I have recently had the honor of photographing thirteen emerging artists for the John Biggers Seed Project (Seed). Seed is a public art and collaborative design effort that engages renowned African American artists in mentoring emerging artists. This will be achieved by educating the artists about African American art and community history, providing career development and transferable skills, and creating a sense of place that speaks to the culture of North Minneapolis. My role will be to document this project as it evolves over the course of the next year or so.
I also served as photographer for the "Celebration of Life" mural project almost 20 years ago. Seed is inspired by "Celebration of Life", an acclaimed public artwork led by John Biggers, a preeminent African American artist and painter. That collaboration was similar in scope to this one and it was created in North Minneapolis as well. It began the careers of several young Twin Cities artists and organizations including Obsidian Arts and Juxtaposition Arts. The project marked the beginning of my involvement in the Minneapolis Arts community .
UROC, University of MN, Urban Research Outreach & Engagement Center, Minneapolis, MN