With the many kinds of changes in movement that have occurred in our communities from COVID-19 to the murder of George Floyd, the Our Space 2021 theme is movement, defined as a change or development of the way one moves in terms of physicality, one’s mind, socially, in community, and well-being.
Our Space provides an opportunity to directly engage viewers with reframed narratives around the lived experiences of historically marginalized communities via public art.
WHY OUR SPACES SPEAK
For one, Our Space offers a way to preserve a creative record of who we are that disrupts people’s perceptions of both public art and public space, reclaiming them for the community. This work carries greater urgency, in light of displacement spurred by spiking rents and dwindling affordable housing stock across the Twin Cities (which disproportionately impacts marginalized communities).
Secondly, the process is intentionally designed to tap more BIPOC artists into the world of public art; a field typically curated by city boards or fine arts institutions. The cross-disciplinary and collaborative elements open possibilities for conceptually innovative storytelling and outreach. Art produced through the vehicle of Our Space will lend itself for audiences to find a piece of self within the story, creating connection while reclaiming space.
To do this, we develop, embolden storytellers to recontextualize and advance their work via structured and rigorous creative spaces. Lastly, we create spaces, whether in-person or online, for storytelling that amplifies, engages, and drives the narratives of marginalized communities.
Our Space Is Spoken For is a revolutionary act; a cutting-edge and transformative undertaking of storytelling–bringing together teams of professional artists, local residents, filmmakers, creative technicians and multiple support staff to expand the idea of what storytelling looks like.
In each iteration of Our Space, we strive to take care of all those involved through fair compensation, a structured and supportive creative environment, and of course food.
Year after year, this immersive experience will only happen through the generous financial and in-kind support of foundations, sponsors, individual donors and local community organizations.
Help us nourish the creativity, courage and open conversation in each sacred story. To learn more about sponsorship or funding Our Space, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To support Our Space through an individual donation, visit givemn.org/story/ourspacespoken