"The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" is a collection of essays by 40 visual artists. Edited by artist and educator Sharon Louden, the book describes how artists extend their practices outside of their studios. An 80-stop book tour is being planned across America and abroad starting in March 2017.
RARE Productions works to bring visibility, promote and produce quality LGBTQ events featuring queer artists of color. This year we embark on in house production, artists management, and national networking through RARE House our new Artist in Residency Program. MISSION STATEMENT RARE PRODUCTIONS IS AN ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA PRODUCTION COMPANY. WE PROMOTE, PRODUCE, AND CO-CREATE OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS UTILIZING INNOVATIVE ARTISTIC METHODS AND STRATEGIES. THROUGH ENGAGING LGBTQ ARTISTS OF COLOR AND ALLIES, RARE PRODUCTIONS SEEKS TO UNITE COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES IN HEALING RELATIONSHIPS AND BRIDGING CULTURAL GAPS VIA THE VAST MEDIUMS OF ART. AREAS OF FOCUS ARE HEALTH, WELLNESS, SOCIAL JUSTICE, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND PLANETARY HEALTH. IN ALL ENDEAVORS ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES, WHICH INCLUDES PROMOTION OF SMOKE-FREE INDOOR/OUTDOOR SPACES, ARE ENCOURAGED AND IMPLEMENTED.
We Are All Connected is a collaboration of four women who share in an idea to document inter-generational stories of Indigenous women adopted outside of their families and Tribes. The project focuses on the stories of our Mothers, each of whom was adopted into non-Native families in the 1950’s and 1960’s in the United States. Recognizing the diversity within the adoption community, our project transverses their experiences, and how their experiences have shaped their identities and ours. Together with KFAI Radio's Minne Culture Series our goal is to complete a 28 minute audio documentary to be aired on KFAI 90.3 FM by the beginning of 2016. To date, we have completed over 10 interviews for a combined 25 hours of audio material, and taken hundred of photographs to document our project.
The Roho Collective acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between visual artists of color in the Midwest. It serves as a consolidated voice and platform for both emerging and professional artists of color by providing a place for development in technical skills, professional growth and business opportunities. The Roho Collective takes responsibility to ensure their communities are educated about the value of the arts in our society and acts as an advocate for the arts regionally and nationally.
We believe that art comes from a place. And we believe, unapologetically, that our place is one of the very best. We exist not only to create our own theater, but to facilitate and promote a vision of the Twin Cities as a major exporter of performing arts.