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ABOUT

Our Space Is Spoken For is a multidisciplinary public art storytelling project, produced by Twin Cities Media Alliance, where BIPOC artists work in teams to adapt and publicly perform BIPOC residents’ stories in the spaces inherent to their stories. BIPOC residents actively participate in the artistic production of their stories with their artist teams by providing in-depth interviews and feedback on the creative direction. In the past, Our Space artist teams have had residents participate in the actual performance, as deemed comfortable. Performances are documented by film and publicly screened.

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

At TCMA, we see public art as a living, breathing opportunity to transform community experience and civic dialogue through creative reclamation of physical spaces. The process of creating and sharing the work Our Space produces serves two major purposes.

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.

ABOUT TCMA

Since 2005, Twin Cities Media Alliance (TCMA) equips people, organizations with the power of media arts to shape narratives that advance equity and justice. Our work invests in helping people become bold storytellers and creating spaces for bold storytelling that centers the lived experiences of people on the margins and shifts what is perceived possible for our collective future.

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.

YOUR SUPPORT

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 adaobi@tcmediaalliance.org.

To support Our Space through an individual donation, visit givemn.org/story/ourspacespoken

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