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

About the Artists

Herb Johnson III, AKA JDot Tight Eyez, is a dancer, McKnight Fellow and graduate from Perpich Center for the Performing Arts. For three years, he studied at the Lundstrum Center for Arts and now works at the University of Minnesota as an Urban & Street dance instructor. He currently choreographs and performs solo and in groups 612 Crew, DeadPool, and Mixtape. Professional work includes iLuminate from America's Got Talent, Choreographing G-Eazy's Halftime show 2018, and Super Bowl 52 half-time Show 2018 with Justin Timberlake.

Gabrielle Grier is an artist, visionary, facilitator and participant of growth, perspective shifts and intentional responses to social and political change. With a strong focus on the exploration, documentation & claiming of cultural and historic identities, her work is filled with robust imagery, narrative and the essence of her spiritual existence.

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Art In This Present Moment

This project is part of Art in This Present Moment, an initiative of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, with funding from the McKnight Foundation. We provided grants to 12 Minnesota-based nonprofit organizations to fund work by over 50 BIPOC artists who are changing and challenging dominant narratives through their craft.

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2022 Year In Review

2022 was a hybrid year for many of us. The Foundation adapted to new challenges and expanded the way we support nonprofits with our grantmaking and our donors with their giving.

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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.

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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.

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Creating a Greater Minnesota for Our Youth

Here are three ways you can improve the opportunity gap for Minnesota’s youth.

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Lifelines for Families of Healthcare Workers

The Frontline Families Fund provides support to families of frontline workers who died of COVID-19.

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I So Appreciate You! is Back with Season 2

Tune in to Season 2 of the I So Appreciate You! Podcast with co-hosts Nadege Souvenir & Melanie Hoffert.

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Frogtown Farm: An Urban Oasis

Frogtown Farm is an urban farming oasis located in Saint Paul, consisting of over 5 acres of green space, including wildflowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Watch the video to hear from Frogtown Farm staff and board members.

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Board Feature: Jacy Grais

Learn how attorney Jacy Grais uses her role as a volunteer to inspire others to give.

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