The M is more than a museum, more than brick and mortar. Minnesota Museum of American Art is an inclusive community arts center for all who call the Twin Cities home. In addition to offering exhibitions and programs in the new museum facility, the museum partners with artists, schools, libraries, and cultural organizations around the state to bring the M into Minnesota communities. Check here for the M’s upcoming events and programs.
February 25, 2021
Outer Experiences Kick-Off
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition with curator JoJo Bell, Executive Director of the African American Interpretative Center of Minnesota and special guest hip-hop artist Nur-D.
Tune in on Facebook Live or on Zoom!
Nur-D is a hip-hop act that is sure to blow your mind. Hitting the scene in 2018 Nur-D has rocketed into the music scene taking the Mid-West and now world by storm. His mix of fun pop culture lyrics, powerful vocals, and deep emotional honesty creates a musical experience that has to be experienced. Nur-D has done shows across the country, performing for The Kennedy Center, Us Bank Stadium, and the home of Prince Paisley Park. Winning Best New Artist in 2019 and Best Local Concert in 2020 (CityPages) it’s easy to see why Nur-D is quickly becoming the act to see!
Jokeda “JoJo” Bell is the Executive Director and the Director of Exhibitions and Programming for the African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota (AAICM). Her roles within the organization have led to collaborative programming with state historical institutions like the Minnesota Historical Society. She appeared as an expert in the Society’s 2017 documentary Storied: African Americans in WWI. In 2019, JoJo curated The Builders exhibit for AAICM. The Star Tribune named the exhibit one of the top ten of the year. Currently, JoJo is writing a book scheduled to be published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2022.
March 25, 2021
Join participants of the AAICM Outer Experiences oral history project, a collection of interviews and photographs of Black Minnesotans that showcases their experience living on the margins of Black and white society in rural and suburban communities of the state, in a dynamic conversation around the theme of belonging.
May 16, 2021
Art Kit Pick-Up
Stop by the M’s entrance at 350 Robert Street in downtown St. Paul to pick up a free, all-ages art kit, which includes fun and thoughtful art supplies and activities to help you engage with the exhibition.
Black Art in the Era of Protest
The M was an in-kind sponsor of Black Art in the Era of Protest: A Virtual Conversation, hosted by five x five Public Art Consultants.
You can watch the full conversation below. Be sure to check out each of the panelists to learn more, support their work, and stay engaged in this important discussion! Follow host five x five on Facebook to stay in the loop on any similar events coming up.
In the wake of the 1968 Detroit rebellion, collectives like AfriCOBRA movement (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) gave birth to the concept of art making as a radical action. Fifty-two years from that uprising, a cross-generational group of Twin Cities Black artists discuss how the George Floyd protests have awakened 21st century reanalysis of the commodification of Black art, art as a political weapon through radical self-expression, the history of communication through street art, where these important murals should end up, and more.
Robyne Robinson of five x five Public Art Consultants engages panelists Chioma Uwagwu and Todd Lawrence of Urban Art Mapping Project, Precious Wallace of King P. Studio, Reggie LeFlore, Roger Cummings of Juxtaposition Arts, Seitu Jones, Cameron Downey, Alex Smith, and Ta-Coumba Aiken in a discussion about the purpose, effect, and future of this type of art might be.
350 Robert Street North St. Paul, MN 55101 Located in the Historic Pioneer Endicott
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