A Celebration of Minnesota Artists and Their Work
Art in This Present Moment is an initiative of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation that provides support to artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are changing and challenging dominant narratives through their craft.
Meet the Artists & Their Work
Dudley Edmondson Sheds Light on a Fellow Photographer
Dudley Edmondson is best known for photography depicting his love for nature, but for his most recent project, he decided to take on a human subject, Walter Griffin.See the project
Immortalizing Moments with Artist Thai Phan-Quang
For Art In This Present Moment, Thai Phan-Quang uses his passions for skateboarding and photography to create an innovative project using photo graffiti.Watch the video
Suzanne Victoria Cross: Exploring Her Story to Help Others
In her theatrical one woman piece, This is How We Stand, Suzanne Victoria Cross explores the ideals of empathy and understanding through storytelling and movement.Watch the video
Sharon Day and Sir Curtis Kirby III Honor Loved Ones through Art
Grandmother Sharon Day and her grandson Sir Curtis Kirby III honor loved ones who have passed on by doing a series of ofrendas celebrating the lives they lived.View the Artists' Work
Indigo: A Music, Dance and Video Project
Indigo is a Hmong girl group created by Lucy Vang, Nancy Thor and Alexis Vang, whose goal is to shine light on their community through music and dance.View the Artists' Work
Chief Buffalo Memorial Mural
The Chief Buffalo Memorial Mural in Duluth visually tells the story of a community and the descendants of Chief Buffalo, remembered as a prominent figure in northern Minnesota.View the Mural
Learn about Each Project
We appreciate the following partner organizations for identifying and selecting the participating artists.
For more than 112 years, Duluth Art Institute has been providing arts programming to Duluth and the surrounding region. The institute strives to enrich the daily lives of its community with dynamic innovative visual arts programming that upholds excellence and promotes inclusive community participation.
To combat the invisibility and dehumanization of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) women, Funny Asian Women Kollective (FAWK) uses humor and comedy to tell distinct stories of the Asian community.
Pangea World Theater strives to build a just world by creating multi-disciplinary theater that embodies decolonizing practices of solidarity, sustainability and equity. Since its inception in 1995, Pangea World Theater has worked with artists to create new aesthetic realities for an increasingly diverse audience.
Sir Curtis Kirby III
Suzanne Victoria Cross
Artist Broderick Poole showcases his artistry by shining light on prominent Black leaders through jacket patchwork.View the Artist's Work
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.View the Artist's Work
Robin Hickman-Winfield celebrates the stories, elegance, beauty and talent of Black men and women through soulful dolls.See the Art
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.View the Artists' Work
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.View the Artist's Work
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.View the Artist's Work
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.Watch the video
Artists develop the score to Tracing Sacred Steps, which Brownbody initially presented in April 2019 as a work-in-progress.Watch the video
Artists form a collaborative on a Black/queer living & cultural experience in an RV while following their acting, writing and filmmaking dreams.Watch the video
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.Watch the video
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.View the photos
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.Watch the video
Million Artist Movement
Million Artist Movement worked on two collaborative art projects – a quilt sourced from community and a project based around food sovereignty.Watch the video
Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop
Artists created a shadow puppet piece to share narratives and stories from the uprising in the Twin Cities.Watch the video
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.Watch the video
Soomaal House of Art
This Minneapolis-based Somali artists’ collective supports a growing number of emerging and established Somali artists.Learn More
TruArtSpeaks highlights the work of a dancer and ceramicist who center the Black experience in their art.Watch the video
Walker West Music Academy worked with musician William E. Duncan to bring a new composition to life.Watch the video