A painting in the style of beadwork, where each dot of paint looks like an individual bead. The painting shows colorful branches, flowers, and a robin sitting in the top left corner.

Northern Spark: Hearts of Our People Mural Visioning

Help Mia get started on a youth mural project, lead by artist Natchez Beaulieu at this year’s Northern Spark festival!

This summer local youth will work together to design and paint a mural inspired by Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists. Share your visions of how we can honor Native Women Artists in our community. We will project these first ideas onto the All My Relations Gallery to begin the creative process.

Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and scholars, this first major exhibition of artwork by Native women honors the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. Their triumphs—from pottery, textiles, and painting, to photographic portraits, to a gleaming El Camino—show astonishing innovation and technical mastery.

Natchez Beaulieu-Stately, (Ogemaikwe) an Anishinaabekwe of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, grew up in the Phillips neighborhood in South Minneapolis. She is inspired by beadwork’s floral patterns. This art form beautifully incorporates new ideas with traditional patterns.

Northern Spark is a late-night art festival that lights up the Twin Cities. In early June, tens of thousands of people gather throughout the city to explore giant video projections, play in temporary installations in the streets, and enjoy experimental performances in green spaces. This year’s festival takes place in Minneapolis along in the American Indian Cultural Corridor and at The Commons, and also in Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul.