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A Celebration of Minnesota Artists and Their Work

Art in This Present Moment is an initiative of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, with funding from the McKnight Foundation, that provided support to artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are changing and challenging dominant narratives through their craft.

Meet the 2021 Artists & Their Work

Read Xavier Tavera

Xavier Tavera

Latinx in Rural Midwest consists of film and photography from Xavier Tavera as part of an ongoing series about the Latinx community and their unique historic tie to American land.

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Read The Manidoo Artist Collective

The Manidoo Ogitigaan Artist Collective

The Birch Bark Canoe was created by the Manidoo Ogitigaan Artist Collective, a group of Indigenous artists who work to preserve the teachings, practices and traditions of their people through traditional Anishinaabeg art forms.

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Read Thomas Stillday, Jr.

Thomas Stillday, Jr.

Thomas Stillday, Jr. is an Indigenous beadwork artist who mixes unique stitching techniques with a distinct choice of colors to create unique Ojibwe designs on bandolier bags.

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Read Robin Hickman-Winfield

Robin Hickman-Winfield

Robin Hickman-Winfield celebrates the stories, elegance, beauty and talent of Black men and women through soulful dolls.

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Read about Kazua Melissa Vang

Kazua Melissa Vang

Artist Kazua Melissa Vang uses photography and mixed media art to preserve the legacy of her father and tell the stories of her family and Hmong heritage.

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Read Broderick Poole

Broderick Poole

Artist Broderick Poole showcases his artistry by shining light on prominent Black leaders through jacket patchwork.

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Learn about Each Project

We appreciate the following partner organizations for identifying and selecting the participating artists.

In Black Ink

In Black Ink provides publishing arts opportunities to African heritage communities that have been historically disenfranchised, and continue to experience exclusion. IBI’s programming mitigates economic, educational and cultural inequities.

Broderick Poole
Robin Hickman

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In Progress

In Progress has been promoting the voices of newly developing artists since its inception in 1996. Its purpose is to diversify cultural dialogue and pave the way for new voices in the field of digital art making.

Xavier Tavera
Kazua Melissa Vang

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Manidoo Ogitigaan

Manidoo Ogitgaan’s mission is to work with our communities to preserve and revitalize the Spiritual knowledge, language, culture, and ceremonies of the Anishinaabeg to improve our health and the health of our ecological family.

Manidoo Ogitigaan Artist Collective
Thomas Stillday, Jr.

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2020 Artists



Artists painted a mural that aims to bring color and life to Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, utilizing Anishinaabe symbolism to shed light on the city’s Indigenous history.

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Read Brownbody


Artists develop the score to Tracing Sacred Steps, which Brownbody initially presented in April 2019 as a work-in-progress.

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Read Catalyst Arts

Catalyst Arts

Artists form a collaborative on a Black/queer living & cultural experience in an RV while following their acting, writing and filmmaking dreams.

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Read Don’t You Feel It Too?

Don’t You Feel It Too?

Don’t You Feel It Too? is a movement meditation practice, and part of our Art In This Present Moment series.

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Read Gizhiigin Arts Incubator

Gizhiigin Arts Incubator

Artists Clyde Estey, Jr., and Kent Estey collaborate on a work reflective of their shared artistic upbringing in the White Earth Nation.

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Read about Indigenous Roots Mural

Indigenous Roots

A new mural in Saint Paul by Indigenous Roots and City Mischief Murals celebrates four Twin Cities multicultural women dancers and the strength, beauty & power we hold when uniting our communities together.

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Read Million Artist Movement

Million Artist Movement

Million Artist Movement worked on two collaborative art projects – a quilt sourced from community and a project based around food sovereignty.

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Read Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop

Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop

Artists created a shadow puppet piece to share narratives and stories from the uprising in the Twin Cities.

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Read Penumbra Theatre

Penumbra Theatre

Penumbra company member Hannibal Lokumbe composed an original score for a video in tribute to George Floyd and all of the victims of state-sanctioned violence. Sarah Bellamy wrote the narrative and she and Lou Bellamy provide the voice overs.

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Read Soomaal House of Art

Soomaal House of Art

This Minneapolis-based Somali artists’ collective supports a growing number of emerging and established Somali artists.

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Read TruArtSpeaks


TruArtSpeaks highlights the work of a dancer and ceramicist who center the Black experience in their art.

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Read Walker West

Walker West

Walker West Music Academy worked with musician William E. Duncan to bring a new composition to life.

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