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2018-2019 DOCUMENTARY

Wisdom
& Alia

An anxious crowd of Minnesota State Fair goers stand in the Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church parking lot, waiting for the bus to the fair. As they wait, community storyteller Lisa opens up Alia and Wisdom’s song and spoken word performance tying Indigenous struggles to the struggles of Black and brown communities. Themes of settler colonialism, xenophobia, police violence, intersectionality, and community solidarity that grounds us interweave throughout the performance.

Wisdom Young

Wisdom Young is an African American writer, educator, activist and mother of three children ranging in ages from 3-20. Wisdom is inspired by the creator, her ancestors, her people and the power of words. Popular themes in her work are: Black feminine resilience and beauty, Black love, memory, and commentary on justice or political issues.

She has been helping to shape her North Minneapolis community by being an educator at Harvest Preparatory since 2004; she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, LCD and a minor in African & African American Studies from the University of Minnesota. Young was a featured artist in Flow: Northside arts crawl (July 2016), a fellow of The Givens Black Writers Retreat for emerging writers (2011 & 2012), and was a collaborative writer and performer for the sold out, Blacker the Berry show at Intermedia Arts (Nov. 2014).

ALIA JERAJ

Raised in St. Paul, Alia Jeraj moved across the river to work as a performer, writer, and educator, with a primary discipline in vocal music. She holds a degree from the University of Minnesota in Music and Gender, Women’s, and Sexualities Studies, and seeks to create art that draws from both pools of knowledge. With a background in opera, Alia has been exploring the range of her voice through improvising and devising new works with her choir, Artemis. She explores themes of mixed-race identity, migration, and diaspora through her voice.

Some of Alia’s favorite recent collaborations include Laure Prouvost’s They Are Waiting for You (2018), Dameun Strange’s Helianthus (2017), and Crone House with Lizz Windnagel (2016). Her writing appears in publications including Pollen, the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and N-Studio.
When she’s not singing or writing, you can find Alia biking around South Minneapolis, playing with puppets, or curled up with coffee and a good book.

ARTIST TEAMS

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ANDREW & DALIYA

WISDOM & ALIA

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