Community Mural at Project for Pride in Living, 1035 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mural created as part of Mia’s “Power of Vision Mural Program” in collaboration with Hope Community.

Power of Vision: Mural on the Ave

November 21, 2019 - February 3, 2020
Community Commons

This summer, the Power of Vision Mural Program—an ongoing collaboration between Hope Community and Mia—partnered with Project for Pride in Living (PPL) to create a 4,000-square-foot mural at 1021 Franklin Ave.

It was painted by a cohort of community artists: James Autio, Magdalena Kaluza, Katrina Knutson, Camila Leiva, Juliette Meyers, Nell Pierce, Simone Rendon, Claudia Valentino, Mattie Weiss, and Missy Whiteman, and led by Hope staff members Olivia Levins Holden, Chaka Mkali, Samie Johnson, and Mia staff member Crystal Price.

The cohort developed a collaborative community engagement process to ensure the voices of neighborhood residents were reflected. Over three months, the cohort conducted in-depth interviews with Phillips residents, held a World Cafe conversation, and met with elders, youth artists, and others to gather visions of the historical and current heartbeats of the Phillips Neighborhood. Click here to watch a short video about the creation of the mural.

The mural is intended to visually uplift this chorus of voices and perspectives, center and honor Native connections to this land, and highlight the currents of community resilience and organizingthat characterize this neighborhood.

The works you see in this exhibition show the community engagement and mural design process.