Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Youth and Professional Artists Respond
November 5, 2021 - February 6, 2022
Katherine Kierland Herberger Gallery, Community Commons
This exhibition features artworks created by high school students in Minneapolis and St. Paul to address the impact of racism on their lives and on the health of their families, communities, and beyond. This project is sponsored by Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota as part of a larger campaign to address racism as a public health crisis.
Created by students at North High School and Minnesota Transitions Charter School in Minneapolis and St. Paul’s Como Park High School, these artworks grew out of conversations and activities with local artists Kprecia Ambers, Nancy Ariza, Juan Lucero, and Akiko Ostlund. The artist-mentors shared their experiences and approaches to art making as inspiration for the students’ own artworks. They also created screen-printed posters as part of the exhibition.
Blue Cross has created many tools, including a group of short videos, and extensive resources to help all of us learn about racism and its impact on health. Access these resources here.