Art to Change the World

Art to Change the World (ACW) was established in 2017 as a statewide non-profit organization where people meet at the intersection of art and the natural and social sciences, to defend human and civil rights and to build a safe and nurturing community for all people. ACW has earned over 400 members – students, citizen supporters, artists, scientists, educators, lawyers, and established leaders in the Minneapolis arts communities.

In 2018 ACW hosted SEE.SAY.DO <http://SEE.SAY.DO>. 700 attended. 40 artists and expert voices offered 20 workshops and performances. Artists worked with their experts to explore their art topic and 200 action promises were collected. All participants were paid $250.00. ACW events are free.

In 2019 we hosted INVENT/PRESENT, a “Healing from Trauma” workshop for 20 BIPOC high school age participants offered at Homewood Studios.

In 2019 COMPASSIONATE ARTS was ACW’s next facilitated artmaking project between the police, and students and faculty of South High School. SOUTH’S HEART project created a family engagement center with students, Somali and Latinx community members, administration, and school counselors. Participants 90% BIPOC.

In 2020 ACW launched an Intern program which provided many paid leadership and networking opportunities for our 50% BIPOC, under 30, 2020 Intern class. One intern now works at the Minneapolis Foundation.

The Dodging Bullets FREE Screening and Discussion met on July 19, 2020 at 6:00 Zoom Meeting with indigenous author, professor and activist, Anton Treuer, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. 100 Attended.

In 2021, ACW guided BIPOC Intern Bianca Dawkins as she developed her business plan for ICON (I Can Overcome Negativity) – a domestic abuse program which sells fuzzy self-care ICON bags and T-shirts. 50% of proceeds go to the abuse shelters and each bag purchased sends a free one to a shelter. 100s will be served.

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July 26, 2021