshopTBD 
MayPublic exhibition opening / Community Meal and Reflection 
(Same day as exhibition opening, depending on public health/COVID)
Moon Palace Books community lot 
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2005 – 2008

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