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CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN MIA + CENTRO TYRONE GUZMAN

COMMUNITY MURAL: “RAÍCES

As part of an ongoing collaboration between the two organizations, Mia and Centro brought together teens to identify and create a visual representation of pressing issues affecting their lives. Over the summer of 2016, the teens from Centro’s Raíces program worked with Hope Community, mural artists,  Leilani Mendoza, and Andres Guzman to share their personal stories, challenges, and explore their roots together. They took field trips to mural sites across the city to get ideas, visited the museum for inspiration, and spent time in the studios learning basic painting techniques.

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The result of many hours together, this summer’s mural on the wall of Centro Tyrone Guzman is the second in a series of two. Located on Chicago Avenue just north of East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.

Click here for a video about the process.

COMMUNITY MURAL: “IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS”

In 2015, this intergenerational project brought together a group of women and teens to identify pressing issues affecting their lives, and to create a visual representation of those. For the past three months, both groups worked with a facilitator and a mural artist to collect and share stories. They took field trips to mural sites across the city to get ideas, and visited the museum for inspiration and to learn basic painting techniques in the studios. The first mural, located on Centro’s Chicago Avenue facade, was conceived of by the women’s group and contains imagery important to them, alongside a message of hope for the future: A woman’s face is turned to the right, looking towards a section of blank wall, which will be painted by the teens next summer.

Mia’s Community Art Project is sponsored by The Friends of the Institute; teen programs are generously supported by Best Buy.

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MINNEAPOLIS SATELLITE REEF 2015
PART OF THE WORLDWIDE CROCHET CORAL REEF PROJECT CREATED BY THE INSTITUTE FOR FIGURING

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The summer of 2015, Mia exhibited the Institute For Figuring’s worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project as part of the special exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci, the Codex Leicester, and the Creative Mind,” on view June 21–Saturday, November 21, 2015. Reflecting on intersections between art and science, this exhibition is anchored by Leonardo’s famous Codex Leicester, the notebook in which the Renaissance master sketched his ideas about water both figuratively and conceptually.

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Organized by Mia and created by the community, the Minneapolis Satellite Reef was exhibited at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Community Facility (MWMO) August 24–November 21, 2015.

Click here for a Mia: Of Us and Art video about the project.

Click here for a MWMO video about the project.